SILENCE - DS Addison Scott Series #1

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Chapter Thirty

1996

Jade and Madison Reed were both sat in the car watching a house across the road. Madison didn’t know why they were there, her mother just dragged her out into the car and drove here without saying a word. At first, she thought she might have been in trouble, but now she knows it’s something deeper.

“Why are we here?” Madison asked her mum. Jade shushed her with her finger as she watched the house intently. Madison sat back in her seat and crossed her arms over her chest. She let out a long sigh and her mum finally turned to her.

“I think your dad has been having an affair. I wanted to catch him.” Jade finally told her. Madison wasn’t surprised, she had heard the stories that her father used to tell, about his father who had an affair with a woman, and it caused his mother’s death.

“He’s a hypocrite. He never said he would be like his own father and now he’s doing it to you. He hasn’t learnt from his father’s mistakes at all.” Madison said. Jade released her seat belt and climbed out of the car.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m going to catch him in the act.” Jade marched up the pathway. She ducked down below one of the front windows and peeked inside. It was a few moments before Madison saw her running back to the car. She got inside and turned on the car engine. Madison watched, waiting for her mother to say something. But she didn’t. There was fear in her eyes. She pulled out of the road quickly that Madison had to grab onto her seat. They headed home.

“Mum, what’s happening? Was he having an affair?” Madison asked. Jade didn’t answer. They arrived home and Jade got out of the car. She slammed the door and ran up the front steps to the house. Madison rushed in behind her and watched as Jade closed the door and bolted it. Madison followed her mother up the stairs and wondered if she really did catch him having an affair.

“Mum, what’s going on. Are you chucking him out?” Madison asked.

“He’s not having an affair. It’s worse than that.” Jade told her.

“How can it be worse? He’s not into bondage, is he?” Madison chuckled. Her mother didn’t like her joke.

“I saw him.”

“You saw him what mum?”

“He’s the killer. The one on the news.” Jade trembled. She grabbed Madison and pulled her into her arms.

“You mean the silent killer? The one who has been murdering all those people?” Madison’s eyes were wide. Jade didn’t answer. She grabbed a suitcase from the bottom of the wardrobe and started throwing in clothes. Her clothes and Madison’s.

“We’ve got to pack our stuff; we have to go now. We can’t be here when he returns home.” Jade said. She carried on throwing the clothes into the suitcase and zipped it up.

“We have to call the police.” Madison warned.

“No, we can’t. Not now, we need to get out first. He will kill us. He saw me at the window.” Jade confessed. “He murdered that teenager and her mother,” Jade started to weep.

“He murdered them?”

“Yes, we need to leave now and then phone the police. They will protect us. But first, we must go before he comes back.” Jade dragged the suitcase off the bed. She headed into Madison’s room and grabbed some more things. They both stood in silence when they heard the door slam. Jade looked up at Madison in horror. He was home.

Jade and Madison both pushed the chest of drawers in front of the door so he couldn’t get in. Jade ran over to the window and opened it, shouting for help.

Madison could hear footsteps coming up the stairs. Then there was a knock on the door. Jade grabbed Madison and moved over to the window, they both stood in silence, waiting for something to happen. He knew they were in there.

Alan opened the door but got stuck from the chest of drawers in front of it. Alan managed to get it open enough to pop his head in to have a look inside the room. He put his arm through the gap and tried to push the chest out of the way. Jade grabbed Madison’s hair dryer and smacked his arm with him. He pulled his arm out and grunted from the hit.

Jade had a look out of the window, wondering if they could jump. It was possibly to high, but she is willing to try. They both looked back to the door and his arm came through again, but this time he had a knife. He started slashing around.

“Mum,” Madison yelled. Jade grabbed Madison and moved her behind her. They stayed as close to the window as possible.

“Why, why are you doing this?” Jade sobbed.

“Why, you want to know why?” Alan shouted. “How about I’ll tell you when? When this all started?” Alan hissed. Jade held onto Madison tight, backing into the corner. “Do you remember Katie Herman? Yes, she was the woman my dad had an affair with.”

“You killed her.” Jade gasped.

“Yes, she was my first kill and then her daughter came in, but I took care of that too.” Alan bragged. Madison started to cry, and Jade put her hands over her ears. “The best bit, I loved every bit of killing them. Her last breath turned me on.” Alan laughed.

“You disgust me.” Jade hissed. Jade started calling for help again out of the window. Madison stood there with her hands over her ears, crying loudly. Alan finally managed to push the drawers out of the way and got inside the room. He grinned at the girls as he moved towards them. Jade protecting Madison with her body.

“Stay away from us.” Jade begged. Alan laughed. Madison sneakily grabbed her curling tongs from the dressing table which was next to the window. She hid them behind her back as Alan was focused on her mother. She stepped back against the wall and plugged them in slowly. The light flicked on and she waited for them to heat up. As Alan lunged at Jade, Madison pushed her out of the way and pressed the curling tongs to his face. He screeched from the burning sensation on his face.

Jade grabbed Madison’s hand and they both ran out of the room and down the stairs. Madison grabbed the house phone as she was dragged into the kitchen. Alan chased them and he launched for the girls. He grabbed Jade and threw her to the floor. Madison was quickly dialling the police as she turned round to see him stabbing her mother in the chest. Blood sprayed up the walls and on Madison’s face. Madison dropped the phone as an operator answered, she lunged forward pushing her dad. It was too late. Jade was dead.

Alan dropped the knife to the floor and looked at Madison. He stepped forward but she moved back. He held out his bloody hand and grabbed her. He pulled her into his arms and stroked her hair.

“You are safe now.” He whispered.

There were faint sirens in the background that Alan heard. He glanced to the floor to see the phone that Madison had taken. He pushed her back and glared at her. Alan grabbed her arm and dragged her over to the counter. He pulled out a new knife from the block as Madison screamed and cried.

“Don’t do this, please don’t do this.” She howled.

Alan ignored her cries and continued. He placed her wrist on the counter and held it tight as she tried to pull away from him. There was banging on the door and the colours of blue flashing lights lit up the house. Madison was shouting for them and they started to break down the door. Alan sliced Madison’s wrist that started to bleed heavily and then he sliced his own.

Police officers started rushing into the home and three of them grabbed hold of Alan. He started shouting at Madison as they dragged him away. “We are bound by blood. I will see you again. I promise.” He laughed as she watched him disappeared through the door. A female officer put a blanket around Madison as they guided her outside. Madison saw Alan’s grin on his face as he was carted away in a police car.

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