The Healing Horse, Ch. 15, Scene 7: The Haunted Mansion

In this scene, Karen and Pegasus stroll by the Haunted Mansion. It will not open to the public for years, but the Disney magic opens it for them. Karen overcomes her fear and leads Pegasus toward the ghosts waiting inside.

The image is from the Wonderful World of Disney Magazine, Vol. 1 No 4, with thanks to the Internet Archive.

Scene 7: The Haunted Mansion

As they moseyed down the street, they veered to the left. A huge white mansion house stood about fifteen feet away from them. As Karen watched, it shimmered as if it were not quite real.

“Pegasus,” she said. “What’s happening? That house looks really strange.”

“I don’t know, Kitten,” he replied. “It looks strange to me, too. Look at that sign in front of it.”

They read the sign. It said ghosts could move in sometime in the future.

“I think it’s a coming attraction, boy. It isn’t open, yet.”

“I can’t stop shivering, Kitten. If it isn’t ready, then why is the front door opening, and why is a scary voice calling for us to enter?”

“What do you mean, boy? I see the door and hear the voice, too. What should we do?”

“I think it’s more of the Disney magic, Kitten. It won’t really open for years, but it’s open for us, today.”

“Let’s go in, Pegasus,” Karen said, as she motioned with her hand. “That’s the best thing to do when you’re scared. You have to face your fears, or you’ll never get anywhere. I’m scared, but I’m going in.”

“Okay, Kitten. I’ll be by your side.”

Text ©2021, Karen Lynn-Chlup. All rights reserved.

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