Main: Ornament aka Orni
Support Characters you will meet:
Decoration aka DecoBlack Pearl aka Pearl
You may find scattered through out the story links to a different thread where Art will be added (all illustrated by Wild_Arabians)
I am a visual person my self and love Pictures soo I though maybe others would like them aswell
So Wild was ind enough to help us out.
Main Link to illustrations of The Ghost of The Baxter House!
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do writing it
Link to Illustrations for The Ghost of The Baxter House
Ornament was getting very excited, this weekend was Halloween and she had just picked up her new costume, this year she was going to be the bell of the ball! Literally, since her costume was this perfect princess dress complete with tiara.
As she looked around the cafeteria at school she saw her friends already sitting at their table,
she was late today, the queue for fresh apples had been long. She started making her way towards them.
"Hi guys" She said in her normal cheerful voice.
First to answer was Deco "Hi beautiful, where have you been?"
"Ahhrrgg there was a long queue for the granny-smith apples, it took like forever" She smiled at him.
"Ahh I see" He answered and winked at her like he always did. He liked her and she knew that, but they had been friends since foal-garden and she liked him too but she was afraid to lose him as a friend if they were to date.
"So did you get the dress yet?" Pearl asked. Ornament turned and looked at the black unicorn sitting next to her, Pearl was one of those really natural beautiful Ponies, she hardly had to do anything to look pretty and all the colts liked her.
"Yes I just got it this morning; I am going to be the bell of the ball this year!" She said with a big smile as she tossed her head and her mane fell in perfect place.
"Hihi, you already are the bell of the ball, everyone here envies you, you know that." Pearl giggled and took a bite from her red apple "Besides is there anyone you want to impress?"
"Nooo" Ornament looked at Pearl with a crinkled frown "You know I have no time for these young ponies, I want a real stallion!" She tried to say it with some sarcasm, the truth was she didn't like any of the other colts, she simply had not met the one, yet.
"Ohh no talking about boys today please!" Deco shook his head and made a face of boredom "So where are we going this weekend to celebrate Halloween? There are quite a few parties."
"Well you're not invited to my party that is for sure!" A high pitched voice said behind them.
Ornament turned half way around well knowing who the voice belonged to. Behind her stood a beautiful unicorn filly, named Matrix. The Pony had colored stripes in her mane and was very pretty. Sadly, she acted accordingly.
"Oh no? What a shame! Like we would have nowhere else to go! Dang guys we have to cancel Halloween!" Deco said in a sarcastic voice, then turned to eat and purposely ignoring her.
Matrix shoots him one glance and opened her mouth to say something when suddenly they heard a loud crashing noise coming from behind them. Now everyone turned to look.
"Woops Sorry, If you just...Woops I didn't mean.. Really just..Noo..Okay I have it!" A small white and black unicorn filly was stumbling around to get her books in order, as she was carrying quite a few, more than just her own, Ornament realized.
"Arrgg be careful with that, Trouble! I don't want to be paying for new ones!" Matrix uttered through her teeth, she then promptly turned without another glance at the trio she had just been bickering with.
"Ohh I do feel sorry for Trouble, why does she hang around with Matrix?! She is so mean to her." Pearl asked. "I don't really know Pearl, but I do feel sorry for her too. So where are we going?" Ornament determined to have a nice lunch with her friend and not feel too sorry for poor Trouble, who always trailed after Matrix like a lost puppy.
"I heard about this party at the old Baxter's place, maybe there?" Ornament raised her eyebrows at the name. "The old hunted house? Yes that is just perfect for Halloween! What do you think Deco?"
The two girls turned to look at Deco. Sounds like a plan, but you know it's hunted, right ladies? That means ghosts! Which means scary, scary..Scary.." He raised his hooves about his head and made a scary face! "Ohh don't be silly Deco, ghosts don't exist!"
Little did Ornament know she was in for a surprise....
"Wow, you look amazing Pearl!" Ornament was astonished by the black unicorn filly standing in front of her. Pearl was her best friend they had been friends as long as she could remember. Pearl was as dark as night her mane matching her shiny fur, which always seemed to have this glow about it. How she did it, Ornament could never figure out.
"Thank you. You don't look so bad yourself Your Highness!" Pearl bowed down with a big grin on her face. "Well thank you" Ornament turned to look in the mirror. She did look quite smashing tonight, she had ordered this dress three months ago, and had been to several fittings, she had also found a tiara to match it, she was very happy with her princess outfit. She turned and looked at Pearl who was busy with her glow shoes. Pearl had decided to dress up as a Pirate, she had the Captain's pirate hat and a shirt with frizzles on the end, matching roughed up pants and a parrot sitting on her shoulders. Now, what really got Ornament going was the parrot, it was real! The parrot was as alive, as they were. Pearl had an uncle that breed them and had lent her Jack for the night. Jack was 18 years old and very calm. He tended to speak his mind every so often, but other than that he was a very nice parrot. Right now he almost looked like he was about to fall asleep sitting there.
"Ready?" It was more of a statement than a question. Pearl looked at Ornament, she nodded that she too was ready to go. "Ready!" Ornament said in a cheerful voice.
They headed downstairs and out the door to meet up with Deco.
"What is Deco dressing up as this year?" Pearl said sounding very curious. "I really have no idea. He has refused to give me any clues at all! So I guess we will have a surprise." She gave Pearl a look of innocence and Pearl smiled at her. "Ohh no I think I know!" She threw her head in the direction of a swamp looking Pony. Standing across the street looking gooey and.. Well unrecognizable.. Or at least that was Ornament's opinion. "Deco! Nice outfit! Come over here and we can get going!" Pearl shouted.
"Who are you yelling at?" A soft voice sounded from behind them.
"Aaahhhhh..." Both girls jumped up in the air, and sideways. "What?" Ornament turned around feeling her heart skip a beat, then starting to run at a million beats per second. A knight! A knight in shiny armor was standing behind them, and wow did he look handsome. The armor made him look like he has stepped right out of her favorite fairytale story, The Princess & The Knight!
"What are you doing??" Pearl had found her voice faster than Ornament who was just staring at the knight with her mouth open, in shock.
"I am Prince Charming, sent here to protect you damsels tonight" Something was odd about his voice it sounded familiar but the helmet muttered it somewhat, it made it sound deeper.
"Damsels! Us? Please..." Pearl said in a tone of disbelief "We can take care of ourselves! Thank you, anyway Sir Knight" You could tell as far as Pearl was concerned, the conversation was over.
"Now where did Deco go...Darn he probably didn't see us..." Now Pearl was not even seeing what was going on behind her.
Ornament had not taken her eyes off the Knight since he had frightened them, and neither had the Knight taken his eyes off her, they were as locked in each other's stare, as two lovers.
"Are you alright Miss??" He said. I should respond, a small voice echoed in her head. "Yes I am fine. Who are you??" She sensed a smile in his eyes. "I am... a friend" She felt like she knew him. She also felt like he really was a friend. "Are you still here??" Now Pearl was addressing the Knight. He broke their stare to attend the black filly demanding his attention, but not before she felt his reluctance to do so.
"Yes, like I said I am a friend. Deco will be late I will escort you ladies to the Baxter's Residence."
Pearl raised her eyebrows just to sink them again in a mistrusted stare. She stared at him long and hard. "Come on Pearl it's just a little walk from here, and it is dark outside! Let him escort us!" Ornament smiled at her friend. Pearl looked at her now in disbelief, not quite believing what she had just heard. Then her expression softened up and she nodded. They set off in silence, Ornament sneaking a peek at the Knight from the corner of her eyes every now and then.
As they got to the house the knight said his goodbyes and set off into the dark.
"He was weird!" Pearl said in her disproving voice. "Really? You think so??" Ornament looking after him "I thought he was a true gentleman. "Arrghhh typical you, Orni!" Pearl gave her a nudge and set off into the Baxter's House. Ornament just following with a smile on her face...
As they got to the front door they could hear laughter and music playing, they opened the door and walked in.. No one there... Not a soul...
"Where is everyone? I mean didn't you just hear voices and music a minute ago??" As Pearl finished the sentence the door behind them closed with a slow creaking and a click sounded as it hit the lock..
Both girls looked at each other and... "Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh........"
Link to Illustrations for The Ghost of The Baxter House
"Wait!" Ornament half shouted at Pearl, Pearl stopped screaming and looked at her shocked.
"That was just the wind! The guys are probably just playing a prank on us, remember it is Halloween!" Pearl admittedly looked irritated "Oh that is not funny! Wait until I find them!"
She turned to have a look for the guilty pranksters and saw nothing but an empty house, wallpaper coming off the walls and old broken furniture lying around a broken staircase going upstairs to the second level, but no ponies!
"Hhhmmm I am telling you Orni, this does not feel right!" Ornament turned, looked around at the empty house and she kind of knew Pearl was right, but ghosts do not exist. There was going to be a logical reason for this, she just had to find it, this almost reminded her of her favorite TV series: The mysteries of The Pink Avenger! He was a grand adventurer always solving mysteries and crimes. "Hmm maybe I am going to be like that" She hadn't realized she said it out loud "Like what??" Pearl looked at her puzzled and a little worried. "Like The Pink Avenger, a mystery solver!" Ornament said quite proud "HA!" Pearl busted out loud. Then she held her hove over her mouth "Sorry, I just imagined you with a hip replacement. So what are we going to do now?" Ornament looked at her friend "We are going to find the voices we heard and then find out what is really going on here."Ornament stated and turned around and headed towards the first room, Pearl following her carefully.
Nothing! Not one single pony, this was strange indeed! They walked around the house a bit and found nothing! Suddenly Ornament stopped mid stride and Pearl almost bumped into her. "What? What is it?" Ornament turned her head and looked through what would have been an old French door to what she could only imagine would have been the dining room once! Pearl saw her friends face pale, which did not happen often since she was pretty white as she was, but she saw it.
Then Ornament's jaw dropped! Pearl hurried up beside her friend, making sure she was standing behind her just in case. She looked through the broken glass doors and there! Through the doors she saw a grey, pale white very dead looking ghost. He was not looking their way, he seemed to not have noticed them yet, he was in the kitchen searching through the cupboards. He had a ghostly white glow about him and it seemed as though his hooves did not even touch the ground. "Orni is that a..a...a ghoo..ghoos...ghost?" Pearls voice was trembling so much it was almost inaudible "I think so..."Ornament whispered back "Let's go.. Now!" Ornament said stern and very quiet! Pearl took a step backwards "AV!" Pearl shouted! She had stepped back in a broken chair leg. Both girls turned and look at the ghost. The ghost was looking directly at them! "Ohm Run Pearl..Ruunnn!!!"
Ornament screamed and ran they did, almost falling over each other trying to get around all the stuff laying around the house, not a sound coming from behind them. They got to the front door and immediately Pearl reached for the handle, it was locked!"It's locked!" Ornament stepped in and tried and tried always keeping an eye on the hallway to make sure nothing was coming! "Darn, it's locked!" Pearl looking nervously over her shoulder "That's what I said Sherlock! It's locked!" Ornament knowing Pearl was about to panic couldn't help but love her reference."Okay what do we do now then?" Pearl shaking and her hooves clapping against the wooden floors " We take the back door through the kitchen" Pearl stopped shaking turned her head so fast and gave her friend a *are you kidding me look*. "Through the kitchen? Are you joking Orni!?! That's where we saw the GHOST! And you want us to go back there! Really?" Suddenly Ornament saw something out the corner of her eye, she turned knowing what she was about to see " I am pretty sure that the ghost is not there anymore, Pearl" Pearl shot her with a mistrusting look "And why is that?!" Ornament keeping her eyes firmly locked at the ghostly creature standing directly behind Pearl "Just trust me Pearl!" Now Pearl caught on "Oh no it's behind me isn't it?" She turned "Aaaahhhhh....."
She set in a gallop immediately seeing the ghost "Kitcchhheeennn it is!" Ornament following as fast as she could, but Pearl was fast! Around corners they went through the hallways to the French doors, through the dining room to the kitchen always glancing over their shoulders to make sure they were running faster than the ghost.
As they got to the kitchen they headed to the door and Ornament turned the handle "Locked! It's locked!!" Pearls screamed again!"Aaaahhhhh... Behind you!" Ornament turned to find the ghost standing behind her; she looked directly in to his grey eyes, so empty so dead. The bags under his eyes where dark grey and seemed to almost have a shine to it, his grey musky fur seemed old and dusty "Booooo...." He said and she didn't think twice in following Pearl in full gallop!
They ran back through the dining room turned the corner to the hallway and there he was again giving a lurking smile which made him look all the more scary "Back back..."Pearl turned and almost fell over Ornament and knocked off her tiara "Hey hey hey be careful, I need that!" Pearl looked at her irritated "Run!" They backed up the stairs and as they got to the top they looked back for the ghost, now nowhere to be seen in the hallway. "Do you see him?" Pearl shook her head "Right let's go!!" Ornament set off down the upstairs hallway "Where are we going?" Following but still keeping an eye on the stairs. "We are finding a place to hide until I figure out what to do" Both ponies tiptoed across the floor, Ornament opened a door and found an empty room, well it was more like a closet really! They snuck in and closed the door quietly behind them. "What now?" Pearl asked. "Now I have to think how we are going to get out of here!" Both girls looked at each other, how were they going to get out of this mess?
"What a sucky Halloween this is turning out to be!"
Eek! You managed the Pink Avenger! *happy squeal that quite possibly woke up a napping chimp*
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