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Borrasca is a 2015 novella written by C.K. Walker.

Sam Walker moves to the town of Drisking, Missouri one summer and quickly befriends two other kids, Kyle and Kimber. They take a trip to a strange treehouse, where you are supposed to carve your name on the tree or "you'll disappear". When Sam's sister, Whitney, actually does disappear a few months later, he passes five lonely years wondering what happened to her. When more people start disappearing suddenly, the three take it upon themselves to find out what's happening to all the disappearing people what connection the disappearances hold with the mountain outside of town.

Due to popular demand, or arguably due to her own interest, Walker made a sequel titled Borrasca V, which takes place years after the events of the first part.

Borrasca can be read on reddit here. The sequel Borrasca V can be read CK Walker's official site here.

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Borrasca (and it's sequel Borrasca V) contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Massive abuse of this trope occurs. Even when many people disappear from the town every year, no one seems to care and the police only conduct a bare-minimum investigation and never find anything. Justified, as almost all of them are in on the conspiracy.
  • Advertised Extra: Even though her disappearance sparks Sam's interest in solving the mystery, Whitney doesn't show up in the story all that much.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Sheriff Walker becomes this to Sam when Sam learns of his involvment in the conspiracy, especially when Walker takes over for himself.
  • Baby Factory: This is the fate of the poor girls who go missing. They're routinely raped and forced to bear babies, who are then taken away from them and sold to rich people/human traffickers, or given to the townspeople in exchange for their silence.
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  • Big Bad: It initially appears Jimmy Prescott is this as the head of the Baby Factory and human trafficking conspiracy, but Sam's own father, Sheriff Walker literally takes over the role when he usurps Jimmy and becomes the main antagonist in V.
  • Bit Character: Even though they show up somewhat often, Phil Saunders, Meera Mecaskey, Sam's mother, and Kimber's dad ultimately serve almost no purpose in the story.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: In the first story, The Prescotts continue their baby-making machine and the townsfolk continue to turn a blind eye. However, Kimber manages to escape from the farm and run away to California and Sam never has to go back to the town again.
    • Earn Your Happy Ending: The sequel Borrasca V gives some actual beautiful closure and an actual good ending: Sam and Kimber return to Drisking and "Borrasca" and let themselves get hurt by Sheriff Walker only for Kimber to deliver a fatal blow to Walker, and with the help of Sam's friend Seth, they're able to release the information of the Borrasca plant to the world, allowing the FBI to step in and shut it down for good.
  • Break the Cutie: Just about every protagonist goes through this in the first story and/or its sequel.
    • Sam's sister goes missing, as does his friend Kimber. He and Kyle investigate what happens before they discover the truth of the human trafficking plot, which Sam discovers his sister was a victim of. Kyle is beaten to an inch of his life and Sam is framed for the incident by his own father, who reveals he's in on it. By the time of V Kyle is kept alive but in a drug induced coma for years, while Sam is forced to flee town and takes up a drug habit to cope with what he witnessed.
    • Kimber's mother commits suicide and reveals in her suicide note that she is the product of a trafficking plot and that her then boyfriend Kyle is her half-brother (he's also a product of the Baby Factory). She gets abducted by the traffickers to silence her, and while she is rescued it's revealed in the sequel that she was raped by Sheriff Walker during her captivity.
    • Whitney might just have it the worst! Not only was she taken to the mines as a young teenager, she was done so expressly to be a Sex and Breeding Slave to her own father for years on end. By the time she is found, she's completely catatonic by what she's gone through and seemingly unwilling the leave the mines when Sam comes to rescue her. She is eventually ground up by a thresher because the children she was forced to bare where considered useless when they where discovered to be products of incest.
  • Broken Bird: Kimber in V, Sam as well who's even abused drugs due to the psychological damage of the town and the fact his father now owns the Borrasca plant, therefore he's "the heir". That's not to mention Whitney's fate in the orignal story as she's reduced to a silent wreck with no willpower left.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Sam does this throughout his final confrontation with Walker, as he is being beaten, forcing him to own up to his crimes while making it no secret that he now despises and they intend to kill eachother. All this turns out to be a distraction to get Kimber to kill Walker once and for all.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kimber's mom, Sheriff Cleary, and Jimmy Prescott.
    • In V, Sam's friend Seth.
  • Cool Old Lady: Kathryn Scanlon does everything she can to help the trio solve the mystery...although she may have known the truth to begin with.
    • Jossed in V, as revealed she actually didn't know much and was actually killed during the gap.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: Ultimately, everything is revealed about the disappearances, the strange mountain sound, and the townsfolk odd behavior. An accident in a mine some 60 years before caused minerals to go I to the town's water supply, causing all of the townsfolk to go infertile. The Prescotts then propose a "baby-making machine" to get the town children again. Women and girls are be kidnapped or sold to them from the families in town, then they are impregnated by the Prescotts and the sheriff's department. After they give birth, the babies are sold either to the townsfolk or human traffickers. When the women get too old or too sick, they are put through a grain thresher, which is the cause of the grinding noise everyone hears come off the mountain every once in a while.
  • The Dog Bites Back: V ultimately culminates in Sam and Kimber exposing and toppling the conspiracy to the world, killing the monster at the head of it all - Sam's own father - with everyone involved in the conspiracy either killed or being hunted by the government.
  • Enemy Mine: Jimmy Prescott is revealed to be the secret benefactor who set up Sam and Kimber's adventure in V, less out of altruism but more to do with getting Walker out of power. They both get him arrested shortly after they kill Walker.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sheriff Walker's appearances throughout the first story depict him as a loving and caring father who is concerned about his children and town, being especially close to his son. This lasts up until after his Evil All Along reveal at the end of the first story and throughout V where his deeds are fully revealed. By the time he's confronted, he doesn't bother trying to hide the fact he's cruel, arrogant and heartless (also rather vulgar), aside from being sarcastically jovial.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The grinding noise that comes off the mountain every once in a while is this to Sam, Kyle, and Kimber.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Sam and Kimber throughout V on account of being fugitives of Drisking's jurisdiction. Partially because of Sam being framed for battering Kyle, partially because they are a threat to the conspiracy that pretty much the whole town is in on.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: The rhyme in the description below the page image, which the children of the town must say before they enter the Treehouse for the first time.
  • Jerkass: Jimmy Prescott, Sheriff Cleary, and especially Sam's father.
  • Moe Greene Special: How Walker dies this way courtesy of Kimber.
  • Mundane Ghost Story: Although the events of the story seem supernatural, in the end, all of the story's horrors were human caused.
  • Never Trust a Title: A "borrasca" is actually the first mine closed off after something stops the mining. In this case, it's a red herring, because it's not the borrasca that is important, but what happens just outside it. Though in a way the title is also fitting since a “borrasca” could also be used to describe the women thrown in the thresher. To the men running the operation, they were seen as borrasca and not as people. ( A borrasca is a mine that has dried up and can no longer be used for profit).
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sheriff Cleary and Jimmy Prescott give one to Kyle.
    • In V, Walker gives one to Kimber and Sam, shooting both of them. Then again it was part of their plan by having Kimber wear the bullet proof vest and allowing her to play dead and then shoot Walker.
  • Posthumous Character: Kimber's mother as of V.
  • Posthumous Narration: Kimber's mother's suicide note closes the first story and explains almost all of the story's events
  • Red Herring: The disappearances of the Mecaskey brothers seem important, but in the end, they're actually not.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge/Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Downplayed on the "Roaring Rampage" part due to them not being in any position to do so, but the plot of V hinges on Sam and Kimber reuniting to find out of Kyle is still alive and maybe get some justice against the town of Drisking. Ultimately they succeed.
    • Rape and Revenge: Part of Kimber's motives in V is that she was one of Walker's rape victims. She's also the one who ultimately kills him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once the human traffickers realized that their operation has been caught live on camera, Griggs and the rest basically said this and run for it.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The local urban legend about the occasional disappearances that happen around town is that the "skinned men" are responsible and that they live up in the hills. The name "skinned men" actually comes from the partially faded sign DRISKING UNDERGROUND MINE, which turns out to be where the victims are actually taken.
  • The Sociopath: Sheriff Walker is undoubtedly the biggest monster in the conspiracy, he spent years putting up a front of a caring or concerned father, while in secret continuously rapes his daughter before as part of his involvement with the human trafficking empire. When his daughter dies he takes over the empire for himself, kill his wife, remarries (one of his sons childhood crushes no less) to have another daughter to make a new Sex Slave. When his son confronts him, Walker is non chalant about his plans to kill him and have another son to replace him.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: What an understatement. As it turns out, several decades ago, the water supply of Drisking was tainted by iron from a condemned mine, causing the majority of the population to become infertile. To make matters even worse, the water was never fixed and a new water source was never used, so even in the present day infertility continues to plague the population. The Prescotts (the rich family that practically owns the town) came up with a solution by kidnapping women and girls from other areas, impregnating them, and giving the townspeople their babies. Eventually, Thomas Prescott began to sell babies to rich couples looking to adopt, and soon afterwards began to sell babies to human traffickers. The townspeople turned a blind eye to this because the money from traffickers brought much-needed income to Drisking. As for the kidnapped women, they're forced to bear children until they become too old or sick to continue; once they've outlived their usefulness, they're pushed a giant machine that was used to refine ore until nothing is left of their bodies but dust. This baby machine scheme has been going on for quite some time, and anyone who tries to whistleblow is swiftly dealt with.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: As twisted and wrong as it is, the conspiracy started out as this; it was originally a plan by the Prescott's to save the town from its infertility problem and use the funds they make from additional human trafficking to help the towns economy. When Jimmy took over, he became a little more about money, but even he claims that what he's doing is to benefit the town, unlike Walker who wants all the power to himself. Sam doesn't buy Jimmy's claims and calls bullshit on them.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never learn he exact fate of Kimber's father, although it's implied that he was killed by being put through the ore refiner.
    • Part V makes us wonder what happened to Sam's mother, who he wants to reunite and make amends to. It's revealed she was killed in a car accident, possibly caused by Walker to get married to someone else.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once the kidnapped girls become either too old or too sick to bear children, they are killed by being put through an ore refiner.

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