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The first one hundred steps were easy. The old woman had defied the wishes of her granddaughter and charged up the ancient steps. She had heard of the superstitions but knew that only fear drove such things. The pleas of her granddaughter could still be heard from near the top of the staircase. For being ninety years old, she was in excellent shape. The one hundred steps did not even wind her. She stopped now just to ponder the writings around her.

It was no spur of the moment decision to climb the stairs. She had planned for this for…

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They had heard the rumors, but that was what made it so enticing. After all, what college boy didn’t want to do the forbidden? And forbidden it was. The Tower of Victory had been closed off from tourists for a month. Arriving in Thailand, they had gobbled up the gossip about the strange tower where people were dying or going crazy. They had to see it despite being told it was off limits. When they had cased it out for a few days and night, they realized that the guard was lax after one in the morning. …

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Within hours of the priest leaving the tower accompanied by several medical personnel, special forensic crews were brought in to remove the body of the detective. From the description they had received through the priest, they needed someone who could handle such a scene and have the right equipment as it was obvious that a mere rope was not going to work.

Two men were called in who traveled the area gathering remains for officials in a manner that kept evidence intact. They were known for their quick and efficient work. Both were suited up in plastic pants and shirts…

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The investigator looked up the dark steps and into the impenetrable gloom. He had been standing there for over twenty minutes just watching, listening, and feeling. It was his job to feel out the area.

Formally, his title was Special Regional Investigator. To those in official channels, he was the official joke — Special Paranormal Investigator. It was a title he wore with pride.

He had fought for the creation of the special section of the federal government. Despite all the evidence he had accumulated on the need for such a department, it took the haunting of the president’s mansion…

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The priest tightened the cords around his body. There were two thick ones left for him to wrap around the body that was still lying on the stairs. It had been there two days under intense heat. A scarf around his neck was filled with essence of lemon to stave off the decaying smell and hopefully prevent him from throwing up.

He had jumped at the chance to prove the superstitious people wrong. He had been fighting local traditions for over a decade. It was hard to fight something so ingrained in people.

Those from his order were still were…

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Are you looking for help with ideas for history projects? It can be overwhelming. There are so many possibilities much less so many events that can be touched on.

Below are some ideas to inspire you if your topic you are needing a project for is American history. This is over 500 years of history that can be touched on. Use them directly or use them to inspire another idea.

Early America — Up to 1630

Very few non-natives lived in what we know now as America. …

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Only twenty-four hours had passed since the last person had attempted walked up those steps. His body was still there, lifeless. Another man at the bottom of the long staircase gazed up, mentally preparing himself for what might lie ahead. He had been trained to track the enemy in dense jungles or barren deserts. He had been taught how to kill a man fifty different ways with just his thumb. He had been trained how to use every weapon known to man and to use every sense he had. To many, he was the most trained killer in the world.

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He stared down at a small area of the floor coated with dark bloodstains. More reports had been coming in over the last few weeks of the strange creature that lived in the Tower of Victory. He knew it to be just superstition, but two deaths and a woman admitted into a psych ward in the last year was not something to be ignored. Something weird was going on and needed to be investigated. His many years of experience in the force made him the man for the job.

He pulled his lips up in disgust. Creatures! He suspected something…

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She paused at the bottom of the steps and looked up into the darkness. It didn’t look that hard. She couldn’t understand why people found it so difficult to climb it. Superstition aside, it really didn’t seem too much of a challenge. The superstition was just one’s mind playing tricks. She knew that was all it was. She had anticipated that she would be facing a much more physical task. With a laugh, she took the first step.

At the crease where the lower step met the floor, a slight movement occurred as she began contemplating the inscriptions. The Tower…

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He had been around the world exploring ancient sites. The Tower of Victory had been on his bucket list. With retirement pending and the chances of using it as a business expense getting smaller, he decided to move this one up the list. His excuse to the university was that he wanted to write a book on the different steps. Since no one had fully completed the journey and the markings in the tower were undocumented, they quickly agreed. If he was willing to go into the unknown, who were they to stop him?

The first couple of steps were…

Rebecca Graf

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman. www.writerrebeccagraf.com

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