Kill for me. A terrifying request, but Gavin will take this request and do his best to complete it. He will suffer. He will reach the edge of his sanity. He will live in pain. But he will do all he can do to protect the people and the town he loves.
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Twenty minutes later, Ernie pulled his car into the driveway in front of his house. A lovely house, filled with nothing but love. It was a one story Ranch built in the 1970’s, four bedrooms, two full baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, and a man cave. A perfect place for him to come home and kick back after a long hard day of work. His wife Suzy had been a stay-at-home mom since the kids were born, but she wasn’t a traditional version of that role. She was as handy around the house as he was, but she was also the nurturer of the two. It only made sense for her to be home, because it would have driven Ernie crazy to do it. He loved his kids, but he also liked his routine. He needed his days to have a start and a finish. He was that kind of guy.
Ernie turned off the car, climbed out, and then made his way inside. He placed his keys, wallet and gun on the table beside the door (the gun used to go on top of the closest when the kids were younger), and made his way into the kitchen. The interior of the house was decorated with a woman’s touch, filled with peaceful and soothing colors, family pictures on the walls, and minimal clutter.
“How’s supper?” Ernie asked, smiling, as he walked up and hugged his wife from behind – something he did every time he came home. Suzy was somewhat fit, a few years younger than Ernie, but her looks had never faded.
She smiled and turned around, hugging him tightly. “About done,” she replied and it didn’t take long for her to notice the worry and stress etched across his face. She had seen this face a lot of times over the years and she hated it, she hated when the job did this to him. It was too much stress for too little pay. “What’s wrong?” She asked.
“Tough day. Young kid about Henry’s age went missing and I fear the worst,” he replied, thinking of his son for a moment, off at College for the first time. Henry was doing great on his own and had adapted better at College than his sister who had gone two years before him. His sister was still struggling, but she was doing much better now.
“So close to the holidays. That’s tough, I mean it’s tough not matter what time of year, but the holidays are special.”
“Yeah. I know what you mean,” he replied and took a seat at the table after washing his hands. He poured out a glass of water and munched on fresh bread. “That’s not the only thing though.”
“Something else?” Suzy asked, taking out the dishes, preparing the meal.
“Gavin. He’s missing. No sign of him at all.”
“Really,” Suzy replied and walked over to the table. She put the plates in place and walked back to the silverware drawer. “Did you check his house?” She asked, walking back and sitting down in front of him. She handed out the silverware and waited for Ernie to pray.
“I did,” he replied and bowed his head. Suzy followed his lead and when he was finished praying they started to eat.
“It’s not like him to up and disappear. He’s almost as much of a fixture in this town as that old statue in the city center. ”
“I know, and he’s also put up this Christmas tree lot out on his family’s land. I went out there as well. No sign of him.”
“Christmas tree lot. When did he start that?”
“Apparently recently, but the trees are strange. Kind of like they’re more alive than they should be. It’s spooky to be around them.”
Suzy looked at him. “I’m sure they’re only Christmas trees. You’re probably tired. Maybe Gavin knows how to grow them. Some people are naturals at certain things.”
“Maybe so. But it was weird out there. Something felt off and I can’t figure out what it was.”
“Eat and forget about it. It probably won’t seem so strange after a good night’s sleep,” she replied and turned her attention to her food.
Ernie followed her lead and they both ate in silence, thinking of different things. When the meal was finished, they cleaned up, and watched a bit of Netflix together (easier now to do in an empty home). They made love a little later, and filled with content fell fast asleep. And as they slept, Suzy had peaceful dreams, but Ernie was wrapped up in a nightmare filled with pine trees that seemed more alive than they should have been.
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