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THE DEMON IN THE POOL

In the late 1990s a reclusive man in the Midlands named Stephen who had won millions on the National Lottery passed away, and he left the bulk of his fortune to his 35-year-old nephew in Liverpool, a small-time thief named Dominic, who had recently been kicked out of his home by his father and was now living in his girlfriend’s house in Huyton.

The solicitor acting as the executor of the late Uncle Stephen’s will had quite a task getting hold of Dominic, who thought someone was trying to hand him a summons, and when the executor finally caught up with him, Dominic was more than pleasantly surprised to learn that he had inherited almost two million pounds.

Dominic tried to open a bank account but was initially refused because of an atrocious credit record, but when he mentioned the fortune he’d inherited, he was welcomed with open arms by the bank and they tried to give him sound financial advice.

The manager advised Dominic to put a million in a certain multinational financial services corporation, and he went into the ins and outs of computerized stock trading, venture capital, PEP investments and mutual funds, and at the end of the unasked-for long-winded consultation, Dominic yawned and said all he wanted to do was go down the pub and have a pint and a pie then book a week’s holiday in Lanzarote.

Dominic went on the holiday, and when he returned his girlfriend Dionne talked him into buying a huge farmhouse near Tarbock for £500,000.

The farmyard was landscaped and turned into a beautiful garden and a swimming pool was installed within it.

Dominic secretly bought Dionne a Steinway grand piano, and he blindfolded her and led her into the lounge, and when she took the blindfold off she cried with joy as she saw the £20,000 piano decked with gladioli.

She could only play a bad rendition of “Champagne Supernova” with two fingers but intended to get piano lessons.

Every day, Dominic threw a party and invited friends and friends of friends over to his big flashy house, and in the summer the swimming pool parties got out of hand with drugs and drink being freely available to anyone, and a fair-weather friend of Dominic named Jason arranged an orgy - against Dominic’s wishes - which went on for days.

Jason claimed he was a “Luciferian” who worshipped Satan and started holding Black Masses on the property until Dominic lost his temper and knocked Jason clean out one evening.

When Jason came around, he said he’d lay a Satanic curse on Dominic’s property and before he left he started to spout words Dominic found unintelligible.

On the following sunny morning, all of Dominic’s friends - both male and female - were already drunk and high, and they gathered in the swimming pool and started to indulge in drunken debauchery.

Dominic and Dionne watched in disgust from the poolside, and then the couple noticed something strange.

In the middle of the pool, something was bubbling up from the blue-tiled floor of the natatorium – and then it looked as if something was thrashing about in the bubbling white mass.

The sixteen hedonistic people participating in the aquatic orgiastic merrymaking all stopped what they were doing and saw something hideous emerge from the bubbling mass in the centre of the pool.

It looked like a cross between a gargoyle and something reptilian with shiny scales, and its grotesque head had a huge mouth lined with sharp long fangs.

A long segmented tail like that of a scorpion rose out of the water, and the “stinger” at the end of it was the size of a steak knife blade and jet black. The tail lashed out and two girls sustained terrible cuts to their bodies by the stinger.

The giant unearthly beast, which rose about ten feet out the waters of the spool, let out a roaring laugh as all of the debauchees tried to get out of the water.

Within minutes, naked and half-naked people were running from the farmhouse, and Dominic and Dionne also fled.

When the couple returned an hour later, the beast – probably a demon – was nowhere to be seen, but a great stain on the floor of the swimming pool which resembled a silhouette of the entity was engrained into the tiles and could not be removed or painted over.

Deciding that Jason really had cursed him, Dominic gave thousands away to charity and turned his back on drugs and crime.

He and Dionne moved from the farmhouse, went to live in a humble semi in Prescot, disowned their depraved friends and even started to attend church.

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