I apologize for being M.I.A… I am going to try to post a blog twice a week. Then when October comes creeping by, I’ll post once a day to detail different spooky encounters I’ve had in my life. Until then, here is a little something for you to read. It is a short story I threw together. Any feedback is welcomed!
It was late in the evening and I was at my grandmother’s lake house. The living area has two huge sliding glass doors that look out into the lake itself. In view, you could see the trees that surround the lake as well as my grandfather’s boat and the neighbors boat. The walkway is mostly stones of all sizes and eventually turns to just sand until it meets the dock. My grandfather always retired from fishing around six in the evening, and his neighbor turned in a few hours after that. The kitchen was opened and next to the living area. The light was always so dim, with almost a dingy yellowish color. During the day it was fine because we got natural light from outdoors, but during the evening and through the night, it was a bit off-putting.
I would always grab some popcorn, sit in front of the television and watch crazy shows with my brother and sister. This night was like every other night. We were watching something about Bigfoot and my sister let out a gasp. It must have been around seven o’clock or so. We stared at her as her gaze was fixed on the glass doors. “Someone is on grandpa’s boat!” We turned and saw a male figure searching around his boat. We couldn’t make out who it was, but knew it wasn’t my grandfather. I tried to shrug it off as my neighbor as they would always share things. Maybe he just needed more bate or something. Then my sister quickly pointed out that Frank, our neighbor, was in his boat packing up. We watched, squinting our eyes, trying to figure out who the man in my grandfather’s boat was. My brother pointed out that Frank didn’t seem to notice this guy. My sister and I quickly grabbed flashlights and made our way to the boats. When we reached the docks, Frank greeted us.
“Hey girls. What are you two doing out in this hour?”
“We saw someone on our grandfather’s boat. He seems to be looking for something.” Frank scratched his head as I made my way past him to the boat.
“Hold on. I saw your grandfather go back inside a while ago.”
“We know.” My sister scoffed. “He fell asleep in his room. We want to know who is on the boat.”
“Well, I’m not letting anything bad happen to you girls. I’ll come too.” He grabbed his handgun and walked with us on the boat, all the while my brother was watching from inside. We searched the entire boat and found no one. Frank scratched his head and sighed. “Are you certain you saw someone?”
“Yes, we saw him. He was looking through grandpa’s papers.”
“What in the world?” Frank was confused. “Maybe this joker heard you two and took a swim. Only, I didn’t hear the water splash. Did you?” We agreed that we didn’t hear it either. It told us it was best if we all went inside and locked the doors. “We can check out the boats in the morning – make sure nothing is missing or out of place.” He walked us up back to our grandparent’s home and went straight to his.
When our eyes met my brother’s, we saw something in him that we’ve never seen before. “Jack, you okay?” I asked.
“The man vanished into thin air. I swear I saw it!” He screamed prompting my grandmother to come to check on us.
“You kids and your crazy shows. Stop with that imagination. Nothing is out there.” She scoffed.
“Grandma we all saw the man.” My sister insisted.
“I think you three had a long day. Why don’t you head to bed? Oh, and Gracie, don’t forget to take out the trash for me sweetie.” I groaned. Being the oldest sucked. She always said, if Jack were older, he would take out the trash, but he was only nine.
It wasn’t too bad outside. The breeze was always nice. The trash cans weren’t too far, but I couldn’t help but feel like I was being watched. As I dumped the bag into the can, I ran back to the glass doors. Something in me told me to turn around before heading back in, and something else said “Don’t look”, but of course I chose to look. The man was standing on my grandfather’s boat with his arms on his hips. He wasn’t looking at me, but off to the side of the house. The wind picked up, and I looked in the direction he was looking in. Not seeing anything, I opened the door and went inside all while keeping my eyes on him. Once I closed the glass door, he walked in the direction of the water, and I couldn’t see him anymore. I wondered if he went into the captain’s den of the boat. Then it hit me, he was darker than the sky itself. Even his clothes. He was just a silhouette – yet so solid. “Gracie!” I let out a small yelp and my sister laughed. “Geez, it’s only me.”
“Don’t do that to me, Cee!” I grabbed my heart and took a breath.
“Did you see him again or something?”
“Yeah…” I shivered and looked away from the glass door.
“Yikes! Well, next time ask me to go with you.” She smiled. “Anyway, I was hoping I could sleep by the wall tonight. I’m still nervous about what we saw.”
“Did you notice how dark he was?”
“Yeah, I thought it was just me.”
“You can sleep by the wall. I’ll probably be up for a while.” I was not wrong. My grandparents had this lake house for about ten years and all my life, I have never seen this man. I wondered why I would see him now? Why haven’t we seen him before? What was he looking at?
It must’ve been about one in the morning when I finally got some sleep. Lucky for me, my sister didn’t wake me when she got up. At noon, my grandmother told me to stop being lazy and get some fresh air. So, I went outside with my brother and sister. To my surprise, my grandfather was talking to Frank about his boat and how nothing was missing, just moved around. He even found a necklace and bracelet that looked like they belonged to some little girl. He asked my sister and me if it were ours and they weren’t. Frank expressed to my grandfather that we saw someone on the boat to which he became angry. “Why didn’t you girls wake me?”
“Dave, I searched your boat with them. No sign of the guy.”
“Well, I’ll stay up tonight and see what’s going on.” Three days would go by without any sign of the man, so my sister, brother and I ruled it off as we were all just being silly. My grandfather blamed the moved objects on the wind and left it at that. He never did have an explanation about the bracelet and necklace, but we didn’t question him.
The weekend before our parents came to pick us up, we decided to stay out by the lake. My grandmother went inside to make some fresh lemonade, while we hung out near the boat. My sister and I heard a sigh coming from on the boat. We assumed it was my brother at first until we heard it again. It was a long drawn out a sigh. My brother had no words, he just ran as fast as he could back to the house. My sister and I backed away from the boat and looked up at it. The figure was there again. “Where is she?” I wasn’t brave enough to speak, but my sister was.
“My daughter…I told her not to go too far. Where is she?” He sounded like he was crying, but we couldn’t see a facial expression. My heart thumped so hard, that I couldn’t even swallow. My sister turned to look at me and I stared back at her. “Where is she?” We heard again. We turned back to look at him, but now he was standing right in front of us. We both screamed in terror and ran back to the house as fast as we could. Frank and my grandfather came bolting out of their homes ready to fight when we all stopped dead in our tracks. A bright light came from around some trees. The glow was super intense.
“I’m here papa.” We all glanced around before running and shutting the glass doors. Frank followed us in.
“What in the hell?” Frank screamed in shock. That was the last time we went to the lake house.