As a bonus for all my readers, here is one of my favorite passages from #Rapture!
In the winter of 1995, St. Martin of Merrick Hills Boarding School was shut down by the archdiocese. The city of Merrick Hills itself fell victim to a harsh recession, resulting in the closure of 80% of its businesses. Once a boom town, the population dropped to a mere thousand by 1994. The school population in its final months held onto fifteen students. The disappearance of one student, Ralphie Simmons, plagued the school until its closure. It has been vacant for seventeen years.
The following is a diary account of strange events following the boy's disappearance. The author of the diary is unknown, but believed to be a nun living on the grounds of the school. While exploring the remains of Merrick Hills, a group of students found the diary hidden under the stairs of the school's main corridor.
It has not been edited.
“I think you came into this place with the upper hand. Leaving us all in the dark about why you’re really here!”
He approached quickly, trapping me against the wall. I stared back just as intensely, resolved not to fall apart again. “I came here to kill Jaco. Pure and simple.”
A chill traveled up my spine.
“You’ve been here for weeks.”
“I’ve had plenty of distractions, plenty of reasons to wait.”
“He’s tied up. Helpless. Physically, anyway.”
“I’m not so sure about that.” His eyes were large, almost dangerous.
“If you want me to trust you, then you have to start talking.” His face was close, so very close, to mine.
“I planned on killing him the day I got here. But there were . . . complications. Kids. Annie. Pritchard. You.”
“You wanted to seduce me to keep me distracted then?”
“No!” He slammed his fist into the wall, just above my head. “I can’t explain in a way you’ll understand. But you weren’t supposed to be here. Those kids weren’t supposed to be here. It was just supposed to be Jaco.”
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