It was only after they’d bought the house that they found the writing. It’s silly really. A house is the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy, and you spend less time inspecting it than a new TV.
The house had been such a bargain, and there was so much to sort out in a very short time, that it was only after they’d moved into the ancient place, and begun to pull up old carpets, and uncover old walls, that they found the writing.
It was hard to read, because the words were written funnily and had faded too, a dull red-brown on the whitewashed wall they uncovered in the kitchen, but after a while they made out what it said.
Stop. Ye who are come. Stop. Go back and leave here, accursed and forsaken.
That was all it said.
And it was only after they found the writing, that they found the small door…