After the third person went missing the town knew it had a real big problem. First Wilber Grant and Amy Sue Willows went missing, but folks said they had run away together and all so it was no big deal, but when tiny old Mrs Gibbons went missing the next day and her front screen door was found open and hanging from one hinge everyone was worried and frightened to death. All the town folks carried guns all around all day then. When we came into town for groceries we knew they were all going crazy, looking behind their backs, walking sideways at people. My Pappy said they looked like a bunch of sidewinders in a pit all ready to strike at each other. He sure did laugh all the way home for some reason, I could tell he knew something the rest of us didn't but Pappy ain't one to tell secrets for nothin' to nobody until he's good and ready to tell.
well, when they finally found Wilber and Amy Sue it twern't nothin' like nobody ever'd seen before, they was shucked like corn. Flayed from the head with all their peeled skin hangin' off the bottom like they was opened up like some human banana or somethin'. Their veins looked like a mess of bloody silk threads. The place they was found in, the Corn of Death as it became known, was drenched in blood, sprayed all over the place so that they burned the whole field so nobody would have to see it like that and nobody would think they was buying corn from the massacre corn field, Death Corn.
Two family quit town soon after and the rest of them stayed real close to home. It was like a ghost town when we went in to shop, Pappy just grinned and took his good old time looking around. He seemed to take a look at things extra long, deciding if he was going to buy it or not. He even took us to get an ice cream at the drug store and he made us sit down on the bench outside and listen to the birds. He eyed us as we ate our cones, with a smile like a cat who got all the cream all the time in the barn. I felt suspended in time at that moment and I looked out at a town without any activity at all. I looked at Pappy then and said "this is nice Pappy, real nice."
He looked down and rubbed his old rugged hands over my head and sighed. He looked away and said "Yes boy, this is nice, this how it used to be when time stood still forever. Me and Mrs Gibbons was sweethearts way back, did I ever tell you that, no I bet you never knew that secret, but I got lots of secrets and I'll let you in on a few. Wilber and Amy Sue were evil forces brought here to destroy our town, Mrs Gibbons and I been waiting for them since childhood. We fought them all night in that corn field. Mrs Gibbons was hurt and is resting out my cabin in the woods. Your Ma is taking care of her as we speak. These here town people came here many years ago because of how come we all live do live long here in these parts. They think it's in the land or water that keeps them living longer than most folks. That ain't how it goes though, it's cause we farm folks is all witches. We spelled this place real good when we settled here so long ago. Wilber and Amy Sue found out everything and was going to go on the internet and blab all about us so they was shucked alive for good reason, to tell those others in town to mind their own business. We had to re-spell this place and it took Wilber and Amy Sues blood to bring it all back. It's now your turn to learn what really goes on here. Lessons start tomorrow, now finish your ice cream and let's go home cuase me and Mrs Gibbons is gettin' married on Sunday."
October starts the lessons, life is scary.