The group are shortly joined by Detective Stubbs and uniformed members of Arkham PD. The authorities want to know what’s been going on and where Ebden is; the investigators have managed to concoct a story that’s the best they can offer under the difficult circumstances. Stubbs sees through their flimsy construct and warns the group to be on their guard and to not cause any significant disruptions around town less he informs the police commissioner and the mayor. Sheepishly, the group decides that it’s in their interest to make themselves scarce and leaves the Arkham Mental health Centre.
After a quick discussion the Delta Green team choose to drive over to Arkham General Hospital to check in on Edward. The team lead has gradually been recovering his sight, albeit periodically suffering from horrendous and sinister visions. The group update him as to what transpired at the Dean settlement and what had recently happened with Eve; meanwhile, Tricia Dano, the Eagle Bond investigator who has been recovering from two gunshot wounds, overhears the Delta Green team talking about Eve across the ward. Tricia gets up from her bed and approaches the other investigators, demanding to know their connection to Eve Williams. After a short debate Tricia manages to convince the team that she can be of use to them has she has extensive background knowledge of the case. Edward also decides that even though he’s not 100% recovered it’s better if he rejoins the investigation.
After Tricia and Edward release themselves from the hospital the enlarged group returns to the motel where they spend a considerable amount of time considering their next move. After much discussion Edward decides that the surest bet is to go after the book in Eve’s boyfriend’s possession. The investigators persuade Eve to call Chris on his mobile and after a few attempts he does answer. The young athletics student sounds distant and strange but he reveals to Eve that he is at home, although he is not willing to have her visit him there, stating that he is busy. The group questions Eve as to where Chris lives – which turns up to be at his parent’s house in a wealthy part of town; his father is a banking executive while his mother is a realtor. The group decides to leave Eve at the motel and head out to the house.
A short time later the team are parked down an opposite street and have eyes on the fine-looking detached colonial townhouse; it has a low stone wall running around its generous front and back garden and they can see a classic trans-am parked out front. There are no obvious signs of life from the house and the team considers how best to approach it and after a lengthy debate over the possible options Edward makes a command decision. It is rapidly getting dark and the team heads off to Arkham House of Pizza to feed themselves and to pick up a decoy pizza; they duly return to the scene and Evan walks over to Chris’ house with a pizza in hand while the rest of the team watches from the van. A strange thing happens as he lets himself onto the premises through the wrought iron fence and rapidly approaches the front door – he suddenly slams into something and staggers back from the impact. Using a pen and probing the air in front of him the investigator discovers that an invisible barrier blocks access to the house; there is also a terrible and awfully familiar smell emanating from somewhere close by but in the dim plight he is unable to discern the source. Unable to progress further he returns to the van and briefs up the team about what he has discovered. The team decides that they will need some additional supplies to deal with this bizarre situation and head off to a gas station where they buy cans of shaving foam and a couple of fire extinguishers.
Once more the team returns to Chris’ house, but this time they reverse park the van right up to the front gates and Earl and Eric enter the front garden; Tricia and Evelyn make a circuitous route through the woods that back onto the property and reach the back wall of the garden. The two girls enter the grounds with varying degrees of success but are quickly stopped in their tracks when they spot another tree monster stood motionless on the other side of the garden. Meanwhile, at the front, the guys have discovered that the barrier surrounding the house appears to be dome shaped thanks to the use of the shaving foam and throwing stones. Once made aware of the tree monster the Earl and Eric return to the van to don the flame thrower while Tricia and Evelyn quickly return via the opposite side of the house. Earl stealthily approaches the monstrous entity which remains stock still up until the point where the investigator uses the flame thrower on it. Earl and Eric’s use of the formidable weapon is problematic at best and while they do manage to inflict some significant damage on their unearthly opponent they do also manage to set fire to Evan’s legs – something which proves that their decision to buy fire extinguishers was a wise one. As they battle the monstrous creature and back it further into the garden something odd happens – a raised male voice is heard coming from the backend of the house which is shortly accompanied by a jet of intense flame than descends down on the tree creature and bathes it in a ball of fire, sending it running, screaming, smashing out through the back wall and into the dense woods behind.
Gathering themselves, Eric and Evelyn race round to the back of the house but can only see an open window on the second floor of the house and still no lights or any sign of life. The two investigators quickly determine that the invisible barrier has now gone and they can approach the house. Eric lithely scales up a drain pipe and enters the open window, finding himself in a master bedroom that appears to have had significant amounts of household items just dumped in it. Evelyn smashes a pane out from the French windows and lets herself into the back of the house and is bold enough to turn on a light switch revealing a very mundane interior before her; everything is now stony silent. Tricia decided that she will help the other two investigators and lets herself in through the unlocked front door and quickly joins the others on the top landing. They probe one of the nearby rooms and discover Chris’ bedroom. Evan meanwhile bandages up his burns the best he can and prepares to return to the fray. Taking stock of what’s going on Edward, who has been monitoring everything in the van via head cams is disturbed by the fact that no one in the neighbourhood seems to have noticed the huge commotion that has just occurred – things are definitely not right here.