The Scarecrow A novel

Lisa Greene and her brother Cody are visiting their Grandfather's farm in Lawrence, Kansas. When they investigate their surroundings, they're scared of The Scarecrow in the middle of the fields. When several teenagers vanish under mysterious circumstances, they blame the Scarecrow. But does anyone believe them?.

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1. The Farmhouse-August 4, 1973

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The ​beginning of the story of The Scarecrow was back in 1943. It was in the hot in August of that year. I had been with my wife Edna for twenty years. We'd had been farming since the end of World War I for several years since the Roaring Twenties when we married on Friday the 13th, 1923; we were both twenty then. Being a farmer was hard work; a farmer worked all morning...and work through the afternoon...and into the evening. By six o'clock PM, we'd stopped for dinner. It was routine. We enjoyed the freedom. Edna said: "We need a scary scarecrow to ward off the black crows". I laughed at her. But Edna was serious, as we ate beef and mushroom pie. We sat in the spacious Dining Room; we sat down to dream of other matters. After we finished eating, and drinking coffee, we cleaned up the plates in the small kitchen. By seven o'clock PM, I imagined seeing the scarecrow watching the window. It held onto its grey scythe in its right hand; it tapped three times on the glass. I screamed in my mind, as I was overly anxious about having them here at the old farmhouse. A lot of Lawrence, Kansas people wouldn't mind them as a protector of the crops; I shook my head. "We'll buy one", I said. But that wasn't the end of the tale.

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Lisa Greene was looking forward to going to the farmhouse for the weekend with her Grandfather. "Cody! Cody!", she yelled at her thirteen year old brother. "What! I was packing up for the trip, Lisa". He had a sour look on his face; he knew that he had to spend two days with his fourteen year old sister. Cody's parents Tom and Kelli Greene, smiled at him. "​Hurry up!​", Lisa yelled. Cody sighed. Sometimes his sister could be annoying. Lisa placed her brown suitcase into the boot of the orange van; Cody followed suit. By ten o'clock AM, they sat down in the passenger-side seat, and put their seat belts on. Tom and Kelli sat in the driver's-side door. Kelli smiled at her children. "We should be at Grandfather's farm in two hours. We'll have lunch before we go back home", she said; Lisa nodded. "Will we work at the farm, Mom?", she asked her. "Maybe, honey; maybe. According to your Grandfather there's a scary scarecrow in the fields", Kelli answered her. Cody stopped staring at the window. "Scarecrows have supernatural powers. I read it about it in a book in the library". He smiled. Lisa rolled her blue eyes, then grinned. "And...they can walk through the farms with their scythes in their rotting hands", he added. Cody watched the farmhouse. Suddenly he felt his arms go cold. The two children saw their Grandfather. "Good afternoon, Cody...Lisa". He laughed. "Hello, Grandfather. How are you doing?", Lisa asked her. "We're fine. Can we see Grandma's grave?". Their Grandfather nodded. It was two years since his wife had died from cancer. Tom had broken down when he heard the news, too. "Yes, you can. It's good to you to remember her". Tears fell down his face. He wiped them with a napkin. Once he regained his composure, he took control of his emotions. "Let's have lunch. Then I'll show you two to your bedrooms". And Lisa and Cody nodded, as they were prepared to spend time in the farmhouse.

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Lisa's long, black hair, blue eyes, and petite. She wore a black T-shirt, and blue flares. She stared out of the windows. "I'm glad that Grandma's spirit is in here", she said. She smiled at Cody. He had long, black hair, blue eyes, and taller than his sister. He also was wearing blue flares. After they finished eating, Lisa and Cody walked down the bright hall towards the guest rooms. As their parents talked to me, I knew that having my grandchildren here on Saturday and Sunday; I knew that the portent on horror that was etched on my face was a warning. "Mark, will you be okay?", Kelli asked him. "Yes, besides, I'm older now...and wiser". He saw Tom glance at me. "I'm okay", I said. And he sipped his coffee, as the conversation ended.

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Lisa stared at the beds. Red curtains were closed over. A brown cupboard was closed. "It's nice", Lisa said. Cody nodded. "I'll have the second bed". He saw several Kansas children walking towards the fields. "Let's go out and meet kids", Lisa said. Cody nodded. They left their rooms. Then both of them headed out of the front doors. "Where're you two going?", Kelli asked them. "There's some kids playing in the fields. Can we go Mom?", Kelli answered her. "Sure, it was a long trip. Make sure you come back home soon, or your Grandfather will have to get you". And Lisa grinned, as Cody followed his sister outside in the warm weather.

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Lisa saw three children smoking cigarettes. They smiled at them. "Hey, who are you?", Anne Fletcher asked them. "I'm Lisa, and this is my brother Cody. We're spending the weekend at Grandfather's farm", she answered her. Anne nodded. "There's a scarecrow in the creepy fields". Cody nodded. "It's to ward off black crows". Anne nodded. "This is Brad, my brother. And Thad, our neighbour". Thad smiled at them. "According to the rumours, the scarecrow uses its scythe to walk the farmhouse. It taps on the glass windows. Then it attacks humans...and drags them away to their doom in the fields". Lisa shivered. "I'm sure that's not true". Thad shook his head. "It is true. Mom told me the horror story when I was ten". Brad smiled. "Let's go exploring". And they walked through the fields towards where the scarecrow was lying still there.

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The scarecrow was tall. It had a black straw hat on its head; it was stuffed all over its body with more straw. In its right hand was a scythe. "Ominous, isn't it", Lisa said. A tall boy about seventeen shook his head. "It's evil, you know. It moves in the night. I'm Victor. My folks like in the house across from the farmhouse". He saw Lisa. "I heard about your Grandfather's story before. His wife always gave me cake for work at the house. Got a job cleaning up their place on weekends". He smiled. "Cody and I are here for the weekend. Mom and Dad will be leaving soon". Victor nodded. "My parents are over there. They're fortune tellers. They can tell people's future". Cody stared at him. "Do they pay...?", he asked Victor. "No. It's free. But things kind of happen to those who see them", he answered him. "Freaky", Brad added. And, as the group of teenagers laughed, dark, threatening, clouds hovered in the afternoon sky, as rain started to fall.

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Tom stared at his watch. "It's 3.00 PM. We'd better go now before...", he said. Then, as the thunder boomed in the sky, Kelli shivered. Suddenly the teenagers headed inside the farmhouse. "It's pouring, Mom", Lisa said. Cody made the introductions. "Hello, Victor. I was concerned you'd not have cake". Victor smiled. "I was going to, Sir. But I was meeting everyone. And we saw the scarecrow". Lisa stared at the windows. "Well, we have to go. See you two on Sunday night", Kelli kissed Lisa and Cody on their right cheek, and they left the farmhouse in their van. 

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