He was in a huge dining room that had a long table with eight chairs around it. It had a fireplace on the other side of the room, with two shelves. The shelves had three wine bottles on them. He walked to the chair closest to him and pushed it out of the way. He picked the papers up on the table and read them.
"Taste poison? Who in the world would do that?" he wondered as he walked around the table to where the soup was. He pushed the chair to the side and stared at the soup.
"Is this the poison?" he wondered as he walked away from it and walked to the door on the other side of the room. There was a note beside the door that said, "THE COOK IS BUSY, LEND A HAND." He sighed and went through the door.
He heard the sound of someone cutting something on a cutting board. He saw another door and walked over to it, but it was locked. He headed up to where the sound was coming from. There was a knife moving across the cutting board, but nobody was standing there, or so he thought. When he tried to walk in front of the cutting board, somebody blocked his way.
"Ah, I'm busy, so busy..."
"Do you need help?" Italy asked and the person grabbed his arm and pushed his wrist on the cutting board.
"A hand is exactly what I needed," the person said as the knife raised up.
"W-Wait! Don't use my hand, u-use this," he said as he quickly pulled out the bear limbs with his free hand. The invisible person let go of his wrist and took the limbs and Italy darted away.
"Thank you. I was in need of a hand, or two. Let me show my appreciation," they said as they gave Italy a silver key and continued to hit the knife on the cutting board. He walked back to the door, but the key didn't work on it. He sighed and went to ask the person what the key was for when he noticed an opened book on the table. He walked over to it. It was called "Dining of Aristocrats." Italy sighed and began to read.
People of ruling and wealthy classes have long enjoyed dining with silverware. By using such hard-to-clean cutlery, they could hire servants to demonstrate their wealth. In addition, silver utensils change color upon contact with poison, making them quite useful.
"Oh," he said as he walked back to the room with the poison soup. He walked over to the bowl and set the key in it. It changed color and he heard a door unlock. He walked back toward the kitchen and jumped when a wine bottle fell off the shelf. He sighed and walked back in the kitchen. The first thing he noticed was that the cutting noise had stopped and the book was closed. He walked over to the door and walked through it.
He was walking up the steps when he heard another pair of footsteps. He walked around the corner, but the footsteps stopped and no one was there.
"I must be hearing things," he sighed and continued up the stairs. He came to a hallway. He walked passed the door and saw Germouser. He walked over to him.
"I'm a decorative cat ornament," he said, keeping a straight face. "Haha, I'm kidding."
"How is it you get here before me?" Italy asked and the cat just shrugged.
"I don't know. I'm just making sure you don't get hurt."
Italy sighed and walked forward to the door. It was locked and had "SAVE THE BUTTERFLY" written on it, so he headed into the room on his right. He saw bookshelves and a few books scattered across he room. He walked to the closest bookshelf on his left and pulled out a book.
Keys do not open doors in the witch's house. Something else must serve as a key.
The form of the house changes based upon the witch's magic.
"Good to know," he mumbled as he put the book up and walked to the bookshelf in the far left corner.
He pulled out a book titled "A Funny Story" so he decided to read it.
Once upon a time, there was a rich man pulling along a cart full of treasure. His cart had broken down in the woods, but there came a passing hunter and his dog. The rich man pleaded to the hunter to keep a close eye on his cart, to which the hunter agreed. The rich man went to get a new cart. Meanwhile, the hunter kept watch. Night soon fell, and the hunter grew worried for his elderly mother still at home. So the hunter told the dog to watch the cart and went home to check on his mother. When the man returned, he saw the dog on guard. So he gave the dog a reward for his master, a silver coin, to carry in his mouth. The dog ran all the way home and brought his master the coin. But the hunter flew into a rage. "I told you to watch the cart, and what did you do? You stole from it!" So the master killed the dog.
The chair closest to Italy laughed, making him jump and throw the book at it.
"What is wrong with this house! That wasn't funny, that was terrible!" he screamed as he backed away from the chair. He walked to another bookshelf and pulled out some old newspaper clippings.
XX/XX: XX Residence Burns Down
XX and his wife XX were found dead in the wreckage. Their bodies were found to have stab wounds, so it is suspected they were murdered and the building then set aflame. Additionally, XX's only son Feliciano has been missing since the fire.
"Feliciano... Where have I heard that before," Italy wondered as he walked to the books laying on the floor. He noticed there was something blocking his way, another invisible person.
"Sorting these books isn't going well... Need something to tie them together..." the person said, ignoring Italy completely. He walked out and went to the room he passed earlier. He walked toward the room and looked around. He saw a big spider web with a yellow butterfly caught in it. He walked over to one of the barrels and found some rope. He took it and walked back out. When he walked past the armor guard, he could have sworn it moved, but he chose to ignore it. He walked back to the room he was in before. He walked to the invisible person and gave them the rope.
"Ah! You're giving me this?" the person asked and Italy nodded. "Thank you! Take this."
He gave him a Book of Death. Italy took the book and walked out of the room. He heard something moving and when he glanced around the corner, he saw the armor guard moving away. He walked into the room across the hall. In it was two glasses cases. He walked down the narrow hallway and soon found a bookcase. He put the Book of Death in the bookcase and heard a lid pop up. He walked passed the painting and heard something moving. He walked around the corner carefully and walked up.
That's when a red skull started to chase him. He screamed and ran back. He ran around the bookcase and the skull followed him. He ran out and past the glass cases, out into the hallway. He waited a few moments, and when he saw that the skull didn't come out, he walked back in. He walked down to the other glass case and saw a blue butterfly model. He took it and went back to the room with the spider web. He took the butterfly out of the web and put the model in the web before leaving the room.
When he walked out and the butterfly flew out of his hands, and flew through a hole in the wall. He then heard the door unlock. He walked toward the door and noticed the door on the right was opened. He walked in cautiously. He walked to where the invisible person once stood and noticed that they had hung themself. He backed away and the table moved forward. He closed his eyes and ran out of the room.
He ran through the door and up the steps. He ran away from the awful sight he had seen. He wanted out of this house as soon as possible.