Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Tantalizing Tuesday Teaser: If you go down to the woods today
If you go down to the woods today
The first time I heard the story I was no more than five years old but had always assumed that's all it was a story, a fairy story invented by the parents of the town to keep us kids from wandering into the dense woods and becoming lost. They tried to convince us they were telling the truth, asking us if we'd seen Mr. This or Mr. That lately, even tough they knew we wouldn't have though because, although the reality was more likely to have been that they had left town to find work in the city, our parents always told us they had last been seen wandering into the woods, in a trance, as if hypnotized by something just beyond the entrance.
Now though I was twenty-five, a detective with the city police force and, for the first time in years, had returned to where I spent my childhood to follow up reports that three men had gone missing, in exactly the same way our parents used to tell us about, in the last two weeks and now I knew that, for the first time, I would have to enter the woods that filled my childhood with nightmares.