It all started when my parents decided on moving to a small town in the state of Massachusetts, a few minutes away from Salem. I had just turned 10 years old, with my little sister being only 8. We moved there because of dad’s job. He was a researcher and writer who was clinically obsessed with Gothic architecture. He could talk about that stuff forever. We moved to Arkham due to dad’s new project involving the gothic-style buildings in Salem.
At first everything was fine, I was used to moving around because of dad’s remote job and mom’s insatiable craving for adventure. We bought a very nice house in a suburban neighborhood, dad got a good deal on it due to the previous owner being a fan of his. The house had two floors and an attic, with the latter being designated as a storage room. I was very happy with the size of my room. I had always slept in the tiniest rooms of whichever house we moved to since my baby sister “needs more room to grow up healthy”. Since Casey had turned eight, mom agreed to give me the larger room while Casey got the small one. Surprisingly, she wasn’t upset, which made the whole moving process go a lot smoother. Not even god could calm down Casey when she was upset.
It was on our third night there that things began to go wrong. Our neighbors had shown up in the morning with greeting cakes and meals to welcome us to their community. Dad and mom talked with them for hours while Casey and I ate the food they brought over. I particularly remember the sweetness of the Chocolate cake brought by a man with long dark hair and bright blue eyes. He and my dad talked from morning to sundown, and just before he left, I saw both him and dad with worried looks on their faces. Later that evening told me and Casey that this neighborhood had a big rule, no one should go outside between 12:30am and 1am, especially me and my sister. I kept asking why but dad only replied with “Because I’m saying so”, I could almost feel the concern emanating from his voice. I reluctantly agreed though Casey seemed pretty curious about the matter.
It was in that night that I first heard the whispers. They would begin every night a 12:30am and end at 1am. At first, I thought it was just my dreams, but the whispers just felt way too real. I could never understand what they were saying or where they were coming from, but they would show up every night a 12:30am. I know these whispers may sound creepy, but for some reason, they were comforting. They were like the voice of a close friend comforting you. It took me a week to find out I wasn’t the only one hearing them, Casey had also heard the whispers. But her case was different. The voice she heard wasn’t that of a comforting friend but of a grieving parent. She told me the whispers were like cries for help, and that she wanted to go outside and help whoever the owner of the voice was. I told her no and that going outside at that time was dangerous. She eventually agreed to leave it off but insisted that I spent the next couple of nights sleeping with her. I agreed and began going off to her room every night during the whispers, but soon I grew tired of it. I told her that she had to grow up and learn to face stuff on her own. I was being selfish. All I wanted really was to stop staying awake to comfort her. None of this would have happened if I had only stayed by her side. None of this would have happened if I had only been a good brother.