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 Post subject: "The Ghost of Wolf Pinnacle"
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 6:58 pm 
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Here's an excerpt from the middle of a story I wrote a few months back. It is about several college students who are on a canoe trip. They camp near a mountain allegedly haunted by a werewolf. In this excerpt they have been driven from their camp by an apparition. Two of the group have disappeared. The others find something very mysterious--and dangerous.

Nik aimed her beam up the trail the way they had come. “I don’t see anything.”

“I’m not going back to that camp!” Heather asserted.

Now Lindy shone her light down the trail in the other direction. “We should keep going until we meet Jack and Glenn. We’ll all return to the camp together.”

“Where are the guys, anyway?" Nik wondered. "We should have run into them by now.”

“They must have gone all the way to the sawmill. If Glenn’s estimate of distance was about right, we should be there soon ourselves.”

A few more minutes of walking brought them to a large clearing. It was more or less clear, anyway. There were some saplings and briars here and there. Mostly the ground was covered with tall grass. It looked like the area might be a patch of natural meadow.

By her light Nik saw a tumbledown structure of some kind. It had literally tumbled down, leaving only a pile of broken lumber with the remains of a sheet-metal roof resting atop it. “It looks like we’ve found our sawmill!”

They walked on a little farther. The trail across the meadow led them to another structure. It did not have much to it—just a roof on a set of stout posts. They had been stout at one time. Now they looked very weak and worn by the elements.

Nik examined it by her light. She saw nothing beneath the roof but grass and brush. Here and there a piece of trash dropped by some visitor disfigured the scene.

“This is probably an old lumber shed. Or maybe it’s where the saw machinery was. A lot of these old mills weren’t too elaborate.”

Lindy walked under the old roof for a closer look. She scrutinized a couple of pieces of trash.

“What are you doing, Lindy?”

“Oh, you know me. I’ve always got to check things out. Hmmmm….”
Lindy bent over and picked up a piece of plastic. She turned it over in her hand, examining it by her light. Nik walked over to her.
“What have you got there?”

“It’s a bread sack. The date on it is recent. Somebody has been here within the last couple of weeks.”

“It was probably just a sloppy picnicker.”

“Maybe so.”

Heather kept shining her light in all directions. “Where are the guys?
Glenn! Jack! Where are you?”

Nobody answered.

Heather shouted louder. “Glenn! Jack!”

They passed the remains of one or two more ruined structures. Then they saw something that startled them. Near the edge of the woods they came across a small house.

“Wow, that’s something!” Nik played her light across the house. It was a small, square, wooden structure about the size of a two-bedroom house. The windows were all broken. The place had clearly been deserted for many years.

“It’s a real wreck.”

Lindy looked at the place thoughtfully. “But it’s not a total wreck. Really, all things considered it appears to be in surprisingly good shape. I wonder why it’s here? Maybe it was a caretaker’s or manager’s house.”

Lindy walked up the sagging porch steps and approached the door. “The door actually still opens and closes! Let’s take a look inside.”

Nik doubtfully tested one of the steps with her foot. “Are you sure this place is safe to enter?”

Lindy stamped her foot. “The floor seems sturdy enough. We’ll go carefully.”

Inside they found a room that had probably served at one time as a living room. It looked empty. Indeed, it was surprisingly empty. The bare floor had none of the trash or windblown leaves that Nik would have expected in a long-deserted house like this.

Lindy led the way across the room to a doorway in the side wall. “Well! That’s interesting!”

The room contained several sleeping bags and a few other camping items.

“You were right, Lindy!” Nik surveyed the bags. “Somebody has been staying here. I wonder where they could be now?”

“I don’t know. Come on, let’s see what’s in the next room.”

Lindy approached a doorway in the back wall of the room and shined her light into the space beyond. “We’d better not go in here. This part of the house is in much worse shape. The back wall has holes in it. The floor looks like it is falling through. The holes in the wall have probably let in a lot of rain that has helped to rot the floor.”

Lindy walked back into the living room and headed for the doorway in its back wall, directly across the room from the front entrance. “This room is in better shape than the one on the other corner. It has an old sink and the remains of some shelves. It must have been the kitchen.”

She entered the room, carefully testing the floor. It appeared solid. Nik and Heather followed.

This room looked mostly bare. A sleeping bag lay on the floor beside one wall. A simple ladder made of what looked like lengths cut from saplings also lay on the floor.

Nik nudged the end of the bag with her toe. “I guess one guy wanted to sleep away from the others.”

“Notice something else about that bag?”

“What, Lindy?”

“It’s spread out. The others are all rolled up.”

“So?”

“So maybe it’s being used to cover something.”

Lindy reached down and pulled the bag aside. Where it had lain they saw a hinged door in the floor. A simple hook latch ran from the edge of the door through a rusty eye sunk in the floor boards.

“A trap door!” cried Heather. “How did you figure that out?”

“It was just a hunch. The ladder made me think about it.”

Lindy knelt on the floor beside the door. She unlatched it and swung it open. The others crowded around and aimed their lights into the doorway.

“You don’t see all that many places in Arkansas with cellars,” Nik said. “It looks like there’s something down there. Let’s get that ladder and check it out.”

Lindy and Nik picked up the sapling ladder and lowered it into the cellar. Nik climbed down into it.

She took a quick look around the cellar. It seemed to underlie only the kitchen and the other back room. The air smelled unpleasantly damp and musty. Nik saw damp earthen walls and floor. To one side she saw a pile of old rotten boards that had probably been part of the original cellar steps. The remains of wooden shelves and other rubbish lay around the cellar’s sides. In the center a cloth or tarpaulin covered something.

“Coming down, Nik!”

Nik stood aside to let Lindy climb down the ladder and join her. Lindy looked back up at Heather. “Come on down. It looks safe enough.”

As Heather joined them, Nik pulled aside the covering. Below it lay several sacks made of heavy canvas. They had writing on them. Nik bent down to read it.

“I don’t believe it. These are money bags from a bank!”

Lindy stared at the bags. “Do you remember that armored car robbery near Hot Springs that was in the news a few weeks ago? Four men made off with over half a million dollars. They managed to get away and haven’t been seen since.

“This has got to be their loot! The gang hid the money here and decided to lay low in this isolated spot. The werewolf business must be intended to scare away intruders.”

Nik looked up at the ceiling. “If that’s true, they must not be too far from here. They could come back at any minute!”

From upstairs in the front of the house they heard a sound of voices. Muffled footsteps thumped on the floor. The steps drew closer. Now they sounded directly overhead….

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:07 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:15 pm 
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Jeff wrote:
Are you going to post more of it? :)

Would you like to see more?

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 10:44 am 
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Well, thanks for the interest! It's a longish story. I'll post it in installments.

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