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The Tale of the Long Ago Locket
Season 4, Episode 6
Title98
Air date October 29, 1994
Written by Gerald Wexler
Directed by David Winning
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The Tale of the Long Ago Locket is the sixth episode of the fourth Season of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as the forty-fifth episode overall.

Intro

The night begins with Sam quietly sitting down on the storyteller's chair reading a book. She is so relaxed and focused on reading the book that she doesn't hear or notice anyone or anything. Betty Ann comes in and calls her by her name a few times but she doesn't answer her. Kiki notices this and remarks how they are all in for a long night.

Tucker quietly tries to sneak up on her from behind and pour the bucket of water on her. Gary stops him just as he is about to do it as Kiki finally waves her hand in front of Sam's face to get her attention.

This finally breaks Sam's concentration and she notices all her friends are here. She asks them all when they got here and Gary tells her she must be reading a very interesting book. She replies that it is a history book, and Frank retorts that history is boring. She tells him he didn't think it was boring when he asked her to study it with him after school. Frank admits it and his excuse was because he just wanted to some time to hang out with her and have fun. Tucker impatient now asks if they can start already.

Sam tells her friends that some people think history can be boring, because it's all about stuff that is gone and forgotten. Her story is about a guy who finds out the old saying is true - history always repeats itself, and if you don't learn from the past, you'll be doomed to repeat it. Sam throws in the campfire dust to make the fire more intense while she submits her story for approval of The Midnight Society. She calls her story "The Tale of the Long Ago Locket".

Story

Sam tells the story bout a handsome young man named Jimmy Armstrong. In Mrs. Ritter's ancient history class, he was awestruck and daydreaming and staring at his friend, April, whom he had a crush on. Later after class on his way home he crosses through the woods. He walked home through them everyday, little did he know that walking through these woods today, that events from the past were about to put a mark on his life today.

As Jimmy is about to enter the woods from a distant away he can hear horses neighing. Then he just thinks nothing of it and he walks through the woods of the park. He passes by some bushes and he finds an old knife just laying on the grass near the bush. He bends over to pick it up, then suddenly a hand comes out of the bush and grabs him. This startles him and he screams. The hand belonged to the owner and he retrieves his knife and runs off deeper into the woods of the park.

The next day, as class ended again, he met with April by their lockers. He struck up a conversation with her. He told her how he thought learning about Ancient Greek history was really boring. She told him that she was enjoying it, so to impress her he told that it was only boring because Mrs. Ritter wasn't teaching them fast enough.

He mentions to her that a new skating rink was opening on Saturday and invites her to go skating with him. Before they can discuss their plans further, their other friend Josh comes by. Josh mentions that Saturday night is the opening night of a new monster movie. The movie is called Tower of Blood: Part 4 and Josh asks her if she wants to go with him. April is about to say that Jimmy just asked her to do something first. Nervous, Jimmy he tells them it's okay and to just go and have a good time. Jimmy is upset because once again he messed up his chance to confess his true feelings to April.

Then on Jimmy's way home he passes by a young couple around his age whom are holding hands and sharing a kiss. Then Jimmy walks in front of them and looks, they stop and look at him; he turns around and keeps walking. As he enters the dense woods of the park, once again he see the mysterious person running around. Jimmy walks in closer and calls out for the person to come out and say hi to him and tell him who it is. Just as he is about to give up and turn away, the mysterious person meets up with him. It can be guessed by his clothes that he is some kind of soldier. Out of breath and nervous he insistently asks Jimmy if he knows the way to Harrisville. Jimmy is nervous and doesn't answer, and the soldier tells him that the soldiers are approaching from the West and to come with because if they catch him they'll hang them.

The enemy soldiers are a group of British Redcoat soldiers from the American Revolutionary War. The Redcoat captain orders his men to open fire at them and they begin firing off their musket rifles and luckily all their shots miss. The Soldier fires off his Musket and fights back and he grabs Jimmy in a headlock and pulls him to the ground just in time to avoid any shots. They run away together a little distance and hide in a little ditch in the ground until they pass and the solider again insists Jimmy will show him where Harrisville is. Then Suddenly a redcoat soldier has found them and raises his musket with the bayonet pointing down and closes in them and they both scream for their dear lives.

Then a moment Later only Jimmy is huddled on the ground below screaming and it's April, Josh and a few of their other friends standing on the ground above. They ask him if he is all right and why he crawling on the ground ? He lies to them and says that he's just started wearing contact lenses and he dropped one and he is trying to find it; however he does find an old fancy button.

Later he brings the old fancy button to Mr. Olshak, Mr. Olshak is an older man who is a very intelligent historian and an antique dealer. Mr. Olshak informs him that over 200 years ago the battle of Harrisvile was fought in that very same park. The battle was between the Minutemen and the Redcoats. Mr. Olshak, identifies the button as a button from an American Minuteman's Uniform from the American Revolutionary War. Also he is really surprised because when people usually bring in things they find, the items are usually old or rusted or decayed. But the button looks brand new almost as if a minuteman wore it that very day. Now it's obvious that the soldier is an American minuteman and by the state of his appearance, which is missing jacket, missing wig and hat and poorly kept hair and not clean shaven that he's been on the run for sometime now.

A day or so later Jimmy is playing frisbee in the park with April and Josh when he accidentally throws it too hard, and the frisbee is sent far into the woods. He tells them that he'll go find it and that he'll catch up with them later at Molly's Restauant, and to order him a cheeseburger and he'll be there soon. Just as he heads along the path inside the woods, he finds the frisbee. Just when he bends down to retrieve it he can hear the sounds of horses neighing and gunshots being fired. The redcoats come riding at full speed on their horses, and the captain claims that Jimmy is a spy and they tie him up and take him prisoner. Jimmy can't believe what is going on and thinks they're joking until he sees they have a noose knot ready and plan to hang him when they get back to their camp.

Just as they're heading back, the minutemen distracts them by firing off a shot from his musket. Jimmy is able to break free and escape. When they get to a safe spot, the minuteman cuts the rope and ties his hands. Jimmy now realizes it's real and they were really going to hang him. The minuteman says they plan to do the same to him too. Once again he insistently asks Jimmy to guide him to Harrisville, Jimmy frustrated just wants to go home and tries to say no.

He asks Jimmy if ever really cared about someone and just didn't have the courage to tell them. Jimmy nods yes and says her name is April, The minuteman explains his friend is named Emilienne, and for many years he too never had the courage to tell her that he loved her, and tonight in Harrisville she is marrying a man she doesn't love. Therefore he must get there before the wedding and show her the locket as a proving symbol of his undying affection and finally win her over. Also he gives Jimmy his battle dagger as symbol of their new friendship. Confused he asks the minuteman what the year is. He tells him it's 1780, hearing this Jimmy is shocked. Because it seems that part of the woods has a some kind tear in the time and space continuum. Where the past and the present are taking place at the same time.

The Redcoat captain, and his men have found them again and start to chase after them again. The minuteman says they need to split up for now and to not forget what his problem is. Jimmy walks out of the woods and hears a loud honking. Turns out he's back in the present in time and almost get run over by a big transport truck driving by. He goes by to see Mr. Olshak at his shop once again, and Mr. Olshak identifies the knife as a minute's man's Knife from the American Revolutionary War and at first he offers to buy it from him for $150. Jimmy isn't interested in selling it he justs wants to know who the inscription is. Mr. Olshak reads it and it's says lieutenant (Lt. for short) William. Impressed with Jimmy's fascination in history he lends him one of his best history books, called "Historic Harrisville County", there he can find his answers.

Jimmy reads the history book in class, and find out the during the American Revolutionary War there was a battle for Harrisville. During the battle Lt. William was on his way to Harrisville to find his true love and finally confess his love to her. Then the British Redcoats captured him as an enemy and a spy and hung him to death on a willow tree and the tree is known as hangsman tree. The tree still stands there till this very day. Looking at the calender, Jimmy realizes that today is the very day the execution happened. Panicked and worried, Jimmy tries to leave class saying he needs to help his friend, but Mrs. Ritter won't let him leave until class is over.

After class, he meets with Josh and April who ask him where he was the other day, and that he never showed up to the resturant and also what has gotten into him lately. He tells them the truth, that the other day he wasn't looking for a contact lense, he was hiding from redcoats. Now they're going to capture and hang his friend Lt. William unless he can save him in time and he needs to guide him to Harrisville so he can find his true love. His friends think he's tired and stressed, and not thinking clearly.

Jimmy borrows Josh's Battery powered boombox and heads to the woods. April wants to go with him to help but he insists on doing it himself. When he gets to the woods, he finds that the redcoats have indeed captured Lt. William and are preparing to hang him, and the captain reads out the order of execution preparing to do so. Jimmy then hides in the bushes and turns on the boombox, the loud blaring music spooks and scares and startles the redcoats. While they're busy and distracted, Jimmy frees Lt. Wiliiam and tells him the path to Harrisville. Lt. William greatfully thanks him before leaving and reminds him that if he loves April, then he must tell her as soon as he can.

After Lt. William takes the path to Harrisville, the Redcoat Captain closes in on Jimmy and charges at him at full speed on his horse claiming he won't escape him again. Jimmy is running for his dear life. At the end of the woods April has arrived and he screams for her to look out and he grabs her and they fall to the ground and huddle. When they look up it's present time again and it's just some teenage girl riding her horse and she apologizes for almost running them over because she didn't know anyone was on the track.

Jimmy, says that he hope his friend Made it, April asks who? He says oh just a friend and asks her why she came? She smiles and says because she was worried about him and cares about him. He shows her the knife and magically the inscription changes from Lt. William to Capt. William. Showing that history has changed. Lt. William made it to Harrisville and got promoted to Captain. Also on the ground he finds a locket that might have been lost long ago and inside are too small portraits of William and Emilienne, hinting that he did get together with his true love. Jimmy now finally has the courage to confess his love to april and places the locket around her neck as a symbol of his love and they both smile.

Ending

After that Jimmy and April leaves the woods together happily holding hands. As the story ends Sam says that night Jimmy checked the book that Mr. Olshak gave to him; It instantly changed. The paragraph of William had changed. It said that he made it to Harrisville, proved his love to Emilienne and married her. As for Jimmy and April it can be guessed that they too got together, as they smile at each other and leave the woods together happily holding hands.

Then Sam ends her story, Kiki says cool, saying that she guesses history can be changed. Frank walks over to Sam and shows to her that he has a couple tickets to a concert and asks her to go with him. She apologizes saying sorry. Betty Ann says that Sam is already going with her. Gary smiles and says that they're both also going to it with him. They leave, and Frank is disappointed, Tucker teases him and says I guess you're history. Frank gets furious and chases after Tucker who runs away. Kiki puts out the campfire and leaves.

  • Will Friedle was very famous for portraying the older brother Eric Matthews in the series Boy Meets World. Later he would also be famous for voicing Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond.
  • Paul Hopkins he portrayed Lt. William later reppeared in the series again as The Lurker in the episode "The Tale of the Last Dance".
  • Joel Gordon, who portayed Josh previously appeared before in the series as Billy in the episode "The Tale of the Dream Machine".
  • Peter Colvey, who portrayed The Redcoat Captain previously appeared in the series before. He portrayed The Boyfriend, Mr. Ankers in "The Tale of the Full Moon".
  • Victor Knight who portrayed Mr. Olshak later reappeared in the series again. Next portrayed Professor Felix Barish in the series revivals episode "The Tale of the Photo Finish".
  • Rachelle Glait who portayed Mrs. Ritter, had previously appears in the series before. Previously she portrayed The Dark Lady/Phantom, in the episode "The Tale of the Super Specs".
  • First time Kiki put out the campfire.

  • Paul Hopkins as Lt. William
  • Kim Johnson as April
  • Joel Gordon as Josh
  • Peter Colvey as The Redcoat Captain
  • Victor Knight as Mr. Olshak
  • Rachell Glait as Mrs. Ritter

  • Will Friedle as Jimmy Armstrong

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