The morning came suddenly, I had slept rather well considering the strange situation and found that having an actual bed to sleep in was something I missed. I was allowed a much needed shower in the small bathroom and felt instantly refreshed, my short hair losing some of it's grease and becoming bouncy and static again. Breakfast was served in much the same manner as the previous night's dinner with all the family crowded around the dinner table. I inquired about a ride into town again and Walden was promptly volunteered by his mother to take me. In return he gave her a slight scowl that made me smile.
I gave the family a curt thanks and loaded myself into the cab. The truck's noise made conversation impossible as we rattled farther down the road toward the place that the locals called "Chaos Creek". The hills before us seemed to roll together to form a hollow of sorts, shadowed in their presence from the rising sun. That was the moment I saw the town. My first glimpse carved a rather