The Return of the Diabolical Doctor Abacus
by John Michael Osborne
Brianna Basra and Lonny Clark stood in the basement and gazed into
the closet. When Brianna first inherited her late uncle’s mansion in Atlanta,
her psychic power revealed a spiritual vortex there.
Brianna set her uncle’s magical journal down on the table aside of statue of Buddha. She tied
back her waist-length black hair. It was still very hot and humid the week after Labor Day weekend. “My uncle wrote in his journal that not only can we use the vortex for our astral bodies, but we can summon Vimarome,
the guardian of this vortex, he can give us the power to take our astral bodies through it to travel space and time and interact
with them?” Lonny said skeptically. “Brianna, are you sure?”
Brianna wasn’t sure of anything with her uncle’s book. “That’s
what his journal says.”
Lonny wiped his brow and tossed his shoulder length dreadlocks. It
looked like the heat was getting to him, too. “I don’t know, Brianna. That sounds
pretty far fetched to me. And who and what is this spirit we’re supposed
to summon? It sounds risky.”
practiced white mysticism. There is no risk. I think we should try it with our astral bodies. Wouldn’t you like to see other planets? Meet beings from other worlds? Go back in time to see great historical events?”
Brianna’s cell phone rang. “Hi,
Vera. What’s up?”
Brianna’s friend, Vera Dagle, pleaded, “Can you come over to my hotel tonight? The activity has become much worse. I can’t put up with much more of this.”
Brianna expected this. “I warned you not to buy that place. Do you believe in ghosts now?”
you come over tonight?”
can come. What’s going on?”
“I’ve been slapped, punched, and kicked. I’ve heard a voice tell me to get the hell out. I’ve had plates and
glasses smashed. I tell you, Brianna, I can’t afford all this damage. If
this doesn’t stop, I’m
going to have to sell the place.”
hang in there. The cavalry is on the way.”
“What’s up?” Lonny asked.
She hung up. “That was Vera.”
Lonny groaned like he lost a fist fight. “Let me guess. Things are getting worse since
she started to remodel the place for her bed and breakfast hotel. It’s
probably the spirit of Dr. Abacus. He probably doesn’t like his old home
converted to a hotel.”
it. She wants us to come tonight.”
“We’re going to have to wait to try this with the vortex some other time.”
“Can’t say that bothers me.”
Vera bought the “Arch,” the house
built by architect and artist, Dr. Domorio Abacus. She heard the house was supposedly haunted, but believed that would be
a business attraction for the hotel, but now things have become so bad, she’s at her wits end.
Brianna and Lonny just started classes after the spring break, but
they had no homework to
worry about yet. They could help Vera right away. They drove out
there at dusk.
Brianna read in her late uncle’s diary as Lonny drove them to the Abacus Bed and Breakfast,
just south of Atlanta. As Lonny parked the van, Brianna thought the
house looked like a small
dark blue castle with its two spires, rounded walls, and frames.
Four roof-high evergreens stood next to the front of the house.
Brianna left her uncle’s diary in the van. “Do
you know anything about this home?”
Dr. Abacus built it.”
think that his spirit could haunt two places?”
They darted up the front porch.
“It’s possible,” Lonny said. “When we rid the Anderson family of the Doctor’s spirit in their home, he may have sought refuge here. Or he may have haunted both places all along. That’s not unheard of for a ghost to frequent more than one place.”
Vera welcomed them inside. She was a beautiful girl, short, thick
luscious curly blond hair, with high cheek bones. She wore wild flower perfume and a short blue dress over her curvy frame.
Brianna met Vera when Brianna was a freshman and Vera was a senior. After Vera graduated, for her graduation present, her
father gave her enough money to invest in a business.
Brianna felt something immediately when she stepped into the living
room. An unsettling, evil, residual energy hung in the air. “So tell us what’s
been going on and where.”
“I had a
couple staying upstairs. Late at night, when the husband was in the bathroom getting ready for bed, his wife was in their
room. He heard her scream. He found her writhing on the floor.”
“What happened?” Lonny asked.
Vera showed them the room. “She had to be taken away. She thought she was
on fire. And the last I heard, she still does. They don’t know what
to do for her.”
Brianna didn’t see anything
unusual about the room. A bed with a white bedspread sat
against the wall near the front light switch. A dresser set across
from it. A closet stood next to the
dresser. A TV sat at the foot of the bed. A colorful spring landscape
painting hung above the bed. “You think the spirit of Domorio Abacus did something to her?”
“No. I think
the ghost of Echo Blackburn attacked her.”
“Who?” Lonny asked.
Echo Blackburn. The name reverberated through Brianna’s head. She heard about
her. “Wasn’t she a mistress
of the Doctor’s?”
“Yes.” Vera led them to the kitchen. Brianna couldn’t believe it. The place was absolutely trashed. Broken glasses
and plates covered the floor. A couple of cabinet doors, above the yellow stove and over the white counter, stood open.
“Good Lord,” Brianna exclaimed. “You weren’t kidding about the broken glasses and dishes.”
Vera tiptoed through the kitchen. “No, I wasn’t. Excuse the mess. But I’m not the one who did this. And I wanted
you to see this for yourself.”
Vera said, “Cabinet doors flew open and everything just started flying at me. And
I took off. That’s when I called you, Brianna.”
With every step they took, it sounded like a fire crackled beneath
The kitchen was small, with a yellow stove and brown refrigerator.
A small wooden island, for preparing meals, stood in the middle of the kitchen. A large wooden dining table stood to their
right. An odd burning odor hung in the air.
Lonny said, “Tell me more about this Echo Blackburn.”
to death in this kitchen,” Vera explained. “She was a Polynesian lover Doctor
Abacus kept behind his wife’s back.”
Brianna shuddered. “That’s right. I remember now. He taught at Georgia State and at
Emory. The year was 1965. Neither college liked what he was doing.
Rumors were flying around
Vera stepped to the stove. “Yeah, they knew he was erratic. They heard
he was studying the occult, maybe even black magic. They looked the other way with that.”
Brianna felt something odd. Her psychic sense couldn’t pinpoint it, but it was
as if a spirit hid nearby. “An affair here in Atlanta in ‘65?”
that time it was scandalous,” Vera said. “But he was able to keep it quiet.”
know how Vera was burned to death?” Lonny asked.
does, my dear,” Vera said. “Her death remains unsolved. Some people think Abacus murdered her.”
Brianna felt a strange sensation the closer she got to Vera. “While others think that
the Doctor’s involvement in black magic is what brought about her demise.”
was also involved in black magic, wasn’t she?” Lonny asked.
Vera stepped away from Brianna. “Yes. The original house burned down with Echo
in it. Abacus rebuilt it, but he was never the same after that.”
Lonny peered into the dining room. “Yeah and he hung himself in his home.”
Sharp shivers ran down Brianna’s back. It sounded like a spooky, terrifying
tragedy. “So you want us to try to rid this place of Echo’s spirit?”
think you can?”
try,” Lonny said. “I
want to set up some cameras around the house. Would that be okay?”
staying here tonight while we investigate?” Brianna asked.
want to go back to my studio to paint. I like to paint at night.”
Brianna thought it was odd that she wanted to stick around to work
on paintings, but some
clients want to stay to see what happens.
Once they got back to Lonny’s van to get their equipment, Lonny asked.
“There’s an oppressive feeling in there. I got a feeling that there’s a spirit presence that has been in the home.”
too. What did you make of Vera?”
don’t know, split somehow. I think the place is putting a lot of stress
Lonny handed her a camera. “Don’t you think it’s strange she fled the place after the after the
activity in the kitchen, and now she wants to go to the basement at night to work on a painting?”
it’s very strange, especially since she wasn’t an art major in college. I think we should check out the basement right away.”
They returned to the house.
Lonny set up his camera in the kitchen. “She could be crazy, but still be experiencing
paranormal phenomena in here.”
While Lonny set up the other camera and got them hooked up to his
computer, Brianna went down to the basement to try to capture EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena on her tape recorder. She
also tried to use her psychic abilities to detect a spirit presence. She did feel an
energy source in the house, but couldn’t locate it.
Brianna called out to Echo, but she received no EVPs. She went upstairs
and continued to get a message from Echo. At times she smelled smoke. The odor suddenly appeared and
then mysteriously vanished. She suspected Echo was in the house,
but because of Echo’s involvement in black magic, she believed Echo may have the ability to block Brianna’s psychic power from detecting Echo’s presence.
Brianna lied down in the bedroom where Abacus and Blackburn once
copulated. She breathed deep and relaxed. She closed her eyes and saw splotches of bright blues, purples, reds, yellows and
greens. The colors gave to gesso-white. Brianna broke free of her body. She now could detect where the power source emanated.
It was somewhere below.
Brianna floated downstairs. She found Lonny had hooked up his cameras,
and he checked the computer to make sure everything worked properly.
The energy source felt further down, so Brianna floated down to the
basement. She felt closer to the psychic energy. Brianna found a room lit in the back. The door stood cracked opened. Vera
worked on a painting.
Paintings littered the room. Vera stood before a canvas painting
furiously. Brianna floated inside Vera. She didn’t expect the terrifying thoughts and the power that froze her into Vera’s body.
Lonny checked his cameras and his sound equipment and everything
was ready to go. Before he could check up on Brianna, he heard someone whisper his name.
“Who’s calling me?”
The voice came from outside. Lonny opened the back door. A shadowy
figure ducked behind the trees out in the back.
“Who’s out here?”
The ghastly white face of Dr. Abacus appeared between the trees.
Lonny shuddered. “You again. I thought I sent you on to the after world.”
us, boy. Your psychic power is great. We can show you so much more.”
Dorian and Baltar.”
me to hook up with a demon?”
isn’t a demon, boy. He’s
a spirit from another world. He has shown me so much. And he can show you, too.”
world?” Lonny gasped. “Where is this other planet?”
galaxy. Baltar is trying to create a link between this world and his. He needs help. He doesn’t have enough power.”
Baltar gotten to this world from his?”
“I don’t have time to answer all these questions now. Make up your mind. Join us.”
“No. I don’t believe you. This is just another trick--” Lonny smelled smoke. He whirled
around. Fire consumed the house. “Brianna!”
Someone clubbed him from behind. He blacked out.
Brianna heard inside Vera’s mind. For how long I’ve heard trapped in my own home. I’ve been waiting for Domorio
to return to me. Years and years I’ve waited.
I’m not getting Vera’s thoughts, Brianna thought. These are the thoughts of Echo Blackburn. She has possessed Vera.
The painting Vera worked on looked a red and orange mess.
I’ve now reunited with my Domorio, Echo thought. And you and that
friend of yours won’t stop me!
Brianna tried to leave Vera’s body, but she couldn’t.
“You didn’t realize I knew you are here with me in this body, did you?” Echo spoke. “I’ve great power now, little girl, now that I have united with
my Domorio has come for me. We have
help. And now I say goodbye to you.”
Vera splashed the painting with rubbing alcohol and lit it ablaze.
She sprayed the alcohol all over.
Vera laughed hysterically. “You will die here with me and become one of
No! Brianna thought. She tried to yank free of Vera’s body, but Echo held her inside. Let
You will see. We need five to raise the power of Shadar. At long
last I will see all of my dreams realized.
Vera’s body was overcome with smoke. She collapsed. The fire burned all around
her. It spread upward. Brianna’s still body lied in the bedroom above. She needed to get back to her own body to survive.
She could feel the fire burning Vera’s flesh. It felt knives cut all across her body. She cried
out as Echo laughed like a lunatic.
The fire consumed the first floor and leaped to the second. Brianna
wondered what happened to Lonny. Was he hurt? Was he dead? She couldn’t even call to him for help. This was it. She had to die here in someone
body while her own burned into charred memories two stories
above. She regretted ever taking the magical journal from her uncle.
Brianna knew she would become the very thing she and Lonny sought to capture on film, a ghost. But would Baltar, Dr. Abacus,
and Echo Blackburn have control of her spirit?
Lonny shook the cobwebs and looked up at the house. The first was
engulfed in flames. The second floor bled smoke like a crumbling dam.
As Lonny got to his knees, he spotted a muscular figure with long
dark hair tied back scaling the side of the house. Lonny recognized him. Black Andrew broke into a second story window.
He found Brianna’s body lying
on a bed. The invading smoke started to overtake the room. Andrew Dorian snatched her body and carried her back down to the
“I don’t believe it,” Lonny mumbled.
Black Andrew saved Brianna.
Lonny sprinted to him and tackled him. Andrew punched Lonny in the
head and kneed him in the gut.
As Lonny gasped for air, Black Andrew said, “I owed her a favor for healing me of cancer
and now we’re even. I hate owing anyone anything. Next time we meet, things
will be different.” Black Andrew walked up to Lonny and clubbed him in
the head again. “You should’ve joined us.”
Black Andrew ran off.
Once the fire consumed the house, Echo Blackburn let go of Brianna’s astral sprit. Brianna heard laughter as she floated back upstairs. Through the fire and smoke, she
saw her body being carried outside. She saw Lonny fight with Black Andrew and heard what Andrew said.
Lonny caught his breath as Brianna reentered her body. The smell
of sickly-sweet burning wood filled the air.
Her eyes popped open. “Lonny.”
“Brianna,” he gasped. Her lungs ached for clean, refreshing oxygen. “You’re alive!”
He threw his arms around her. She felt his pectoral muscles against
her breasts. Brianna was overwhelmed. He never held her before.
I lost you!”
Brianna grinned. “That’ll never happen.” She looked around. “Where’s Vera?”
“I don’t know if she made it out or not.”
As they watched the house burn down, Lonny told her he saw outside.
She told him about
your uncle gave you his journal to stop this bunch?”
“Yes. I—” Brianna looked around. “What
happened to Andrew?”
Lonny shrugged. “He just took off.”
Brianna ran to the van. Lonny chased after her. The journal was gone.
it!” Brianna exclaimed. “He
stole the journal. He can’t be allowed to see what’s inside, Lonny. There are secrets about my uncle’s house in there.
He can find out how to increase his psychic power. He’ll abuse the knowledge
that’s in there.”
Lonny held her hand. “I think we’re going
to back to your uncle’s home and ask for his help.”
Copyright © John
Michael Osborne 2011