The True Story of Jennifer Hanes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Writer Coven
A story of modern day life in a small town.

Submitted: March 24, 2016

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The True Story of  Jennifer Hanes

Robert Kasch

 

Jennifer Hanes, a young and attractive woman living alone, had her personal safety front and center at all times. When moving into 312 Blakemore Dr. she immediately had the shrubs that abutted the house removed. One less hiding place for a bad man.

 

Safety Guy Home Alarms installed their top of the line system on day one. This made Jennifer a bit more secure in her feelings but knew staying safe was like playing chess. Constant attention to what will or might happen on the next move. Simple really. Common sense.

 

Then it happened. The empty house across from Jennifer’s seemed to have been broken into or possibly a new owner had moved in; moved in and just stood and stared from his front window. It was just weird; eerie. Jennifer closed her blinds and went to bed. She thought it time to get a dog. Maybe a Pitbull or Rott. Something big anyway.

 

Then, that very next morning, while starting her coffee she opened the kitchen blinds only to see the same man still at the window across the street. Still just staring straight ahead. Unmoving. Turning off the brewer and she on to work. The strange man stayed on her mind all day. Unnerving her.

 

The work day over Jennifer went right home certain the man would be gone. He wasn’t. Time to call the police. Sgt. Barrows answered. “ Blackstone Police. This is Sgt. Barrows, may I help you Jennifer Hanes?”

 

“ Wha…? How did you know my name?” Jennifer was shaking.

 

“ Caller I.D.”

 

“ Well...anyone could have been using my phone.”

“ Can I help you Jennifer Hanes?”

 

“ I need an officer to come to my home. I’m at…”

 

“ Yes, I have the address. I’ll be right there Jennifer Hanes.”

 

The line went dead. The call rattled Jennifer more than the stranger across the street. The doorbell rang. It was Sgt. Barrows. Too soon to have made the drive. He flashed his badge through the doors small window. He smiled broadly and then winked.

 

Before Jennifer could protest, the Sgt was inside and walking into the living room. He seemed more interested in the house and Jennifer than the matter at hand.

Moving to the blinds he raised them and looked at the house opposite. “ Is that the window Jennifer Hanes?”

 

“ Yes. That’s it.”

 

“ Funny. No one at the window.”

 

Jennifer walked to the window and looked out. The stranger was gone. “ He was there last time I looked. Just ten minutes ago.”


“ Jennifer Hanes did anyone tell you about the incident at the house across the street? There was a very bad man who lived there. Very bad. In fact he was quite well known, in a bad way, before the police killed him in that very house.” The Sgt. shook his head and paused as if thinking the best way to tell the frightened woman the worst of the story. “ As I was saying Jennifer Hanes, the man was killed after terrifying this town. He was also a disgrace to the local police force. Yes, he was an officer of the law committing the most heinous of acts. He was eventually taken down in a hail of bullets as they say. Cut to ribbons actually. One officer actually spit on his fresh corpse. Of course that didn’t go into any reports.” The Sgt. laughed at the thought. “ Not something we put in our reports Jennifer Hanes.”
 

“ I think you should leave. You’re scaring me.”

 

“ You should be frightened Jennifer Hanes. Yes. Absolutely scared to death. I have a feeling the man will be back in his window soon. In the meantime I’m going to take off my jacket and tie. It’s awfully warm in here. Are you hot Jennifer Hanes?”

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