The Giant Secret (1899AD): Finding Christoph...
In an Appalachian valley, a young German couple has just buried their second stillborn, their dreams of raising a family in America gone, when a monster is sighted on their land. An investigation turns into a rescue, and their lives are changed forever, as they discover that reality is stranger and bigger than they had ever imagined.
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1. The Sighting
The priest had just finished the funeral for their stillborn when Hans heard the gunshots. All three heads turned west--down toward the valley and his millpond.
They couldn't see it from up here--not now that the leaves were out, but across the old dirt road lay a weedy, rocky field, where travelers sometimes camped. There were wagons there last night, probably getting underway now in the cold and dreary, early morning mist.
His young wife Ava stood to his left, their hands clasped, side by side in their silent, stony grief. He turned towards her and saw the questions in her blue eyes--a new worry added to weariness and grief. At least this was a problem Hans could do something about.
He drew her hand to his lips, kissed it, squeezed once, then hurried off--down the winding, mountain path to the house to get his gun and gather news. But for the moment his mind stayed behind.