Emerging Writers. One Dark Night, by Mary Ann DiLorenzo
One Dark Night. Part 3.
The 250 German prisoners in Allegan for the most part were decent guys who got along well with their U.S. Army guards and the local farmers. Being around the same age, Anderson had become friends with the hard-working, likeable Goetzmann and when the war ended, Anderson found Thomas a regular full-time farming job in Allegan. Anderson stayed on in Allegan as well, they married sisters, and their friendship grew over the years. Over time, Anderson’s only child, David, was born, married and had the two girls, Mandy and Taylor.
Anderson’s will had left to Thomas the large inheritance that Anderson had received from his father years earlier, an even larger sum as it had been wisely invested by Anderson over the ensuing years. Interestingly enough however, the state of Michigan would file a claim for incarceration costs against Thomas and his inheritance would soon disappear while he was imprisoned, and thus, Anderson’s wise care of the funds over the years was for naught.
Mandy and Taylor, both of whom granddad Anderson adored, each received a goodly sum to be held in trust until they were of age. David’s wife, and the girls’ mother, had died when Taylor was only two years old and Belinda had been hired as housekeeper and nanny at the time. Belinda, after just a short while, had become like a daughter to the elder Anderson, and his will stated that in light of her kindness to him in his old age, she would inherit his relatively prosperous farm.
David was always a strange sort from an early age, one who kept to himself, was quick to anger and was often estranged from his father and his young family for weeks at a time doing who knows what. Upon the announcement that David would receive nothing from his father’s estate, he moved away in a fit of anger, left the girls with Belinda to raise for better or worse and cut off all communication with them.
In a few years Belinda would marry one of the hired men that worked the farm, and Mandy and Taylor would have a new family and a new start. The girls rarely thought of David, their father who had abandoned them, but they often remembered Thomas. In their nightmares, Thomas would come back, looking for them, to kill them too, as they were children and had large imaginations.
One Dark Night. Part 3 (This one)