Fantasy Fiction posted August 15, 2022


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Revised Sweet Chaos/A Novel of the Breedline series

Crazy Story

by scongrove


Shortly after Sarah returned with Officers Terry O’Brien and Sam Dixon, she introduced them to Jackson Gray. A few minutes later, she gave them privacy and took the boys to the hospital’s cafeteria with the promise of ice cream.

“It’s good to see you finally on the mends, Mr. Gray,” Terry said. “I’m not sure if you’re aware,” he paused and glanced at his partner, “but those two boys have really started to grow on us. They’re pretty darn special. And smart as a whip, too. It’s amazing how well they talk. I realize they’re about to turn five, but it’s like they’re going on ten.”

“I agree,” Sam said. “My daughter is close to their age, and I can barely understand a word she says.”

“I do have to admit,” Jackson said, “Jem and Jace are both smarter than the average four-year-old. Since they’re so advanced, my sister had plans for them to go to a private school for the gifted rather than a public school.”

“Well, they’re definitely gifted,” Terry commented. “And I want you to know; I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.”

“Same goes for me, too,” Sam confirmed.  

“I really appreciate that,” Jackson said. “More than you’ll ever know. And I can tell they’re particularly partial to you guys, along with John and Sarah. Oh, and please,” he went on to say, “there’s no need to call me by my surname. Jackson will be fine.”

Both officers nodded, then Terry said, “I hope you don’t mind us asking you a few questions about the night the intruder broke into your home. We’re just anxious to catch whoever is responsible for attacking you and your sister.”

“Of course,” Jackson replied. “But there’s something I need to tell you. And what I’m about to say doesn’t go any further than these walls, especially when it comes to my nephews.”

Terry complied with a nod. “If it’ll get us any closer to catching this SOB, you have our word.”

“Thank you,” Jackson said, exhaling a deep breath. “I know it’s not going to make any sense, but the person responsible isn’t supposed to be alive.”

Sam shrugged. “What do you mean?”

“The intruder was the boys’ biological father, Alexander Crest.”

“But I thought he was—”

“Dead,” Jackson interjected as Sam’s voice trailed off. “Yes, my sister Katlyn and I believed it to be true. Aside from that night, it’s been several years since I last saw Alexander. My sister was the last person to lay eyes on him. Then, out of nowhere, he unexpectedly showed up on our doorstep.”

“How did he die?” Terry asked. “I mean, what made you think he was dead?”

“Because Katlyn killed him,” Jackson simply said, then quickly held up a halting hand before the officers could protest. “Hang on. She had a good reason for doing so.”

When Terry and Sam nodded, Jackson continued to explain. “You see, Alexander had an identical twin brother, Johnathan. I grew up with them, and Johnathan was my best friend. He was also engaged to my sister. The day they were to be married, Alexander murdered him in cold blood and took Katlyn against her will.”

Sam shook his head. “But why?” 

“It’s sort of a long, crazy story,” Jackson said. “One you’d have to witness to actually believe in.”

Terry huffed. “At this point, going by everything we’ve been dealing with lately, you’d be surprised.”

Jackson arched a brow. “What do you mean?”

“I’ll make you a deal,” Terry said, mentally grappling with the horrifying discovery that he and Sam had stumbled upon. “Tell us your crazy story, and we’ll fill you in on our little bizarre situation.”

“Okay,” Jackson said, nodding. “But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Have a seat, and I’ll get to it.”

As soon as Terry planted himself in a chair, he scooted it closer to Jackson’s bedside. Sam took the only available chair left and slightly leaned forward, anticipating what Jackson had to say.

There was an awkward silence between them, so Jackson wasted no time and began telling them the story. “Years ago, according to what Johnathan had told me, it all started when Alexander was born. He described his twin brother as having a split personality. Out of nowhere, he’d shift from a caring and loving brother to a child spawned from the devil himself. And things got worse as he got older. He became cruel, sinister, and destructive. When Johnathan and my sister fell in love, Alexander became jealous and resentful. He’d been infatuated with Katlyn from the start. But when she rejected him and chose Johnathan, he grew bitter. Not only did Alexander murder his own twin brother, but he also killed his entire family. When he took off with my sister, I never stopped searching for her, hoping someday I’d eventually find her. Then a year later, one day, she just showed up, pregnant with Alexander’s twins and nearly out of her mind. I swear if she hadn’t killed him first,” he paused and shook his head, “or thought she’d killed him, I would’ve murdered the bastard myself. After what Katlyn had told me about her captivity, we both came to believe Alexander wasn’t responsible for all the horrible things he’d done. Get ready…” Jackson warned, “this is the crazy part. It was a demon who had been possessing his body all this time. As he grew up, the evil entity just became more powerful and malicious.”

There was a beat of silence, and Jackson expected the two policemen to burst out laughing at his outlandish statement, but they didn’t. In fact, he noticed that their expressions grew more serious than before.

“How can you be sure it was a demon?” Terry finally spoke out. “Maybe the guy was just born crazy.”

“Because of what Katlyn had told me about the night Alexander had taken her,” Jackson said. “For a short period, she said, his personality and his entire demeanor had completely transformed, including the tone of his voice and the color of his eyes. One minute, he was the murderous monster, the next, he was on his knees, begging for her forgiveness. He was actually going to bring her back home, but before they even managed to get into the vehicle, he was the monster again. Katlyn said it was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the making.” 
 
“My god,” Sam gasped. “That’s horrible. But if Alexander loved your sister, why did he kill her? Why not just take her and the boys?”

“I don’t think he intended to kill Katlyn,” Jackson explained.

Terry frowned. “Are you saying her death was an accident?”

“Yes,” Jackson replied. “Although he definitely intended to murder me.”

Sam crossed his arms. “So, you think he’ll come back for your nephews?”

“I don’t think he’ll stop until he gets what he wants,” Jackson said. “That’s why I’ve agreed to let the boys stay at the Chamberlains. The couple graciously offered their home while I get back on my feet. And I think it’s the safest place for the time being. Besides, Alexander won’t be looking for the boys there.”

“I agree,” Terry said. “Especially since John and Sarah keep a tight security on their place. And the boys seem to love it there.”

“Jem was the one who asked if they could stay at John and Sarah’s,” Jackson said. “I couldn’t very well refuse his request after he said he was afraid to go back home. But who can blame the kid? His mother…” he cleared his throat, feeling a knot forming, “died in that house. And after things settle down, I’ll probably put the place up for sale.” He let out a sigh. “Now that I’ve told you my bizarre story, what’s yours?”

To be continued. . .

 




Thanks for taking the time to read my chapter. I'm rewriting my first book, and I would appreciate your feedback. You can read previous chapters on my profile page. I hope you enjoy!

BREEDLINE - A secret species of humans created to protect humanity. Born with an identical twin, they have the power to shapeshift into wolves. They are not like the old legend of the lycanthropy myth. The Breedline species can shift into their wolf at will. The moon has no power over them. They do not pass their ability to other humans. In wolf form, they have superstrength, speed, and heightened senses. Compared to humans, Breedlines have tremendous advantages when it comes to health. Their bodies heal fast and are not subject to illness or diseases. The only thing that slows their healing process is silver. It is their kryptonite. Besides old age, a silver bullet to the brain is the only way to kill a Breedline.
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