People that LEAVE Gray Hills come back VERY DIFFERENT

Adan Men
11 min readFeb 4, 2024

I’ve been living in Gray Hills all of my life, all 42 years of it, there’s nothing special about living here; just your typical small town. Yeah I’ve heard the rumors, outsiders say strange things happen here and to be honest I don’t see it, just silly people with their wild imaginations. Most folks know each other, everyone for the most part is friendly, hell I’ve been friends with the same guy’s since elementary, though every once and awhile some escape; move away to do better and bigger things. I use the word escape light heartedly, I don’t think anyone truly escapes from here, its more about a temporary relocation, your body might leave but you’re heart always belongs to Gray Hills; no matter how far you try to get away.

I had a buddy leave once, left on one of those football scholarships, ole Jake was one of a kind; tall and athletic. Honestly I thought the man was invincible and maybe he was, perhaps it was his mind that was weak. I figured when he left he would never come back; not bother to blink an eye for his once home, maybe he would be the one to never return, I mean why would he with such a promising career. It only took him 2 years to make it back, we poked at him for a few days, ‘joshing’ him every chance we got but it was clear Jake came back very different. Something was off about him, he no longer smiled, he didn’t care for much, we would talk about football and he just seemed lost. That’s a good word for it, it was like he was lost in his own mind, nothing excited him, well, almost nothing; one thing he seemed to pick up while he was gone was his desire for food. The man before leaving was a tank of a person and I remember seeing Jake scarf down 2 large pizzas easily, but after returning, his hunger seemed to be limitless. He was always eating, didn’t matter what it was, you handed him any type of food and he would indulge. The funny thing was, it didn’t seem as if he was enjoying the food; just consuming it without thought.

My other friends didn’t think much about it, they just assumed he took one too many to the noggin, after all Jake never told us why he came back, maybe there was something out there that he didn’t like; in their world. I couldn’t accept it, I needed to know why he was different, I asked him numerous times what was wrong with him and he told me he didn’t know. I pleaded…

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Adan Men

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