Peppi Walcott has a secret
under her barn on Fraid Knot Road.
It’s not a big secret- as far as secrets go,
you could lift the trap door above Peppi’s secret all by yourself
and you could walk down the stairs, because she wired the stairwell for lights a few
It is a safe bet that you could walk down the stairs all alone and with confidence
even though it’s super humid down there
and the wooden steps are slippery.
Just take it easy is what Peppi would advise.
For the most part, Peppi has gone not out of her way to hide her secret, it just seems
like the smart thing to do.
So, with that.
Go ahead and open the trap door, hold onto the railing and make your way carefully
down the stairs until you come to the floor where Peppi’s secret begins under Fraid
The first thing you will see and feel is that the further you walk, the darker it
gets and with the darkness comes the heat and together they have grown crystal
blooms that are sharp as razors, together they robbed the little creatures that live
down there of their sight and leached them of any trace of color they may have once
At this point there is no electricity and
what light you bring in on your own will be gobbled up by the blackness fills Peppi’s
Remember, walk slowly and carefully and you will be okay. Your flashlight will do just
Turn left here where the rocks sparkle green and yellow- turn right next to the little
stream that hisses as it swims over the rocks that look like the broken bones – relax,
they only look like broken bones pushed against the wall by careless and clumsy feet
just keep walking carefully through the tunnels and caves that started under Peppi’s
There are so many things to see, if you can bear the heat , on the walls of Peppi’s cave.
Handprints in red and blue, little message scrawled from one explorer to another will
be at eye level
drawings of fish with fins that almost look like hands are drawn close to the floor, cats
with horns, snakes with feathers and feet and faces with no eyes on the heads of
wolves with long and terrible teeth are drawn just above your head
and thorns, there a so many pictures of thorns sprouting from the ceiling are
everywhere , it’s as if they have sprouted from the rock .
Are those these the secrets of Peppi’s cave you might be wondering at this point,
this strange art work, painted and carved and scratched into the walls, on floors, on the
stalactites bleeding down from the ceilings?
It’s possible that you will not be wondering for long because you may have noticed its
getting warmer, not cooler and it might occur to you that this isn’t normal, or is it?
Why did you pay more attention in science class when you were a kid!
You might be on the verge of panicking, but hang on just go a little further and you will
find a set of stairs that will take you above ground, where the air is cooler and the sky is
cool and blue and there’s an Ice Cream Shoppe just a half a mile away.
You get to the door, you reach for the handle and of course there isn’t one.
That’s Peppi’s secret, the doors to the cave system under her barn on Fraid Knot Road
only open from the outside- when she feels like opening them that is.