The house was abandoned. The neighborhood kids agreed that it was haunted and would dare each other to step inside on moonless summer nights.
They built campfires in the weed-choked backyard and told stories of kids that went in and were never seen again.
But the house was odd. Lights flipped on at strange hours, and music randomly filled empty rooms. Rusted appliances whirred to life and went silent again in the kitchen.
The house had been one of the first fully wired Smart Houses. It still kept its master’s schedule long after its door was locked for the last time.

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