“Have you heard about the Boogie Man?”
“No,” we all said at once. “Tell us about him.”
The Mountain itself is truly a majestic place. The beauty of the fields and the woods is astounding. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, especially when viewed from the top of the mountain. And winter, though leaving people without access to the towns, is a true wonderland. There are places to swim and fish during the warmer months, and places for skiing and sledding in the winter.
The mountain is also a place of dark mysteries, with a history of torture and war. People have died horrible deaths. Others have escaped after being put through horrendous torture. Kidnappings and rapes also occur. These types of things have been happening up there for centuries. No one is truly safe, especially after dark.
After befriending a raccoon, Jessica and her cousins learn a disturbing truth about some of their elders. What secret presents itself to the children of the mountain in this first of four stories? #CampSeries $2.99 (See excerpt below.)
When we get there, dad takes the cage out of the truck and walks with it out into the field. All us kids follow him, and drop down on our bellies to surround the cage after he puts it down and heads back to camp. We wonder why Dad won’t let Rascal out of his cage, but we are all having fun talking with the raccoon the thought leaves our heads all together. Rascal is so cute, and we would like to be able to cuddle him, but we are not allowed to let him out.
After a long time, we look up and notice that Dad and the uncles are coming near us with guns. “‘Kay, kids,” Dad says. “We want you all to go back to the camp now.” His voice was gruff.
We didn’t want to go, but knew that we would be in trouble if we didn’t obey. We walked back to camp slowly, hearing the laughter behind us every so often. Sitting on the grass in front of the camp, we listened to mom and the aunts talk.
Then, the worst thing ever happened! Dad shot Rascal! Can you believe it? I can’t. My brother, sister and cousins and I all cried. Mom and the aunts tried to calm us, but we were all so upset. How could Dad have killed our friend? He is so mean. And the uncles were laughing about it with him. I will never forgive them for this.