The next room they entered was small and dark. “This is a man made cave,” said Wolf.
“What’s in this man made cave?” Shana was losing hold of her fake bravado. She was irritated at him and the game he was playing with them. And she couldn’t understand the hold he seemed to have over Linda. She, on the other hand, found him to be loud and overbearing.
All of a sudden, black furry bats flew at them from all corners of the cave, flying low, aiming at their heads. Shana and Linda cried out in fear as they tried to protect their long hair from the low flying rodents.
Wolf’s unhappy guests raced away from the bats and back through the greenhouse. Shana couldn’t believe her eyes: the tall trees were coming to life and reaching for them with their long branches. Their shuddering trunks were digging up their roots to join in the chase. A number of the trees were already standing closer to the path; some of them had moved forward on their own. The whole greenhouse was shaking. The earth rumbled as the trees lifted up their heavy roots. She grabbed Linda’s hand and they ran out of the greenhouse; she didn’t want to get trapped by the trees’ long limbs.
In the art gallery, they sped past the somber faces and watching eyes. The once-serious faces in the portraits were now laughing at them. She felt like she was running through a fun house full of distorted images. As they ran out the front door, she heard Wolf bellowing in laughter behind them.
“I had thought that you were friends with these people! How could you have let this happen?” Linda yelled at Todd. Now she distrusted his motives.
“We were never friends, but just business acquaintances,” replied Todd. “I didn’t know that he was in any way associated with the company that owns End House.”
“We must be honest with each other from now on if we’re going to find out what is really going on in town,” Linda said to Todd as they sped away from the house. She had always suspected that he hid secrets from her, but had never known the full extent of those secrets until now.
“I have always been honest with you,” said Todd. He was beginning to look annoyed and even angry, so she dropped the whole subject. She couldn’t believe that she could have been fooled by him.