The Mansion

Synopsis: After a day at Disneyland, a boy with an overactive imagination fears he has been followed home by a ghost from The Haunted Mansion. A follow up to 2012's "Missing in the Mansion."
8 min


[Faint chattering]

This is

the wrong house.

This is not the one

i told you about.

I know, but I've had

my eye on this place

for a long time.

Yeah, but there's

a family here.

I know.

Come on,

the one down the road

is loaded with stuff.

Don't worry.

We'll get there.

But first we're gonna

take care of this place.

We can't.

Why not?

There's a family here.

Right, well...

We all kind of voted...

We want it.

We're gonna go in.

No occupied homes.


We take care

of our own.

No occupied homes.

That's the deal.

Not anymore.

[Dog howls]

[Faint chattering]


-[dog whines]

[Man yelling]



[Female newscaster #1]

And now to show you

the vast and urgent

fight underway

by doctors and states

across this country--

[male newscaster #1]

States across this country


[Male newscaster #2]

Center for disease control


has issued

a dire warning

about one of the most

dangerous strains

of bacteria

which resists

all known antibiotics.

[Male newscaster #3]

Let us begin

this half hour--

[female newscaster #2]

With a call for urgent

action this morning.

To stop the spread--

[male newscaster #4]

Of a so-called

"nightmare super bug."

[Female newscaster #3]

Trying to contain

a new kind of bacteria

normal antibiotics

don't reach.

[Male newscaster #5]

The fear and the challenge

is to keep these bacteria

from reaching

the general population.

[Male newscaster #6]

The normal issue of giving

someone an antibiotic

and curing them

becomes very difficult.

[Female newscaster #4]

National guard units

were activated--

[female newscaster #5]

The president now declaring

the outbreak

a national emergency.

[Male newscaster #7]

We are facing a potentially

dangerous problem,

but we do have a window

of opportunity

to contain it.

[Thunder rumbles]


all the institutions

have failed.

Everyone has gone

into hiding.

[Crow caws]

The sickness

spread quickly.

The cities were

hollowed out in weeks.

[Car horns honk]

We tried to set up

safe zones.

And quarantines.

But sooner or later,

someone infected

would get in.

And wipe everyone out.

[Music playing on radio]

All you could do

is isolate yourself

and your family.

We followed the rules.

Stay hidden.

Stay quiet.

Stay alive.


[Woman chattering]

Three times four...

[Man] why don't you

teach her something

she can actually use?

Like how to skin

a rodent?


all right, try it again.

From the top.

-[Girl] an improper...


Can I borrow

your hands?

[Country music plays]


I'll set it up.

A real feast.


Think it's okay?

The smoke?


Probably would have been wise

to wait an hour or so.

[Country music continues]

Hey. no peeking.

You'll ruin the surprise.

Ah, that looks great.

Here, hold on.

The candle...


It's a birthday, right?

We gotta make sure

it's special.


-oh yeah.

Make a wish.


Can I eat it now?

Well, yeah.

Get in there.

Happy birthday.

Eight years old.



-Is it good?



[Man] could this be

your birthday presents?

What is it?

It's an old...

An old series that used

to be on the radio.

A long time ago.

Let's get it set up.

[Suspenseful music plays]

[Man on radio]


You will know

terror soon.

Our weekly series,

designed to frighten you

and bring you

to the edge of your seat.

And then withhold

the resolution.

This weekly study

in terror

is brought to you

by candy toothpaste.

Okay, brush your teeth.

Get-- no, get

the back ones too.

There you go.

Go swig and spit.

Now go

to the bathroom.


[Twigs crunch]


Birdie, come on.

Come on.


I'm hungry.


well, you had a lot

of food tonight.

Here you go.

But I already

brushed my teeth.

Yeah, I'll let you

have a pass this time.



Let's have a little thanks

for what we've got.

Thank you for this day.

And thank you

for keeping us safe.

And for our little girl.


big girl.

Our big girl.

On her eighth birthday.

Keep her healthy

and strong.



Take it slow.


no, I didn't do it.

That's-- this is

f***ing bullshit, man.

I didn't do anything.

I didn't take anything.

I didn't

steal anything.

I didn't do...

What's going on?

This little f***er

stole crackers

from the pantry.

I didn't. That's bullshit.

I didn't take anything.

Shut the f*** up.

Hey, rez.

What's up, guys?

-I didn't do it, rez.

-We found cracker crumbs

in this little

sh*t's bed.

That's f***ing bullshit.

-I didn't do it, rez.

-Okay. Okay.

Okay, we heard you.

What should I do?

They say

you took food.

I didn't, rez.

I swear--

do you know

what the penalty is

for taking food

from our house?

I didn't steal,

i swear to god, rez.

-Come on--


Be quiet.

-I didn't--

-hey, hey hey.

Hey, I believe you.

I do.

Thank you, rez.

Thank you.

Do you know why?


Because I took

the crackers.

[Man laughs]


Call everyone in.

We're gonna have a show.

Wait! what?

No, rez!

[Man screams]


-[Gang members chuckle]


What's wrong, man?


You're not gonna

try to leave, are you?

Because you know

I'll find you.


i won't be gone

that long.

Maybe an hour,

hour and a half.

[Older man]

I'd love some scotch.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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