Hello dear readers, my name is Melody Pianissima and what you are about to read may shock you…it certainly shocked me when it all happened. You see, this is the story of when I became the pianist for a family living in, what can only be described as, the most beautifully kept haunted mansion! Sorry…I'm getting ahead of myself, I'll start at the beginning, seems reasonable, doesn't it? Well…this is the story of how I became involved in one of the biggest conspiracies ever…

It was a bright sunny afternoon in the middle of summer time, the sun rays, beaming down from amongst the lush green trees onto the concrete walkway, leading up to the mansion that would change my life. Two children were playing on a pair of swings, which were tied to a tree with some rope. The boy on the left, wearing a purple vest, was sitting on the swing, whilst the other one, dressed in a red vest, was standing on the swing, almost like he was flying. Both of them smiling at each other, they had no idea what would happen to them.

I was clad in a long maroon coloured dress which, along with my long pale blonde hair, was gently swaying in the wind, with my suitcase tapping my right leg in the breeze. As I walked towards the stairs, leading to the double doors at the front of the house, the two children glanced over at me. I slowly came to a halt, turned my body around to face the children and smiled. The two children looked at each other and whispered something which, to this day, I don't know what it was. In this time I noticed that they were twins… (Hopefully I'll be able to tell who's who) I thought to myself, as I looked at them discussing something. They turned back towards me; I had no idea what they were going to do…

"Hello Miss" the one in purple yelled. "Are you going to be our new pianist?"

"Why yes, I am" I replied.

"When will you start teaching us, Miss?" the boy in red shouted.

"I'm sure they will tell me when I get in"

"OK, goodbye Miss" they both shouted with a hearty smile.

I smiled back at them, waved and carried on walking towards the front doors…little did I know that once I entered…I would never step outside again.

I put my suitcase down and gently knocked the door.

"Surely a mansion would have a doorbell…" I quietly said to myself.

The door started to slowly open…well, it wasn't that slow, it just felt like a lifetime. I was incredibly nervous; I needed to make a good first impression. Behind the door was a very old man wearing a black shirt with a red collar and black trousers (He looks like a vampire). We stared at each other for a bit…I'm sure he was checking me out, it wouldn't be the last time either…

"Hello. I'm the new pianist" I said, trying to cover my nerves.

"Ah, Miss Pianissima, we have been expecting you. My name is Shivers and I am the butler in this…marvellous…mansion" The old man said, sighing.

"Uh…" I didn't know what to say. "Well, it's a pleasure to meet you Mr. Shivers." (Surely that's not a real name)

"Please, just call me Shivers. Allow me to allocate you to your room" He then proceeded to grab my suitcase.

"Oh it's fine, I'll carry that"

"Nonsense Miss Pianissima, it's my job" Shivers quickly remarked. "Now come inside, I'll show you where you'll be staying"

"Now, now Shivers…if she's going to be staying here, allow me to introduce myself first" A mysterious voice menacingly said.

I walked inside the mansion and looked around, trying to find who was speaking. I then noticed a figure standing at the top of the stairs, looking down at me. It was standing in the shade, so all I could see was a huge red crown, which illuminated most of the foyer.

"My, my…aren't you pretty as a picture?" The figure flirtatiously said.

"Thank you sir, it must be this new conditioner I'm using" Shivers exclaimed.

I smiled and giggled a little bit, while the ominous figure didn't take any notice.

"My name is Melody Pianissima and I'm the new pianist. It's a pleasure to meet you, sir" I said, still smiling. (I so hope it's a sir…)

"A pianist, you say? Well, I look forward to hearing you play…"

I assume it walked off then…either that or it hid it's crown, as it suddenly disappeared.

"Who was that?" I asked Shivers.

"That, young lady, was the master of this mansion"

I looked at where the figure was standing…no sign of it.

"Now, Miss Pianissima, if you would kindly follow me to your accommodation".