The thing I found most unexpected was how quiet they were about it. They made no sound, even as their victim kicked and screamed and protested. They were perfectly silent.
I witnessed some domestic violence yesterday. I know these things happen, but I'd never watched it unfold in real time like that. It was different than on TV and in the movies.
The neighbors to our left are a large and friendly family. So many live there that sometimes I lose track of them all.
Yesterday started like any other. I was getting dressed when I heard some squabbling going on in the neighbor's back yard. From my bedroom window, I can see partially into their yard, and as I glanced over, I saw that, indeed, one of the girls was arguing with a couple of the boys.
Now, this particular girl and her sister have never gotten along with those two boys. But, they're all in the same family, and have just kept out of each other's way to keep the peace I suppose. So I don't know what happened. Someone overstepped the boundaries, clearly.
Next thing I knew, they were on her. She never stood a chance.
Thoughts of, "Yikes, should I call? Ring the doorbell? Alert the parents or someone?", but even as I thought those things, I knew it was too late for her. Those boys, like I said, were so quiet. Methodical as they worked as a team and did the deed . My only hope was that it would be over quickly, for her sake.
And for my sake too, as I listened to her screams.
Later, I investigated to see if Meego knew about what happened. He rides the school bus with one of the girls.
"So... I think the dogs killed one of the chickens next door...?", I prompted.
"Yeah, one of them got out of the coop or the dogs got in somehow", he confirmed.
It's actually not the first time there's been a murder over there.
But now I must deal inwardly with what I witnessed.
Chicken screams, I keep hearing them!