Kayla was being tortured. Ripped from the inside out from the bad thoughts ringing through her head all day and night. Starting with the negative post and comments on her social media, to the point she had to delete all of her accounts. Still, the death threats came in the form of email and sometimes text from untraceable numbers. She knew because she gave them to William’s dad, Sheriff Topps. The perpatraders used special apps that made them literally ghost within the microwave frequency of the local cell tower waves that flows around us like an invisible river of internet. Almost like ghost taunting her every hour or every day.
Ever since the night her best-friend Leah disappeared, Kayla’s life has been a mess. Even after Mason, Leah’s little brother, was present that night and he could attest to what Kayla relayed to the FBI investigators, this still didn’t hold any weight in the investigation. Soon after, Mason retracted his statement and declined to serve as a witness in the case. He said he was not emotionally fit since his recent loss and just went along with Kayla out of fearing her.
How could Mason do that?
She knows what they both saw that night. Kayla does feel guilty because none of them would of been there if it wasn’t for her dream. The mysterious, re-occurring dream. Like having deja-vu every time she wakes up. Except every night a different dream still feels the like it’s the same in a odd kind of way. Like every night unravels a small piece to a giant puzzle. In this dream, she would always be in this same, mysterious forest.
Fog rising from the tall grass and evaporating in the warm canopy of the think forest all around her, Kayla always recognized the same forest in her dream. Giant trees, almost prehistorically proportioned, loomed all around like an surrounding army. Even if she was in a different place within this dream world, she always knew and woke up with the same name in her head: Sweetwater Creek.
One day, Kayla and Leah were eating lunch together at the Eerie middle school cafeteria, when she began telling Leah about the re-occurring dream. Leah became so intrigued and said the forest Kayla was describing is a place she knows of, behind the highway near The Racks. Leah had snuck out of her house one night last summer and met some of her older high school friends, and they brought her there, to that same spot in the forest that Kayla was describing. Kayla was so amazed to hear this, she could tell Leah was legitimately excited about it too; so they planned to meet that night.
Kayla snuck out quietly through her bedroom window. Her step-dad works night shifts, so after checking to make sure her Mom was asleep, the coast was clear to make her break. They both agreed to meet near the edge of Eerie lake, where the highway splits a path through to the western edge of The Racks, a large hill with a deadly trail leading to what is said to be mysterious cave.
Kayla feels like she is waiting an eternity for Leah. The sun has set and twilight sets in, she begins to see a figure in the distance, and than another. After a second, she can tell it is Leah…and her little brother Mason? Why?
Leah explained when sneaking out, she was made by Mason, her little brother. Blackmailing her, he said if he couldn’t tag along, he would snitch. Leah had no choice. But everything happens for a reason, right? If Mason wasn’t there that night, Kayla might not have believed herself. It was so strange how it happened.
In order to cross the highway, the three of them had to scale up a large hill to the top of the highway’s maintenance bridge. With 75 mph traffic flying by above them, they must cross the restricted area carefully. They are elevated a couple hundred feet above the river. The rusty steel bridge is rickety and begins to fall apart, leaving them trapped. They had no choice and continued to the forest.
Leah directed them to the special spot Kayla described. They make it to a large opening in the woods with the trees forming a perfect circle. Kayla cannot believe it. She begins to have flash backs of her dreams. This is exactly where she is in many of her dreams. As she begins to fade off into a haze, she is quickly jolted back when a heavy wind picks up and brings in a storm of energy surrounding them.
The three of them were all confronted by an unexplainable noise and rustling all around them. Like a stamped of invisible spirits pushing and shoveling each of them until Leah was quickly snatched up and flown out of sight, deep into the darkness of the forest. Her screams going from a loud shriek fading into nothingness, disappearing into thin air, in seconds.
The rustling died down and Kayla and Mason were left chasing any and every noise into the night. Like an endless journey through a nightmare you hope and pray you will wake up from. And as the sun rises and births a new day, so does the stone at the pit of her stomach, that has not left since that night. Kayla goes to bed and wakes up, everyday, feeling that same emptiness. Why did this have to happen?
Kayla had to make a lot of lifestyle changes to protect herself and her family from the abusive and judgmental world. For some strange reason, even through all the chaos, William Topps was always been so genuine and kind. Never once joined in on the antics with the others or showed any sign of hate towards her. In fact, Kayla felt protected when William was around. Even after the fight. She knows it was not a fair fight and Ronnie was in the wrong; But he is dead now and Frank is deformed forever, while William is also left scarred for life; with the scar literally written all over his face. Still, no trace of the strange wolf-like creature that killed Ronnie Herrera and deformed an aire to the hierarchy at PURE CORP. Even after all the money spent on special investigations, there was no trace of where this wolf disappeared to, or more importantly, where it came from…