Regarding the Haunted House

Not far from where I live, standing at the side of a highway and facing a creek that runs below a bridge, is an abandoned house that was not quite lost to a fire. No one has bothered to knock it down or rebuild it. Its windows are shuttered with gray planks of wood, shingles are missing like jack-o'-lantern teeth, and its beams are scorched. It would be perfect as a haunted house for the local kids this Halloween, if any kid would care to go near it. But the house looks too forlorn for games and too forbidding. I don't...

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