The Cruel Mind

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

For serial killer Sage Bellman, the last few years of her life have been a roller coaster of death. Now a college graduate, she has returned to her hometown of Polgerton, MA, preparing for the life ahead. Being forced to kill her friends in college, Sage has sided with the darkness that kept her alive for so long. Living with her former consoler, Karen DeStefano, Sage balances living with her most bloodthirsty desires. Targeting anyone easy enough to kill, she feels that she can finally be herself. However, Karen's daughter, Alice, a local police officer, is wary of the strange young woman that her mother has taken in. Secretly obsessed with the Teardrop Killer slayings, Alice's distrust of Sage manifests into something more. As she digs closer into the new string of murders in the town, the two women find themselves on a collision course that will see both of their lives come full circle. In violence, we forget who we are.

The final chapter of The Bad People series. For new readers, it is worth reading as a standalone novel as much of the story is re-capped. Enjoy!

***Originally written in 2018. This novel has been unedited from its original format***

Table of Contents

Prologue


At Lake Juno, Sage reflects on the tragic events that transpired in that cabin months prior.
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Then and Now


Graduating from Fairground University, Sage is joined by her former consoler, Karen DeStefano. Leaving the past in ashes, she looks to the future ahead.
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This Old Town


Back in the town that started it all, Sage finds her place in Karen's home. Particles of the past rear their head, reminding her of where she came from.
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A New Day


Visiting a local coffee shop, Sage ponders her legacy while a flashback sees Alice at the 2016 crime scene of the Richard family massacre.
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Past Burdens


A flashback reveals Karen's first warning sign of Sage's psychosis.
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Daughter


A day in Alice's life and her demons.
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Decaying Sins


Remembering a past murder, Sage has carved a new path in her life; one different from before.
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Making Things Right


Alice reconnects with her mother.
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Mother, Daughter, Killer


Seeing her mother for the first time in a long while, Alice is introduced to Sage. From this moment, both women see the signs of a rocky future.
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Not Well


Despite how far she's come, Sage is revisited by her past sins.
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A Different Kind of Smile


A flashback after the 2016 killings reveals Alice's outlook on where she is in life.
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Temptation


Watching the people around her, all Sage can see are lambs ripe for the slaughter.
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Not This Time


A flashback to what could be considered her last true attempt at friendship, Sage breaks away from people who she feels will only bring her down. In doing so, her dark side is watered.
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Games


A visit from Alice sees Sage's dislike for the woman grow - alongside her bloodlust.
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Smiling Predator


Setting up her first kill since being back, Sage scours the edge of the town for a suitable environment and victim.
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The Hunt


With her preparations in place, Sage sets out in the night to kill the homeless man who she had previously picked. Being her first planned kill with no purpose other than fun, she is ready to test
out her ruthlessness.
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Teardrops


Alice is called to the crime scene of the slaughtered homeless man, reigniting her obsession as she suspects the Teardrop Killer to be responsible.
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Independence


Underneath the Fourth of July fireworks, Sage opens up to Karen about her time at the Meadow facility; relating it to a prison rather than a foster center.
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Revelation


Sage and her co-worker discuss the recent murder, while Alice and her Sergeant try to find common ground on both the killing and deeper issues.
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Rising Tension


Another visit from Alice sees Sage harbor further resentment towards her.
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Broken


Sage confides to Karen once again about the Meadow facility where she had stayed, revealing how she truly felt about the years spent there. However, Karen is the only person Sage will soon speak
to...
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Not What It Seemed


Alone during her night shift, Alice revisits the crime scene on Banter Street, reflecting on what life was to her now.
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The Beast Brewing


A day at work results in Sage discovering a new way to profile her next victims.
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Twenty-three


On her birthday, a gift from Karen leaves Sage feeling guilty over hiding her past and her darkness.
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Breaking in


With the fantasy of killing the couple she had met while at work at the top of her mind, Sage embarks on a mission to bring her desires to life.
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The Wolf and the Lambs


The night begins as Sage assaults her first prey.
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Romeo and Juliet


High on the spilling of blood, Sage unleashes her ferocity upon her victim's partner.
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Hunter and Hunted


Learning more about the past of the mysterious woman living with her mother, Alice questions Sage's interactions with the Teardrop Killer's victims.
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Interview


Alice stops by to see Sage, where she attempts to find common ground with the woman. However, while the two seem to bond, Alice's intentions run deeper then simply making amends. This is the chance
to learn about her.
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Raid


Alice sneaks into Sage's laptop, hoping the truth lies beyond the screen.
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Skeletons


Obsessed with the Teardrop Killer and believing Sage to be hiding something, Alice's research leads her to a disturbing truth; wherever Sage had been - people died.
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Bleak Future


Alice goes in front of her command with a promotion on the table, but with her obsession with Sage and the Teardrop Killer murders cannot be left in the dark.
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A Choice to Make


Determined to bring the truth to light, Alice takes the law into her own hands. As she confronts Sage about the recent killings, a culmination of everything that has happened finally erupts -
forcing her mother to choose a side.
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Aftermath


Alice is left to face the consequences of her actions while Sage ponders her next hunt.
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Descent


An encounter at Sage's job places a mother and daughter in her crosshairs.
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A Deadly Outlook


A walk in the park finds Sage looking back on her past demons while building the strength to embark upon the next slaughter.
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Letting Go


Having pushed everyone she's ever loved aside, Alice is faced with a choice: fall victim to her depression or reach out and repair the damage that has been done.
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May 14th, 2021


Sage sets out on her next murder while Alice begins to take the first step to fixing her life. However, a choice will alter what was supposed to be and set both women on a path that will soon cross
once again.
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The Woman in the White Mask


Facing more prey than anticipated, Sage must choose between abandoning her plan or embracing her blood-thirst...
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I've Been There Before


Revealing her reason for targeting the family, Sage forces the daughter to play a sadistic game.
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Last Chance


As the situation begins to spiral out of control, Sage resorts to horrific violence - losing herself in the process.
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Savior


Alice arrives at the Chapman residence, finding a bloody pile of bodies and her greatest battle inside.
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Sisters


Alice and Sage's lives come full circle as the two women fight against each other inside the home - setting off a final series of events that will see this bloody night far from over.
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Survival


Every event has led to this moment on the night of blood.
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The Cruel MInd


In violence, we forget who we are...
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Epilogue


A page in Sage's journal written on May 14th, 2021.


An introduction and promise of what tomorrow would bring...
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