The night after my April disappeared was the hardest night of my entire life. John even tried to help comfort me, something I never thought I would see him do. But it seems that he was equally distressed over the fact our dear daughter was missing.
The evening would only get worse as the search kept on. The police were no help what-so-ever, in fact they suspected foul play on either my own or Sukeenas account which was absolutely infuriating! Why would I, or my dearest friend do any harm to precious April?
Sukeena had her own plan to take care of the issue the cops were creating. I never realized exactly what sort of powers my friend had until this night. I know that she only used them because they left her no choice, it was them, or us. The choice was obvious and my dear friend did all that she could.
Without laying a single hand upon the officer, Sukeena managed to drain the very life right from his body. I watched from the window as she chanted and danced until the man fell to her feet, dead as he could be. Upon her leaving his body in the solarium the plants seemed to come to life. Vines covered the ground and walls, and when they receded again his body was gone!
The rest of the police fled the house, fearing for their own lives without any further investigation. John was utterly furious at Sukeena, he threatened to remove her from the premises as soon as he could get the cops to come back. Neither she nor I was about to let that happen though.
Sukeena came up with a plan later that evening. It was a brilliant plan that would rid us of having to put up with John for the rest of our lives! She would lure him up to the tower, and we would push him from the window! It would look as if he had committed suicide and we would finally be free to live as we pleased!
Sukeena approached John in the hall one afternoon, attempting to apologize for all the stuff which had happened after April had gone missing. At first he blew her off, wanting her to just leave him alone so he could go on about whatever business he was tending to, but then she offered him something he just couldn’t refuse.
She offered to tend to his ‘manly’ needs while I was out at the market. Claimed to have a nice spot set up in the tower just for the two of them and that I wouldn’t have to know about their arrangement. It worked like a charm. John couldn’t resist an offer like that, I knew he wouldn’t, especially since he and I had not been united in quite a long time.
He followed her like a lost puppy follows a stranger, so trusting and ignorant. She swayed her hips back and forth as she climbed the steps to the tower, luring him even closer. The plan was going exactly as we had hoped it would.
As soon as John reached the top of the steps I came up from behind him and started pushing him towards the window which Sukeena had opened. It was then he realized what was going on and was too shocked to do anything about it.
Seeing him laying there brought me more joy than it should have. I was free! The house was mine, and all of the fortune. Not that it mattered, my daughter was gone, my son was growing up under someone’s care, but at least I had Sukeena.
The two of us became even closer without John around to stop us. Instead of being my servant Sukeena was now my partner and also master of this house just as much as I was. It felt so good to be the two of us, I was happy for once in a very long time. To complete our happy little family I decided to call Adam home from boarding school! I couldn’t wait to finally have my son back at Rose Red.
Until today life had been wonderful, but now a horrible thing has happened! Sukeena is gone! Rose Red, once again jealous of my affections for someone else had stolen someone so dear to my heart. I fear now that I will go completely insane if I have not already. I can not risk anyone else going missing and so I shall fire the entire staff, my son is moving out on his own so I shall live here alone, and Rose Red shall die as I will too one day.
Ellen grew older, and lonelier as time wore on. She kept her word and had no one but herself in the house for many, many years. Even as her condition worsened she would not call anyone in to help her for fear the house would claim another life.
She was near the age of seventy when she died. Adam called on her every day and finally when she didn’t respond he came in looking for her, but he never found a trace of her. Unsure what to do with the family home he finally decided to keep it and one day turn it into a museum of his family’s history.
“It is said that from time to time Rose Red can be heard laughing or crying– that the sound carries for miles and is often mistaken for either a wild animal or a ship’s horn.”* She still stands today, in Seattle Washington as a bed and breakfast for any of those who may be brave enough to stay the night.
*This is an actual quote from the Diary of Ellen Rimbauer and not my words.