Nursery Crimes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic


Inspired by 'Jack Be Nimble'.

Chapter 15 (v.1) - Beach Party

Submitted: April 13, 2018

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Submitted: April 13, 2018

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Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick,

Jack jump over

The candlestick.

 

Jack jumped high,

Jack jumped low,

Jack jumped over

And burned his toe.

 

Beach Party.

 

So it was a bit cold for a beach party but that wasn’t going to spoil the plans. They’d find somewhere a bit sheltered, out of the wind. Once they got a good fire going it would be fine. And the alcohol was bound to warm things up, wasn’t it.

They’d go in two cars, ten of them; four girls, six guys. Plenty of food, plenty of drink, and Baz would supply the music. They’d been looking forward to this for weeks and there was nothing going to put them off.

One car was loaded up with supplies. Bryn and Helen, Dave and Sal would travel in that one; Frank, Jack. John and Tina, Baz and Kerry would follow them. It wasn’t far, just half an hour’s drive to the little cove they’d grown up around. All they had to hope was that no one else had beaten them to it.

No cars parked – well, that was a good sign. The cove would be theirs to claim for the evening. Bryn and Dave carried down the supplies and the others searched for driftwood. There was always plenty to be found with the forest being just around the corner.

A sheltered spot picked, John, Tina, Baz, Kerry, Dave and Sal, pulled off their hoodies, their sweatpants and headed in to the waves. There were shrieks brought on from the initial shock of the icy sea, but they soon seemed to get used to it. There was splashing, and dunking and messing around. Bryn and Helen snuggled up together as the fire began to burn, and Jack hit the bottle. No beer for him this night. He was here to party and whisky was his choice.

The others didn’t stay in the sea for long, but were back, shivering and squashing up around the fire in almost no time. Jack held out the bottle, but apart from Baz, no one took it from him. A third gone, no wonder his head was starting to feel muzzy.

Chucking a few more logs on to the fire, Baz started up the music. He played it from the car with the doors wide open, so loud that it flooded the bay. The light grew dimmer as the moon and the stars became more visible.

Dancing now, they’d all had a few beers; even Jack had knocked back a couple with his whiskey. The music was fast, the beat steady, no romantic, smoochy stuff for Baz. Picking up the beat that bit more, the dancing became more frantic until Jack tripped. Too bad he was so near the fire, for he landed on top of it, setting his clothes and his hair on fire.

Pandemonium ensued. They all dragged him away, beat out and doused the flames. Dave slipped out his mobile phone, dialled 911. Sal, Tina and Helen sobbed, while Kerry stooped beside him, trying to make sure he did not choke himself. Alcohol and shock could turn in to a lethal mixture, and that was without the added complication of so many burns.

How long was it going to take for the ambulance to turn up? It felt like hours but wasn’t. The paramedics set to work, trying to keep Jack in a stable enough condition to move him. The local hospital would be no good, not with burns so extensive; they would have to head off to the city and hope that they made it in time.

The police turned up but there had been no crime. Jack’s fate was self-inflicted, the half bottle of whiskey evidence enough to prove that fact. Everything had to be packed away. The police insisted that none of them drive, that they call someone to pick them up, and they ensured that the fire was put right out.

None of them could speak. It should have been fun, should have been fine. Instead, the beach party marked the start of one very long summer.

 


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