Den of the old Farm House
The stitched-together man lunges forward at Nigel, who deftly sidesteps the swing. The adolescent girl asks Hammond if he would like to dance. She then gracefully steps forward, seemingly blinking through space as she moves across the room in a split second. The wolf man
roars at Ben. Seeing an opportunity Ben produces his auto-shotgun and makes swiss-cheese of the wolf. the creature is heavily injured but still able to attack. The girl swipes out a Hammond. She makes a small connection, packing a surprising punch. Hammy defends himself and gets a slap in as well. Nigel fires a sniper round straight through the brain of the hulk. A massive hole blows out from the side of it’s skull. The hulk stumbles a bit, then starts coming after Nigel again. Nigel starts running, trying to put some distance between them.
Ben finishes the wolf off with a few more shots. The stitched hulk becomes frustrated and grabs one of the chairs. He chucks it at Nigel, but breaks the chair in the corner. Hammond manages to slice the girl in half, which only seems to act as a minor inconvenience. She scolds him and calls for her father.
The dried skeleton-corpses rise(one from the chair, one from the corner by the smashed chair) and attack Ben and Nigel. Nigel over-charges his plasma and blasts at the skeleton in the corner. The blast radius hits the hulk and both of the skeletons. The father skeleton bursts into flame and falls to the ground. The mother burns through the middle, but her top half keeps crawling towards him.
The hulking monster takes a lot of damage to the arms and legs. Seeing an opportunity, Ben uses his telekinetic power to levitate the small wooden table next to the remaining chair. He flings it with great force at the vampire girl. The legs of the table stab through her heart and the force slams her into the back wall. She lets out a final gasp and slumps over. The mother skeleton goes limp.
Hammond and Ben continue the assault on the stitched-together monster.
At this moment a green scaly fish-man emerges from the kitchen door. He reels back and lobs a sizzling green glob of goo towards Nigel. Nigel just dodges the projectile. As it lands it begins to quickly eat away at the floor. Nigel quickly dispatches the fish-man in a flurry of bullets.
With all of the monsters dead. They inspect the area of the den. On the shelf they find a book, bound in flesh. An “O” ring is prominently displayed on the front, as though the metal ring was embedded under the flesh. Within the “O” is a metal, almost golden, “z”.
They cautiously open the book and begin to read it-
Folk lore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.
Yet the old-time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as “historical” in the children’s library; for the time has come for a series of newer “wonder tales” in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood curdling incident devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all dis-agreeable incident.
Having this thought in mind, the story was written solely to pleasure children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the
heart-aches and nightmares are left out.__
Nigel reads through the rest of the book to relay it to the others. The story contained in the book is the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The posse puts the pieces together. The girl was dressed in the same type of dress as Dorothy. She called the dog-man “ti-ti” (perhaps just a misreading of ToTo). The Hulking monster was a man, stitched together (not unlike the scarecrow).
They exit into the room where the wolf came from. Whatever function this room had before is long lost. The room has been turned into an abattoir. Blood and left over parts cover most of the surfaces of the room. They push past and return to the foyer. Upstairs they find one of the bathrooms has been converted into a darkroom for the girl to use as a bedroom. A makeshift coffin sits in the middle of the floor. They find little else of value.
The posse exits the house through the front. On the way out of the yard they discover the opened well. The smell emanating from it makes it obvious the water is not safe to drink.
The crew returns to the van and heads off in the direction of their next lead- Their options are the cemetery, thick dead woods, and the corn field. Their know they are in search of the Pumpkin King, and so they opt for the corn field.
The creepy corn field.
The trip to the corn field is rather short. The size of the field makes it stand out from the rest of the landscape. They exit the vehicle and find that there is an opening in the corn field- a cleared path of sorts.
The stalks of corn sway back and forth in the wind. The wind billows in again, and a sort of laugh is heard emanating from the corn.
From all direction in the corn field, they hear voice " When you laugh and you grin, When you hold me so near- I let go of my worries, my anxieties and all of my fears. I look at you and you look at me, and that’s when I realize all of the best things in life are free. Come to me…"
The sky quickly turns grey. A heavy, and unyielding rain begins. The ground quickly becomes muddy.The very surface of the field seems to shimmer with the glimmering light reflected by the rain droplets.
“Life is full of secrets and lies. So when you’re surprised, don’t act so. I’m not supposed to love you, I’m not supposed to care. I’m not supposed to live my life, wishing you were there. I’m not supposed to wonder, where you are, what you do. I’m sorry I just can’t help myself, I fell in love with killing you…”
“I have a message for you from my master. Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. She awaits you, come for her.”