THE CURSE OF CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE

Chapter Four

Rose wasn't too sure about the dock when she reached it. The wood was old and it wasn't in the best shape. She put a foot tentatively on the first plank and put some weight on it, testing the strength. It held so Rose stepped onto the plank and tried the next plank.

"It's okay, Rose, it's safe. We've already been on it," Ian said as he passed the dock.

Rose walked to the end of the dock and looked out over the water. The water was calm and peaceful which seemed at odds with what she'd heard about it. She heard wild laughter and squeals coming from behind her and she rolled her eyes.

"Blimey, get a cabin if you're gonna do that shit," she muttered to herself.

"Couldn't agree more."

Rose nearly jumped out of her skin. She spun around and saw the Doctor was standing right behind her.

"Has anyone ever told you you're good at sneaking up on people?" she said, holding a hand over her rapidly beating heart.

"Have to be to do what I do but I apologize, didn't mean to frighten you," he said.

"I was just thinking that the lake looks so peaceful," Rose said.

"I suspect it usually is, given the whole Crystal Lake name," the Doctor said, putting his hand on the small of her back. "I'm sure before this Jason stuff started happening here; it was a nice place to have a holiday."

"Do you believe it, all these legends?" Rose said. "If it is true, d'ya think Jason could be an alien?"

"Was wondering that myself," the Doctor said, rubbing his cheek. "I don't think it's a zombie and it can't be an ordinary man. If this is true, then we have to get to the bottom of it before more people get hurt."

"Like them?" Rose said, pointing to the partiers. "Looking at them, I can believe that Jason drowned because the staff was too busy shagging each other. Not even two hours and they're already having a go at each other. At least get in a cabin so we don't have to watch them."

"I think the point is they don't have to have a cabin to do that sort of thing here. This place is very remote. If there is a killer here, I can understand why he's been so successful at murdering people. If people scream back here, the sound wouldn't carry that well and I'm sure it'd be a faint sound when you're standing on the main road. I doubt many people drive past this spot anyway…another reason why they're all pissed and high up there," the Doctor said, glancing at the campfire.

"Doctor, Rose?"

They turned around and saw Ian waving to them from the trees.

"Come here, I found something," he said to them.

The Doctor and Rose walked off the dock, turned left and walked over to the forest. Ian led them into the trees and about fifteen feet inside the forest, he stopped and knelt down. He held up an arm bone and the Doctor took it from him and examined it, turning it over in his hands. He glanced at Ian when he held up the top fragment of a skull and he noticed there was a long, thin hole that went from the top of the head down to the forehead. The Doctor and Rose knelt down and the Doctor took the skull fragment and examined it while Rose looked at the arm bone.

"These are definitely human," the Doctor said. "No idea about age but they've been here awhile. There's evidence of trauma to the head though," he said, showing Rose the hole. "Stab wound or axe?"

"Axe," Ian said.

"How d'ya know?" Rose said.

Ian reached into the undergrowth beside him and picked up a hatchet. Rose made a face when she saw dried blood on the tip of the blade. The Doctor took it from him and fitted it into the hole. He shared a glance with Rose when the hatchet fit the hole perfectly.

"So there is concrete evidence of murder here," the Doctor said. "Poor soul got a hatchet to the brain."

"There's probably more," Ian said. "Tim said they never found all the remains. The bodies were killed all over the campsite and forest. I'm sure if we looked, we'd find more than this."

"And there were no survivors?" Rose said.

"Oh no, there were survivors. But according to Tim, most had to be sectioned after watching their friends get chopped up into tiny bits."

"With a hatchet?" the Doctor said.

"With anything the bloke could lay his hands on but supposedly his main weapon of choice is a machete."

"Lovely," Rose said.

The Doctor put the hatchet and remains back on the ground and the three of them stood up. While they did that, Rose heard a twig snap off to her right and she froze.

"Doctor, there's someone moving towards us," she whispered to him.

The Doctor looked where she was pointing and tensed his body. He sighed angrily though when a moment later Derek stumbled into sight, a can of Budweiser in his hand. Rose looked away when she saw his naked body.

"Hey!" Derek slurred as he staggered up to them. "What are you doing here? Come back to the fire and party with us."

"No thanks, we're fine," the Doctor said.

"Blimey, Derek, get your kit back on," Ian said, turning his head away.

"Rose, what'd ya think? Am I big enough for ya?" Derek leered as he pointed to his erection.

"Go away," Rose said, keeping her head turned away from him.

She gasped when Derek seized her right wrist.

"I'm talking to ya, you limey bitch!" he snarled at her.

Derek grunted when the Doctor shoved him hard and knocked him to the ground.

"She said go away!" the Doctor growled at him. "Respect her wishes and do it!"

"Mate, come on, you're drunk. Let's go back to the fire," Ian said as Derek slowly got to his feet. "I'll see you later, I'll walk him back," he said to the Doctor and Rose.

"I don't need anyone to walk me back, I'm fine," Derek said, trying to push him away.

He glanced back over his shoulder at Rose.

"See ya later, Ice Queen," he slurred.

"Fuck you, git!" Rose spat out.

Ian grabbed Derek's arm and the Doctor stepped in front of Rose when Derek looked like he was going to punch her. Derek snorted at the Doctor.

"She's all yours…mate!" he snarled at the Doctor before he let Ian lead him off.

"Charming," Rose said when they were out of earshot. "Thought he respected boundaries."

"Yes, but he's also intoxicated and possibly high. Anyone can lose their decorum after all that," the Doctor said. "It was the beer talking, Rose, don't take offense at it."

Rose nodded and the Doctor patted her on the shoulder.

"So, Jason has been here on a killing spree," Rose said, changing the subject.

"Well, someone has. But I'm not sure of the age of the remains. For all we know, it could have been someone killed by Indians long ago. Still…we'll give these remains the benefit of the doubt and say that Jason did kill this person. Where does he hide in between murder sprees? Tim said there were dormant periods so he hibernates somewhere or lays low…or goes to New York on holiday."

"The lake then?" Rose said. "He hides in the lake?"

"Yes but…soggy," the Doctor said, making a face. "I'd choose a drier hiding place if it were me. Tim might know where he supposedly hides but…"

"He's hammered right now," Rose said.

"Yes. So in order to get any information out of him, we'll probably have to wait till he sobers up. Which might be awhile if they have a good supply of beer and drugs."

"And I'm betting they do," Rose said dryly. "I'm betting there's a lorry parked near the campsite with tons of liquor and beer inside it."

"Really? You wanna find the Party Lorry then?" the Doctor teased.

"One condition," Rose teased back.

"And that is?"

"You need to use a beer bong so I can watch."

"And the reason you need to see that is?"

"Um…so I can run to the tabloids and tell them I saw an alien use a beer bong?" Rose said.

"You do and I'll tell the tabloids you had campfire sex with Derek."

"Ooo, that's low," Rose said, playfully slapping his head while he giggled.

"Come on then. Let's continue our investigation and have a dekko at the cabins," the Doctor said.

"Lead on," Rose said.

She took his hand and they walked back towards the lake.

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