WHAT IT IS
It was a day like any other, Cinder Willoughby and his summer student, a forensic science student from Colorado State University were crawling over rocks and scouring under bushes looking for remains of rabbits that may have succumbed to the toxic herbicide now known as 2,4,5T Infinity. The pair had gathered copious amounts of data for the Nova Scotia Ministry of the Environment showing rabbits with extreme exposure to the herbicide and the pair were now in the process of winding up their assignment.
As they were packing up their gear, Willoughby noticed something in the early morning mist that appeared out of place. His keen eye and ample curiosity discovered a dead body, a man in his early to mid forties lay badly decomposed less than twenty feet from where they made camp for the night. A quick check revealed no identification, then they promptly called police.
WHAT IT IS NOT
Cricket had worked out all the details, all Sapphire had to do was get up at 4 AM and do a zombie shuffle to the car, he even promised hot coffee upon her arrival. Cricket enticed Sapphire with a mix of science and fantasy: the on going forest fires would make the crescent moon rise unworldly, the effects of barometric pressure and the dominance of the sun’s red wavelengths on the wispy clouds that surely would be there offered to make this one grand photographic opportunity. The clincher was when Cricket promised to weed the garden when they got home.
So off they went in the dark, arrived at Cricket’s previously scouted-out destination and clumsily set up cameras and tripods, then waited for light to grace their presence. Light came, so did the fog and some heavy cloud cover. Sapphire took this photo of what was in front of her, and the two agreed it was the best of what they got that day.