(More psychic horror)
A handful of quick turns through farm country ended in a bumpy entrance to a wooded location. The car only stopped when the entrance ended and the trees denied further access. The cop put the car in park and turned to me.
“I hope the ride was okay,” he said, sounding slightly apologetic, “and I hope your day isn’t too unpleasant.”
“Thanks,” I said as I got out. It was too late for that, anyway, but the mixed feelings of angst and foreboding were ascendant.
A cop stepped from the trees and waved me as the car backed out. He identified himself as Sergeant Kirby, checked my ID and issued me a badge. All standard stuff. He radioed my arrival and we waited a few moments for a response. The usual feelings I had to fight going into this were being pushed aside by a stronger feeling; something supernatural, rather than psychological. It was very wrong. I nearly jumped when the radio chirped back.
“I understand you do not want to know about the scene,” Kirby explained carefully, “but it’s important you understand this may be very shocking, even if you have seen crime scenes before. Do you understand?”
I nodded, more concerned about the bad feeling coming from beyond the trees. This was going to be rough.
A cow path through the trees led straight in where the vehicle entrance ended. Bits of litter peppered the edge of the path, which was like any other path through any other trees. What I was sensing ahead was only getting more intense as we advanced. In the distance, I could just make out voices and radio chatter.
“I need a second,” I told Kirby. I was starting to sweat, and nausea was stepping up, too. I bent over and threw up. It did help much, though it was a personal comfort to know I wouldn’t get vomit on a crime scene.
“You all right?” Kirby asked, sounding both sympathetic and judgemental at the same time.
“I will be fine,” I said, wiping my mouth. “Let’s go.”
*cats-lamp posts-broken glass*
The trees opened on a clearing about forty by twenty feet, and it looked like something out of a slasher film. Human bodies, mostly dismembered were strewn about. The smell of human rot, which I had been exposed to a few times before, was fierce. It looked and smelled like a slaughter house in the woods. I could not figure how many bodies lay there; though it must have been many.
The shock from the standard senses was minor compared to what was bombarding me from the psychic side. A tidal wave of malicious, raging evil hit so hard I actively had to fight it. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. The unbridled volume of sensations coming from the place made it nearly impossible to focus, which was unusual because it was normally so important to focus.
“Norman!” a familiar voice called out, cutting through the blare of sensation for a second.
I looked up, squinting in the direction of the voice. Adam Carter was walking toward me, his face turning from a grimace to a concerned frown.
“You don’t look so hot, Norm,” he said. “I hope this isn’t too much for you.”
“I just need a second, Adam,” I said, backing down the path a little, out of the smell and sight of that hell. Adam stayed with me, looking quite concerned.
“Listen, there no shame if you can’t hack this,” he began, before I raised a hand to cut him off. I was just starting to catch my emotional breath and needed explain.
“Yeah, it’s bad,” I said, wiping sweat from my forehead despite the cool air of early autumn, “but that’s not it. Not really.”
“You mean you’re getting something here? Already?” he asked. Adam knew all about my abilities. I had worked with him years before, when he was just a rookie detective. He was soft believer.
I nodded. “But it’s not the usual stuff,” I said, working through it myself. “This is something else, something spiritually powerful.”
He gave me a look of patient concern. He reached out to put his hand on my shoulder, intended to reassure or comfort, then withdrew. He remembered that I did not like to be touched. “We are going to be here a while,” he said. “Take your time and do what you have to. We still have a ton of work. I’m glad you’re here, Norm.”
It was cold comfort from an old associate, but better than none, perhaps. After several minutes of centering myself, I was able to focus enough to start thinking with reasonable clarity. I took my notebook from my coat and began recording what I could. I noted the date and time, wrote a few points on the location and then blanked. This was new ground for me. What I was feeling from the clearing did not break down into tidy little sights, sounds, smells or feelings. It was like an amalgam of these so thoroughly intertwined they were now just one thing. Rather than focus on the sensations from the scene, my instinct was to block it out. I wrote the gist of this in the notebook and stood to face the music.