Opaquias – A Mystery

by Feb 7, 2005Stories

“Huh… what?” I spun around. I just heard the weirdest noise, like someone was walking right behind me. I studied the landscape around me, then walked on.
“I’m never going hiking again by myself.” I made a mental promise. I was pooped, alone and it was getting dark. Not a good combination when I’m hiking in the woods.
“Crack!” The noise shattered the stillness that had fallen around me. I spun around again, and again, I saw nothing.
“Maybe I should run the rest of the trail.” Imuttered to myself. Being a coward and scared out of my wits, I didn’t want to stick around. Besides I don’t want to be walking in the dark, alone.
“Thud…Thud,” Another noise.
“Running, yes running is good!” I started running. I tried not to pay any attention to the noises behind me. All I heard was the pounding of my feet, and the pounding of my heart.
“Keys! Where are my keys!” I fumbled around in my pocket for my car keys as I was running. The noises were getting louder now. The sooner I found my key, the sooner I could get in my car.
“Gotcha!” I closed my fist around my key, so as not to loose it while I was running. Just as the sun was slipping away behind the trees, I reached my car. I unlocked the door, hopped in my purple convertible, and when safely inside, I locked the door.
I heaved a sigh of relief. I put the key in the ignition and turned on the heat. It was then that I realized I was cold. I was shaking so hard, I could hardly find the button for warm air. To calm myself down I took a look in the rear view mirror. Bad idea. There was a lump, a big black lump, and it looked like it was standing at the edge of the forest. I froze and watched for a couple of minutes. After a while, it turned and went back into the forest.
“Weird.” I muttered as I pulled out of the parking lot.

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