#62. The Locked Ward

Most elder-care facilities have some kind of locked ward if they deal with dementia cases. The Colonel Belcher doesn’t deal with hoarders or undressers or any of the other worst-off cases, but about a quarter of the top floor has been locked ever since it moved to its new location a handful of blocks away from the coroner’s office. Residents claim that nobody ever goes in and nobody ever goes out. They complain about the smell. They complain about the sounds. But few people tend to care about the elderly and their complaints.
While the main door into the locked ward is secure and hasn’t opened since the facility did, it is possible to get in through a janitorial closet nearby. A set of coveralls hangs on the wall opposite the door. If you unzip the coveralls, you will discover a hole behind them that leads into the locked ward. Be warned though: the coveralls cannot be unzipped from the other side. To this day, no one has returned with a satisfactory answer. In fact, all anyone ever agrees about is that the locked ward is very dark, and very hot.


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