This feels like writing a composition when I was in junior school. I remember vividly how my teacher gave us a title and made us write a story according to the title. We could be creative and write basing on our imagination or it could also be something that had really happen before. Common titles are; A day I will never forget; How I spend My Summer break and My Best Friend. I’ve never felt writing a composition a chore. In fact I love writing composition, possibly my best subject!
Today, I am going to give myself a title and write base on the title, non-fictional with a dash of my own imagination.
While in London, for some strange reason, we were very drawn to the history behind King Henry VIII (spooky 1). After reading the haunting event happening within the Hampton Court (Spooky 2), we were determined to make a trip to visit the Hampton Court Palace and carry out our little “investigation”. So we did.
Are we nervous? Are we scared? Duh? Of course we are! So, the smartest move is for us to visit this “haunted” palace in the broad day light! We left our apartment as early as 9am after a heavy breakfast, put on the necessary stuff in our back pack and hop onto the tube.
When we arrived at the Palace, we were surprise to be greeted by a gorgeous sturdy building. We must say the palace has been so well maintained; it didn’t feel at all haunted. I’m sure you will agree with me. Sorry for the quality of the picture, it must be my shivering hand. No, I won’t blame it on my iPhone. 🙂
Now a brief introduction to this great King – King Henry VIII of England. Because of the urgent need to have a heir for the King (an excuse) or the playboy instinct within the King, King Henry VIII had to re-married six times. After reading the history of these six wives he had, it was clear to me at least that it was pure LUST.
Besides his first wife, Catherine of Aragon whom I think is highly remarkable. I was also pretty drawn to the his second wife; Anne Boleyn who was regarded as the most Happy but was also one of the two wives that was beheaded because of accused adultery.
And also his fifth Wife, Catherine Howard. She was beheaded also because of adultery. Now, the spooky part is, Catherine Howard died with a wrong caused and many believed that during the execution, King Henry VIII wasn’t even there. Although she had cried and beg to be spared, she was beheaded on the faithful day.
As such, her sad spirit lingers around the Gallery now known as the Haunted Gallery. As we walked along the gallery, we were also told that the residents of the palace have report witnessing a figure of a woman, dressed in white with long flowing hair drifting down the gallery. Just as she reaches the Royal Pew she lets out an unearthly shriek before hurrying back towards the top of stairs with a ghastly look of despair.
While we walked along the gallery, a huge gush of cold wind pass me by. Instantly I check if any of the windows are accidentally open but there was no window in sight! Spooky 3!
His third wife Jane Seymour, the most faithful who has a motto of “To Obey & Serve” died less than two weeks after a long birth labor of 3 days. It was said that her death was due to complication of the placenta after the birth of her first son.
The apartments used by Jane Seymour can be found at the top of the Silver Stick Staircase. Several people over the years have seen a ghostly lady in a long white gown carrying a lighted taper down these stairs.
We have walked up these stairs and also skip our way down these stairs, well, just so we have a feel without scaring ourselves. Quite honestly, I cannot deny the fact that the spookiness in the air was felt without any effort. According to Jos, our water bottle was not place in the front pocket of the backpack when we enter the palace. It was shifted for some spooky reason. Spooky 4!
To make the spookiness more spooky… the King came alive. We heard from a distance a very very low voice commanding “The King have arrived! The King have arrived! Now give way for the KING!” That scare the hell out of me because the palace was so quiet we can hear a pin drop! A discerning voice like this one came quite unexpected. And next, a fat and authoritative looking king surface from a dark corner, walking down the aisle. I was too stunt, I did not dare pull out my iPhone (too high tech) to take a quite picture of him. But wow, he looks real! Just like the picture on the flyers!
Despite the spookiness of the palace, the green part of the palace was pretty awesome. By now, we all have enough of the spookiness. Lets take a peek through the windows….. I cannot wait to run into the beautiful garden and feel the air! You too?
Lets run out shall we?
So that ends our journey to the spookiness. It was eventful, nice, fun and pretty thrilling! Maybe you should go and check them out yourself. After this palace… I’m determine to visit more palace! 🙂
P.S. Did you have a good New Year Celebration? I was literally partying within a war zone! Believe it or not? Next post maybe… 🙂
P.P.S How is it there is a big space from the last picture to the last paragraph??? I did not arrange it like that… ewww spooky!