TITLE: SEVEN FOR A SECRET
GENRE: YA Thriller
We killed him in the forest where the girls went missing and the silence covered up their names.
We stabbed him first, one by one and then over and over again until there was more blood in the moss and the soil than in his body.
And then we dragged his body through the forest as he had dragged ours, night after night, and this time it felt like going home.
There is a small shack in the wild green outside the town where we all see faces in the dark.
It was there we cut him up, limb by limb by limb. We used his saws, the ones our bones once felt, and we wept—but not for him.
Never for him.
We wept for us, girls who vanished into silence as if we had never existed at all.
We buried him where he always buried us, under the looming, all-seeing oaks who groan and mumble in the wind.
He had buried all of us there.
So now he lies among us, and we dare you to find him.
Come looking for him, if you can bear it.
Come, uncover our crime, and see what we have done at the heart of the forest—but before you reach his bones, you will find ours in rows of teeth and narrow shoulders.
Before you find him, you will have to face us.