Everyone was there. From grandparents to siblings. The house was full of people that were eagerly waiting for the birthday boy to arrive. Christoffer Derrick. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Derrick. Two most known wealthy parents in the small town of Goldfinch. Usually described as the Crime Town. Because it was the smallest town in California, crimes were everywhere. People needed to get home early at night. Anyone out on the roads, whether in a car or walking, always got injured, killed, stolen from, or even kidnapped. The town has been cursed since the beginning. From the time when the mayor's house was burned, till this time. The time when people are killed under everyone's sight.
It was 9:40 PM. Christoffer was supposed to arrive at 10:00 for the party. Every guest that has been invited was in the house.
Right at 9:50, the doorbell rang. "Chris is here, everyone, gather up," Mrs. Derrick announced. Everyone in the house gathered up to the door to surprise the boy. Right when Mrs. Derrick and Mr. Derrick opened the door, the crowd started singing Happy Birthday but fell silent the second they noticed that there's was no one at the door. Only a package with a note stuck to in. The confused Mrs. Derrick picked it up and ripped the note open only to read a horrifying note written on it.
A note that says: CHRISTOFFER HAS LEFT THE TOWN OF "CRIME" FOR GOOD. I THOUGHT MAYBE YOU MIGHT WANT THE ASHES OF HIM TO CELEBRATE. HE IS CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY WITH SATAN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BIRTHDAY BOY CHRISTOFFER.
FROM: THE SILENT MAN
The terrified Mrs. Derrick opened the box only to see ashes in the box. Ashes of Christoffer as 'The Silent Man' mentioned. With a shaky hand, she read the note that was written with the blood of no other than Christoffer himself.
Mrs. Derrick screamed till she fell on the floor and hit her head, which made her faint. The crowd gathered up to see the note and what was in the box. As Mr. Derrick read it out loud, people started screaming, shouting, and crying. Some passed out in their seats.
Mr. Derrick called the ambulance and they arrived in less than 5 minutes. The ambulances carried Mrs. Derrick and the others that have passed out. The crowd scattered quickly, some going home and some going to the hospital. Katherina and Angelina the twins/sisters of Christoffer went to the hospital with their mother as Mr. Derrick went to the police station. Everything that happened that night was just the beginning. The beginning of the bigger ones. Crimes that The Silent Man commits. To the silent man, that night was the smallest crime he has committed. It was insignificant to him.
That night, the police started their deep investigation. Mr. Derrick also went to his friend Charles, who is in touch with Undercover Fbi Agents. By the next day, the death of Christoffer was everywhere on the news. Newspapers were sent to all houses with the news of the incident that happened the night before. The mayor announced a curfew starting at 7 on that night. Anyone out after the curfew would be charged or even arrested. The whole town was on the edge of their seats that day. Except for The Silent Man. The man was everywhere on the news. No one knew what he looked like or his real name. All they knew about him was the name he has left on the note. The Silent Man. Or as they called him, The Man With No Face.
Two weeks have passed since that night. The night when the Derricks have received their own son's ashes on his birthday. The Sheriff's department still hasn't discovered who The Silent Man was, but the curfew was still remaining. Just a day before Thanksgiving, everyone received an invitation to a funeral. an invitation that said it was Christoffer Derrick's funeral. Everyone assumed the invitation was from the Derricks, but the Derricks also got the same invitation but only to a different person's funeral. The funeral held a place in an underground bunker. Everyone was expected to be there an hour before the curfew. It was a must as the invitation said. By 6:30 everyone was there.As each person got in the bunker, they expressed their sympathy to the Derricks and the confused Derricks accepted the sympathy though they never understood what was going on. &nbs
Words are out everywhere. Gossiping about how the Edwins family turned their backs on each other. That morning when Jeremiah and Jacob were turned in, the news was exploding with it. All everyone would say of was "How could they turn their backs on each other?", "The Edwins are cursed,", "How did their parents raise them?". The Edwin family started getting attacked with words after the news. Far and wide the whispers about the Edwin family being cursed continued. When the Edwins were displeased, they reported it, so after that, anyone talking bad about the Edwin family would get charged.The gossip and whispers died after that was announced. People started minding their own business. Some going back to work, others going to school while waiting for the next rumor to tattle about. A week or so later, people found another thing
The letters kept coming and coming. Though the further it went, the more clues people started to get about what The Silent Man might look like. In each letter he sent in every house, he left the color of his eyes, his weight, or easy things like his hair color. Every time people got those clues, they would take it to Sheriff Issac. Sheriff Issac had a clue board. The clue board had every detail they knew about the silent man. Though they had some clue about him, they were still not sure they would find him. Sheriff Issac has done anything and everything to keep the kids of Goldfinch out of trouble. From getting kidnapped or killed like Christoffer and the Edwin girls. Sheriff Issac's son Cyrus Issac has been getting involved in the crimes of Goldfinch. Even though his father Sheriff Issac has told him millions of times not to get involved, he never listened.
That day, after Cyrus and Alice got kidnapped, no one said anything. No one knew. Not even their own friends. ~~~ Jackson's Point Of View ~~~Cyrus and Alice said they would meet us in the cafeteria at lunch. They didn't tell us where exactly, but I was really sure they would be at the same place we always eat lunch at. Strangely, they were not there. We looked for them everywhere but still couldn't find them. We thought of calling them but their phones are both not working."What do you think they are doing?" Sally said worried,"I don't know, I mean they told us they would be here. If they wanted to go somewhere else wouldn't they tell us? Like call us or text us?" I asked more to myself,
~~~ Alice's Point Of View ~~~"Jackson! Go faster! They are following us with two cars!" I say looking behind me at the two black cars."I am trying!" he yells at me not looking back,"Then try harder Jack!" I yell back. I look down to check on Cyrus and he's passed out."Shit," I mumbled checking his pulse."What?" Sally turned around,"We need to go to Dr. Harlod, Jack," I say tears appearing in my eyes. Dr. Harlod is Sally's cousin. He graduated with a doctorate degree. He graduated about a year ago and started working in the biggest hospital in Goldfinch. When we get to the hospital, it is pretty busy so the black cars aren't behind us anymore. I am sure they have given up on us and pro
~~~ Cyrus's Point of View ~~~ "Jackson, start the car, they are still following us!" Alice yells at him and he swiftly starts the car and drives off to the road hitting the gas hard and driving it as fast as it could go while mumbling 'we're dead'. I am not sure where Jack is driving to but it certainly isn't the way to any of our homes."Jack do you know where you're going?" I ask,"No, but we can't go home. It's too dangerous, so we are just going to drive until they lose us," Jack says gripping the steering wheel tight,"Are you insane?! No, we are not going to do that. Our parents will be worried-" Sally says"Would you prefer them dead than worry about us?!" Jack yells cutting her off,"We can tell the Sheriff!
~~~ Cyrus's Point of View ~~~ It is not something I knew long ago. It's not something I discovered in grade 7. It's something I came upon just now.The fact that I am in love with Alice. I am sitting on the bed looking at the one and only...Alice. She is sleeping peacefully with her face turned to me. She is absolutely irresistible. From her dark brown hair up to her beautiful long eyelashes to her small cute nose to her appealing pink lips. She is just glamorous. Jack walks out of the bathroom wearing shorts and nothing on top showing off his 6 packs. He has a towel around his neck and his hair was dripping wet. He looks at me swooning over Alice.He rai
~~~ Cyrus's Point of View ~~~ The town looks like it's having what we call a costume party. A 1920s costume party. While we are driving through the town people give us looks."What the hell is this town?" Jack whispers more to himself,"Why are they looking at us this way? And why do they all look like they are in the 19 somethings?" Sally says looking out the window giving them dirty looks,"Guys, I don't think we can find a hotel just driving around. Let's take a walk and look for one," Alice says getting ready to get out of the car,"Are you out of your mind? Don't you see the look they are giving us when we are in the car? Who knows what they would do when we are out of the car?" Jack keeps driving through the crowded roads,