These are previous posts that have been dusted off, updated, and freshly presented to an audience that’s never seen them. These limited posts originate from the companion blogs I’ve written for books in my Eternal Curse Series as well as others down the road. Some information may be omitted.
From 40 Days and Night of Eternal Curse : Breaking down Sinclair Manor
A short story of sorts
If I had to be completely isolated from modern society and civilization, Sinclair Manor is the place I’d like to live out my seclusion. Sinclair Manor is more than a house, it’s a whole different world hidden away from the rest of the world, but not so far away to make you forget that the world is still out there. Like all the other characters and places in this story, Sinclair Manor has a special history and legacy.
The original house was quite small. It was the surrounding land that its builder was interested in. It was built by the Whittleton family near the beginning of the 19th century. The family was looking for a quiet place to settle their growing family away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After traveling for many miles down deserted prairie-like land, the family came to a place where the dirt road just stopped. There was nothing and no one around for hundreds of miles.
While the emptiness was nice, it was still out in the open; the family feared that one-day people would come to build a real road through this land. Then the family noticed that there was some thick forestry off in the distance at the base of rolling hills. They walked through the forest until they’d gone too far to turn around and were too tired to keep moving forward. It was there, in the middle of the wilderness that the family settled.
Chopping down trees to clear the land was easy for them, since wood was their business. They built several small cabins to lodge the members of their family while they continued to harvest the lumber. They sold some of it, carved some of it, and even made furniture of some of it, but mostly the stored it. After five years of storing lumber, the family tore down their cabins and began to build Sinclair Manor, which they named after the family patriarch, Sinclair.
They built onto the house one room at a time until they had a grand estate to house their dynasty of a family. The family experienced many financial and social ups and downs as their family began to expand and take on the burden of setting up a small town. Near the turn of the 20th century, most of the family had moved away or died off, and those who remained had become the product of a labor-less wealthy existence. The corrupted offspring of the once noble Whittleton family now conversed and communed with criminals.
It didn’t take long for that aimless generation to lose their house and fortune, leaving Sinclair Manor in the hands of a smart low ranking thug, who later sold it to a boss. It is during this time that Abraham and Giovanni acquire the estate and begin to make it their home. The house itself has been renovated many times, even to the point where rooms had been added on then taken off. Ultimately, the layout of house was broken down to the most basic, making all the rooms very large, grand, hall-like suites.
40 Days and Nights of Eternal Curse Copyright © 2012 Toinette Thomas
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