My friend, Paul Beecroft, has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. He’s currently a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.
Paul is an avid falconer, and he’s a pretty darn good writer. Today he’s taken another page from one of his own notebooks to share with us. Please enjoy.
The Old Farmhouse
The moon lights up the landscape of the English countryside
Stars shine in the clear night sky
So quiet, so peaceful
The Tawny Owl glides silently across the field into the trees
Young Rabbits play just outside their burrows
A warm Spring night
“Echo Charlie One One over”
“Go ahead over”
“Report of an intruder at the rear of the Old Farmhouse, occupants are both elderly”
“Yes received, I know them, on my way”
“I’ll get some back up for you”
“Copied, it should be OK though”
I start making
Through the country lanes
No other traffic
Trees block out the moon
Total darkness except for my lights
The eyes of Raynard the Fox shine momentarily before she moves away
Over the crossroads
Pass through the village
A single light shows in one house
Through the narrow roads
Down the track
Bumps, holes, no longer maintained
Headlights show up the farm house
Lights are on
Flash of Blue lights to let them know I am outside
“Hello Rose, they back again?”
“Is Bill alright”
“Yes he’s still asleep”
“They came again”
“Did you see them Rose”
“Sort of, just shadows”
“Where were they”
“Out back, the dogs were really barking”
“There quiet now”
“I know, they’ve gone”
“You see or hear anything else”
“Lots of lights in the field”
“OK, you go indoors and I will take a look around”
I wander around
Dogs in Kennels bark as I pass
“Easy girls”, I give them both a pat as I pass
Excited tails wag and they quieten down
I lean on the fence
Look out across the fields
Bathed in moonlight
The Tawny Owl gives his hoot
His mate replies from the opposite side
“Echo Charlie One one”
“Yes go ahead”
“Sitrep please over”
“Yes it’s all in order here, I’ll get back to you”
I recall other times being here
Was it real I wonder?
Is it possible?
I wander back
“It’s all quiet Rose”
“They’ve gone haven’t they?”
“Yes they have, you go back to bed and get some rest”
“Why do they come here?”
“I don’t know Rose but I don’t think they mean you any harm”.
“I hope not”
“I’ll stay around for awhile Rose, you take care”
“Goodnight, thank you for coming”
I drive out
Return to the road
I look up at the sky
Nothing out of place
And I wonder
Are we alone?
Is there anyone else out there?
Rose will tell you there is.
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