The Skirmish in Shakrol Forest (Part 1)

SiddiQ By SiddiQ, 21st Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23947t09/
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Melanie and her family decide to go on a camping trip.
Everyone is prepared. They light a great fire, think up great horror stories, cook great food.
But what they don't know is that years ago, something inhumane happened on the very land Melanie's camping on. And when they encounter a strange monkey or a disappearing skeleton, Melanie realizes something isn't right.

Shakrol Forest (500 years ago)

Note: To read the second installments, click here

Jangasta struggled but to no avail as the group of men dragged him into the forest.
"You've committed your evil for the last time, Jangasta!" One of them shouted.
"The Council has made the decision!" another added. "You shall be hanged in the forest so your evil will no longer terrorize our people, our women, our children!"
"You cannot stop the evil!" Jangasta shouted, no longer struggling. "The evil will live! I may die but the evil will live!"
"You have already killed many!" one of them said. "But that will end now!"
Jangasta just let out a cracky laugh.
"Kill me!" he allowed. "But your problems are far from over! I will find a new apprentice!"
He continued to laugh as the noose that was hung around the branch of the tall tree was slipped around his neck.
He continued to laugh as they used a rope to haul him up the branch.
"Three words are all I need!" he screamed. "Kaleesh! Draad!--"
He couldn't get the third word out because they released the rope, snapping his neck.
There was silence in the air for a few minutes.
"His evil is finished." one of them finally whispered. "He didn't finish the spell."

Shakrol Forest (Present)

"We're going to have alot of fun!" Mom shouted. "Shakrol Forest is a great place to camp!"
"I love camping!" my little brother, Dave shouted. "I'm going to set up the tent!"
My whole family decided to go on a camping trip during these summer holidays. There was a small forest called Shakrol Forest a few miles out of our town and we decided that it would be a perfect place to camp."

Dad stumbled out of the woods, carrying wood for the fire. His face was stained with sweat.
The sun was about to set.
Dad decided that we had enough wood for the fire. Dave wanted to light the fire but Dad forbade him too, claiming it to be dangerous.

As night approached, we began to feel sleepy. So we decided to pack it up for the night.
We had two tents. Mom and I shared one while Dad and Dave shared the other.
But as I got up, I heard a slight, eerie whisper,
"Get out."
The sound was faint but I heard it clearly.
"Get out now."
"Did you guys hear it?"
"Hear what?" Dad asked.
"I just heard a whisper." I explained.
"There's no one around here, Mel." Dad replied.

I changed into my pajamas and snuggled into the warm soft blanket.
I fell into a slumber before I heard the whisper again.

The Monkey

I woke up the next day to hear a shrill scream coming from outside. Mom!
I immediately got up and stumbled outside to find Mom sitting down with a monkey on her lap.
"The monkey startled me!" Mom explained.
A small cute brown-black monkey was prancing around the clearing.
Dave came running out.
"Cool!" he exclaimed.
The monkey stopped and rested in Mom's lap.
"What is a monkey doing here?" Dad wondered.
Suddenly, the monkey let out a screech and jumped out of Mom's lap.
What's wrong with him?
The monkey stopped a few yards away from us. It then began pawing through the dirt.
"What's it doing?" Dave asked.
The monkey was drawing something. And then, it stopped and ran off into the woods. His footsteps quickly faded.
I quickly got up and ran over to where the monkey was drawing.
And I was amazed at what I saw.
"Look at this!" I shouted.
The trio ran over to me and also found it odd.
How could a monkey do this?
"Kaleesh...Draad...Jark." Dave read softly
"What the heck is that?" Dad asked.

The Skeleton

We never saw the monkey the whole day.

Dave and I took a walk through the woods. We were talking about the strange monkey. I looked up at the clear blue sky. But a swinging object on a nearby branch caught my attention.
"Dave," I alerted him. "What's that?"
There was something hanging by a rope around a high branch.
I took a few steps forward and when the object became clear to me, I nearly screamed.
"D-dave," I stammered. "It's a skeleton."
"Wow." Dave whispered. "Do you think it's real?"
I didn't answer. I gazed at the skeleton's empty eye sockets staring down at me. It's grin frozen on its face gave me chills. The skeleton slowly swung back and forth on the branch.
"We should tell Mom and Dad." Dave suggested.
*****
Dave and I ran back towards the campsite, calling our parents.
"Mom! Dad!" I shouted. "There's a human skeleton over there!"
"What?" Dad exclaimed. "Where?"
"It's hanging by a rope on a tall tree." I explained.
*****
"C'mon!" I shouted. "It's right here!" I led them to the tree where the skeleton was hanging.
"There it i--" I stopped short when I looked at the branch.

The rope was there, swinging lightly. But the skeleton was gone. I searched the ground but not even one bone was found.
"Where's the skeleton?" Mom asked.
"It was right here." I said in a frightened whisper.
"Is this a joke?" Dad asked sharply.
"No, it was right here!" Dave protested. "We saw it with our own eyes!"
"Let's just go back." Mom suggested.
"Yeah," Dad agreed. "It was probably something else. The sun's rays may have messed up the vision.
I gazed at the rope. It still swung back and forth without the skeleton.
But how? There was no wind.
*****
Night was approaching fast and we decided to get ready for bed. Mom, Dad and Dave were alrady in their tents and I was cleaning up outside.
I heard a rustle in the woods.
I looked up...and saw the skeleton peering at me from behind the trees. The same grin, the same empty eye sockets. It just stood there.
But when I blinked, it was gone. Just like that.
What the hell was that?
I'm seeing things, I thought. I had a rough day. I'd better get some sleep, quick.
After cleaning up with haste, I got into bed. Mom was already fast asleep. I switched off the lamp and fell asleep.
But a slow sound snapped me awake. I rose up from bed and listened to that sound. It sounded like someone breathing. Someone taking heavy, deep breaths. It sounded tired. I heard rustling of leaves. It sounded close. Is there someone out there?
And then, it all stopped. The breathing, the rustling. I'm imagining things!
I looked at Mom but she was sound asleep. And I think don't Dad and Dave woke up too.
I forced myself to lie down and sleep. I slowly began to grow drowsy. I didn't hear anything else. Just the slow, steady hum of the wind.
I decided it was all in my head. My parents were right. I just need to relax. There is nothing wrong here.
I soon fell into a deep sleep.
*****
The next morning, Dave disappeared.

Note: To read Part Two, click here
To read Part Three, click here

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Corpse, Curse, Cursed, Dead Body, Forest, Horror Stories, Short Stories, Skeleton

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author avatar SiddiQ
Where there is horror, I'm there!
Where there is Star Wars, I'm there!
Where there is broccoli...well, we'll talk about that on another site, once I register for one ;)

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author avatar DevikaPrimic
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

well done a great write

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author avatar SiddiQ
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks!

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author avatar christopheranton
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

That is actually a very scary
story.
You have a real talent for
the macabre.
I cant wait for the next installment.

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author avatar SiddiQ
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

It'll be out soon!
Thanks!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

When i have the time to read for pleasure, I love good horror stories--Steven King and Dean Koontz are two of my favorite authors. Your story reminds me of some of Steven King's stories when he was still writing as Bachman.

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author avatar SiddiQ
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Steven Kins novels were awesome! Although I absolutely adore R.L.Stine's books. I sort of got the idea from there.

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author avatar Greenfaol
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Great story, atmospheric, really good read :D

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author avatar SiddiQ
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Glad you liked it!

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author avatar ppruel
24th Dec 2010 (#)

love reading it dude. wait for part 2.

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author avatar SiddiQ
24th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks

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author avatar ROHIT SINHA
25th Dec 2010 (#)

good creation....keep it up....

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author avatar SiddiQ
26th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks Rohit!

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author avatar Denise O
28th Dec 2010 (#)

SiddiQ, A good one.
I am sorry it took me so long too get to it but, when I get backed up, I always keep my best writers for when I am able to take the time to really read the piece.
It was worth the wait.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar SiddiQ
28th Dec 2010 (#)

I'm glad you liked it. ;)
No apologies necessary.
Thank you for stopping by!

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author avatar Rob Kentworth
6th Jan 2011 (#)

Hey Siddiq,

A nice and interesting story.

Thanks for sharing this and like Denise said, apologies for taking so long in reading and leaving a comment.

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author avatar SiddiQ
6th Jan 2011 (#)

No apologies necessary ;). Glad you liked the story!

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