PART 9: Misguided Conscious (Carolyn/Cecillia/Elizabeth/Joe)

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PART 9: Misguided Conscious (Carolyn/Cecillia/Elizabeth/Joe)

Post  Carolyn Stoddard on 10th December 2009, 22:44

All evening Carolyn couldn't keep her mind straight; Every time she even attempted to focus herself on any task, she would always drift back into deep thought about not much of anything. For some strange reason, she felt that she had somewhere to be, but couldn't figure out where that place was.

Her cousin Cecillia had inquired that Carolyn come and join her at looking at a very fascinating part of Quentin's journals, and she had politely agreed, though she didn't quite feel up to it. However, as she walked down the hall towards Cecillia's room, Carolyn continued on, passing the door, heading towards the foyer.

Something inside Carolyn's body was compelling her to continue on, down the stairs and out of the front door, not even stopping to put on a jacket before going out in the near freezing temperatures.


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Post  Cecillia Collins Smith on 10th December 2009, 22:52

Cecillia waited for almost an hour, which had given Carolyn plenty of time to finish whatever she was doing and come join her. Cecillia glanced up at the clock on the wall with a look of disappointment; she was sure that Carolyn actually wanted to come join her, but concluded that she obviously didn't after all. Wanting to hope for the best, she allowed Carolyn another twenty minutes, but once that was up, she began to become worried.

Getting up from her bed, Cecillia walked out of her room and down the hall to Carolyn's; just as she was about to knock on the door, she realized that it was already slightly opened, so decided to just go on in. "Carolyn, are you in here," she said, looking around and seeing no one. "I guess she's downstairs then," Cecillia said, heading downstairs.

Carolyn was no where to be found downstairs either, after thorough checking of every possible room, including the study. Saving the kitchen for last, Cecillia entered, finding only Mrs. Johnson and Elizabeth. Mrs. Johnson appeared up to her elbows in dishes and in no mood to be disturbed, however Elizabeth seemed at peace, looking at some papers.

"Cousin Elizabeth, have you seen Carolyn? She was supposed to come join me in my room a long time ago; I've been waiting for nearly an hour and a half. I searched everywhere but can't find her; do you know if she went out or something?"


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 11th December 2009, 09:32

"No, she wouldn't have gone out. I just came through the foyer and found David's coat on the railing. When I hung it up I noticed both Carolyn's coat and jacket. It's quite chilly outside."

There was silence and Elizabeth looked up from her papers at Cecillia. "You're sure you checked everywhere? The library maybe? She's been dragging around the last few days; Julia's concerned about her."


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Post  Cecillia Collins Smith on 11th December 2009, 14:49

"Yes Elizabeth, I'm sure that I checked everywhere that she would logically be and that I'm allowed to go. She is absolutely no where to be found. She only told me earlier that she was going to take care of a few things in her room and that she would then be with me shortly; as I've said, that was nearly an hour and a half ago. I would have thought she'd told me if she were going out."

Restless, Cecillia pulled out a chair and sat down on it. "Who knows what's going on with Carolyn," she said, sighing.


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 11th December 2009, 15:02

"It's chilly outside and she isn't fond of going into the closed off portions of the house," Elizabeth said with concern. "Lately when I've spoken to her, she hasn't always heard me....she's had a vacant look in her eyes."

The clock in the foyer chimed. "It isn't like her to say she'll be somewhere and then simply not show up."


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Post  Carolyn Stoddard on 11th December 2009, 15:07

The evening had began to turn dark and it was cold outside, very cold. Carolyn's eyes gazed up at the full moon, as she stopped and stared up into the night sky. She had no purpose for being out in the cold, evening atmosphere, but for some reason, felt that there was no other place she should be either.

In the far distance, a dog barked, causing Carolyn to jump, breaking her concentration. As she stared off in the direction the bark had come from, she could faintly hear what sounded like footsteps behind her. "Hello," she said, almost too quiet to be heard. "Is anybody there?"

Continuing on in the direction she was heading, Carolyn shivered, almost instantly forgetting about noise she'd just heard; however, not long after did she once again hear the sounds of footsteps behind her, only this time they were closer. "Hello," she said again, this time with slight fear in her voice.


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Post  Joe Haskell on 11th December 2009, 16:46

As Joe drove up the lane to Collinwood in the crisp night air, he thought he saw the ghostly figure of a woman in the light of the full moon.

Don't start imagining things Joe," he told himself.

He'd just had a disturbing phone call from Sam Evans and wanted to talk to Mrs. Stoddard. Sam had sketched another sinister looking drawing of the man they believed to be Trask and this time he'd heard the man's voice inside his head. It sounded like a threat against the Collins family and Joe wanted to make sure everything was all right at Collinwood and to find out if any new developments had happened since he was last there.

If anything evil is going to happen, it would be on a night like this, he thought as he knocked on the big doors.

He turned his collar up as a dog howled in the distance and he waited for someone to answer the door.


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Post  Cecillia Collins Smith on 11th December 2009, 17:38

"I'll get it," Cecillia said, from her place on the sofa where she and her cousin Elizabeth had retreated with the journals of Quentin. Beings how Carolyn couldn't join her, Elizabeth had graciously agreed to look at the fascinating sections along with Cecillia.

As she opened the door, a burst of chilled air came through. "Oh hi Joe, come in; it's pretty cold out there tonight." Quickly shutting the door behind Joe, Cecillia waited to see if he was going to take his jacket off. "So, I suppose you are here to see my cousin Elizabeth again? If so, she is in the drawing room. Do you want something to drink? I can get Mrs. Johnson to make something before she is finished in the kitchen."


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Post  Joe Haskell on 11th December 2009, 18:53

"No thanks, I won't be here long," Joe told Cecillia. "Yeah, I need to talk to Mrs. Stoddard. I hope everything's O.K. here."

He saw Elizabeth rise from the sofa to greet him. "Mrs. Stoddard, I just had a weird conversation with Sam. It sounded like the Trask guy is threatening the Collins family."


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 11th December 2009, 18:57

"What....? Come in Joe," Elizabeth answered. "Cecillia and I were just reading through Quentin's journals. Now, what about Sam?"

She gestured towards the brandy in offering to Joe and watched him shake his head.


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Post  Joe Haskell on 11th December 2009, 19:03

"Sam discovered that he'd sketched Trask again, against his will. He's upset. He told me that he heard Trask's voice in his head. It said 'I will have my revenge! The Collins family will pay! She will suffer!"

Joe changed his mind about the brandy and poured himself one. He still felt the chill of the night air. Looking at Elizabeth and Cecillia he said, "Sam didn't want to just call here and say that on the telephone so he asked me to come up here and see if everything's all right. Nothing's happened has it?"


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 11th December 2009, 19:07

"Well, not that we know of," Elizabeth replied. She gave a worried glance in Cill's direction.

"There is one thing......it's Carolyn. It might mean nothing.....but she may have disappeared. She's been acting so strange lately and she promised Cecillia that she'd read some in the journals with her and then never showed up. Cill's looked everywhere and no Carolyn. Her jacket and coat are still here; I'm beginning to worry."


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Post  Joe Haskell on 11th December 2009, 19:10

"When I was driving here I thought I saw a woman wandering towards the ocean. She wasn't dressed warmly so I thought it was a trick of the shadows and wind. Why don't I go out and look around in that direction. I'll call for Carolyn, even though that might be silly. I'll be back in a bit to see if she's shown up here," he said heading towards the door.


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Post  Carolyn Stoddard on 11th December 2009, 20:09

Carolyn's body temperature was steadily dropping as the night's coldness took its toll on her. She could hear the sea up ahead and the moon shown down bright enough to perfectly illuminate the path she was to continue taking. Her mind wasn't processing the danger that could come from being around widow's peak at dark, only that she had to go there, though unsure why.

From afar, Carolyn could hear her name being called, but she didn't have the will to answer. He mind and body knew only one thing: to continue on, and quick.


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Post  Joe Haskell on 12th December 2009, 16:23

Joe left Collinwood and ran in the direction that the imaginary woman he'd seen earlier seemed to be going in. As he got to the top of a small hill, he could see her in the distance and was now sure that she was real.

That's Carolyn and she looks like she's wandering in a daze. She isn't dressed warmly enough either.....I wonder what's going on.

He began calling her name and knew she should be able to hear him, but there was no response. She looks like she's making her way to the cliffs.......and like she's unaware that she's doing it, he thought with alarm.

He began yelling her name louder and when there was still no response he began running towards her as fast as he could.


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Post  Carolyn Stoddard on 12th December 2009, 16:57

As she stood only a foot from the edge, Carolyn gazed out into the wavy water below. A chilled mist filled the air, causing Carolyn to shiver just a little. Her mind was calm and at ease; she was still unaware as to why she was where she was, but knew that it was where she was supposed to be. The moon shown down on her seemingly lifeless body, casting a perfect silhouette on the ground behind her.

Not far in the distance, her name was heard again, but just like every other time, Carolyn did not respond. She did know, however, that no one was suppose to find her - catch up to her - stop her from doing what she was supposed to do. As she neared the edge even closer, a presence arrived behind her, breaking her deepest concentration.

Turning to look, she saw Joe. Giving him a quick glance, she turned back into the misty night air.


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Post  Joe Haskell on 12th December 2009, 19:10

Joe was horrified by the sight of Carolyn standing so close to the cliff in the freezing night air. He could see in the moonlight that she wasn't in possession of herself.

I don't quite know how or why.....but this has something to do with that Trask. But whatever happened to him, it wasn't Carolyn's fault. Or Mrs. Stoddard's fault....and she's the one who would really suffer if Carolyn goes over the edge now.

Carolyn was still in a daze, hesitating. That gave Joe the few moments he needed to grab her just before she tried to fling herself off of Widow's Hill.

"I'm taking you back to Collinwood now," he said and pulled her about twenty feet away from the cliff. Then he gave her his jacket and began escorting her back to her home.


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Post  Carolyn Stoddard on 12th December 2009, 19:54

Carolyn let Joe direct her every move back to Collinwood, while in her heart and mind an internal war erupted. As she effortlessly kept pace, all the events that had just occurred scrambled through her head. Pulling Joe's jacket tighter around her, she took a quick look at her savior - her guardian angel - her once was.

Managing to not say a word the entire way, Carolyn was extremely relieved to see Collinwood up ahead. She couldn't exactly piece together what had just happened and knew that she would have to spend the next hour continuously trying to explain the unknown, but just being in the presence of those she who cared was all that mattered.

As Joe opened the front doors of Collinwood, tears filled Carolyn's eyes.


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 15th December 2009, 12:57

Elizabeth was sitting in the drawing room when she heard the doors open. Rushing to the foyer, she saw Carolyn and the look on Joe's face.

"Help me get her to her room," she told Joe. "We'll figure out what happened later. Now's no time for talking; thank goodness she's safe."

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