This week’s first line: The Stenham house was an ancient locked thing and nothing returned there except for crows.
There was an irony in the fact the house had been the site of several murders in the years before it was locked up.
And now a murder of crows occupied the place, their cries reaching out across the valley to warn anyone coming close that this was a place of death.
Crows are not welcoming.
It was a sad cold place and people were happy to stay away for fear of disturbing the ghosts whom they knew lingered in the blood-stained hallways.
Now it was home to the crows though some thought they acted more as sentinels of danger, that the house was unfit for humans and should be avoided.
Their cries and ominous presence certainly made that clear.