Part I: The Door
They'd lived there for three years but never once opened the third bedroom's cupboard door. When they'd bought the house, they'd been told that a dark secret lay behind it.
The door was locked – the key long-lost – and painted over many times. Henry was convinced the door was a trompe l'oeil. There simply wasn't space for a cupboard, there was simply nothing there.
Jennifer wasn't so sure. One evening, determined to discover the truth, she instructed Henry to open the door with a crowbar. Fully ten minutes later, it finally gave way.
What they saw made their blood run cold.
Part II: Behind The Cupboard Door
Before them was a small human skeleton, suspended in mid-air.
Henry and Jennifer stood transfixed as the skeleton transformed into a brilliant vision of a young girl in ragged Victorian clothing.
"I knew you'd come eventually," she said. Her lips formed the words but the sound came from behind the couple, causing them to spin round. The girl's laughter filled the room with laughter before her wide smile became a piercing scream that consumed them completely.
Suddenly, all went black. Henry and Jennifer realised that they themselves were now in the cupboard. They heard the key turn in the lock.