Twin girls, part of a rich English family, lived in a house full of clocks and shadows. Every night, the two teens – sixteen years old – were told to go to bed at ten, never later. They always listened, until their eighteenth birthday.

On that night, they disobeyed their parents and stayed up after ten PM, walking around the shadowy passageways.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, screeeeech...

It was an old house, built in the early 1600's, and many ghost stories were told about it.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, screeeeech...

They said there were bats in the old house, but the twins never believed that. There was an old wing that they were not allowed into. It was always locked, the key kept with their father.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, screeeeech...

The door, tonight, was open, just a crack, a light could be seen shining within.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, SCREEEEEECH!

The twins, afraid but curious, opened the door.

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Faster and faster the clocks went.

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH!

The door opened to a room, a clock set beneath the glass floor. It had no numbers, but the hands went slowly.

Tick-tock, tick-tock....SCREEEEECH!

The clock struck 10:30.

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"You were told not to walk around after ten."

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The clock struck 10:31 PM, and bled.

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH!

THE END