H.M. Jones, local teacher and writer, was cooking oatmeal for her children, 6 a.m. Tuesday June 23rd, when a loud thump sounded outside her door. Expecting her new puppy was done with his outdoor business, she opened the door and saw a tall person, dressed in head to toe black, fleeing the premises.
Stranger still, Mrs. Jones noticed a mysterious book at the foot of her door, in which sat a quickly scrawled note: "Open When Alone." Though alarmed, Mrs. Jones is an avid reader and never passes up on a good book. She took the book inside and shut herself away in her room.
Since that time, Jones has reported to our source that life has become relentlessly exciting, but also quite dangerous. Strange visitors have come calling, knocking and spying upon her house at all hours. She suspects they are coming around for the book, but insists she will not give it up. "It came to me. The mysterious person wanted me to read it, "she claims.
"It's all pretty great, actually. Instead of writing exciting plot twists, I'm living them. I don't know who the anonymous person was that left this book on my doorstop, but life has been...very interesting since." Jones told Rezlife Times.
Jones, pictured to the left in this photograph taken just days after the book incident, is a changed person, neighbors say. "She skulks about with a dark book in her hands and distrust in her eyes. She comes home late at night, covered in scratches and bruises. She's been wearing dark clothing and stocking caps like she's part of some weird revolution. I don't like it, but she does seem fairly excited about it all," says her neighbor and sister-in-law, Miranda Smith (age 18). Smith admits to asking Jones if she could borrow the strange book that started the transformation. Jones retorted that she doubted someone so young and impressionable is ready for the world she's been thrust into. Smith thinks she's just being greedy.
Sources say that another local author, A.C. Fuller, may be in some way connected to Jones' strange behavior, as his name was found on the offending book. He has been tweeting, facebooking and promoting an event of some magnitude for June 25th, 2o15. If that's true, then the general public should be prepared for things to get a bit more exciting...
H.M Jones is the author of B.R.A.G Medallion Honor and NIEA finalist book Monochrome, its prequel Fade to Blue, the Adela Darken Graphic Novellas, Al Ravien's Night, The Immortals series, and several short stories.