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Sometimes we all need a little help to see the difference between reality and illusion. And that's about taking control, about not letting fear control you. Because fear in the end only exists in your mind.
She spent the last 20 years expanding it (an eight room house originally.) What stands now is a gargantuan seven storied structure, with no apparent rhyme or reason, no master plan, each maze of halls more confusing than the next. A house under never-ending construction, built on the orders of a grieving widow whose mind is as chaotic as the house itself.
I understand the Winchester is still considered the superior rifle on the market, ma'am.
-Superior? Superior at what?
Accuracy, range, stopping power.
-Killing. Indiscriminate killing. Very superior.
You feel responsible for the misuse of your product? If a weapon works as intended, one can hardly call it a misuse.
-Well, it can be used for good or bad, depending on the person wielding it.
See, profiting from such a thing as violence and death, that is a wickedness that follows you like a shadow. Yes, we might also call those shadows "guilt."
You know, I keep records of all the lives a Winchester has taken. Hundreds have been reported. Probably thousands haven't. The guilty, the innocent... The rifle doesn't discriminate. And many of the souls make their way to this house.
We hold on to mementos to help us heal. But sometimes, they do more harm than good.
So 13 is a devilish number to protect you from devils?
-No, no, no. That is a divine number, to protect the cycle of life and death.
They want me to reconstruct the rooms that they died in, then they can enter our world. And the trouble is, I don't always know who it is I'm speaking with. It could be some innocent bystander or a victim of a crime, or someone else.
I show them my deep remorse. I want to help them let go of their grief and their anger.
-And how do they react?
Favorably. Yes, mostly. Once they are at peace, then they can move on. We can tear down their room, and then we start again.
-And are there those that don't react so favorably?
Yes. Yes, we lock them away.
-How does one lock a spirit away?
Thirteen nails seals them in. Once they find peace, we can release them, and they can leave this house.
She has created a vessel for the deceased to communicate with her. She's certainly created some architectural oddities.
Do you know who the most terrifying monster is, Doctor?
The one you invite into your own home.
The farmer's old mule fell into his well. …The farmer heard... He heard the mule crying. And it broke his heart. He chose to bury the animal in the well and put it out of its... Its hardship. He started shoveling. The mule realized that every time dirt fell on his back, he could shake it off and step up. Shovel after shovel. He could shake it off and he could step up... Shake it off. It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped over the wall of that well. What should have buried him... Saved him. And he overcame...
What are you going to do next?
-Rebuild, of course.
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