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Walking Into the Known Unknown

I have noticed that when I’m really tired my fingers don’t work well.  Like last night:  I was completely out of it once I got back from the phone bank and even though I did manage a few hundred words of writing, it was a struggle.  My fingers were all over the keyboard, hitting everything but the right keys.  That is probably the most frustrating thing in the world to have happen, because you want to do something but you can’t.  A lot of the story of my life.

We know Penny and Kerry had breakfast in Ispwich, but now they’re out walking in the woods.  What woods, you say?  These woods:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

After a relaxing breakfast they walked back to St. Mary-le-Tower, took off, and headed twenty kilometers eastward to Rendlesham Forest to hike the infamous UFO Trail around the locations that made up the well-known 1980 incident, when solders at the RAF Woodbridge airbase claimed to see lights in the forest and possibly found a grounded unknown object.  The day was perfect for a hike in the woods and as there weren’t a lot of people on the trail there wasn’t any worry they were going to get a lot of questioning looks about their leather flight jackets.

They didn’t say much for the first segment of the walk: they’d said plenty back at Costa they both felt they could use the silence brought on by their location. It was only when they arrived at Spot 1 on the trail map that Kerry broke the silence. “There it is.”

Penny turned and watched her excited covenmate. “Yes, it’s a gate.” She chuckled. “You don’t see many of those these days.”

Kerry tisked and walked until her was wrap his fingers around the chain links. “Yeah, but this is the gate: the East Gate.” There was a huge smile on his face when he turned around. “This is where it started.”

“You should see how excited you are.” Penny spoke as she sauntered towards him. “I should set you down with me mum. I didn’t tell her I was coming out here ‘cause she’d have probably wanted to tag on.”

 

So where is Kerry hanging out all of a sudden in such an excited state?  Here:

Maybe Kerry has a thing for gates. By Taras Young - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37074729

Maybe Kerry has a thing for gates.
(By Taras Young – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37074729)

Kerry didn’t just fly all the way across the UK so he could make it easy for Penny:  he wanted to come here, to the Rendlesham Forest, site of what some have called “Britain’s Roswell.”

Just like Roswell only without the desert and with tree.

Just like Roswell only without the desert and with tree.

It’s like this, early on the morning of 26 December, 1980, U.S. Air Force personnel standing at that above gate saw some lights off in the distance.  And the time RAF Woodbridge was a NATO base that was used as a staging point for fighters that might have to go in and attack Russian tanks if those commies decided World War III needed happening and it was a good day to die.  So anything that looked out of the ordinary kicked the paranoia up considerably, as, you know, those lights could be KGB spies or something.

Long story short:  a bunch of U.S. airmen went out looking for the lights, chased them around the forest, and eventually came upon something that people said was maybe a spacecraft setting in a clearing.  No one really knows because, for one, there was a lot of sketchy info about what was seen and when, which is usual with these sightings.  Britain’s Ministry of Defense thought so little of what happened they didn’t bother with an official investigate because they said nothing happened to compromise national security.  And people who were hot to investigate the matter over the years pretty much say they think what those crazy Yanks saw were just meteors and a lighthouse that’s not too far away, and because all this happened at three in the morning they weren’t at their sharpest.

Don’t think that Penny and Kerry are wandering through the woods without a destination in mind.  Nope.  As pointed out there now existed The UFO Trail through Rendlesham Forest, a three mile/five kilometer long path that follows the points where those lights were seen, and even heads into the clearing where the “saucer” was seen.

I even mapped it out for you.

I even mapped it out for you.

Penny and Kerry started out at the dot right above “Measure” and are now at the dot closest to the end of the runway at top left.  And now that they have a good look at the gate, Kerry wants to hear more about Penny’s mom:

 

“Really.” He crossed his arms. “Is she into paranormal stuff?”

It was her turn to blow raspberries. “Mum was big into it before she found out about The Foundation. After that—” She rolled her eyes. “You should have see her the first time I told them about The Phoenix. I thought she was gonna want to go to Salem right then and there.”

“She’d have been disappointed if she had. Ol’ Phee doesn’t speak to much of anyone except Professor Lewiston, and from the way it sounds she’s gotta be in the right mood for that.”

“True there.” Penny stepped up to the gate and squinted as she looked through to what was now known as Woodbridge Airfield. “What were those bunkers we flew over?”

“They used to keep fighters in there.” Kerry stood alongside Penny and looked inside as well. “It’s been report that the U.S. kept nuclear weapons in those as well.”

“Wouldn’t be surprised: that sounds like the sort of shite the Americans would pull.” She looked to her right with a slightly embarrassed look upon her face. “Sorry, I didn’t mean it like that.”

“It’s okay.” Kerry chuckled. “I’m technically an ex-pat, and I’m not sure we can consider the land inside school walls part of the United States as no one outside The Foundation know were there.” He took a step back from the gate. “Before we fly home I want to get a look at one of those from the ground.”

“We should be able to do that.” Penny turned and touched Kerry on the arm. “Let’s go.”

 

And this really goes back to why everyone was so spooked that Boxing Day morning in 1980:  though it’s never been confirmed, there are a few people who have stated over the years that nuclear weapons were kept at RAF Woodbridge without the British knowing.  Sure, this would be a violation of treaties and all that, but like the U.S. ever really cared about that when it came to doing what they liked.  Anyway, no nukes there now, nor UFOs, either.

Just a couple of witches looking through an old fence and thinking about what to say next…

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