Beyond The Woods 5

Lucy hadn’t mind Samuel’s presence, at first. He then one day invited her to his home where she met his family. Unbeknownst to her, Samuel never told her about Mary or the children working around the farm. She was becoming increasing uncomfortable with what she saw at the farm. The children did what Samuel told them to and never once uttered a word during her time there. The children like Mary avoided her presence. After two days, she wanted to go home, but Samuel wouldn’t take her back. She begged and pleaded until he finally agreed.

She never knew Mary was his wife. It wasn’t until she went into town she overheard about her. When she saw him again she demanded to know why he hadn’t told her about Mary. Samuel couldn’t say why. She then told him she never wanted to see him again, but he didn’t keep away. He came by her cabin a few times, leaving her jars of honey at the door. She refused to take them. If she had known about Mary she would have never let Samuel in as she had. She felt contrite about it and begged me to keep it a secret.

“I’m only telling you this because I hope Samuel doesn’t do something foolish and hurt his family,” Lucy said.

“Why would he hurt his family?” I asked curiously.

“Because I went by his farm to tell him to stop leaving me the jars of honey and found it barren of his family. Samuel came out from the farmhouse covered in blood. I assumed he was slaughtering a swine when I recalled he had no swine’s that I saw when I was there… I fear the worst.”

Before I left I asked her if she could tell me the exact location to Samuel’s farm. Strangely enough, she remembered and told where I could find it. The next day, I sent another Ranger to check on his family as me and Ranger Wilson paroled the waters for Muja as he was seen close by Willingby. I expected to hear everything was all right until the Ranger came back with terrible news. He had found Samuel’s wife and his children, butchered in the farmhouse. We then knew we had to find Samuel, considered now a malefactor.