We have another passage today, this from the manuscript and the point of view of Dana, one of our supporting characters, a city girl out in the country staying with her friends, and hearing something she is definitely not used to in the night....
Dana had never heard a screech owl before.
The owl outside her window roused her from a sound sleep. She grabbed the bedside phone and made a frantic call to 911. Then she went running down the hallway, screaming. She woke everyone except Linda, who was heavily sedated. They rushed into the hallway. Chloe grabbed her friend's shoulders. “Dana—what's wrong?” Dana was shaking.
“Someone's being killed outside! I heard the screams!"