Changeling the Lost: Shattered Dreams - Denver
Chapter 1 Session 3
Chapter 1 – Down the Rabbit Hole
Session 3 – Be careful what you wish for…
A wish to for Somewhere else. – Lilybeth awoke sore, covered in cuts, but otherwise healthy from the previous night’s traumatic events. Waking up early to complete her various errands, she makes her way down to the kitchen for breakfast. On the way, she notices a slight breeze and a sharp temperature drop as she walks past her sister’s room. Left largely untouched since her disappearance, the door to Nicole’s room was always left closed and never used in hopes of her return. Entering the room, Lilybeth discovers that the window had been opened, resulting in the morning autumn breeze she felt. As she closes the window, she notices finger prints of red mud and/or blood on the window pane. Quickly looking around, she doesn’t see any footprints or any other indications of trespassing within the room or outside the window on the ground below. At a loss for an explanation, she continues downstairs, eats her breakfast and goes to the garage to try to fix her motorcycle.
Outside of the garage, she sees an obviously drunk and dirty Kooch crying into his hands, sitting on the ground. Hearing her approach he lifts his head and says “He is a dead man!!!! I’m gonna kill Brent for real this time. He has gone too far”. Unable to speak, he motions Lilybeth to get on his motorcycle so he can show her what he was talking about. Thinking better than taking a ride with a drunk driver, Lilybeth insists on driving and he directs her to the Weirton cemetery. When they arrive, she immediately sees that the earth over Dennis’s grave had been disturbed. Upon closer inspection she sees that a hole had been dug all the way to the coffin which was open and empty. Upon further inspection, she saw 2 distinct and muddy footprints within the coffin. Coming to the same conclusion as Kooch, Lilybeth curses Brent for making a mockery of Kooch’s wish (while wondering if Brent was truly monstrous enough to exhume a boy’s body to get back at a rival).
Telling Kooch that she had something she wanted to show him back at her place and pointing out that, being drunk, he was in no condition to do anything about Brent, Lilybeth convinced him to go back to her place to sleep off the alcohol. Letting Kooch pass out, Lily borrows his bike and goes to town to get the parts needed to fix her own bike. After getting the parts, she makes a stop at the library where she checks out a book containing history of the Moneton Indians. On her way home she thinks that she sees a figure crouching in the underbrush, watching her as she rides by. Strangely, she thinks that the figure was wearing a dirty suit. Considering the events of the other night (where she fell from her bike and saw a strange creature walk into the woods, leaving dress shoe clad foot prints), she decides to investigate (since it is now daylight and being desperate for answers to her mounting questions). Upon searching the area, she finds shoeless foot prints in the mud. She also finds a handkerchief with the initials DW on them. Assuming the DW are Dennis Wagoner’s initials and the handkerchief dropped in the brush as his corpse was moved, she screams into the woods “Brent, you have gone too far!!!” and leaves.
Returning home, she fixes her bike and checks on Kooch who was still passed out (and had puked on her pillow). Wanting to give him time to properly recover, she again leaves the house to visit her mother at the Silent Hills Asylum. At the asylum, she enters her mother’s room, hearing her talking with another visitor. Her mother turns to her and says “Lilybeth, say hello to your sister!!!” To Lilybeth’s surprise, she sees a person of about her own age, the picture of beauty perfection. Her golden hair, sky-blue eyes, and radiant skin are enough to take anyone’s breath away. She is dressed in a gown almost fit for a renaissance fair, made of shimmering and beautiful fabric that seems to only accentuate the woman’s beauty, though she notes several tears in the fabric. The woman stands, looks Lilybeth in the eye and somehow Lilybeth knows that it is her sister, Nicole, who had disappeared 2 years ago, though she appears much older than she should. Nicole appears to be 18 to 20 years old, when she is actually only 14. As Nicole runs over to embrace her, Lilybeth notices that her exposed arms are covered in scratches similar to her own from the quarry and that the hem of her dress is stained and coated in reddish brown mud, similar in color to what she saw at the gravesite and in Nicole’s window.
A wish for the return of Prosperity – Waking early to dutifully complete his chores to show his genuine remorse for disobeying his father last night, Sam makes his way into the kitchen where his mother expresses her displeasure in his action of the previous night. She then reassures him that she and his father love him very much and are proud of him. After breakfast, Sam notices that his father is not home. His mother explains that he was called into the plant for some emergency and that she didn’t know when to expect him back.
After finishing his chores, Sam uses the internet to try to find information on the rock quarry where all of the strange experiences of the previous night occurred. He found an old newspaper article (see “Old Swimming Hole Still A Mystery” saved in the Group documents) that only seemed to deepen the mystery.
Football practice goes well as the team does not even seem to miss having Brent around. Sam questions the center, Mike Powell who was at the previous night’s party, about the events following his jumping into the water. Mike reports that everyone thought that Sam, Brent, Lilybeth and Kooch had just snuck off into the woods when the police arrived (though Sam recalled that everyone had actually been watching them fall/jump in). He also said that no one got in trouble as it was Brent’s uncle, the Sherriff who showed up and merely told them to leave.
Returning home, Sam works on his Halloween costume for the party later that night. His father returns home overjoyed. He informs Sam that the plant’s customers have retuned and are demanding more steel. By the plant management’s projections, they expect to be able to rehire 30% of the plant’s workforce in the next week. His only concern was obtaining enough raw materials to meet demand, but he is certain that everything is going to start looking up for the town now.