She’d told Scott about it the last two times he’d left her alone. Normally, Carrie didn’t mind being alone, even welcomed the solitude that the east Chula Vista countryside afforded.
She and Scott had only been married since mid-September, exactly a month after VJ Day. Though they had lived in the small, south county town for two months, now, Carrie had not had time to meet her neighbors and Scott had not encouraged her, either.
The homes and farms, of lemon trees mostly, were distantly scattered, hereabouts – dotting the landscape haphazardly. Her nearest neighbors were five miles northeast, just outside a small village called Spring Valley. But Scott’s sales trips seemed to keep him from home more and more and Carrie had not met them, yet.
Upon his return, she’d tried to explain the sound to her new husband.
“Likely one of old Mr. Hardin’s hounds,” he replied. “He keeps half a dozen for hunting, you know.”
“Scott, I’m pretty sure if one of them began, it would set the whole pack off.”
He’d made light of her concern and she didn’t press. He’d become so moody of late she’d begun questioning their decision to marry so quickly.
But it had only been one sound, of that she was sure. And – there it went again.
Beginning with a low timbre, long and mournful, it rose into an angry yelp… and it was much nearer. This is crazy she thought, shivering, and she went to the door to face her fear.
The howl had turned high pitched, to almost a scream by the time she got to the door. Her hand on the knob shook but she ratcheted up her courage and threw the door open wide. Carrie stood there, her voice frozen in her throat and her feet on the threshold by what was before her. She was unable to make a sound.
Finally though, her own screams drowned out those of the salivating thing her husband had become.
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