End House was gone but the game wasn't over for Linda and her friends.
As the ground closed up, Linda noticed that the left section of the End House remained standing for a few moments before it also dissolved into the ground. She didn’t know if she had imagined it or if that section had survived in a transparent form before it had gone underground. She thought back and tried to remember if she had ever entered that side of the house. She realized that the answer was no; she didn’t even know what had been there.
Turning to Todd, she asked, “Did you happen to see anything unusual with the left side of the house?”
Todd look confused. “No. What did you see?”
“The left side lingered for a while in a shadowy form, before melting into the ground. What was on that side?”
“Nothing much—the first floor had an empty ballroom, and the upstairs had two empty bedrooms. And…oh. There was a locked door leading down to the tunnels beneath the house.”
“What was in those tunnels? And where did they lead?”
Todd said, “I haven’t heard anything recently about the tunnels. I don’t think anyone has gone down there for quite some years. There have been many rumors circulating about the tunnels being dungeons where people were trapped and tortured. I do remember hearing that the door wouldn’t open for anyone.”
“Well, the left side of the house is now also underground in these tunnels. The dungeons could hold any number of evils. Maybe Tom and Edward—and possibly other humans, who’ve disappeared from town—could be down in those dungeons. Remember, we visited the tunnels when the stairs extended themselves below End House. It was terrifying down there with all those ghoulish creatures grabbing at us. The tunnel seemed to descend forever into a dark pit.”
“Let’s not worry about this now. Maybe nothing will come of it—and if it does, we can deal with it in the future. I don’t want to frighten the others more than they have been already.”
Linda nodded her head. But she didn’t agree. She wasn’t going to sweep this secret under the rug. If Tom and Edward were trapped down there, then she was going to find a way to free them. She was not going to allow demons to control her town and her friends any longer.