The Trouble With Off-Campus Housing
Forced to find housing off-campus, Bobby discovers a room-and-board opportunity ripped from the pages of the gothic novels he loves: Oversee the repairs of Lovett mansion, the ominous, forgotten property on the far-edge of town. With its overgrown expansive grounds and neglected interiors, the Lovett mansion job could take years (or at least until Bobby’s graduation) and so the young theater major agrees.
Upon his arrival, Bobby meets the property’s reclusive owner, Adam Lovett. A shut-in who hides in the dark corners of the house, Mr. Lovett piques Bobby’s curiosity with his odd speech and age-old vernacular. However, Adam Lovett’s world-weary burdens combined with youth and beauty is what intrigues Bobby more. Who is Adam Lovett? What are the secrets that cling oppressively to him? Adding Mr. Lovett to the list of repairs, Bobby eagerly accepts the job and moves into the groundskeeper’s quarters. It is there that he meets the additional staff, Tomas, the butler, and the eccentric chef, Conrad. Both of whom seem less than impressed with Mr. Wolfe’s presence.
With each renovation project’s completion, Lovett Mansion begins to take on new life, quite literally. Strange items begin materializing on the property, and the vast estate’s rebirth begins revealing long concealed mysteries and inconsistencies. With the help of his new boyfriend, Bryan Van Owen, and his best friend, the much beloved drag queen Ursula Moolay, Bobby begins to uncover the vast secrets that the Lovett Mansion holds and looks fabulous doing it. They discover that the mansion and the Lovett family are cursed. Bobby begins to suspect that not everyone who lives within its walls wants the secrets of the house to see the light of day. Someone is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the secrets buried.
In the end, Bobby returns to campus, no longer as a disgraced accidental arsonist, but as the victor in a harrowing tale of near-death adventure that becomes the stuff of campus legend.
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