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A Scifi fantasy mystery suspense
Secrets Beyond the Moon ~ Strangers from the sky
Jasper is from the city of Richmond, where she and her friends have discovered proof of a conspiracy. Mysterious accidents and murders keep occurring, and people keep vanishing without a trace no one knows if they are dead or alive. The residence is left without answers, even the police are left feeling stunned.
The locals believe it’s a serial killer, but others think it’s radicalism. No one knows just how widespread it is.
A group of young people see the threat and investigate it, only to find out it’s something that can eradicate humanity. Since they are the only ones who can see this, it is up to them to save the world.
Leading them to discover the strangers within themselves and secrets never told.
Here is Chapter 1 ~ Let me know if you enjoy it by commenting below.
SECRETS BEYOND THE MOON
Dark clouds moved quickly across the sky as the pitter-patter of the rain hit the ground, rolling across the grey sidewalks. Jasper rushed into the doctor’s office. She was already late, even though she had never been late a single day in her life. “I’m here,” she whispered anxiously. Marcy, the secretary, looked up and smiled,” Great to see you.” Jasper looked around and spotted an empty seat near the window. As she sat down, she gazed out at the city. She moved here at twenty, fresh out of college. The municipality still looked the same as the first day she stepped into it almost seven years ago. In one direction, there was the vast blue ocean, and in the other, the rugged mountains. And in between, a playground for the children of business professionals. This is the city she learned to love and trust. She didn’t have many memories before she moved to the big city of Richmond, BC. “Jasper, you can go in now.” The secretary uttered in a soft but firm voice.
As Jasper entered Dr. Jake Davenport’s office, her eyes swung across the room until her eyes met his. “Hi, Jake.” Jake looked up at her and smiled. “Good morning, Jasper. How are you today?” Before responding, Jasper threw herself down in the chair, flopped her head to the side and then looked at Jake. “Don’t you mean, ‘How are the voices today?’ Giggling, she quickly added. “I haven’t heard them today, so today is a good day. It has been two days since they’ve spoken. Besides, they never seem to make sense. Isabel asked about you; she wanted me to find out what you are doing this weekend. So, what are you doing?” Jake grinned, “I’ll call her tonight. Let’s keep it professional in the office.”
Jasper let out a sigh, “Okay. The voices have been quiet, and I still have no idea why I’m hearing them or what they’re talking about,” she laughed softly. Jake, chewing on his pen, looked over at Jasper. Slowly removing the pen from his mouth. “It doesn’t matter if they make sense or not, we need to figure out why you hear them. This isn’t normal, yet I don’t sense any mental illness. It would be different if they were speaking to you, but they’re talking to each other. I want to be there when you hear them, so I can get a sense of the atmosphere you are in, and perhaps we can figure out where they’re coming from. What do you think about meeting out of the office?” Jasper nodded, “That’s a good idea. I’m heading to kickboxing class tomorrow, but on Wednesday, I’m working at the cafe. Maybe we can meet there?” Jake grabbed his pen and wrote it down in his book. “Sounds good. I’ll see you then.” As Jasper headed to the door, she glanced back and said, “See you then, Jake.”
The rain fell gently as Jasper slowly headed home. The sidewalks were still wet, but the skies looked forgiving as the sun gently peeked around the clouds. Jasper had a lot on her mind, and with everything going on in the city nowadays, she was always a little wary about walking by herself, especially at night. There were several reports of people missing, many later found dead. Police have been unable to solve the mystery. No one ever seems to see anything, and the crime scenes lack evidence, leaving the cops feeling frustrated, and the public frightened. Jasper refused to feel like a prisoner in the city she loved and continued living each day to the fullest. She lived in a world of her own, oblivious to her surroundings. It was as if there wasn’t a threat to the people of Richmond. The pepper spray she secretly carried in her pocket provided her with the security she needed.
Monday and Tuesday passed quickly. It was already early Wednesday morning. The alarm was buzzing loudly as Jasper forced her eyes open. Buddy jumped up on the bed and onto Jasper, licking her face, letting her know that he was happy to see her. “Buddy, stop! Not my mouth! Ew!” Buddy heeded Jasper’s commands and lay down next to her. “It’s okay, boy. I still love you,” she said in a soft, calm voice. She jumped out of bed and headed to the kitchen. Isabel was sitting at the table with her coffee, reading the newspaper. She turned to talk to Jasper, “Morning. Breakfast is in the microwave if you’re interested.” Nookers ran across the room, meowing as if he was chasing an invisible mouse. Jasper giggled, “When did Nookers get here?” Isabel swallowed her toast. “He came last night. Jesse dropped him off before he headed out for his camping trip.” Jasper smiled and responded quietly, “Nice, it will give Buddy someone to play with for the week.”
Glancing over at Isabel, Jasper inquired, “Are you going to be at the cafe later?” Isabel quickly nodded. “Yes, there’s no school today. Too many kids missing class, I guess. It’s crazy, but have you noticed how many people are disappearing lately?” Jasper shook her head in dismay. “It’s not just the kids; every time we turn around, someone is missing. This city has turned into the Bermuda Triangle. There are a lot of crazy things happening everywhere, but I love this city, so I hope they figure out what’s going on soon. I heard another plane crashed on Monday evening. They think it’s terrorism, but they cannot prove it yet.” Isabel shook her head softly. “Whatever is going on will hopefully stop soon. You can’t tell me whoever is doing this is smarter than a whole police force put together.”
Isabel frowned. “Sure seems so. Did Jake call you? I told him you asked about him.” Isabel Smiled, “yes. He is dropping by this weekend we might catch a movie. I’m looking forward to it.” Jasper smiled, “I’m so happy you two are finally admitting you guys like each other. Now maybe you guys can just admit you are right for each other.” Isabel shook her head, “Maybe you can give dating another chance?” Jasper shook her head, “I don’t think so. I’m fussy, and until the right man comes along, I’m not interested. I’m heading into the shower and then out with Buddy. We can chat more at the cafe.” Without hesitating, Jasper headed to the shower.
The sun was shining brighter than it had been in days. Jasper and Buddy entered the park where she loved to walk him. Up ahead, she could see beautiful flowers of all colours, planted on mounds of bright green grass. Squirrels were running across the field and up the side of an oak tree. Buddy loved to stop and sniff every bush and flower, checking it out as if it were the social media world of the four-legged society. He would lift his leg and leave a message anytime he got a chance. It made Jasper laugh. She loved that little guy; he was a mixture of toy Yorkie and Pug. He wasn’t a huge dog, but he had a deep love for life and was quiet. She never had to worry about taking him anywhere; he always just lay down quietly. They spent so much time checking out all the flowers and following the squirrels as Buddy pretended to hunt them. He always thought he could catch them, forgetting about the leash wrapped around his neck. They usually watched them munch down peanuts as Jasper kept some in her pocket to feed them for their walks. About twenty minutes later, they came to the end of the park. Jasper reached down and scratched Buddy. “Did you enjoy your walk, boy? Let’s head down to the café. We’ll take a shortcut by the bridge.” Jasper walked towards the bridge with Buddy.
The smell of the ocean carried in the breeze. It was so refreshing, and it relaxed her. She couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Besides, how many places have both the ocean and the mountains within proximity? ‘Today feels like a perfect day,’ thought Jasper It’s about a twenty-minute walk there, so by the time she arrived at the cafe, it would be time for a break. Jasper sat on a rock down by the bridge. The view was spectacular. She pulled out her sketchbook and thought, ‘I should probably work on this, Buddy, since it’s due Monday.’ Jasper took an art class on Monday evenings. Most of the time, she sketched whatever came to mind, but sometimes she drew stuff for no reason at all, like stuff from Isabel’s dreams. It was freaky when she did that but cool at the same time. Jasper reached down and scratched Buddy. “Good boy, Buddy. It’s a beautiful day. It makes you wish it would last forever. Life seems easier when it’s just you and me.” She gazed out at the rolling waves, “I don’t know why Isabel is so determined to have me date, it only ever leads to trouble.” She smiled at the puppy, “Do you think there’s anyone out there for me? Probably not, but it’s all for the best, isn’t it? It’s always better when it’s just us.” Jasper leaned back against a pillar and looked at her sketchbook. “We’ll stay here for a bit then head to the cafe.” She picked up her pencil and started sketching.
Later, at the cafe, Jasper walked in, smiled and waved to Faith. “Hey, Faith, how are you?” Faith looked at her as she walked over to grab Jasper her coffee. “I was wondering if you would be in today. Isabel’s already here. She has a table near the window.” Jasper smiled and said, “Thanks,” and started walking over to the table where Isabel sat. Isabel looked up from her book and smiled. “Hey, where have you been? I figured you would’ve been here by the time I got here?” Jasper reached down and pulled out a chair. Sitting down, she replied, “Buddy, and I hit up the park, then we stopped for a while down by the bridge. I had to sketch for a bit. I have an art assignment due for class.” As soon as Jasper put her art book on the table, Isabel reached over and picked it up. Opening it to see what her best friend drew today, she gasped. “When did you draw this? This was in my dream last night.” Jasper looked at the picture. “I drew this today by the bridge. I couldn’t get the image out of my head.”
During their conversation, Jasper became distracted. Something drew her attention towards the window. Something outside caught the corner of her eye. This had happened many times before. “Isabel, did you see that? It happened again.” Isabel looked up. You mean that weird thing with the face? Jasper glared, “Yes, it looks like his face is changing.” Jasper sat looking out the window, watching the guy whose face one minute looked human, and the next minute looked like a snake. Jasper knew this was impossible, so why did she think she saw it? But then again, it’s no different from her hearing voices. “Oh, my God. I forgot I’m supposed to call Jake. He wanted to come down to the café to see if he could figure out where the voices were coming from.” Isabel looked a bit worried and, trying to comfort her friend, quietly replied, “Well, then you better call him now. Maybe he can figure out why you see the faces shift.” Jasper immediately picked up the phone and dialled his number.
The phone rang for a quick second, and suddenly she heard, “Hello, this is Jake Davenport.” “Hi. This is Jasper. I was wondering if you would like to come down to the café?” Jake paused as he looked at his calendar. “I don’t have anything happening right now. I’ll head down there as soon as possible.” Jasper hung up the phone and looked at Isabel. “I sure hope I’m not crazy.” Isabel laid her hand upon Jasper’s. “Don’t worry about it if he hasn’t found you crazy yet; he won’t think you are now.” Just then, Faith came over to see if the girls wanted a refill. “Yes, please,” Isabel said politely. Jasper nodded in agreement.
Twenty minutes later, Jake walked in the door, his eyes searching the room looking for Jasper. Walking over towards her, he announced in a firm but a polite voice, “Hey, sorry I took so long. Traffic was mad out there.” He laughed, pulled out a chair and sat down next to Jasper “So, what’s up, Girls? Are you okay, Jasper?” Jasper tried to smile, but it looked more like a grimace. “You’re going to think I’m crazy. Sometimes when I look out this window, I see people standing around, and when I watch them, their faces change.”
Jake looked a bit worried. “What do they look like?” “Well,” Jasper paused, “One minute they look human and the next minute like a snake. Tell me I’m not crazy.” Gazing out the window, Jake comforted her. “If you were crazy, I would have locked you up long ago. You’ve been coming to me for years, saying that you hear voices that speak to each other. I’ve told you that wasn’t normal, and that I’ve never seen anything like it, but I’ve always been supportive of you. So, if you say you see a man’s face change, I will sit here and watch this guy with you; if it does, we’ll see it together.”
Jasper smiled approvingly. She knew that Jake believed her, and that was all she needed. The three of them sat there for quite some time, peering out the window to see if they saw what Jasper saw. Jake was just about to give up when a guy sitting by the fountain looked up from his newspaper, and as he did, there was a glimmer on his face. He almost looked reptilian. Jake’s mouth fell open. “Oh my God, Jasper! I saw it! It’s real! But what the hell did I just see?” Isabel looked at Jake and then at Jasper. “What? Am I the only one not getting to see this?” Jake was too frazzled to answer, and so was Jasper.
The two of them sat there for the longest time. watching for the shimmer of change in an individual was like an addiction. They wanted to see how many more times they could spot this. Within that time, they noticed there was more than one. Breaking the silence, Jasper exclaimed, “What the heck are we seeing? I mean surely to God, this isn’t normal, is it? We know there’s no way everybody at this table is losing their mind.” Jake looked at Jasper “I have to head back to the office. I need to figure this out. I mean, what exactly are we seeing?” Jasper nodded. She was happy to find out she wasn’t crazy, but at the same time, she was confused about what they were seeing. Isabel grabbed Jake’s hand and said, “Before you go, you need to see this.” She picked up Jasper’s sketchbook and showed him what Jasper had drawn in the morning. Jake looked at her. “It’s nice. Good job, Jasper.” Before Jasper responded, Isabel emphatically stated, “No! No! No! That’s not the point! The point is this was in my dream last night, and I never told her about it. This seems to happen more and more, and I know this isn’t normal.” Jake looked puzzled, “We’ll figure this out.” Jake turned and headed for the door, then glanced back at the girls before he exited the café.
Jasper looked at Isabel and uttered, “I’m not even sure what this means. We have no idea if this is something that’s been around forever or if this is something new, if it’s a threat or if it’s safe. Look at all the weird things happening lately, accidents, people missing, people dying. How do we know it’s not linked to this? Do you think anybody else knows about this? I wonder if the police would even believe us?” Glaring back at Jasper, Isabel responded, “We need to leave this alone until Jake figures this out.”
Back at the office, Jake was sorting through his files. He now had other patients that claimed to see faces change, or what they called shape shifting. Until now, he didn’t really believe them. After some intense searching, Jake gathered two files together. He grabbed a piece of paper and jotted something down for his secretary. He grabbed the paper and the data and brought them to Marcy. “Please cancel all my appointments for tomorrow and get a hold of patients in these files. Have them all come in tomorrow and the next day. It’s imperative.” Showing her the paper, Jake added, “Here’s what you say.” He smiled, then turned and walked away, yelling, “Thanks, Marcy.” When he got back to his desk, he picked up the phone to call Jasper. The phone rang for a few minutes before Jasper picked up. “Hello.” Jake took a breath and told her the news. I was looking through my files and noticed that there are several people who’ve seen the same thing we did. I’m setting up appointments for tomorrow and the day after to talk to them. I need to know what they know. I’ll call you in two days. Will you be okay until then?” Without hesitation, Jasper answered, ‘Yeah, I’ll be okay, but I really wish I knew what we’re up against and why strange things are happening in the city right now. I’ll talk to you in a few days.”
Jasper hung up the phone and then looked at Isabel. “I’m heading home now.” She reached down and grabbed Buddy. Isabel piped up. “I’m coming. Just give me half a second.” She swiftly gathered her stuff together. The two girls waved to Faith and headed home.
Early the next day, right after finishing their walk, Jasper and Buddy walked into the cafe. Jasper had to write an article for work. She worked for a magazine company that featured the aftereffects of life. Topics included showing people how to get over jet lag, how to move past life hurdles, and how to make the most of the day. Writing is something she truly enjoyed doing. She grabbed a table by the window. She always sat there. Occasionally, it was taken, but more often, it was there waiting for her. Faith hurried over to her as Jasper sat down. “Hi, Hun. I’m so happy to see you.” Jasper looked up, “What’s up, Faith? You look a bit frazzled.”
Faith leaned over as if to whisper to her. “It’s John He’s gone to his brother’s place for the week. Apparently, he isn’t feeling well, so John wanted to check on him. That leaves me here alone, though, and everything happening in the city makes me nervous.” Jasper gasped, “Oh my God! Staying alone would make me nervous too. I’m blessed to live with Isabel. You should stay with us until he gets back… well, as long as you don’t mind cats. Nookers is staying with us, too, Isabel’s brother’s cat. Mischievous little devil, he’s so loving.” She laughed. Then Faith giggled, “Thank you. I’ll give that some thought.” She gave her table a quick wipe and said, “I’ll be back with your coffee in a flash.” Seconds later, she brought Jasper’s coffee to her. “Here, you go.” Jasper smiled. “Thank you.” Pulling out her laptop, she typed. She couldn’t help but to keep peeking out the window, hoping to see the strange people whose faces seemed to change; She was so confused about it all. The confusion would probably not be there if she knew what and why she saw this, but for now, she didn’t. She watched for a while but never saw what she was looking for. Quietly sipping her coffee, she got back to work.
As she approached the end of her article, she felt a little more relaxed. Suddenly, she heard a whisper in her ear. ‘Did you lock them up? Is it complete?’ She glanced around to make sure there wasn’t anyone speaking to her. By now, she was used to this. These voices in her head rumbled on and on, and it appeared as if she was overhearing a conversation. She slightly shook her head and finished her article, then headed home.
It was now Friday afternoon. Buddy and Jasper were just getting back from a walk in the park. Until now, the sky had been sunny, but the clouds had shifted in the atmosphere, making it look like it would open up and pour down. Jasper yelled up the stairs as she entered the house, “You home, Isabel? You will not believe this! The one night I choose to go out, it rains, or should I say pour! We practically ran home.” Looking down the stairs, Isabel shouted, “I made brownies. Did you want some? Maybe the weather will change before tonight. You never know.”
As Jasper was taking off her shoes, her phone rang. “Hello. This is Jasper.” “Hi, Jasper. This is Jake. I just finished the last interview with my patients, and you’re not going to believe what I have to tell you! Can we get together?” Leaning against the wall, Jasper responded, “Yeah, if you want to come over, you can. I’m just getting in. I had taken Buddy down to the park.” Taking a deep breath, Jake replied, “Okay, I’m heading over in about an hour so.” “Okay, I will see you then.” Jasper hung up the phone. She quickly headed upstairs. “Jake’s on his way over. He’ll be here in about an hour. Turns out we’re not the only ones. There are quite a few people who claim to have seen shifters. I think that’s what they call it.” Jasper flopped on the couch, then reached over and picked up a brownie. “These look great. I hope they’re as good as they look.” Smiling, Jasper took a bite.
Jake hesitantly approached the door. He was feeling a little eerie because of the whole situation. It’s not every day you uncover something so strange. Gathering himself together, he knocked on the door. “Come in!” yelled Jasper. Jake stepped in and closed the door. “It’s really wet out there. I was hoping it would slow down, but it hasn’t.” He hung his coat and headed up the stairs. Both girls were slumped on the couch. The rain had sucked the energy right out of them. Isabel picked up the remote and switched off the television. “Hey, Jake,” she smiled. Jake looked at the empty plate of brownies, noticing that only crumbs were left. “Did you save me any?” He laughed. Isabel grinned, “Of course, Silly. How long have you known me now? Um, your whole life! They’re in the fridge.” He jumped up and grabbed the brownies from the fridge, shoving one in his mouth. He plopped down into the chair. “I’ve been giving all this a lot of thought. I can’t imagine holding this inside and not having anyone to talk to about it. You must have had a hard time not feeling like you were going crazy when you saw the shift before. I mean… I know we’re not, but it feels crazy all of us seeing that together.” Jasper gazed at Jake and said, “It’s not like I don’t have a bundle of weird things in my life already, seeing a few faces just added to it. Oh, by the way, I was sitting in the cafe yesterday working, and I heard the voices again. They said, ‘Did you lock them up? is it complete?’ Do you think this all can be connected?” Putting his feet up on the coffee table, Jake laid back in the chair. His eyes had a faraway look in them. “I have no idea,” he said. “All I know is that what we saw is real. I have dozens of files of clients who claim to have seen the same thing. I didn’t believe them till you said you saw them. I feel terrible about that too.” Jasper turned over on her side to see Jake better. “You shouldn’t feel bad. How were you supposed to know something so peculiar was real? You were just doing your job.”
“You guys hungry?” Isabel asked as she sat up. Should I order some pizza, and we can chill with some movies tonight? Both Jake and Jasper nodded. Jake sat up a bit and looked at Jasper. “I noticed when I was going through the files that these sightings happened all over the city. There are even some videos on YouTube with evidence of this. Isabel, you might get a glimpse of what we see if you look on YouTube. Some of them are clear. None of the patients I spoke to know any more than what we do. I thought maybe we could do more research ourselves, maybe do a little sight-seeing throughout the city and see if we spot anything. What do you think?” Now intrigued, Jasper sat up. “I think that’s a great idea. I want to know more. We can cover more ground if we split up, but then Isabel doesn’t see them like we do.” Isabel piped up, “Yeah, but I might this time. You never know. I want to be part of this too.”
Jake waved his hand to calm her down. “Chill, we all are a part of this, and we’ll all figure this out together.” Just then, the phone rang. Isabel leaned over and picked it up. It was Faith. “Isabel, can you let Jasper know I appreciate her offer, but I’m going to rough it out for the week.” Isabel looked at Jasper. “Okay, I’ll let her know.” She hung up the phone. “Faith says, ‘Thank you for the offer, but she’s all good.” Jasper nodded then looked over at them both, “So, once we figure out if there are more of these shifters, what do we do then? I don’t know about you two, but I have no idea what to do next.” Both Jake and Isabel had a blank stare on their face, then Jake spoke. “You’re right, I have no clue what to do next either. This is way out of my field of expertise. I figure we dig deeper first, and if there are more, then we’ll figure out the next step. Have either of you considered that this could be a prank? Though I cannot imagine how they could pull it off, but what if?” Jasper sighed, “There’s no way in hell that this is a prank. To me, this does not differ from the voices.” Leaning forward with his elbows on his knees, Jake interrupted, “Then I have no clue what we’re up against. So how about Tuesday all three of us take it upon ourselves to figure it out?” The girls nodded. “I need to cancel my appointments for Tuesday. I’ll do that on Monday.” Jake leaned back and got comfortable again. “Let’s order a pizza, watch some movies and take our mind off this for a while. I don’t know about you, but I find this whole thing exhausting.” He laughed.