The door to the café opened and Valerie stood there. She shook off the scarf she’d covered her hair with, and shook the little Ziploc bag she had in her hand, a smile lighting up her face.
“I brought it back just like I said I would, Mrs. Chisholm.” Her words were soft, rushed as she slid into the booth on the opposite side of Kate. “Hi. I’ll take some hot tea. Thanks.” She ordered from the waitress hovering nearby.
“Yes, thank you. Call me Kate. I hope you aren’t going to too much trouble.”
“Kate, everyone knows you were in Rupert Hills today.” Kate’s face slid to the floor in shock. She thought she was being discreet. “Verna from the library? She’s the biggest gossip in town. She came over to the café after you left talking about you and your request to see the missing slide. And that slide? That’s the one that spills the entire ‘secret’, which they keep close. My mother says it’s not natural.”
“Yes. She’s a direct descendent of the Osage Indians that traveled the Trail of Tears many years ago. You see, the secret lies within the trail.” She paused to sip from her tea. “Have you been having dreams?”
“Dreams? You mean nightmares!” Kate’s eyes widened in affirmation.
“Yes. Have you seen the shadow demon with tentacles yet?”
“Several times, actually.”
Valerie’s head nodded. “This is exactly right. You are pregnant.”
The words just dropped out before Kate caught them. She swallowed her coffee hard, almost choking on it.
“Excuse me! Why on earth would you say something like that?!” She looked down, self-consciously patting her non-existent belly.
“It’s true. Take a test. You’ll see. This isn’t happening at random. They will try to convince you otherwise. They will try to destroy the life inside you, just as they will destroy your family, your friends, your life. You’ll see. The life inside you is your saving grace.”
“They? I don’t understand.”
“I’m sorry. I can’t tell you more. I’ve already said more than I should’ve. Here. Read this, and you’ll understand.” She slid the missing slide across the table, wrapped in a deer skin that also had inscriptions on it. “All you need to know is written here. Please visit my mother tomorrow when you return to Newburg.”
“Newburg?” a long sigh escaped her as the realization hit. “Shirley Silverfoot is your mother?”
“No, she is my aunt, but she will lead you to my mother. My mother is…special. Excuse me, the check please?” Valerie slid out of the booth. She handed the waitress a twenty, walked to the door, and turned back to Kate. “Your bill is covered. Please heed my words. I took a great risk bringing you the slide. You must understand the danger. If you don’t visit my mother, they will make you follow their rules. Listen to none; your unborn child will guide you. Good night, Kate. Here’s to better dreams.” She left quickly, the wind sweeping brown leaves through the café like an ominous warning as she went.
Kate sat in stunned silence, her hand bringing the cup to her lips as if she was on autopilot. So many questions were left unanswered. Who are they and why would they destroy her?
This week we were challenged to find the song that will be played during the pivotal scene in the movie based on your magnum opus. With that song playing, write that pivotal scene in 300 words or less. I went slightly over, and I apologize, but I couldn’t cut anymore and it still make sense. I can definitely see this song playing throughout the movie, especially in this scene, and throughout the ending credits. It’s a perfect fit.
What do you think? Constructive criticism is always welcome and appreciated.
This is, of course, another piece from my NaNo project. Are you enjoying what you have read so far?