26. HAUNTED HOUSE
September 24, 1975
On a dare from Nellie, Laura approaches a haunted house and accidentally befriends the strange old man, Mr. Pike, who lives there. She learns that Mr. Pike has been waiting for his wife, Lily, to return home for twenty years. She later learns that Mrs. Pike has been dead all this time but that Mr. Pike refused to accept it. With Laura’s help, Mr. Pike deals with the loss of his wife and comes to terms with it.