Our children and elderly were the first to go, but then the fever took others. Rumors spread that Old Woman Brown was a witch and behind the deaths, but she too died from the sickness. Thompson was the first to volunteer to hunt down the source. He lost his youngest, Maria, and his two sons, Edward and Adam, to the consumption. I didn’t want to believe that a demonic presence had come to our town, but as the local priest, I felt compelled to join the search party.
© Nikki Damon 2009