By Charlotte Bessette
From LOST AND FONDUE, by Avery Aames
May I share a secret? My friend, Meredith, wants to throw a fund-raiser in a long-abandoned winery, a winery rumored to have not only buried treasure but buried bodies. The fund-raiser's for a good cause. Meredith wants to convert the winery into an institution of higher learning. That's right, she wants to start a college. In Providence, Ohio. I can't keep her down sometimes. Her enthusiasm is so infectious.
But I'm a little wary. The winery has such a checkered history. Wouldn't having the fund-raiser at a different place serve the same purpose? Couldn't she just get the money, then tear down the winery, and build what she wants? Yes, of course, I've put these questions to her and she's just laughed me off. Superstitious, she called me. And yes, the chicken word was used. Years ago, she'd tried to get me to steal inside the building. I'm not superstitious, I told her, but I have my moments of caution. [Not as many as my grandfather would like. I've been a little rash lately. And I sort of like being daring, I have to admit.]
But back to Meredith. She talks about the winery like it's a living breathing thing. She says the building has character. She says it deserves another chance. I like old buildings as much as the next person, but this one has bad vibes. The Zieglers...well, let me just say that they were not a happy bunch. The father...and the mother...and then the daughter left town and...rumors of pirates and...
I'm hyperventilating just thinking about it. And I'm not the only one worrying. I mentioned Meredith's idea to my grandmother, Grandmère, and her face turned stoney.
So what do you think? Should I try to dissuade Meredith? My cousin Matthew says I won't be able to.
Have you ever felt creepy about an old house in your neighborhood and avoided it like the plague?
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