House for Sale
The house was dead quiet. Snow swirled around it in feathery wisps and softly blanketed the porch, roof, and eaves, giving a hushed, yet mysterious air to the abandoned dwelling. Years ago, the owners were evicted from their home by housing authorities, but the house was not empty; some secluded life, concealed from the eyes of the neighbors was going on there.
Once in a while a slim, dark, statue-like figure would appear in the window. For hours remaining motionless, it could be taken for a household appliance put on the sill. But a patient observer, who fortunately was not present, could spot that once in a while the object would become alive and with an elegant stretch clear off the window sill.