Ronald Sinclair's mother was an alcoholic and he was sent to the halfway house Hill Top Road after his 15th birthday. At his time at Raymond Fielding's home, he constantly felt as though his actions were not entirely his own. No one ever returned to Hill Top Road after they left, which was odd, and there were never any drugs in the house.
They would have meals together every day and attended church. Occasionally, Ray would gather all the children for dinner and take off the table cloth, revealing a hypnotic pattern of lines crossing the table, leading to a small square in the middle, also covered in the same hypnotic patterns. On those nights, Ronald could never remember afterwards what they did or ate.
Ray was around 30, with long brown hair and seemed friendly, but was a recluse. As they turned 18, the other residents of Hill Top Road would be taken away by a suited government official.
Agnes' arrival was unusual, as Ray did not introduce her as he did the others. She never came to church and was never at the table when it was uncovered, and Ray looked at her in fear.
When Ronald turned 18 it was his time to leave. The day he left, Agnes kissed him on the cheek. He went outside and waited for the government official to bring his car, but found himself going back into the house against his own will. He went down into Ray's basement which contained his study.
The study was covered in spider webs, coating the walls and lightbulbs. The room was large and mostly empty, with bare earth walls and ceiling and an identical table in the middle of the cavernous room. Around the edges of the chambers were the bodies of previous occupants who were supposed to have left the house: Doris Hardy, Dick Barridale, and Greg Montgomery who all had warped bodies as if engorged with spider's eggs.
Ray sat in a chair in the study, his jacket shifting with things unseen. Ronald was compelled to pick up the small square in the middle of the table, which turned out to be a box with a small green apple, fresh with morning dew. He felt compelled to bite into the apple, although he desperately didn't want to. As he moved the apple to his mouth, he felt a searing pain in his cheek, snapping him out of his dazed state. Raymond looked angry and confused as Ronald fled the building, getting on the first train out of Oxford.
Since discovering the house burnt to the ground he's been able to sleep again, although he's started to have unsettling dreams once more when he discovered that another house is being built where the old Fielding place used to be.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Martin mentioned that a great amount of the records of halfway houses at this time are missing, so it's hard to pin any details down. Jonathan remarks that there is almost certainly more to learn about Hill Top Road.
His colleagues are trying to keep away from Jonathan. He feels like they are planning something.