of the Scream Test: Teen Mystery/Horror
Story Writing Contest
name was Adeline Lourevere. She had gone to the ball as
Marie Antoinette, earning the attention she so desired.
Adeline came from a background of rich aristocrats who spent their
wealth upon lavish decor and clothes from the finest silk; she
thought it would be her duty to take upon the character of one
of the most famous nobles in history. The ball was an elegant
occasion full of wonderfully ornate dresses and carefully tailored
suits, but no costume could compare to Adeline's.
Her parents were not happy with her decision
to attend the ball by herself. They were still frightened by the
idea that her insanely obsessive admirer might be lurking near.
It was only one year ago that Adeline had been terrorized with
unsettling love letters from an unknown sender who referred to
himself as “Sir Terror”. There was no return address,
a factor that caused tremendous grief and fear to the Lourevere
family. Adeline never took the letters seriously though; she would
laugh when she saw the familiar handwriting and the alarming signature.
After all, being the prettiest young woman in town would bring
many admirers, even unwanted ones.
Sir Terror would begin all letters
to Adeline using the same simple phrase; “To my precious
rose”. Being a naïve girl to the dangers of the world,
Adeline was quite flattered by this pet name. The letters would
always include praises of her beauty and how Sit Terror would
immortalize her beauty forever for the future generations to admire.
Although they didn’t exactly understand what this meant,
her parents did not sit well with the anonymous letters and spent
a great deal of money into finding out who the sender was. When
their efforts proved to be in vain, the Lourevere family left
their estate and moved away hoping to escape the threats of Sir
Terror. It had been a full year since the move and not one letter
was received. Life was beginning to be enjoyable once again without
the terrible letters to upset them. It seemed like their problems
had been permanently solved. Unfortunately, the Lourevere family
would have to suffer heartbreak to find out that the threat had
The costume ball was being held
at the newly constructed estate of the young and dashing Xavier
Rorret, who had recently taken up residence in the town. His doctor
had ordered him to move because the city air was affecting his
weak health. Not long after he had settled into his home, Xavier
had become the object of every young woman’s affections,
and Adeline was determined to win him by the end of the ball.
Xavier’s glimmering eyes were drawn to Adeline’s enchanting
beauty and he asked her to join him in a waltz across the marble
Many dances had passed before fatigue
overcame the guests and forced them to return home. Only Adeline
and Xavier remained dancing to the echoes of the ghostly music.
Xavier exclaimed that he had never seen anyone as beautiful as
Adeline; words that proved her task had been accomplished. The
charming man persuaded her into taking a tour of his enormous
estate, an inquiry that she happily agreed to. She was many rooms
filled with beautiful antiques and priceless objects, but the
room that gave Adeline the greatest shock was a room Xavier referred
to as “the museum”. The walls of the room were covered
with the heads from a countless number of different beasts, and
lining the parquet floor were lions, bears, gazelles and many
other stuffed creatures unfamiliar to Adeline.
" My prizes,” Xavier
said gesturing to the lifeless animals, “they have all been
He turned to Adeline and studied
her face. With a whisper, he took her hand, “How would you
like to be beautiful forever, Adeline?”
" Excuse me?” She said
laughing, “that’s impossible; everyone ages sometime
" No, Adeline, it is quite
possible to stay young forever,” he said is an unsettling
tone,” I can immortalize your beauty for future generations
Adeline was struck with a horrible
fear as she heard those familiar words. She had to escape this
man. As she made an attempt to flee, Xavier ran to the door of
the room and locked it.
" Don’t be afraid Adeline,”
he said advancing towards her, “your beauty will never fade.
You’ll be my most beloved treasure; my precious rose.”