Friday, October 30, 2009

Fiction Friday - The Night Forest

Fiction Friday

I made this story for Halloween. It is a little bit on the scary side. Read it only if you are prepared to be afraid. If you don't think you can handle it, turn back now! If you think you'll be okay with it, have fun reading!

There is one thing I have never done before, until last night. I've told you about my adventures in the forest from all times of the day. That one thing I had never done though is to go out to the forest in the middle of the night. It was last night that I decided to change that. It became something I will now regret forever.

When I set out I took all of my usual stuff, including a flashlight. I figured I'd only use it if I needed it, because while you could see better with it on, you could also get caught easier when you weren't supposed to be there. These places I go are only open during the day. I didn't want to get into trouble, but my curiosity got the best of me, so off I went.

As I got there, I realized that I wouldn't have to use the flashlight for awhile because it was a clear night and the moon was shining enough for me to see well enough. I tried to take a few pictures but quickly realized that the camera wasn't going to pick up anything at all. It was a shame I wasn't going to be able to share this, but at least I would have the memories.

After walking for awhile, and as I got deep into the forest, it became hard enough to see that I decided to finally take out my flashlight. Besides, I didn't think anyone would see it while I was this deep in the wilderness. What kind of idiot would come out here to catch me? I was extremely proud of my own intelligence at that point.

Just as I was about to turn on the flashlight, I heard something very strange. It was coming from up ahead of me and it sounded like a low moaning. What could it be all the way out here? I decided I had to investigate this strange sound. Who wouldn't want to find out this mystery? As I got closer, it became clear that the moaning sound was human, and it was at least a dozen voices.

By this time I was becoming more than a little concerned. The moaning had become a steady chanting sound, and I didn't like it one bit. I was sure I would be all alone when I came out here, and now I was greeted with this deep scary chorus of voices. For some odd reason I never thought of turning around and leaving. I decided to find out what was happening.

I was now glad I never turned on the flashlight. I slowly crept forward towards a place where I knew there was a large clearing in the forest. That was a good thing, because it was so dark that I could barely see my own hand in front of my face. A little farther on I began to see a light. It was coming from the clearing, and so were the chanting voices.

I moved just to the edge of the forest and peeked through the branches of the bushes in front of me. What I saw too strange for my own eyes to believe. The voices were coming from twelve black robed human shapes. They were each holding hands with the two next to them to form a complete circle. As they moved from side to side, they were all looking to the center of the circle where the light was coming from.

The chanting began to grow louder, but I couldn't tell if they were actually saying any kind of language. It was just then that I noticed another robed figure, but this one was standing in the very center of the circle. I figured I could see it because that one was probably taller than the others. I watched as that one just stood there in one spot. It seemed to be looking at all of the others.

After a few seconds I got another shock. The middle figure seemed to grow even taller than it was before. I thought there was no way this tall thing could be human! It must have been almost twice as tall as any of the others. I was now so scared I couldn't move! Still, I knew I wanted to keep watching what they were doing.

Then all of a sudden, as quick as a flash and with a snap of its head, the tall figure whipped its head around in my direction! I knew that it was looking right at me. And it was the eyes! The eyes glowed a horrible blood red! Those eyes seemed to be able to see right into my soul! I thought I was going to die right there! How could I not drop dead from fright?

Noooo!!! It was instinct that drove me! Without any human thought left in my head, I jumped up from my formerly hidden position and turned and ran through the forest towards the front of the park! I had to get out of there! I couldn't see anything in front of me, and I quickly ran right into a tree! Bam!

I hit so hard that I bounced off the tree and fell onto my back. I was so afraid though that I jumped right back to my feet, disregarding the thought of injury. I renewed my flight to safety out of the forest. I had many similar incidents as I stumbled my way out of the forest and to my awaiting truck. I jumped in and sped towards the safety of home!

I began typing all of this almost as soon as I got in the door of my house, so excuse any mistakes or typos. I'm now looking at what I have written, wondering what is going to happen next. That horrible creature saw me, I just know it! Oh God, what am I going to do!

(This was a work of fiction. That means this did not really happen to me. Yes I have visited the forest late at night before, but I have never seen anything like this... yet!)


  1. Hi Ratty, I loved your story! Perfect for Hallowe'en too. I can imagine this continuing, maybe a part two. Loved the bam of running into the tree. Forests at night are scary, whether we are tree lovers or not! :-)

  2. Great holloween tail!!Thanks for the fright at night!!!!!

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, this was the perfect Halloween tale. I'm glad I read it in the light of day, not during my sleeplessness last night! This could be just the beginning.

  4. You should have closed your eyes while running for your life. Let your instinct to guide, but not your foolish eyes, in the dark.

    For me, I am not going to follow you entering the forest in the dark.

    The tree spirits must be as fierce as the bosses. Erggggg...

  5. Well, that was fun Ratty, but if you had really seen that sight you might very well have dropped dead from fright I know I would have.Happy Halloween.

  6. Yes Ratty, we saw you and we must protect our secret at all costs. You can run but you can not hide

  7. Thank goodness you had that super tiny print at the end that said it was fiction ! Whew!!

  8. I would not going into the forest at night! The pictures are quite spooky, and the story is great, Ratty!

  9. You goofball! I think you hit your head on a tree.

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  11. Good story Ratty, the forest can be scary at night if our imaginations run wild. Having spent many nights camping in the wilderness I have seen and heard things I can't explain. One or two of those things I really don't want to know.