When Tall Men Come Calling - Part Two
Some people became nervous about the disappearances. Others shrugged it off and decided to wait it off. Things in Ashford always returned back to normal sooner or later.
Like, two years ago in the fall when a strange cold hit the town. The doctors couldn’t cure it because it was nothing they’ve ever seen before. It started out a normal rash with regular symptoms of a cold – runny nose, cough, fever, ect. Then weird things started happening.
The rash turned green, neon green. And it wasn’t just the rash that became changing. The skin of the victims began to glow in the night with the color of the blood underneath. The victims couldn’t sleep or eat or feel pain, except for the terrible itching caused by their rash. The more they itched, the more the rash grew and spread across their bodies. Some split their greenish blood, trying to relieve their aching sores and blisters with their scratching nails. They began to howl at night, screaming and shrieking about the itchiness. Then, they tried breaking things, human things. The town had to lock themselves or the victims away at night when the glowing hunted.
It was the friendly, old lady who lived next to the old church and grocer that cured everyone. Ashford affectionately called her Grandma Jane and many of the school kids dropped by her house after school for cookies. But everyone kept an eye on her. She was the oldest in the town, surviving strange events, including the one that took her daughter’s life. And after that, her grandchildren – the two boys of Grandma Jane’s daughter – had vanished into the near by woods twenty years ago. Yet, the old lady seemed unscathed.
And when the rash broke out, it was Grandma Jane who had locked herself in her house. She stayed in there until one day, she came out to cure everyone. “Seen it before. Seen it before. Not again. Not again,” she kept mumbling under her breath as she sprinkled a red powder on the victims’ scabbing, green rashes. And after that, the town got better. People returned back to their normal lives and the victims, well they became normal-ish again. The town noticed that victims still had a dark blue scar where their rash had started and were afraid to go outside at night. But things mellowed down and the kids still went to Grandma Jane’s for her chocolate-chip cookies.
Now, some of you might be thinking that Grandma Jane had something to do with the disappearances. That she was a suspect now locked up in the Ashford Jail. Well, she did know things about the town that others didn’t. However, Grandma Jane wasn’t a suspect for the disappearances. In fact, she was the first to disappear.