A seed for cora lee by Leamon E. Scott

A seed for Cora Lee Written by Leamon E. scott

 

Cora Lee and Leon Baptiste have serious plans to make their small, out-of-the way bayou cabin a real home. On a humid and stormy, wet Louisiana morning, they have completedmaking love following Cora Lee’s recurrent nightmare that someone is taking her baby. The pretty Cora Lee has had two miscarriages; yet, she desperatelywants a child to complete their family. She is certain this will be the day she conceives again, and is able to carry the pregnancy to full-term. The handsomeCreole couple prepares for Leon’s departure to his job on the shrimp boat where he’ll stay a few days. Following the care given their animals, he kisses her and drives away in the pick-up truck.

 

Meanwhile, driving north on Highway 10, Detectives Raleigh Spencer and Floyd Ketchum are transporting the psychotic rapist and triple-murderer, Colin Cyrus, up to theFeliciana Forensic Facility for the criminally insane. Nursing a hangover, andfitted with a real bad attitude, Det. Ketchum, who’s sitting in the passengerseat, begins to taunt and belittle Colin. When Colin responds with a commentabout his sexual fantasy regarding Floyd’s mother, the short-tempered detective explodes and draws his police revolver. The surprised, but compassionate Raleigh quickly intervenes and words are exchanged; an ensuing struggle forcontrol of the gun takes place. A slick, wet asphalt road becomes dangerously treacherous for Raleigh, who must divide his attention between driving andcontaining his combative partner.

 

Then, the unmarkedpolice unit suddenly skids out of control and crashes; Floyd is killedinstantly, and Raleigh is knocked unconscious. Colin survives and escapes intothe thick, cypress coverage of the bayou. But, not before he has a “strange”conversation with Raleigh, who has regained semi-consciousness. Realizing thepotential for danger, and the psychotic murderer’s violent history, Raleighbegins to slowly track Colin through the thick foliage and muddy terrain of theLouisiana bayou. Colin spots the Baptiste cabin and finds security in a nearbyshed. His personality “changes,” and when he sees the petite Negro womanstanding in the doorway of the back porch, he quickly makes his presence known;after slaughtering their two boisterous dogs, JoJo and Rascal.

 

Colin violentlyrapes Cora Lee and kills Leon following a heated fight; he is shot with Floyd’sgun, which Colin had retrieved from the wrecked police car. Leon had returnedto the cabin after forgetting the “special” meals Cora Lee had prepared.Raleigh finally catches up to the escaped prisoner at the cabin and sees himstanding over the big, Creole man’s body. He is forced to shoot the resistant,crazed Colin to death. Raleigh then cares for the traumatized and speechlessCora Lee until the ambulance arrives from the city. They travel to CharityHospital in New Orleans, per telephone instructions from his boss, thecalculating and deceitful Captain Mobley. Just before arriving at Charity, aneerie “cloud” formation lowers itself on top of the ambulance, and unbeknownstto the occupants and residents of New Orleans, a “time-shift” transformationbegins to occur.

 

Following CoraLee’s hospitalization, and subsequent recovery, she subconsciously buries allmemory of the violent rape. Her treating physician, Dr. O’Brien, and hersister, Mae Ella Wallace, become concerned about her well-being, whileattempting to hide Leon’s death from her. But, Cora Lee starts having dreamsand secretly speaks to the dead Leon who tells her that she is “pregnant.”Raleigh becomes guilt ridden, and as time passes, must piece together themeaning of a string of bizarre deaths and “spirit” visits. A pompous andself-serving Superintendent of Police, Alfonse Jourdan, lays the blame of theescaped prisoner, and hisacts of violence, directly on Raleigh and Floyd’s shoulders. He plans to usethe Times Picayune reporter, Christine Daly, as a foil in his scheme to offsetbad publicity. The overweight Superintendent is also a heavy drinking, closetcross-dresser who has been saddled with a gold-digging ex-wife, the beautifulredhead, Miranda. Their respective demise is horrifically appropriate,involving insanity and brutal encounters with menacing, little “shadowfigures.”

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A large murder ofcrows convenes and terrorizes the home of Mae Ella, her husband, Thomas, andtheir eight-month old son, Brandon. These crows are uniquely evil and cunninglyintelligent; they seem to be “watching” the “now” pregnant Cora Lee who hascome to live with them following her discharge from Charity hospital. Thomas’plan to rid his property of the menacing blackbirds is met by a vicious attack,which leaves him bloody and emotionally scarred. Devoutly religious, Mae Ellareluctantly seeks guidance and help for her family through a colorful andinsightful “Voodoo” woman. And, of course she keeps the visit a secret fromThomas.