THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR-word count 8,297

For the young psychic Cassandra Lopez, coming to the infamous haunted mansion Lake Manor, was more like a mission. She knew the Manor and its employees needed her help to rid the home of specters, consisting of a young a slave boy, two wrongfully hanged men, a ballerina, a thieving bartender, and a pregnant woman.


The time has come when I must leave.
My dear family and home.
My heart is filled with joy and love,
and yet I give a sigh.
Now I must struggle toward,
the goals that I have set.
And overcome the fright and fear,
of life’s trial that must be met.
No longer will I have the guidance,
of parents loyal and dear.
For I realize what they mean to me,
now that the parting is here.
As I start out into the world,
going my separate way.
I will always carry with me,
fond memories of childhood days.
I know dedication is the power,
for all the things that I’ll do.
And straightway from this hour,
I’ll make they proud of me too.
And if all of my hopes and aims come true.
As the future years go by.
I can look back and humbly say,
“I owe it all to mom and dad.
With no regrets, tears or sighs.”

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