Crossing the field behind the car park I heard a scream that resonated through the trees. I tightened my backpack nervously and with head down picked up my pace as the moon shone behind me.
I wanted no part of that scream - it gave me chills. Maybe I should call the police, I thought. I’m sure everything is alright I said aloud as I strode out onto the High St.
I made my way home enjoying the brightness of the street. That scream still echoed in my ears as I opened the door to my apartment.
I snuck up behind my wife as she was reading in her favourite chair and kissed the nape of her neck.
I mentioned the scream that I had just heard & she assured me it was nothing to be fretful of. This relaxed me but I still couldn't shake the dreadful feeling.
I made my way to the lounge where my little one was busy typing away on her homework assignment. “DAAAD” she yelled as I poked her side in the way I’ve done for the past 12 years.
They grow up so fast - cliche but true. I turned on the television and there was no mention of anything having occurred in the park.
This settled my nerves and I was able to wash away all imaginings from my mind. Dinner came and went and I basked in the love of my little family while we discussed our days to each other.
The knock came late that evening. I answered to find 4 police officers whom I suspected of canvassing the neighbourhood. Strange that they know my name I thought, as they came in for a few questions.
They asked about my walk home and I mentioned hearing a scream and enquired if everything was alright. The officer explained a young woman had been assaulted and died at the scene.
The scream I heard was that of a pedestrian discovering the body.
The following week I was enjoying breakfast when I overheard the television. “Suspected killer Dave McLennan was remanded for psychiatric evaluation by Judge Cameron on Friday.
The suspect was arrested at home on Wednesday evening. Sources say a family member alerted 911 after discovering blood leaking from a backpack.
This lead to the discovery of several remains within.”
“Over to you Mary.”
“Truly a disturbing series of events in our community. Here’s Dave with the weather”.