But when Halloween came around, both children remained scared. Mrs. Gardener eventually gathered her children around the kitchen table and asked them why they feared Halloween. Could it be the scary costumes? Or perhaps they didn’t like knocking on strangers doors? Both were valid reasons they could have given.
However, the truth was somewhat different. In fact, the girls’ story turned Mrs. Gardener’s stomach and made her question the upbringing that they had endured before they came to her home in Tennessee. The young girls hesitantly told the story of Halloweens past. Not of trick-or-treating and playing with their friends, but the humiliation and cruel actions inflicted on them by their carers at the time.
Bridgett and Breona took Mrs. Gardener back to their last Halloween experience. They had collected their sweets like most kids do. Moreover, that had been the fun bit. But once the girls had returned home, all had changed.