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The Hunt for Justice

 

            Savannah knew the place was haunted when they walked closer to the entrance. She could smell the burning flesh coming from the bathroom.

          They walked into the bathroom and the feeling was indescribable. What she saw was horrific. The body of her friend strung out across the floor under the stall. All she could think was who could do such a thing, then he walked in.                             

         “You?” Savannah asked, shocked...          

A couple days earlier Savannah woke up to her mom calling her by her first, middle and last name. She knew something was wrong.          

“Abby Miller has been murdered,” said her mom, who was struggling to get the words out.

Her mother continued, “She died in the Old Mills Farm, also known as “The Murder House”. It had been abandoned since 1948, which was the year when 12 people died by murder. That makes it one hundred times scarier”.“I’m so sorry sweetie,” added her mother.

“Have they removed the body yet?” Savannah asked.

“Well, they haven't moved it yet,” her mom replied.

“That’s crazy.”

“Yeah, they just announced that they will remove it  a week from now, I’m sorry honey,” her mother said with much sympathy.

“Its ok mom, I’m just going to go to school.”

        “Ok, bye sweetie, have a good day.”

Abby Miller was Savannah’s best friend from school. She didn’t know of any enemies that Abby had. Savannah was confused.

Savannah arrived at school, still thinking about the murder, glassy eyed with tears.

The entire day was filled with silence besides the occasional, “Have you heard?” Savannah wanted justice for her friend.

“We need to figure out who did this,”exclaimed Savannah, to her friend ,Lexi. Lexi has been Savannah’s friend since kindergarten so she knew she could trust her. And with that, they started investigating the death of Abby Miller.

 Savannah and Lexi walked into The Murder House with caution, aware there was something eerie there, and it was the worst feeling. They continued walking and they could see something sticking out from behind the corner so they checked it out. It was a book, and usually they would stay as far away from books as possible… but not this one. Savannah walked closer and picked it up.

“What does it say?” Lexi asked anxiously.

“Let’s go home and read it, it’s late and this place is creepy,” Savannah read nervously.

“Good idea,” agreed Lexi.

They scoured through the brown, tattered book. They started looking through every page looking for anything out of sorts, and found nothing… Until they got to page 72. It was missing. They didn’t think much of it at first. For all they knew it was just a missing page in a book they had just found.

“Well, no luck so far,” said Lexi sounding disappointed. As was Savannah.

“We have to keep going,” Savannah replied, annoyed. By this point it was eight o’clock and they were getting tired, but still continued. They finally got to page 91, where they found the word Charles. Immediately Savannah remembered that there was a road right by her house called 72 Charles road. And with that Savannah and Lexi were off to hunt some more.

They started looking up and down the road finding nothing for hours. They decided to start checking mailboxes. Which might have been illegal, but they did it anyway.

They eventually found a crochet pig of all things. They were very confused… but considered it a clue. Turns out it was really important in solving the murder.

Savannah was thinking about the pig all day at school. She was thinking “What could the clue be?” It was the only thing on her mind. The answer was on the tip of her tongue.

She went home continuing to think about it. Then Lexi called with her answer.

“The church,” Lexi exclaimed.

“Yeah, they passed them out after we raised money for the local farms,” Savannah replied, relieved.

“We’ll go there tomorrow, no school,”Lexi decided.Savannah agreed.

The next morning they met up at the church and continued the search for justice.

They started down the basement stairs, which was the most obvious, and creepiest, place to look.

They did searched and found nothing except old newspapers and stuffed animals for God knows what. Everything seemed normal and Savannah thought they had hit a dead end.

Just then, Lexi screamed. Savannah ran to her as fast as her legs could carry her.

When she got there, she was confused. There in front of them stood a small stuffed bear and Savannah wondered why Lexi screamed at a bear.

“Lexi, what’s wrong with a stuffed bear?” Savannah asked.

“Well I forgot to tell you a tiny little detail.” Lexi replied, sounding nervous.

“Oh no, what now?”

“Well I got a threat in my locker the day after Abby died, the day we started investigating, it was that bear with a knife and along with it was a note saying, ‘If you continue trying to solve Abby’s murder, or you will end up like her,’ Lexi said.

“Oh my goodness, we have to be careful.” Savannah answered, in shock.

“Yeah,” Lexi said.

They decided to take the bear home.

It turned out to be their last clue.

They remembered seeing pictures of the same bear in The Old Mills Farm. So they decided to go back to the farm and finally find justice for Abby Miller.

            Savannah knew the place was haunted when they walked closer to the entrance. She could smell the burning flesh coming from the bathroom.

          They walked into the bathroom and the feeling was indescribable. What she saw was horrific. The body of her friend strung out across the floor under the stall. All she could think was who could do such a thing, then she walked in and saw a man standing there.

“You?” Savannah asked, shocked.

         Who stood in front of the girls was someone you would never have believed.

          “That’s right, “It’s me”, says the killer, also known as Professor Anderson.

           The science professor at the near by college. Who was about the same age as the girls but skipped a couple of grades. They were as shocked as you are.

           “Why did u do this?” Lexi asked

            “Well, I’ll start from the begging”, he started. “She was taking classes at the college and I met her, she got to know me and found out some dark secret and threatened to expose them if I didn’t get her grades up, she was diabolical.”

           “That’s not the Abby we knew”, Savannah argued.

            “It’s the Abby I met, can I continue?”, he asked, obviously annoyed.

            “Please”, Savannah said sarcastically. He didn’t pick up on the sarcasm though and continued.

            “I planted all the little seeds to lead you to me”, he said.

            “And what if we tell?”,Lexi asked.

            “You won’t”, The young professor ‍said.

            “Too late”, Lexi said.

Little did he know, the girls had already called the police before they even entered the building. They had seen a man moving in the window of the bathroom and thought it was very strange.

             And just like that, Professor Anderson was taken away and the hunt to find justice was over.

State
Missouri
Zip Code
65049