Six months ago, Aspen Draper’s elderly neighbour, Mrs Leigh, died from a heart attack. Aspen was the last person to see Mrs Leigh alive, and she was the first person to find the old woman’s body.
After this unfortunate discovery, Aspen becomes something of a celebrity in her dreary seaside home town, Scarborough. She’s bombarded with intrusive questions about Mrs Leigh’s death every day, and her friends are insatiably curious about the incident. Despite Aspen’s best efforts, she’s unable to move on from the past, even as time passes.
The winter months segue into the summer, but Mrs Leigh’s home remains unsold. Eventually, the house is boarded up, and rumours begin to spread that it’s haunted by her restless ghost. Then, during a sleepover with her friends Pippa and Lakhi, Aspen is made to confront her fears all over again. Pippa dares Aspen to break into Mrs Leigh’s home to search for this elusive ghost, and Aspen is too weak-willed and anxious to refuse.
Under the cover of the night, Aspen returns to Mrs Leigh’s home - but she doesn’t find eerie spectres awaiting her arrival. Instead, she meets a strange girl called Althea, who seems to know more about Aspen than any stranger ought. Aspen soon finds herself enchanted by the beautiful Althea, and she resolves to discover who (or, indeed, what) she really is.
50k words of text
Around 3-4 hours of reading
A kinetic storyline with no choices/branches
Detailed backgrounds and CGs
An original soundtrack inspired by The Cure
A haunting, eerie atmosphere
A sweet lesbian romance story suitable for all ages
It’s the only visual novel set in Scarborough!!! (probably)
Deeep huuge bow to you, Ebi-hime-sama, for this beautifull piece.
I had enormous pleasure reading it.
Besides english isnt my native language, and recently for some particular reasons i had a large share of reading gruesome engRish texts, and after this your RitD was like a breath af fresh mountain air after a ride at the bottom of an overstuffed dump-truck (i bet, you didnt expect mentioning dumptrucks in a praising comment hehe:-D).
Seriously, thank you for your (as always) astonishing, atmospheric and soul-filled work.
Oh, and give my best regards to Mr Darksin for his amazing artwork (really, what a cuties :3)
Aspen and Mrs Leigh's homes are described as semi-detached in the story, but the background artist didn't draw it correctly (he drew them as two separate houses), and I didn't notice the mistake when I first received the BG. While coding the story 2 years later, I finally noticed the mistake in the BG. However, since the BGs were done so long ago, I didn't want to bother the artist about it, so I decided to edit it myself. The edit isn't done very smoothly, but I figured it wouldn't be too noticeable in-game because sprites are always layered on top of this BG. I forgot to delete the first outside.png image, so it's still in the BG folder, but it never gets used in the story because it doesn't match the text. outside2.png is the more 'accurate' version.
Oh, this looks a lot better than the very jank version I made! Thank you very much, that was kind of you! If you don't mind, I'll replace the bg in the current build with this much improved version. I appreciate it a lot! >_<