ZZ Metaline Falls

Episode 4 (Friday Morning)

  • Special Agent Randolf returned to the Washington Hotel early in the morning and slept through most of the morning.
  • Special Agent Chapman woke up early and ate breakfast at the Washington Hotel, where he encountered Margaret Lanterman, a strange woman who carried a length of firewood as if it were a child. She stopped and told him that someday her log would have something to say to him.

Except for Special Agent Randolf, everyone convened at the sheriff’s office around 8am to discuss the case and share information. Results from the lab in Spokane had arrived, which Special Agent Chapman shared with the sheriff’s department:

  • Contents of envelope found in the diary: cocaine.
  • Sheryl Grant’s toxicology results are positive for cocaine.
  • Fibers from the railroad car match the sample from Sheryl Grant’s wrists.
  • The same twine was used to bind the wrists of the Pulaski girl.
  • Conclusion: Sheryl was tied up twice at different locations on the night of her death. Once around her wrists, and once around her upper arms, with her arms pulled back.
  • Traces of pumice found in standing water outside the railroad car: soap, industrial strength.
  • Identical particles were found on the back of Sheryl’s neck.
  • A plastic fragment was found in her stomach, partially digested, with the letter J visible.

The description of the method used to bind Sheryl Grant’s led Deputy Claridge to recall the details of her dream. She told what she remembered from the previous night, but as the story unfolded she was able to access other memories from the dream she had forgotten. Her retelling of the dream became a shared vision that struck everyone at the table with awe and dread.

  • You see Sarah Grant running down stairs, while a horrible, long-haired vagrant crouches at the foot of Sheryl’s bed. His hair is long and gray, his eyes are feral and his grin is terrible to behold. He wears faded jeans and a frayed denim jacket. Remembering him sends a shiver of fear down your spine.
  • A different man, a one-armed man chants:
    Through the darkness of future past
    The magician longs to see
    One chance out between two worlds
    Fire…walk with me.
  • He continues: “We lived among the people—I think you say, convenience store?
    We lived above it. I mean it like it is, as it sounds.
    I too have been touched by the devilish one; tattoo on the left shoulder.
    Ah, but when I saw the face of God, I was changed.
    I took the entire arm off. My name is Mike. His name is Bob.
  • The terrible vagrant crouches in some room full of clutter like an attic or basement, surrounded by unrecognizable metal objects. He looks around and says: “Mike? Mike? Can you hear me? Catch you with my death bag! You may think I’ve gone insane, but I promise I will kill again!
  • You see a small mound of dirt with a gold necklace on it, surrounded by a ring of twelve candles. A puff of wind; the candles blow out.

After this bizarre experience everyone sat dazed and in silence for some time.

  • Special Agent Chapman took Deputy Claridge and Deputy Doolitch with him to check the abandoned railroad car again. They found nothing new at the scene, but discovered motorcycle tracks that led them to a secluded grove where a young man and woman, possibly high schoolers, had a rendezvous the night before. They also found shoe prints that matched those of Special Agent Randolf in the brush at the edge of the clearing.
  • Meanwhile, Sheriff Pitt and Deputy Pepper went to find the one-armed man, who turned out to be a real person in town. Deputy Doolitch recalled seeing his truck at the Circle Motel. The one-armed man, Philip Michael Gerard, described his job as a shoe salesman and denied any knowledge of the crimes in town. When asked about Bob, he explained that his best friend in the world was Bob Lydecker, a local veterinarian who was currently in the hospital, comatose, after an assault by a vagrant outside the Roadhouse a week earlier. The vagrant was never found.
  • Gordon Cole called with more lab results, as well as the court order to open the safety deposit box. Reconstruction of the plastic object found in Sheryl Grant’s stomach indicates that it is a fragment of a poker chip. The bites and marks had been determined to be from a parrot or a mynah bird.
  • The safety deposit box contained a copy of Flesh World (a local swinger’s magazine) with Ronette Pulaski’s picture circled, and a stack of money totaling around $10,000.
  • Not long after Special Agent Chapman returned to the office, a biker named Brewer arrived and demanded to speak to the Federal Agent. He told a strange and interesting tale: “You’re going to have to go along with me on this, even if it sounds a little weird. Metaline Falls is different, a long way from the world. You’ve noticed that. That’s exactly the way we like it. But there’s a back end to that that’s kind of different too. Maybe that’s the price we pay for all the good things. There’s a sort of evil out there, something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want, a darkness, a presence, it takes many forms. But it’s been out there for as long as anyone can remember, and we’ve always been here to fight it. Men before us, men before them, more after we’re gone. A secret society. The Book House.
  • Brewer the led the lawmen and women back to the Book House, a gathering place for the motorcycle club on the outskirts of town. Part brewery, part library, surrounded by vintage motorcycles, the Book House was both forbidding and welcoming. In a corner of the bar, in an alcove bordered by bookcases and old logging implements, two bikers sat next to a man who was bound and gagged. Bernard Renault, the janitor at the Roadhouse and the brother of bartender Jacques Renault. He had been intercepted by the bikers crossing the border with cocaine in his bag, and they held him in a citizen’s arrest until the sheriff arrived.


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