The House That Pip Built

by Mercy Loomis

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2009 by Mercy Loomis

Originally published in Taste Test: Scared Stiff. Round Rock, TX: Torquere Press, 2009.

Cover design by Mercy Loomis. Cover art by Arthur Fatykhov /, Dimitris Kolyris /, and tankist276 /

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This is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead (or undead), is entirely coincidental.

Caleb stood in the front yard with the other pledges, watching Mickey approach the front door. The big foursquare didn’t have a very deep porch, so the light from the streetlamps behind them clearly illuminated the entrance and reflected off the glass of the old six-over-one windows. The house didn’t look haunted to him, but it had an air of containment about it, as if it were unused to being disturbed. The other boys around him shifted nervously.

Caleb had done his homework. He knew the house was owned by the fraternity, and had been for nearly as long as the frat had been on campus. No one lived in it, and as far as he could tell it was only used for the culling of the pledges. Pi Iota Pi was very particular, although no one was entirely sure what their criteria were.

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