Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico few decade ago I learned a few thing about life. Like, life is short in order to live something behind for the world to know that you were here, once you are gone. So, the first thing I did after high school was to join the military. There I begin to live my mark on history. I served for eleven years went to the Persian Golf for Dessert Storm and left the service. Then I worked in a hospital belong to the Veteran Administration in San Juan. I retired from the federal government in 2015. I have always been a dreamer and used to create stories in my head but never put them on paper or in this case on the cyber space or computer. I had written few poems and short stories you can read on my site. My first language is Spanish but I love to write in English. So, I am learning on the go; how to be a better writer. I have a great imagination and stories some how come easily into my head. I am writing my first novel and hopefully get publish next year. In the meantime I keep writing short stories on my blog for people who love to read in this busy world we are living in, but have not time. You can read my stories in a short period of time. So, they are not time-consuming. I will continue writing for the people willing to read my work. If you find an error in my writing; remember what wrote before about where I come from and my first language. Thank you for you time.
During a foggy moonless night Robert Mathew walk thru the swampy ground lighting his way with a torch made out of an oil wet rag. Scared out of his mind, he continue walking, thinking about all the scary tale he had heard about the stinky marsh he end off due to a stupid bet. The wet land full of dangerous night creature wasn’t a place to be in pitch darkness ; specially alone. An owl made a creepy noise; when he saw his big round yellow eye in the dark he almost shit on himself. Robert walk faster his leg felt like yellow, he quiver but it wasn’t cold since it was summer. He said to himself in a loud voice, “that fucking owl frighted me to death” and laughed. He didn’t see all the eyes hiding in the bushes looking at him; preys and predator of the swamp on the look out some to stay alive other for an easy meal. Every step into the marsh was one pace onto unknown territory. He has gone so far inside the vegetated area that he didn’t know how to get back without the map. The one Tom gave him to follow a route mark on it. So, he can complete the task and win the bet. Ten thousand dollars prize for a night work is easy money, he thought at first, but now doubts came to his mind. He thought, “Is it worth to risk my life for few miserable dollars?” His brain wander from one thought to another, “what’s the purpose of doing this, what Tom want him to accomplish?” His head has a lot of question for which he didn’t has the answer. The test supposed to last the whole night there were check point where he has to stop along the way to pick up proof of being there.
Robert reached the first check point where he sat on the dried earth; eat fruits, a piece of bread and washed down with a cup of coffee. while he rest his tired body something caught his eyes; it look like a human headless torso. He jump to his feet, walk to it, what was there turn his stomach upside down. Human part were sparse all over the place and it look like it have been there for a long time. The body was surgically dismembered so it wasn’t an animal kill. Somebody with knowledge of human anatomy butcher the victim. He thought about going back to report the crime but greed got the best of him. Robert thought, “I report it when I finished the cadaver won’t go anywhere.” He continue the route draw for him by his friend. His fear was gone and he feel comfortable and sure of himself. “The unpleasant part of the trip is over,” so, he thought. A howling of a wolf brought him back to reality and fear ran up his spine. Then he knew the grave of his situation. The place is full of predator who could eat him plus a murderous psycho was on the loose. A horrible thought came to his mind, “what if Tom is the killer after all he used to help my father in his butcher shop. Then he became an orthopedic surgeon.” He disregard that immediately they have known each other their whole life. Robert stop to pull out a pistol from his back pack for protection. what was happening around him make him nervous. He went to find the next site mark on the map.
The humid air in the heat of a summer night dehydrated his body. He has to drink plenty of water to prevent fainting in the marsh and end off in the belly of a predator. Robert continue down the trail to his next check point. Noises from wild boar, coyote, wolf, owls, and other creature can be heard in the distant. He tumble on something. It was a lifeless human body with the extremities separated from the trunk. Now he was afraid because look like it was the work of a serial killer. He forgot about the bet; turn around and follow the map back to the town. Robert didn’t realize he ran back thru the swamp and has lost most of his equipment. Near the edge of the marsh he stop to catch his breath. The closest police station was one mile from the wetland. Exhausted from the journey thru the woods he collapse in from of the police front desk. The officers pick Robert up and sat him on a chair, called the paramedic and hydrated him. The rescue team came check his vital sign and told him what he already knew it was fatigue from the long distant ran. Once he gain conscience the police ask him what happen. He explain his finding to the officer and the case were assigned to two homicide detective.
Sergeant Thomas Hicks and his partner Chris Calking have the case assigned to them. They interview Robert about what he saw in the marsh. Officer hicks ask him to tell him everything from the beginning. While Calking stand in the corner watching Robert every move and gesture. He began, “A friend of mine called Tom Richards let me a note with a map indicating that he will pay me ten thousands dollars if I follow the instruction on the paper.” Do you still have the note? Ask Hicks. “No I lost most of my equipment on the way here including the map and the paper with the direction,” replied Robert. “The note said that I have to go to five check point in order to win the bet. He also let me a back pack with all I need for test.” Officer Hicks look at him incredulously, it was the nature of being a detective you have to be suspicious of everybody. Robert continue with his declaration which they recorded in a cord cam. “I walked the path mark on the map. When I reach the first stop I saw a human headless skeleton trunk and looking the surrounding I found body parts all over the area.” “The strange thing is that they were removed with surgical precision.” Hicks stop him and ask, How do you know the body was surgically dismembered?” Robert said, “I Had a doctorate degree in medicine.” “I see,” replied Hicks. Detective calking took his own note to compare them with the mental note his partner was taken. “what do you do after you saw the human remain?” ask the detective. “I kept walking down the trail to finish my task and win the prize,” Robert answer. “Why you didn’t come to report the crime immediately?” Officer Culking interrupted somewhat angry. “I want to win the ten thousand dollars. I guess greed got the best of me.” He replied. So, what happen then? ask Hicks. “I found another body down the trail and ran back here to report it.” “Can you take us to the crime scene?” He said, “yes”. Ok, let me get my gear ready.
The two detective grab what they need to go find the crime scene in the swamp. Daylight has come so it was easy to get to the site. Along the way they found the written note, the map, and the rest of the stuff Robert has lost. Hicks look at the map and saw another check points drawn on it. He put the map and the note in a plastic bag for future reference. They arrived at the first crime scene marked and called a forensic team to gather evidence. Then, move to the second site and found other mutilated body. Sergeant Hicks realized that the location of the bodies coincide with the check point on the map. He let the crime scene investigator know the location of the second body. They went looking for the other three site. The putrefied stench of decomposing flesh impregnated the air. They saw in the location a ripped apart female body no fully disintegrated. Now, they knew it has to be a very disturbed serial killer. The sergeant called for back up to search the marsh for more victims; starting with places mark on the map. Two more bodies were found in the last locations. The detective let the forensic and police officer search and process the multiple crime site.
Back in the interrogation room they ask him about his friend Tom because it seem he didn’t exist. How do you meet this friend of yours? Ask Hicks. “I didn’t have friend growing up only Tom. He live next to my home but we meet secretly because my mom didn’t want me to have friends.” Tell me about you mother? The detective ask. “She was a very strict witch I didn’t like her a bit.” “Always telling me what to do and keep me lock in my room.” “I didn’t know what happen to her; one day she disappear and I never saw her again.” Robert told the detective. What about you father? Hicks ask. “He has a butcher shop and let Tom and I help him in the shop. He is the best.” “Do you mean he still alive?” “Yes, he is in Rose Mary Home care but he has Alzheimer.” “It is a long-term home for the elderly.” “Yes, I know what it is,” said Hicks. “You and Tom used to help you father cut the animal in the butcher shop.” “Yes, he taught us how to do it.” “So, you and Tom will know how to dismember a body?” “Yes sir, but you don’t think we have anything to do with those murders.” Robert said. “It is to early in the investigation, so, everybody is a suspect.” “Now tell me more about Tom; when you see him last.” “I don’t remember; he let the map and the instruction on my home desk along with the ten thousand dollars.” “Oh, I see. You haven’t seen him or talk to him in a long time.” “Yes, that’s correct,” replied Robert. “Ok, I will corroborate all the information and I will get back to you so don’t leave the town.” Detective Hicks told him and let him go. “The case is clear,” he thought, “but I need evident.”
The forensic and search team found six human remain so far but have to stop because it was getting dark. They will go back the next day to cover the rest of the area. In the meantime the forensic were trying to identify the victims. They were all female about the same built, age and characteristics. when they assemble the bodies there was strange thing; all of them were missing a different bone. One didn’t have the skull, other missed the forearm, another a leg and so on. That mean the perpetrator have taken souvenirs possibly to revive the experience or something worse reassemble a body out all the different victims. They put faces to all the victims except the one without skull which it look like it was the first victim. After a search of the missing person data base they came up with the name of all the victims except one. The first victim because it didn’t have a head to put a face on it. All of them were drug and kill the same way. He cut the femoral artery and let them bled out. Then remove all body parts with surgical precision.
The search of the dumping site begin early in the morning. The police and forensic team cover the rest of the area. They found six more corpse in pieces like the others. The look every inch of the marsh for evident but there were none. They took the remain of the victims to the morgue for further analysis. All of them have similar body structure. The last six were also identified from the data base. Who ever was the killer started with the first headless corpse. That’s the clue to solve the crimes the forensic examiner told Hicks. He said, “I believe the first victim is the mother of the person who found the first two bodies.” “He told me his mother disappear and no-one have seen her again.” “I have her DNA but I need something to compare too,” Said the examiner. “Ok, let me see what I can do.” “I need you to contact the victim’s families for closure.” “I will call them,” said the detective and walked out of the morgue.
Hicks and Culking went to the county judge for a subpoena to check Robert house for evident and DNA to compare to the headless corpse. After checking the documents were in other he signed. The two detectives thought Robert was the murderer but have to prove it. They drove to an old brick house at the end of meadow street. Knock on the door three-time until Robert open it. “Good morning, Mr. Robert with have an order to search your house.” Detective Culking said and gave him the document. He read it and let them inside the house. While Hicks interview him the rest of the police officer search the place. “Do you have anything belong to you mother like hair brush?” Ask Hicks. “Yes, her room haven’t been touch in case she come back.” He respond. “Can you take me to her room?” “Sure come this way.” They went of the stairwell walked to the end of the hallway enter a room. It look like nobody has put a foot in the bedroom for a long time. Dust and spider web were every where you look. Hicks walked to her vanity drawer where he found a comb, a hair brush and tooth-brush; put them in a plastic bag to examine the DNA. The officer didn’t find any useful evident in the house. Detective Hicks told Robert to contact Tom and tell him to report to police headquarter.
He called Tom who live four hours away, “Hello, who is it?” ask Tom. “Hi, It’s Robert.” “Hello Rob what can I do for you?” “The police is investigating a series of murders and believe you are a person of interest in the case. They want you to come to the police station for questioning.” “I haven’t been there in years who gave him the idea that I know something about it.” He didn’t wait for an answer and replied. “Ok, I will there tomorrow.” Said Tom and hung. The next morning Tom got inside a taxi in the airport and told the driver to take him to the police headquarter in Little Creek county. He got out of the car in front of the station paid the driver and went up the stairwell and inside the building. He ask the police at the front desk for Detective Hicks; that was the name Robert gave him. “Yes, he is here wait a moment.” He made a call and few minute later a tall man with square jaw came out and escorted him to an interrogation room. “Hello, I am Sergeant Hicks and you must be Tom.” “Yes, I am. Why you ask me to come here?” “Well, you friend Robert told us that you make a bet with him. He said you gave him a map and a paper with instruction to follow in order to win ten thousand dollars.” Hicks continue, “The problem is in every check point mark on the map we found human remain and that’s when you come a person of interest on the case.” “We found a total of twelve bodies in the swamp murdered by the same person.” “Oh, I see! you think I have something to do with it.” Said Tom. ” Let me tell you something I haven’t been in this town for more than ten years. I haven’t made any bet. I believe Robert is a very disturb individual due to his over protective mother.” “You said it wasn’t your map or instruction who lead us to those corpse? Ask Hicks. “That’s exactly what I am telling you.” Tom replied. “Ok, Let me verified you story and I will come back to you.”
Detective Hicks and Culking investigated the where about of Tom for the last ten years. Nothing out of the ordinary he worked in Dr. Perkins Memorial Hospital for the last fourteen years. Where he spent most of his time in the operation room. They talked to his peer and nurses and all said the same. He dedicated his time to the patient and the hospital. They describe him as a workaholic. That take him out of the suspect list. Hicks went into the interrogation room, “Dr. I am sorry to drag you here. You could go with my more sincere apology.” “Can I get you anything a cup coffee or a soda,” Hicks ask him. “No, thanks I have to get back to the hospital.” Tom said. “One more thing before you live; what can you tell me about you friend Robert?” Detective Culking ask. “There is no much to tell we were friend growing up but his mother keep him lock in his house. He grew up isolated from everybody else that make him a loner. I don’t know what else to tell you it have been a long time since I share time with him.”
They were back to the original suspect; Robert. “It is time to put pressure on him,” said Culking. “You are right let check if he owned other properties.” Hicks replied. The forensic called the investigators and told them that the DNA of the headless corpse was a match to Mr. Robert’s mother. During the investigation an apartment belong to his father came up. A new subpoena was issue for his father flat. The place was in an abandoned building close to the swamp. Sargeant hicks called Robert and ask him to meet him at the police station. Once he got there they drove him to his dad place. On the way he gave him the order to search the apartment. They found plenty of evident to link Robert to the murders. There was tissue, surgical tool, blood and a skeleton made of multiple parts. They read him his right and arrested him. He didn’t know what happen and was in shock. “I am innocent he cry out loud someone frame me.” He said. Agent Culking handcuffed him and put him inside the police car.
During the interrogation the two agent pressure him to confess but he maintained his innocent. “You kill all those women don’t denied; we got you by the nut. We have all the evident needed. All I want to know is why you did it.” Agent Culking keep pushing. Until something unsuspected happen. Robert got up from the chair grab Culking by the neck and said, “He doesn’t know anything I kill them all. He is a wimp could stand up to his mother so I murder and dumped her on the swamp.” Sgt. Hicks have to get him away from his partner. Culking was coughing and puffing until he calm himself. Hicks ask, “who are you?” “I am Tom. Who do you think I am? All those women remind me of that abusive mother of him so I end their life.” “Why you reassemble her with different parts? The detective ask. “I try to make a good woman out them that’s why I keep a body part of every one of them.” “Robert know you exist?” “No, when I take over the coward hide. I am his protector; like I said his a wimp.” “Oh right, don’t you go away I will be back in a minute.” Agent hicks said.
The detective when to consult the case with the Attorney General Assistant Mr Erick Gray. As soon he left the room Tom fainted and Robert emerged wondering what happen. He try to get up but this time he was chained to the table. Sergeant hicks returned with the attorney and ask, “Tom can you tell him what you told me?” Disoriented and confused he replied, “My name isn’t Tom; I am Robert, what kind a game are you playing?” He ask. “Guess what, you and Tom are the same person. You killed all those women even if you don’t remember.” Hicks said. The attorney said to the detective, “He has to be evaluated the department psychiatry to see if he can stand trial.” which he doubted.
Mr Gray called Dr. Norway a psychiatry specialize in multiple personalities to evaluate the suspect in question. He show up in the afternoon before two o’clock. While waiting for the evaluator Robert ate in ham and cheese sandwich and tastes like heaven because he hasn’t eat anything the whole day. The doctor ask detective Culking, “take off the handcuff?” He refused to take them off because Tom was a psycho. Then, he said, “I am take them off, but, I won’t live the room.” “Alright,” said Dr Norway. Robert sat in front of the doctor while he evaluate him. He introduce himself, “I am Dr. Norway and have couple of question to ask you. If it is ok with you. Do you know a person call Tom?” “Yes, he live in Little Lake County four hours drive from here.” “Have you see him lately?” “No, Dr. Norway but I talk to him on the phone yesterday.” “Do you kill all those women?” “No, I told them that it wasn’t me. I even take them where the body were.” “Oh, I see,” Dr.Norway said. Detective Culking tired off waiting interrupted the Doctor, “You know you kill them stop playing game or I beat the truth ou of you.” He didn’t learn first time. Tom came out grab him by the neck and squeezed so hard that his eyes almost pop out his socket. “I told you it was me who kill of those women. Robert didn’t have anything to do with it.” Two police men pull Tom away from Culking who ran out the interrogation room. The two officer cuff Tom to the table after seen what happen the Dr didn’t say a thing about the hand cuff.
“Tell me how you kill them?” ask the Dr. “first I drugged them drove to Robert’s father apartment close to the swamp. Cut their femur artery let them bled out and surgically remove all the extremities. Kept a part for my creation and dump the rest in the marsh.” Tom said. Do you have any sex with them? ask Dr. Norway. “Who you I think I am a degenerated pervert. I didn’t do such thing.” Tom replied. “Robert know what you did?” the Dr. ask. “No, he doesn’t know. I try to tell him with the map, note and the ten thousand dollars bet but the coward went running to the police and here we are.” “What can I do to talk to Robert?” “Nothing, you have to wait until I live.” “You told the detective Robert was weak and you protected him.” “Yes, I said he has always been a coward so his mind created me to defend him.” “Ok, That’s all for now and will come back later.” Said the doctor and left.
Dr. Norway told the attorney the defendant wasn’t able to stand trial. The best thing for him is to internalizing in a mental hospital. Robert lawyer and the attorney went in front of the judge where he pleaded guilty with the condition to be sent to a mental institution for the rest of his natural life. The family of the victims in the court room weren’t satisfied. They wanted the death penalty. In the hospital Tom took over and try to strangle one of the nurse. A family member of one of the victims have a plan to kill him. He has a syringe full of snake venom. He disguised himself as a hospital orderly and instead of injecting him with a sedative. He use the venom in that instant Robert resurface and begin convulsing. He died believing in his innocent and wondering who frame him.
Autor; Melito Santos
The unclean is always looking for fuel to keep his fire burning; looking for a lesser mind to bring innocent soul to commit terrible sins against God. Mark became one of those influenced by the underworld king. He leads a group of, unaware of what lure in the dark, young people throughout the path of perdition. Joey, a devoted churchgoers teen, come to him for advice because he has mixed feeling about religion. He told him that he has the right place to inducted the believer into the truth religion. Beelzebub’s puppet told Joey to bring the lost boys from the street to become God servant. Youngsters came every day to the new-found solution to their problem. Joey asks him when was going to be his time to go with the rest. Mark told him soon. After his work of bringing in the lost soul of this world. They came into the worshiper structure to never leave. In the silent of the night if you get close enough a sizzling sound like burning wood along with a heartbreaking scream can be heard outside. What it was nobody knows but something horrible happened inside. One day he brought a group of young people and stay around for a while; when he saw a boy not older that the one he brought in; running out of the temple with his inside hanging out of his body. Four masked people dress in black came from the inside and pull him in. Joey scared to death ran away from that evil place. His mind was full of question about what he has done. “What have I done?” he thought. He was clear of one thing; whatever happened in there was his responsibility. He felt like it was his doing.
Joey needs to find what’s going on inside with all those adolescents he brought to the place. He looks around the building for an entrance or a way to go in. While searching the area, he found a ten by ten feet square and twelve feet deep hole. The pit was full of decomposing human remain. Joey found a ventilation vent; crawled inside. What he saw was a grotesque Dante’s vision, the room was full of tables with human bodies spread eagle onto of them. The bodies were open the internal organs expose; the things is they were alive.
Mark; his mentor was giving orders to the new arrival. They look as if the were in a trance; drugged. They walked about like zombies but no aggressive like a real one. Dressed in a hospital, orderly dress, they harvest the organs put them in a beach coolers and mark them with stickers to identify what part of the body was inside, for example, a heart sticker used for the part it represents. Hiding in the air vent, Joey observed the whole process with wide eyes and nauseated. He thought, “I will burn in hell. I brought those kids to this inferno.” The organs were sold to the best bitter. The buyers knowing where the bodies came from were on their way to the fire pit of the Unclean as well.
Satan, the evildoers, has Mark commit atrocities to gain soul to keep his fire burning. He was clever. The newcomers, while induced in drugs, were used to cut open the young one; who had done that before to harvest other people organs. In the end, they all were sinner destined to the fire pit of hell. It was a good deal for the demon everyone loses. Mephistopheles was the only winner.
Every time one of the guys inside die his soul was put into the Devil’s fire in the center of the floor. The sizzling and the scream can be heard outside. The passerby hears the noise and the horrible sound of burning flesh, but they were afraid to investigate because there wasn’t smoke coming out. The building has a sinister look who scare people away. Night and day the soul burn in the fire, so the awful smell prevails in the area.
Joey felt responsible for all those souls he brought to this God forsaken place. He plans to do something about it. Confront Mark was out of the question; he is the evildoers. He decided to burn the whole place down. They were sinners as well as he. So, he was going to ensure nobody else falls in the scheme of Mark and his boss. At midnight when all of them were asleep. Joeys have a couple of five gallons can of gasoline with him. Open the front door carefully not to be heard walked into the building and saturated the place with the gas. He walked fifty feet from the door; light up a flare throw it inside, the building burst on fire. He walked around did the same thing with the corpse in the pit. He prayed for the soul sent to the road of perdition with his involuntary help.
The soul of the youngster burned that night inside the building went into the unclean fire pit except for Mark. He was promoted to the evil’s army of soul hunter. Their job was to induced human to commit horrendous crime and sins. It was the only way to keep the fire going. Mark turned into a devil-like creature. He belongs to Beelzebub for eternity.
Joey recluses himself in a monastery to pray every day, not for his forgiveness but for the souls he helps sent to the inferno. He decided to dedicate his life to fight Satan any way he could to prevent more innocent people from going to hell. He has a red of informant who keep him informed or anything abnormal in the area to disrupt the Devils plan to collect more soul. It was a way to compensate and not to redeem himself. His name changed to the Guardian of the souls.
The fog covers the valley on a moonless night; in the distant, a howling of a lonely wolf can be heard. The big owl eyes on the branch of a tree can be seen waiting for a mouse to run looking for food on the ground below. The scary sound of the night keep the Frightened people of the village away. A seven feet tall creature walked the swampy terrain in the forest. It has a curve backbone, hairy body, long claws, and a face like a monkey with a protruded beak. When the horrible looking thing move thru dirt the only sound you hear was the creature feet and his growl. In the darkness of the marsh, the animals close their eyes not to be discovered, and only a red inferno eyes could be seeing because everything was on the beast menu.
Six foolish men went into the forest to look for the creature which the legend, they had heard. They brought provision for the night; water, dried meat, beans, hot coffee, and weapons. You can see they were not expert because bringing flashlights to a place where the creatures have night vision, and you don’t is looking for trouble. The guys walked in the forest hoping to catch the beast for the purpose to become famous. The people of the town were not in danger unless they venture into the woods in the dark. The want to be hunters might end off being the prey; the monster saw them from afar. They separated and form a line eight feet apart to cover more distant not knowing that looking for the creature wasn’t necessary. The thing slashes the first one from the right shoulder to the left thigh, the cry of pain he made when the long claw penetrated his body and ripped him apart, alert the owls nearby and they flew away in panic. He pulled his first prey of his hunt by his left leg and pulled him into his lair in the swamp.
The rest of them heard the sound their friend made when he has been torn apart and ran in the wrong direction going deeper into the forest. The horrible thing went looking for them; now they have lost the courage and were desperate looking for a way out. One of the popped up hunters was crying like a baby because he tries to chew more that he can handle. The others were to scare to make a sound, but they were quivering like a bird in a cold, wet day. A tight circle was made for protection, but it didn’t matter the creature was fast, can climb the trees and pick them from above. They move together thru the forest looking for a way out of the woods. The second one was grab by the head and disappeared into the dark. This time he didn’t make a sound, so nobody knew; he was gone. The creature was saving his food for a later day. As soon the body was in the storage it returns for another. The third one while he was taking a pee found himself looking at his beating heart in front of him. The beast ran his claw thru his back ribs and ripped his body pump out of the body. He tried to yell in panic, but nothing came out he was already dead.
The others called each other’s name and realized they were only three of them left. Now they started running to the edge of the wooden area, a tall building can be seen in the distant over the trees. The last one looks back and saw those red inferno eyes watching him close behind and pee on himself. It didn’t do him any good, he looks again, but this time his body flew in the air and landed in two pieces. He saw his leg far away from his body trunk before dying. The other two run faster, but the beast kept following them close; it was not time to take his catch to the liar. The last two got their courage back and stood their ground to fight the creature, but it was worse less, they were already dead. The creature moved fast between the two and ripped both heads at the same time only their bodies were left to fight. Two lifeless bodies standing to defends their life that wasn’t there anymore. The ugly things belong to the devil’s gang; pick up his game and put them in the swamp pit for later.
Author, Melito Santos
Every day I walk close to a house in my neighborhood who give me the creepy. It makes out of brick stone with tainted glasses, a chimney, and a big wooden door. The trash and tall grass-covered the front yard. The gate makes out of steel was rusted all dangling from the hinge that holds them. Looking from the attic window was an old woman with sad eyes who stared at me every time I passed close to that awful place. I wonder what terrible secret might wait in that house. The other kids from the suburb where I live were afraid to get near the place. They said there is something evil hiding inside waiting for some innocent person to go looking for trouble. So, they stay away from that scary house.
They are naive I thought, there is nothing except that sad old lady in the attic. I will go into the place, not now, of course, I have to prepare before that; I have to make a plan for any inconvenience that could happen. I need to convince one of my friend from school to go with me. I don’t need a partner but a witness; someone who confirms my finding or better yet a person to record the whole thing in a recording camera. I won’t denied, scare me all the thing people said about that house but I gather all my courage and begin to prepare for the journey to the unknown.
First I talk to Thomas a rare kid who likes the occult and all sort of unnatural themes. He is tall for his age, has brown hair, and green eyes. Used to be along most of the time because he was kind of weird always talking about spirit, demon, and horrible creature. I think he wants to become one of those horror movie writers. I ask him. “Are you brave enough to accompany me to the scary place?” He asks. ” Why do you want to go into that house?” I respond. ” Curiosity, I want to discover what make people afraid of the place” ” If nobody wants to go inside must be for a reason,” He said. ” That’s what we are going to find out” I replied. He said. ” We, what do mean we!, I don’t have accepted to go in there!” ” But you will don’t you; after all, you like that kind stuff,” I told him. ” OK, I will go, but with one condition, you need to bring more people in,” he said. “It’s done” I replied. So, now we need more guys to come we us to the adventure.
The next day at school we gathered a couple of a student together and explained what are we planning to do and ask for volunteers to come. Some of them coward and walked away scared, but few of them showed courage and said yes we would join you guys. Karen, Joel, and the siblings Martha and Roger decided to come. Now, we will get together to make the plan and gather all the equipment needed. We divided the house into three sections since we were six, there will be two per area. We need some form of communication device that we will get from the school technology department. The sibling will bring the snacks while Karen and Joel have to get water and Thomas and I will get flashlights, batteries, and the other article needs it. I told them ” to bring a backpack with extra clothes and any personal thing and every individual need such as medication or personal hygiene items.”
None of them want to go during the school day, so we decided to go on Saturday. All the equipment need it was complete; now we have to wait for the next weekend. We were excited, it was an adventure inside our neighborhood, we fear the unknown, but at the same time, the excitement of the uncertainty keep us going. Karen begins to doubt about going. I ask her “what happen Karen.” She said “I’m scared it could be dangerous” ” Nothing will happen I assure you.” I said. ” How could you be so sure; no one has ever been inside that house.” She replied. “OK. I will be close to you the whole time” I said, and she relaxes. You can see the excitement of Joel always talking about the best way to access the brownstone house. He can’t wait to be inside the place. The siblings Martha and Roger didn’t say much, but you could see how enthusiastic they were base on the preparation of their baggage.
We were ready to go into the frightening structure, but there was one more day left. They argue about who going to be whose partner. We decided that Karen and I will go together, Martha and her brother, and finally Joel and Thomas. So, that’s how we were going to cover the three areas the fastest way. Karen and I will go to the top floor while the brother and sister take the second floor and Thomas and Joel have the first floor for themselves. We make the decision there were nothing else but wait until tomorrow night. That’s the best time to do it when nobody is watching.
The day has come the whole crew got reunited to go over the last few details before we go into action. We need to locate a way to go in the house without being seen. It has to be close to the ground for easy access probably one of the basement windows. We did a final check of the all the need it articles and equipment. Check flashlight, radio communicator, cell phone, and the rest of electronics; they all work fine. There was plenty of water, food, clothes, and blanket in case of an emergency. Since everything was in order, we will meet again at dusk in front of the house.
The sun went down in the horizon, and we were ready to go like if we were in one of those into the unknown adventures movies. We were excited and scared to death at the same time because only a fool go where nobody has been before without fear. Karen and I went first because the whole thing was my idea. We enter thru an open space in the gate, and everyone follows. We walked quite thru the tall grass until we were near the wall of the place. Then, try all the small window to the basement until one open. We look at each other I don’t know if it was of anticipation or consternation of what was ahead, but we were excited. One by one we went into the house, darkness surrounds us, a gush of air blow by like if someone knows we were there. We turned the flashlight on and started looking for the stairwell. We saw it, across the basement near of what look like to be an old wine cellar. We could see every corner of the place so nothing rare in here we thought.
We divided into three teams and went to our respective areas to look for whatever it was in there. We accord to meet in one hour on the second floor to discuss what we have found. Karen and I went looking for the old lady. I called ” hello anybody home” nobody answer. We keep looking for the third-floor rooms before going to the attic. A shadow passes close to us, and we feel a chill going up our spine and Karen begin trembling with fear. She said. “I told you we shouldn’t come,” I ask. ” Are you OK?” “Of course I’m not, you didn’t feel that someone is here and it is not human,” she replied and add. “This place is possessed I can feel it.” I tried to calm her down, but she was scared. We walked down stair to look for the rest on the second floor. We found Martha and her brother, but the other two haven’t arrived yet. The siblings were in shock they saw something I know for their face expression. I ask. “what happen, what’s wrong” they couldn’t make a sound or pronounce a word. I sat them down on two chairs nearby and gave them water. Then wait for them to calm down. They said, “we saw a room full of people, and they were burning” ” where is that room,” I ask. “It disappears,” Martha replied. Few minute later Thomas and Joel show up they look OK. We gather around to discuss what each one of us saw. Karen said. ” I want to leave right now something evil is in this place” The siblings caught their breath and said at the same time ” we are living, something wrong with this house.” “Wait a moment we haven’t got to the bottom of the mystery,” I said. ” We need to keep looking,” Thomas said. ” He is right we haven’t discovered anything.” Joel said, “I will stay until the end.” We were divided fifty, fifty so we flip a coin. Karen and the siblings won. We will leave the place. We walk to where the window and It wasn’t there. The whole baseman has changed; nothing was in the same place we left it. Now we all got scared to death!
The sad old lady came into view and said, ” once you come in, the house won’t let you leave.” She tried to tell me something else, but the wall pulled her inside. I examined the wall to see if it was a trick but was solid. Now, I almost piss my pants. We went looking for an exit out of this crazy house. That’s when it got worst the whole place begin to change; sometimes we were upside down, other time walking on the wall, the structure mold itself, and the gravity at will, it was weird. Then all the soul trapped in that place thru out the ages begin to appear in front of us. It was time to get out but how!
We looked every inch of the house for a way out but didn’t find any. “Hey, guys I believe we are trapped in here,” I said. “No shit Sherlock, Don’t you think we realize that,” Thomas yelled at me and then he said, “We need to solve the problem.” ” I am not staying in here forever like those poor souls,” Karen said. The siblings didn’t say anything but kept looking for an exit. Joel wide eyes remain fixed in the corner of the room staring at something we couldn’t see. Then, his face was pale like if he has seen something horrible. He screamed and began to move frenetically from side to side and collapsed on the floor. We ran toward him to check for vital signs, thank God he had a pulse and was breathing. We let him laid down recuperating from whatever happen to him.
We found a locked room and broke the door to get inside. The place had hundreds of shelves full of books. Karen and I search some of the books on the shelves looking for an answer to what was going on. The other were doing the same; trying to find a reason to why the house keeps people inside forever; like the old lady said. While Joel recuperate we read the books in search of a sign that helps us get out of this jam, we got ourselves in, or I got all of them in. It was a nightmare the room changing places, windows, and doors appear in places they weren’t before, it was chaos. Finally, Joel woke up and told us what he saw.
He said ” I saw in the distant row and row of spirit glued to this flames wall that ran for countless miles. The poor souls were yelling something I couldn’t understand. They were trying to tell us how to break the spell and set them and us free. A huge angry thing came inside my body, and I don’t remember anything else. I don’t remember what exactly they said, but I believe it was burn the heart” I told him to try to recall the moment. We keep searching the library for illumination, just a little light to put us in the right direction. There were so many books to look at that we need a miracle. It was like finding a needle in a haystack, no knowing what to look for in the place. We took a break to re-assess our situation and have some water and food.
After the brief rest, we continue searching the books for an answer to break the spell, or whatever keep us prisoners in the house. Then a rush wind came out nowhere and opened a book; an ancient one, that was on the bookshelf. We ran to the book and started looking for the solution to our dilemma. There was a chapter that talked about a wicked man who lives in the house and for his disgusting deed, he was cursed forever or until someone lifts the cursed. He, in turn, make a malicious witchcraft, so anyone who enters the house stays in forever to accompany him. It is written in the book that the man lure his victim into the house with a promise of a good meal. He put something in the food and after dinner was over the person felt asleep. While the victims were unconscious; he hangs them upside down and peels the skin of their body cut them into pieces for the next meal which he will give to his next victim or should I said his next meal.
The story is that a father looking for his son which has been lost for two days follow his track to the stone house in the grassland. The place didn’t have any near neighbors, so no one knew what happen inside. The man knocks on the door but nobody answer. He tried the nod, and it was open. He went inside quietly when he heard a noise coming from a room past the kitchen. Seen his boy hanging upside down with half of the skin peel off; broke his heart. He ran to cut him down, but before he reaches him, someone hit him from behind. As strong as he was, he felt on the floor but got himself up quickly. When the man tries to knocking him down, he holds to the stick the man has and hit him with it in the stomach, he felt in pain. The boy’s father kept beating him with the stick until he couldn’t anymore, and the human flesh-eating psycho was unconscious. The man lowers his son’s body from the hook and put him down on the kitchen table. Then went back to where the body of the man laid pick him up tied his feet with the same rope he has his son tied down and hung him upside down on the hook. He waited until the man regains his consciousness and cursed him to vague in the house without rest for all eternity and cut his wrist so he will bleed out. The man before he fainted makes a conjured to keep inside every soul that enter the house after his death.
The man took his son body to the family resting place and buried him there; went back to the house where the creepy old man was hanging cut his heart out; put in wooden crate sealed it and hid in the house. He was a religious man, so he said whoever find this heart and burn it will free his soul. He didn’t know that it wouldn’t be the only spirit his kindness will liberate. After all, it happens the man has such a good heart that he buried the body of the man who kills his only son; in that horrible manner. I said,” let’s go look for that crate.” Thomas ask, “where do we begin?” Martha propose, “we can go look for a sign, he has to left some kind of mark.” “That’s a good idea” replied her brother. We divided the group into the same three pair and went looking for a sign or mark.
The evil spirit somehow knew what we were up too and begin to attack us by throwing furniture, portrait, and all the things in the house around. He knew what will happen to him; if one of us set the crate on fire. He wasn’t going up like the rest of the trapped soul in the place. His destiny was to go down and burn forever in a pit of fire with the rest of the foul soul. There he will pay for his sin. So, he tried to kill us faster than the other he has murdered in the house. The siblings were the first, he chops their head up, while they look for the sign, with an ax that was on the wall as decoration. Karen saw it and begin to cry and to tremble in my arms. I try to comfort her, but it was impossible after what she saw. Joel and Thomas were searching the attic for the mark but didn’t find anything yet. While I was embracing Karen on a wall, I saw a drawing of a man hanging upside down. I let go her and went to the place and down on the floor was a loose piece of the wood.
I called the guys over, but they were evading all the thing the nasty ghost was throwing at them. A piece of glass on a table flew toward Joel and cut him in half. Thomas, on the other hand, was running for his life. I yelled at him, ” we found the heart.” He said, ” what are you waiting for set it on fire.” That was the last thing he said; before the ghost push him down the stair and broke his neck. I pull the splintered wood, and underneath was the crate. I pick it up and put on a table nearby and begin looking for matches in my backpack. The ghost was coming for Karen and us I don’t know where she got a bottle full of salt and threw it at him. The spirit disappears for a moment, and I had the matches in my hand. I took an oil lamp and emptied the liquid on the crate. The spirit came back. He was furious, but it was too late I light up the heart on fire. The ghost begins burning at the same rhymes of the heart and screaming. The house started shaking and blood coming from the wall like it was an accomplice of the evil man who once lives there.
A hole open up on the floor; you could see an underground passage full of souls burning. The condemned to hell, pull him down while he was crying and kicking his way into the fire of torment. Once he was gone the hole to the inferno closed, and we were relieved. Above a bright light came from heaven to guide the captive souls to the rightful place. We saw all the spirit going up they were too many to count. Karen and I left the wacky house but not before we set it on fire. Now, I know why curiosity kills the cat.
Author, Melito Santos
Deep in the forest inside a cave live a creature scary to look at; but kind of heart. A pleasant voice in the distant hypnotize the passerby and attract them close to the melody. All living things waited every night for the captivating sound to take them on a delightful journey thru the woods looking for the source of such a grateful voice. Nobody has found the owner of those lovely songs. Every time someone come close, the singing stop; aware of his look he hides inside his cave. He has a heart as kind and beautiful as his voice, but the physical aspect scares people and animals alike or at least that’s what he thought.
One night while he sings his heart away unaware of someone wandering close by, he continues. The girl hiding in the bush watch him without fear. In silent, the observer stays in the dark listening to him sing. She who has heard the stories about the sound in the forest remain quiet in the dark because didn’t want to scare him away. The maiden was a lovely lady who lives nearby. Every night before dusk she goes to her hiding place and waits for the singer to show up for his nightly concert of subliminal melody.
In a short time, Marlow, that’s his God giving name, became aware that someone hiding in the woods watches him every night since he didn’t want her to run away, he still calm and continue singing like if he was alone. In time, he got used to her present and didn’t bother him. One night she came out of her concealment, and the evasive singer went inside. He thought that she would find him repulsive because of his physical aspect. So she calls “hello, come outside don’t be scared” nothing happen. She was hard-headed and kept calling ” please come out I want to see you.” He looks thru a little hole undecided to go outside or not, but, curiosity got the best of him and stepped outside slowly covering his face. She came close to him and pulled his hand away from his face. She asks ” what’s your name,” he said, “I am Marlow. Aren’t you scare?” He asked. She said, ” why should I ?” ” because of the way I look” he replied. “No, what you have inside is more important,” she said. ” I thought that you will find me scary and ugly.” He said. ” The only ugliness I know is the one people has in their heart.” She replies. “By the way my name is Rhonda, and I live nearby.” “Ok. Will I see you tomorrow?” He asks. ” Sure, same time” She replied and left.
The next day she cleans the house, did the ditches, and all her chores in the house. Then walk into the forest looking for Marlow. She found him sitting on a rock near his hiding place. ” Hello, how are you this evening?” she asks. ” Here thinking about why life punished me with this horrendous face and body.” He replied. “Life give you the most delightful gift of all, a good heart, and an angelic voice for the world to enjoy.” She said. ” The whole world!” He replied afraid. “Yes, everybody should listen to your lovely voice” He immediately responded. ” No, that will be impossible, It won’t happen.” Then, disappear inside the cave. She stood outside thinking how to convince him and knew it would take a lot of effort on her part. An idea pops up; she would make him sing in front of the creatures of the forest. That way he will see that all the animals love his singing and don’t care about his physic. She went home to think how to implement her plan.
Early in the evening before Marlow daily concert start, She gathered all animals in the forest and explained what they have to do. The rabbit who is a fast runner but slow to understand kept asking when he has to come out of hiding. A fox nearby told him that she would give them a signal and continue listening what Rhonda has to said. She explained the whole plan. A great turmoil happens between the animals because at last, they will know at last where the delightful evening melody came. So, they will hide near the cave until he has sung a couple of songs. She will give a signal for them to come out. So, everyone was in place waiting for the musical.
The sun dimmed in the distant and Marlow came out of his home; he opens his mouth, the most seductive sound filled the surrounding; it was like being in heaven. Rhonda sat on a tree trunk mesmerize watching him sing that song. They look each other in the eyes and smiles tenderly like they knew one another for a long time. She couldn’t hold her emotion and start crying not of sadness but of happiness because the beautiful sound filled her heart. While they were engaged in a rapture; the animals hiding in the bushes were desperate to come out. So, without any gesture from her, all of them came out at once. This time he didn’t hide but kept singing his song. All the animals started to dance around him; it was a real animal party in the woods. Marlow felt so good for the reaction of the creatures that he sang all night long. Rhonda was happy for him, but still, she wants the people to hear him sing. Rhonda wants Marlow to get used to the outside world before trying to convince him to do a musical in the town theater.
First, she convinced the theater owner, to let an incredible singer who doesn’t like to be seen, to sing behind the curtain. The strategy to bring him to the light was taking shape. Now, she needs a public willing to go to hear an anonymous artist sing. She made bulletin to paste on the walls all over the town inviting the city people to a free musical in the theater. The residents were anxious to know who this unknown performer was, so all of them got a free ticket for the recital. Rhonda felt enthusiastic about how the scheme to take him out of his cave; was taking shape. Now, came the hardest part get him to accept singing in a place full of human being. They met in a clearing near his home. “How are you this morning,” she asks. ” I am fine.” he said.” What about you, where have you been?” he asks. ” Well, I was busy working on a project” She answer. ” What kind of project? something that I should know.” He asked. “In a way yes! But we can talk about that later,” she told him. ” Now, tell me how you would feel singing in front of a crowd of people,” she said disguising the emotion she felt. ” Are you crazy? What’s wrong with you. You Know the only person I can go near is you.” He replied. She tries to calm him down, but, he refused to calm himself and went inside the cave. Rhonda walks away thinking how she will convince him.
She went to a friend house and ask him if he could lip sync while a friend of her sing. He said. “Yes, of course, I would love too.” She replied, “Ok. He is a friend who doesn’t like to be seen.” ” Why?” Her friend ask. ” It’s complicated, you will understand one day.” She told him. The next day she talked to Marlow and explained her strategic for him to perform hiding behind a curtain. He thought about it carefully. Then he said. “Are you sure nobody will see me?” “I am certain.” She replied. ” Yes, I will do it.” He told her. So, It was done. Now she has to write the lyric so her friend can lip-sync without error and look natural doing it. Rhonda sat a long time with Marlow deciding what he will sing and write the songs on a piece of paper for his friend. She feels happy because the whole thing was going according to plan.
The owner of the theater and her pick a day for the presentation. Now, She will let the audience know the day of the function thru the local radio station. It was a windy summer night. The people came out dress with their best clothes. You hear them chatting about who was the mysterious singer. They were intrigued and that make the night out more exciting. Everyone went inside the auditorium sit down to wait for the show to begin. Marlow felt butterflies in his stomach, something he hasn’t felt before; his palm was sweating. He was a wreck. Marlow was thinking about running away. Rhonda arrived on time and begin to calm him down. Make him relax before he sings. The show was about to start everybody was in place. Rhonda’s friend came out to stage and lip-sync what Marlow sing hiding behind the curtain. The whole night continues as plan but all of a sudden something happens. Someone pulled the wrong rope on the stage and exposed the Beast to the audience.
The appearance of the singer caught them by surprise, but instead of rejecting him the audience gave him a standing ovation recognizing his talent. He didn’t hide but gave reverence to the public. Then he understood that beauty is something that you carried inside yourself. The kindness of your heart, your humbleness, and the way you treat your fellow human being. That’s the real beauty the one deep in his heart. He came out of the forest to live with the rest of the population of the city. He gained the love and respect of them for his inside beauty; his physic didn’t matter. Rhonda and Marlow still best friend and every evening they walk thru the park where he likes to sing.
Author; Melito Santos
The storm got stronger by the minute Louis has closed all the window, the doors, and was going up to check the attic. When the electricity went off; it got dark, he got a flashlight and continued up the stairs to the top. He closed the attic window and came down to the living room where everyone was gathering. The neighbors around the small sea town came to his home since it was the most secured. It was a fortress again this kind of nature phenomena. The population of the village was small about thirty soul total. Most of them live out of the fruits of the unpredictable sea. They knew each other, but it was like a dysfunctional family spying and talking about each other. Camille was preparing chicken soup for everybody with the help of Susan her close friend and next door neighbor. Louis married Camille a few years back and brought her to live on the island where his uncle who passed away last year; raised him. She didn’t like it there at the beginning, but get used to the place. Camille grew up in a crowded city with a lot of people around; so it took some time to adjust to the way of life in the small place. While she was preparing the meal; he was lighting up the chimney and couple of candles. Susan husband; Roger, the storyteller of the village, was in the middle of one of his sea adventure stories, half of the tell were a product of his imagination and the other part came from the experience he had. He stopped when they served dinner and will continue after coffee and dessert.
In the meantime, the water was pouring down hard, and the sea was pounding against the coastline. You could see the fishing boat dancing like marionettes close to the dock. They all finished eating and sit around to listen to the storyteller. He continues to tell the story about a Delfin defending his father against a Shark. He said. ” It was an early morning when the sea turns violent; my dad felt off the small vessel, and a shark near him came to take a bite, but out of nowhere appear a Delfin who dive under the water and hit the shark on the belly hard. He hit it so hard that he came up two feet out the water. His father was so scared that almost drown, but kept trying to get in the boat. The shark has recuperated try to attack his father again; the Delfin hit the monster once more time on the side. I was worried about my dad safety that I got my dad pistol out; a .45 cal. Pistol, and shot the shark between the eyes. His father finally got in the boat on time because other sharks smell the blood in the water and came for the prey. Then he said. “That’s how my father survives a shark attack.” It’s credible one of the guys told the man beside him, and both laughed.