Harvest Moon, pt 7

This is part of a text adventure series to celebrate the spookiest of months, October (and beyond!). Full information about what’s happening can be found here. It is free to read, but in order to vote on what happens next, you will need to be a Patron.  To become a Patron, you can find my Patreon page here.

Map of the known area [click here]

Your inventory:

  • A small flashlight with dead batteries
  • Nick’s car-related paperwork
  • A generic fast food straw
  • A napkin containing some mushed-up sausage rolls
  • A lighter
  • Half a packet of mints
  • A pen

“Is it okay for me to wander around in someone’s house?” you ask next.

She gives you a strange, small smile. It seems genuine enough – warm, even – although her face doesn’t carry it in a way that feels especially comforting. It’s as though she’s remembered something pleasant or funny. Her mind appears to be elsewhere.

“It’s a special night,” she says. “Our doors are open to everyone tonight.”

“Special night?”

“It’s a harvest moon. I love the harvest moon. Don’t you? It’s so beautiful. The colour is divine, like embers. Like the sunset on water. Gold and ochre. Warm and cold all at once.”

You shrug ambivalently. It’s certainly atmospheric, but you’ve never heard of people considering it especially special. Maybe some weird heathen or pagan types, but this household looks like something out of a period drama, not a folk horror film. Spaced housekeeper aside.

These strange rural households and their strange rural practices. You don’t suppose they get tv reception out here. Whatever helps get them out of bed in the morning.

“On a harvest moon, we reap what we’ve sown,” she continues unprompted. “We prepare for the end of a cycle and the beginning of something new. You are welcome to stay here. Maybe it will be the start of something new and wonderful for you too?”

“Oh. Well, thank you,” you reply. 

She smiles. “You’re more than welcome. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

What would you like to say next?

  1. “Where is my friend?”
  2. “Who else is in this house?”
  3. “Hey, nice keys. Can I borrow them?”
  4. “No, but thanks anyway.”

Vote for what happens next on my Patron page before 8pm GMT tomorrow. The next update will be 8pm GMT on the 15th of October.

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