The stories about those who let their curiosity best them? Everyone knows how they end. Thus, as someone who’s neither brave, nor an idiot, he’d avoided the basements and the attics.
Only, there was this chessboard on that comfortable rug besides the fireplace. And, when he was playing against himself, there was a rumble as the whole fireplace moved. And, well.
Okay, he let curiosity win.
And, honestly? He’d expected stairs to a secret stash. Of wine, perhaps.
He’d definitely anticipated neither a ghoul guarding treasure chests in a flour pantry, nor accidentally torching the place.
Or burning with it.
Prompt: Ghoulish Treasure