THE CURSE OF CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE

Chapter Six

"Tim!" the Doctor called to him as he and Rose walked back to the campfire.

By now, Tim was the only one at the campfire. He had put all his clothes back on and he was cleaning up some of the mess.

"Yes?" he said to the Doctor when they walked up to him.

The Doctor studied him. He was still visibly drunk but the Doctor needed answers. He told him about the hidden hole and the harpoon.

"That might have been Mrs. Voorhees, she was the one hellbent on revenge," Tim said, sitting down on one of the logs. "Supposedly, Jason doesn't put that much thought into his murders. If he finds you, he kills you."

"But Jason's mother was the one who started the killings?" Rose said.

"Yes. Two camp counselors were murdered in 1958. It was thought that Mrs. Voorhees did that and the camp was quiet until they reopened it in 1980. More murders happened then and supposedly Jason came back to life after her mother was beheaded."

"Is there any way to stop Jason?" the Doctor said.

"Apart from pure dumb luck? People have tried to kill him and they thought they did but something happens to bring him back again and again. The legend just keeps getting passed on. They even tried to make a movie about the 1980 killings but there were too many inaccuracies and people complained that the movie would be an insult to the victims and their families so it was stopped. They were going to film in here actually and that also led to an uproar since the locals thought Jason might rise again and start killing the actors and film crew. A lot of people feel this whole area is cursed and most of them stay as far away from them as they can."

"But not you and your friends," Rose said.

"Yeah, well, I don't believe in curses," Tim said. "There hasn't been any sightings for years so we figured it'd be safe enough."

"But what do people think Jason is? Immortal, a demon, a ghost," the Doctor said. "How can a man die and keep coming back to life?"

Tim and the Doctor looked over at Rose when she coughed loudly. She gave the Doctor a pointed look.

"Die and come back to life," she prompted while Tim gave her a confused look.

"I doubt he is. I would know about it if he was," the Doctor said to her.

"Huh? Know about what?" Tim said, completely confused.

"Nothing, just a private joke," the Doctor said, quickly changing the subject. "Besides, Jason looks the same each time someone sees him, right?"

"I suppose so, just a bit more decayed. If you believe the stories that is. As for what people think he is, some say he's been cursed by Satanůmaybe he's a demon of some kindůexcept he had a mother."

"Yeah, that's the sticky bit," the Doctor muttered as he grabbed a twig at his feet and poked a few burning embers in the fire. "I would say we should go have a talk with this Jason chap except that seems to not be a good idea."

"I doubt he'd let you get five words out before you died," Tim said. "He likes stalking his prey and killing them quickly."

"Stalking his prey?" Rose said. "He hides in the forest then?"

Tim nodded.

"And you just let your mate run off into the woods without stopping him," Rose said, pointing to the trees. "If Jason hides in the forest and stalks people, don't you think Derek might be in danger?"

"Come to think of it, where is Ian? Where is everyone else?" the Doctor said, looking around.

"Ian and everyone else went into the cabins. I think a few of them wanted to have sex in private. After Derek tried to manhandle you, they decided to be a bit more discreet."

"But we found the hidden hole and the harpoon in one of the cabins," Rose said. "So they're not safe there either. Shouldn't you lot pack up and leave before you end up the next victims?"

"You can talk. The two of you are running around here playing detective," Tim said.

"Yes. But we've had experience doing that," the Doctor said.

"Why? Are you two detectives?" Tim said.

"Sort of," Rose said.

"We're paranormal investigators. We investigate weird phenomena all over the world," the Doctor said.

"But aren't you in just as much danger as we are?" Tim challenged.

"Perhaps but we've had experience with the supernatural and we know how to handle ourselves."

"And I don't?" Tim said angrily.

"Tim, how old are ya?" Rose asked.

"Eighteen. How about you?"

"Twenty," Rose said.

Tim sniggered.

"And that makes you a professional? Two years older than I am and you're an adult now?" he said.

"In England I am," Rose said smugly. "We don't wait till we're twenty one there."

"Look, we're not suggesting you don't know how to take care of yourself," the Doctor said, trying to keep things peaceful. "But have you ever had experience battling evil creatures, demonic things, things of that sort?"

"No," Tim said.

"We have. So we're saying that we have more experience in that field than you do. Not to mention Rose and I aren't drunk and high and I'm sure that adds to the body count out here since you probably wouldn't be the first teens to come out here and get hammered. If he is around here, you're certainly making it easy for him. You wanna get out of a dangerous situation alive, you need to have all your senses intact and be ready for anything. Otherwise, you and your friends are lambs to the slaughter and a liability to everyone else."

Tim considered that for a moment and then nodded.

"You're right but we didn't think we'd have to face Jason tonight. We just wanted to have some laughs and get a little drunk and high, far away from our parents."

"I'm sure the teenagers before ya thought that as well," Rose said. "The ones that came back in body bags. I'm not saying I'm a saint because I have gotten drunk before but not when I'm working with him because he's right. I'd be a liability if I was completely pissed while he was trying to find some monster or something."

Tim nodded and apologized for being drunk. The Doctor gave him a sympathetic pat on the shoulder.

"No worries. You're young and young people do wild and crazy things. I'd just advise no more partying until we're sure Jason isn't lurking around here. Having said that, perhaps we should go find your friend, Derek, and bring him back here. Apart from Jason, he could get horribly lost out here, especially if he is drunk and angry. We don't need a search and rescue team out here, yeah?"

"Yeah. Hold on, I'll go with you. I'm just a bit tipsy but I think I can keep my wits about me," Tim said.

The Doctor studied him for a moment before he nodded in agreement.

"Okay, let's go find Derek before something happens to him," the Doctor said.

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