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KC: The Farmhouse #2

08-11-2022 - 1 year ago - 7m 13s


For the chapter name I found an intersection, and I combined the names to: Dry Hollow Road (after another search, I found this also exists three times already… well). For this session, I also need a few names: the owners of the farm will be the McClayton's: John; the father, Cassidy; the mother, and their children, Hailee and Teagan. They won't be in the story, but I like to be prepared for any name drops or pictures on the farm. The neighbors: Jocelyn Massey, the wife; the late Paxton Massey; and one son, Junior, who's already left the nest.
So I dropped off where Derrek stopped his car at the neighbor's house. Reflecting on yesterday, I think it's possible I could get through the entire conversation today. For prep, I have some questions he has to ask the lady before he sets off. The muddy road will be the only way through by car, but he already knows he won't be able to get through it. So he's already prepping himself to check it out by foot. He'll call this in with his chief, who will bark at him again for wasting his time.
Let's go!


Session 1 - Time: 25m - Words: 436
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He grabbed his little notebook and his flashlight as he got out of the car. He attached his flashlight to his belt. After closing his car door, he stood still for a moment, listening. Only some chirping birds getting ready for bed, but no screams. He could see the muddy farm road disappear in a bend between the fields. The farm wasn't visible from here, could be some distance.
At number 65, the porch light went on. Derrek walked toward the house, notebook in hand. The house was a standard older house for this region in the farmlands. It had a heightened front porch, the only thing missing was a rocking chair. Fences closed off the backyard from the side of the house. It could use some paint but was still in good condition. He stepped up the wooden steps as the door already opened into a tiny crack. The porch light was an overkill for this hour but some people like to be sure.
The eye through the crack pinched for a moment, but the woman attached to the eye, opened the door further as she saw his uniform.
"Good evening, ma'am." Derrek said, giving her a warm smile. She returned it but did check to the left and right after opening the door fully, eyes still pinched. She still moved with some speed, even for her age.
"Oh, hello there, officer. Thanks for coming this quickly."
"Not a problem, how are you doing this evening?" Derrek asked, taking out his pen and notebook. The woman released a stressed sigh as she pointed toward the farm road.
"The screams really put a scare into me. I was watching some [insert soap] and I thought to meself, 'Who the hell is screaming in there?', so I rewinded and played it again, but I couldn't find that part again. So I keep watching and what do you know, suddenly someone screams again. So I pause and get up, and again a scream! A long one this time. Went straight to my neck." she said, looking at the farm road again, her hands on her heart. "Like- Like they be murdering someone." She said, her eyes wide.
"I understand your concern, it's smart of you to make the call, miss…?"
"Jocelyn, sir, but everyone calls me Jocy." She said, relaxing a bit.
"Nice to meet you, Jocelyn, Jocy. I'm Derrek and I'll make sure you'll feel safe again this evening." Well, I hope so. "I don't hear any screams anymore, when did they stop?" Jocelyn looked at her watch, still analog, she muttered a few incomprehensible calculations.
"I called

Session 2 - Time: 25m - Words: 455
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"I called about twelve minutes ago and the screaming stopped a few minutes after that. The final one was a very long one." Derrek checked his own watch and noted: screams stopped at 8:33PM
"Do you remember at what time you heard the first scream?"
"Was about eight nineteen." Jocelyn said, pointing at her watch. Derrek noted it down.
"About the screams themselves, do you think it was a woman or a man screaming?" The elderly lady looked him deep in the eye.
"No, it was a child's scream." She said, her eyes growing a bit wet. I don't like where this is going. "Went straight through me. Couldn't say if it was a girl or a boy, they all scream like girls."
"Do you think it was only one or multiple children?" Derrek asked, he could see the pain behind the woman's eyes, she didn't want to think what could've happened out there. "I'm sorry to ask such specific questions, this could help a lot once I head over there." He added, Jocelyn nodded.
"No, I couldn't say if it was one or more, it happened with spaces in between. I only called after I was sure I was hearing it right." Derrek added to his notes: children 1-x.
"You're doing great. About the farm, do you know the owners well?"
"The McClayton's? Yes, I know them. They're always friendly in passing by. Even came to my husband's funeral. Friendly folks them." Derrek wrote down the name. He wanted to ask more about them, but she added: "They've been out of town since three days ago. They always take a break between harvests. I would've called them otherwise, shouldn't be anybody up there this time."
"The McClayton's, how many are they?"
"Four," Jocelyn said, her eyes looking up at the ceiling trying to remember. "You've got the parents, John and Cassidy, and their little ones were,…" She took a few seconds remembering the names. "Teagan and,… the girl, what was it again… My memory these days." She gave him a smile. "It'll come to me in a bit." Derrek noted them down, with a question mark remaining for the daughter.
"Did you see any cars heading up the road? It's really muddy so I don't think a normal car could have passed."
"No cars as far as I've seen. Through the day I sit over there," She pointed inside to a room at the left side of the house. "With the window to my side so I see all traffic down that road. Ain't no other way to reach it by car. Only fields and woods." Derrek cringed a bit at that. Guess I'll be going in on foot then. That's gonna be painful.

Little sidenote, I actually forgot the wife's name too, I added it in after but I left the thinking part for the girl's name as the dialog.

Session 3 - Time: 25m - Words: 514
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The woman saw his expression, she leaned a bit to the right to look past him at his car.
"Yes,-" Derrek began, "I'm not getting through with that one. How far do you think it is down to the farm?"
"Not that long, but the mud's going to be a bitch. You could head a bit further down the road and pass through the woods, there's a small path to walk and you'll arrive at the back of the farm." Jocelyn looked beyond him again. "Gonna be dark out soon though."
"Don't worry about that." Derrek said, tapping with his hand on his flashlight. "I came prepared." The woman looked at the flashlight and back at him with doubt in her eyes. She looked at the car again.
"You don't have a second with you? The screaming has stopped, you could call in some help. In the meanwhile I could make you some hot cocoa?" She said, moving aside so he could enter. Damn, that hot cocoa does sound awesome. No no, you're on duty. No one else will be coming any way. It's just you.
"Thanks for your concern, but it'll be fine." He said, trying to man up when he heard another scream coming from far off. The woman's eyes grew wide and her hands went up to her mouth.
"There it is again, like I said, a child." And damn was she right. It sounded like a small girl shouting at the top of her longs, the scream went straight through him. Calm down, you're the police here. Ain't nobody else gonna come and solve this for you. I gotta make grandma proud, it'll be just another story for the collection.
"Thanks for the information, ma'am. I'll go check it out and be sure to let you know on the way back, maybe I'll even take you up on that cup of hot cocoa." He said with a smile he didn't feel. "Is it okay for you if I leave my car in front? I'll leave off my lights so they won't bother you." Jocelyn was looking at him with wide eyes, like he was making a joke.
"Yes,—you can leave it here." She said, looking for more words but Derrek tipped his police hat while giving her a nod and turned back toward his car.
Why did I have to laugh, everything was perfect at the pudding tree. Just an ordinary night cleaning up sugary goodness. But no, no, no. 'Answer the call'. Go alone to an isolated farm, screaming children included. And not even get hot cocoa.
Derrek got to his car and popped the trunk. Inside was his standard gear —Not police standard, but Derrek standard. He couldn't take everything with him, he'd way too loaded then.
It's gonna be dark soon so I'll need extra batteries and my extra flashlight —just in case. Fields are gonna have fences, should be able to pass through easily enough, but I'm bringing my wire cutters anyway. No idea what I'm walking into so bulletproof vest and the 'rubber gun'.


Waw, that last session went good. The current speed of writing is about 1100 words per hour, but I won't be able to keep that up once I get into the playground/ discovery writing. These scenes were pretty clear in my head but up next will be a lot of improvisation.
Progress through the chapter was again quicker than I expected. I forgot one mention of Jocelyn being alone at home. I have to include this tomorrow because I want the first creep to be coming soon. I want this one purely for the readers, so they know that something more is going on. Derrek will follow shortly afterward.
The equipment I'm going to recheck in tomorrow's prep because I want to make sure I start at 'the playground' with the equipment as set, no sudden pop-ins of tools.
That'll be all for today; thanks for reading and see you tomorrow!

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