The Wicked Oak Tree and the Child Molester
18 year old Matthew Bon Foster was in his room one night and he was reflecting on the summer that was now at an end.
"It was June when my parents and I moved from Houston here to Alvin TX. It's now September and I will start college soon. I graduated high school in May and I was fucking glad to get out of the Alief School District in Houston. They didn't prepare me for college. As for preparing me for the real world they didn't do that either. Then again nothing could prepare me for what happened three weeks ago."
"A registered sex offender moved into the neighborhood."
3 WEEKS AGO
10 year old Zachary Bell Hines got out of bed. He showered and then had his toast and coco puffs. He flew out the door and soon met up with Matthew Bon Foster. Matthew became his mentor and good friend shortly after moving into the neighborhood in June.
Zachary and Matthew scored a friendship as soon they met. Matthew had been angry about his high school years. Zachary had just discovered heavy metal music and didn't trust authority. When he found out Matthew was into heavy metal he was pleased. He knew about some groups but not a lot. Matthew promised to introduce him to much more since he could see Zachary was one of those kids who didn't want to listen to modern pop music like most kids at his school. He introduced him to the 1990 classic album Souls of Black by Testament along with every Cradle of Filth album.
Zachary quickly headed out of his house. He saw Matthew in his driveway and ran up to him. He asked "when does school start for you?"
Matthew answered "three weeks, same as you."
Zachary went on to ask a second question "are Jason and Helen at home jacking off?"
Matthew answered "I don't know how to answer that one."
Zachary introduced Matthew to Jason Cane Cotter and Helen Denise Claire six weeks after he moved into the neighborhood. Helen and Jason had been Zack's friends since first grade and they immediately took a liking to Matthew.
Zachary went on to say "I heard the registered sex offender finally moved in."
Matthew said firmly "yes a few days ago he moved in."
Zachary giggled and said "so now we know it's not a she after all."
Matthew replied "this isn't funny."
Zachary immediately stopped laughing.
Matthew added "I've no doubt your parents talked to you about this issue and I feel it's a must that I advise you as well."
Soon Helen Claire and Jason Cotter came up behind Matthew.
Matthew turned around and said "well how are you all this morning?"
Jason replied "I'm alright."
Helen answered "I want to make the most of this morning and what's left of our summer vacation. I don't want to go back to school."
Matthew said "I have to go back considering I want to be a lawyer."
Jason said "I'm not worried about going back to school. I'm worried my parents are going to have heart attacks because that convicted child molester moved in."
Matthew nodded and Zachary said "he lives beside Mister Henderson just beyond that oak tree."
Helen said nervously "that old oak tree always gave me the willies."
Jason pointed his finger ahead and said "there's Mister Henderson in his driveway. Let's go see if he knows anything new."
All three children take off running toward Frank Henderson's house.
Matthew of course soon catches up with them. All four greet Mister Henderson and then Helen asked him "did you meet the son of a bitch yet?"
Frank was taken by surprise by her question and Jason said "she means your new neighbor."
Frank answered "no I haven't met him but he's living there now. I don't really want to meet him and you kids might not even be legally allowed to be on my driveway due to that sign and the new registered sex offender laws. At least don't come near my driveway anymore unless you see me out here because it's too close for comfort."
Right after Frank finished speaking a red car pulled up into the drive way of the house just beyond the old oak tree.
Jason freaked out and said "holy shit it's him."
Helen said "let's go stare him down."
Jason had a bright smile on his face and said "yeah" in a deep voice.
Mister Henderson said firmly "that's a bad idea."
Matthew added "seriously don't toy with him."
TO BE CONTINUED