Place: Portland Police Station, New Hampshire.
Date & Time: September 8th 9:03am
Subject: Interview with Luna Louise O’Farrell (wears skinny jeans and a black t-shirt.)
Others present: Detective James Monroe and Officer Shelly Banks.
Off SB: I hope the coffee’s not too hot.
Luna: (shakes her head)
Det JM: (clears throat) We’d like to talk to you about the incident that occurred at your place of residence on the night of August 20th and the subsequent week.
Luna: (no response)
Det JM: A lot of people were hurt. We need to understand how the fire was started.
Luna: It wasn’t my fault.
Off SB: No one is suggesting that it was.
Luna: (sips coffee)
Det JM: Can we get started?
Luna: Fire away.
Det JM: That’s an odd choice of word, considering what happened. Where were you when the fire started?
Luna: (frowns) In my room, I think. There’s a lot of holes in my memory. I think I woke up and my curtains were on fire.
Det JM: Do you keep candles on your windowsill?
Luna: (nods) But I don’t think…I didn’t –
Det JM: What did you do then? When you woke up and you realised the house was on fire?
Luna: (Shrugs) I ran out of the house. I fell over and hit my head.
Det JM: What happened after that?
Luna: I don’t remember. I don’t remember anything. Not until I got to Grandmother’s house. And Matthew…disappeared.
Det JM: Anything? You don’t remember anything?
Luna: (sips coffee) Glimpses. Flashes. But they could be dreams. Men who hunted us and animals with eyes of lava. I must have been dreaming.
Det JM: You do realise they’re all dead?
Luna: (nods) (closes eyes)
Off SB: Easy –
Det JM: Seventeen people. Just dead. In one week. You must remember something.
Luna: (Shakes head) Just Matthew. Just when he vanished.
Det JM: Vanished? People don’t just vanish.
Luna: Matthew did. He said it was time for him to go.
Det JM: So he walked away. Matthew’s not dead then?
Luna: (no response)
Det JM: Any idea where he is?
Luna: (finishes coffee) No.
Det JM: So if we go into the woods we’ll find fifteen bodies? Maybe sixteen if Matthew’s there too?
Luna: I don’t know. Maybe more.
Det JM: More?
Luna: We met Robin and Monty, but they didn’t make it either.
Det JM: (Writes notes)
Off SB: Who are Robin and Monty?
Luna: A brother and sister. They’d just lost their father. Monty was a little…disturbed.
Det JM: Do you know where any of the bodies are?
Luna: Gina. She died not far from the house. If the animals haven’t go to her…Caleb we buried. I’m not sure of the exact location.
Det JM: (checks notes) Gina Thomas, mother of the kids. Caleb Thomas. Aged 12, the oldest of the five children.
Det JM: Jasmine, aged 8. Ettie and Bess, twins, aged 4 and Nell aged 1.
Luna: (Closes eyes) (cries)
Det JM: They were just children.
Luna: I know. They were my friends. My family. I don’t know what happened.
Off SB: It all started with the fire, didn’t it?
Luna: (nods). Jacob was burned. His arm and half his face. But he tried. So that I would be safe. He tried.
Det JM: Tell us about Matthew.
Luna: (pulls apart plastic cup) I can’t talk about him yet.
Det JM: Alright then, Faith.
Off SB: (offers Luna a tissue)
Luna: (wipes face and blows her nose) Faith was one of the bravest. She almost made it.
Det JM: She was sixteen?
Luna: Yes. She was a dancer. Ballet. She was talented.
Det JM: She had a unicorn tattoo on her left wrist. Like yours.
Luna: I don’t remember.
Det JM: (rises. Stands with his hands on his hips) You need to give me more.
Luna: I’m trying. (wipes eyes)
Det JM: How about Hope?
Luna: She used to draw me pictures of the monsters in my nightmares. It helped a little, to confront them on a piece of paper like that.
Off SB: She was a good friend.
Det JM: What about Ariel?
Luna: She was my guardian angel. (smiles) She died in the attack. With the twins, Monty and Kerry.
Det JM: Kerry? Who is Kerry?
Luna: (frowns) He wasn’t around much. But he used to take me for rides on his motorcycle. I liked to feel the wind in my hair. I liked it when he drove really fast. Sometimes, I could forget, when I was with Kerry.
Det JM: How do you know how they died if you can’t remember anything?
Luna: I just know.
Det JM: (sits back down and taps his pen against his notepad) And there were animals?
Luna: Ulrich. He was a grey wolf. Used to let me feed him out of my hand. But he was so much more than that too.
Det JM: Meaning?
Luna: (pause) He was human too.
Det JM: (Snorts) Werewolves don’t exist.
Luna: I didn’t say they did.
Det JM: (sighs) Joseph Thomas.
Luna: The father of the children.
Det JM: How did he die?
Luna: I’m not sure. Maybe the river? But he was with Nell.
Off SB: At least Nell wasn’t alone. Only one year’s old.
Det JM: Piper.
Luna: She was mute. But she could say so much with just an expression.
Det JM: Alessandra
Luna: She was like a mother to me.
Off SB: A surrogate? Not surprising considering what happened to your own mother.
Det JM: Beacon
Luna: (A fragile smile) She showed us the way.
Det JM: Obsidian? That’s an odd name.
Luna: He saved us, right at the end. He flew –
Det JM: Flew?
Det JM: What was Obsidian?
Luna: I don’t remember.
Det JM: But you just said he flew.
Luna: My memories and dreams are all muddled up. Sometimes I have a hard time telling what’s real…and what’s not.
Det JM: Is that why you were in the hospital before?
Luna: (A pause) Yes (barely audible)
Det JM: But something saved you?
Luna: Matthew saved me.
Det JM: The elusive Matthew. Does he like magic?
Luna: (shakes head) He runs track. The mile is his best distance. He’s almost got it down to four minutes.
Det JM: Sounds like you really admire this Matthew guy.
Luna: I love him. I love all of them. They’re my family. They were my family.
Det JM: Matthew Cooper?
Det JM: And he went to high school with you?
Det JM: You know we can’t find a record of him anywhere? Actually, we can’t find a record of any of them. How do you explain that?
Luna: I can’t.