It was a cold dark,windy night, as I was walking home from a big day at school. The day started out cloudy with fog setting in, you could feel the morning mist, as it was time to rise and
head out for the day. Usually the weather is fairly nice this time of year, but today was just so gloomy and cold, for what ever reason only mother nature knows I guess.I never imagined I would encounter a “xtra terrestial type of event” so to speak, but it sure changed my mind on the supernatural world.
I had stayed late after school, had finished basketball practice and chatted with friends before heading out for home. the chill was starting to come in,clouds were getting grey, little wind picking up, but really no sighns of showers or lightning. My friend Ray had offered me a ride home but I told him, had things on my mind, needed to get my head clear, so he went on his way. I started out walking along appalloosa dr, with my backpack and headphones on, was listining to some classic rock, CCR was playing on the radio, my little classic walkman was handy for times like this.As I was coming near the intersection between alvin and appallosa dr., I heard a big crack in the sky, all of a sudden, like night and day, the sky turned black, light rain started to fall and my radio was fading in and out, but I did hear the weather man come in as he interupted the song and said that a mighty storm was heading near. ” Get out of the road,stay at home,or find some shelter because this ones a dandy folks”., he said, I was still about 10 miles from my house, so I decided to take a short cut, and head down alvin, instead of going straight on appolloosa dr, where I usually go to. it would save me about 2 miles. I never really went this way, I like the longer walk home because I am so used to the scenery and it gives me more time to finish my workout, I walk or sometimes jog home, at a fairly fast pace, so I started out on alvin, running fairly fast, but the wind was blowing harder and my breath was taking in too much air at the pace I was running,
All of a sudden rain started falling and it turned into hail,”shit, what the hell,” I yelled, as small balls of ice started to hit cars and break windows, I darted down the street and really couldn’t see, the storm must have taken out the power to the city, it was pitched dark,rainy,and getting colder.
to make matters worse I didn’t really didn’t have anything but my tang top, covered with my sweatshirt, thank God I had a hooded one, so I put on my hood, hands in my pocket ,all soaked and prayed I make it home soon.
I must have taken a wrong turn,cause I did not reconize this street,with all that was going on,and the weather like it was, pitched dark, I never realized I went off course, The rain was harder now, but the hail had stopped, I was walking and running at times, but had my head down, cause the rain was hitting me in the face, due to the wind, so here I was, not really sure what street I was on, so as I looked around the pitched black neighborhood,trying to see something or building I reconized, there was this light!, I darted towards it,as I got closer the light was bigger, and there it was, this old style house, had steel gates on it, it was in a coda sack, I never knew this was there, hell I didn’t care, I needed to get out of this rain, it was creepy, the gate was swinging back and forth, so I entered it, the light for some reason was the only one in that house, it must have been in the upper rooms, cause it looked almost like a mid size castle, haunted house, the kind you see in the movies, well I headed up the stariways, wooden, and they creaked as I went up, I was scared, i will admit, hell I was only 12, and faced with this damn storm.,anyways the door was unlocked, so I entered in, taking a big gulp of my own saliva, as I entered.
As soon as I was in..the door SLAMMED, shut, scared me to death, I tried to open it, but no luck, it must have jammed or something, so I was looking around, shivering from being wet from the storm, had to get some heat somehow, and started to look around for a fire place, I didn’t even realize if someone was here, it looked abonded. everything was covered with white sheets in one big room, and there were old paintings on the wall, spider webs were all up in the ceilings, this was definitly a real life haunted house, now I was really scared, I yelled with my tweaky little voice that sounded like a mouse, ” hhello, anybody here?”, hoping at least someone else was here besides me, no one answered, ” Hello, I yelled a little louder,as I cleard my throat,anybody home?” still no answer, so I started to walk around the house, As you walk in the front door, it had a long hallway, and there was a room about 10 ft, on the left, it had a arch, and must have been the living or family room, it was fairly big, but no fireplace..so I headed down more, and at the end of the hallway,was another room , must have been the kitchen, again, no doors,just arches, I took a peak and seen the long dining room table sourrounded by big wooden chairs.before you reached the kitchen there was another room on the right, on the left was the stairway that almost looked liked it reached the sky, it was curvy and kept going up, as i walked into the room, I seen the fireplace, “THANK GOD”, I said to myself as I walked up to it, no wood, so decided to look around for some.
Then I head it, sounded like chains dragging on the floor, the sound was coming from upstairs, I heard it above me, I headout of the room and looked up the stairway, againts my better judment I head up them.as I reached the top, there was that light I seen from the street, in one of the rooms, man, this could be a motel, had rooms on the left and right of me, and a long wooden hallway, the light was shining in a room at the end of the hallway, When I reached the room, turned the knob, shaking, from fright, not cold, it made a creaky sound as I opened it,but the room was pitched dark, no light no sighns of nothing, Now I was really scared, I darted down the stairs,towards the door I came in.”.hell with this crap,!” I said as I pulled on the door knob, cold or not Im outta here, the door would not budge..”SHIT, HOLLY CRAP, GET ME OUT OF HERE” I was yelling, as I was pulling viciously on the door knob now,pounding at the door, My breath was was hard,heartbeat racing frantically and my hand hurt..I stopped and just stayed there for a minute, resting on the floor as as I slid down onto my butt, knees bent and my head covered with my hands..thinking to myself, ” WAS IT A GHOST?”.
Just as I caught my breath, I heard the chains again, dragging, only this time it was coming from the family room!..I could see the light getting brighter, as I got up and strarted to run away from it, down the hallway, but as I ended up in front of the stairway, I heard a door slam it was coming from the kitchen, Againts my better judgment I ran towards it, As I entered the kitchen, and went around the dining table there was the door. it was locked, There on the floor next to the door, on the left was a picture, I picked it up and there was a soldier on a horse in a knights armor, looked really cool, this picture was old,and looked very expensive, The frame was made of thick wood with carvings on it. the funny thing is the man on the horse had a ball and chain in one hand,The handle was iron,or metal,couldn’t really tell, it was connected to a thick chain that was long enough to reach the floor from his hand, At the end of the chain was a big steel ball with spikes on them,, The horse was also covered with silver light armor,
I was admiring the the picture, I heard the sound again, this time, it was coming from one of the rooms upstairs,I must have fogotten how scared I was, cause I was not scared anymore, I walked up the stairs slowly, the sound was from the same room as before, as I reached the doorway, trying to sneak up quietly, I slowly turned the knob, when I felt the door was opened , the light was still shining and I heard the chain dragging, I THRUSTED THE DOOR OPEN AS FAST AS I COULD, hoping to catch him by surprise, but again as the door was opened, nothing, no sound,no light, no chains,,NOTHING!, I heard someone at the front door, it was being pryed open, as I darted down the stairway, I seen a flashlight shining at me,,”Ralph, is your name Ralph”, the voice yelled, it was a police officer, “Yea, my name is Ralph,”, “:We found him” he yelled behind him, My mom came running in,crying, and just wrapped her arms around me..thanking God I was ok,,by then the house was sourrounded by people, I didn’t realize it, but I must have been there all night, cause it was sunny outside,and there was no rain anymore, As I was walking out of the house with my mom, I seen the picture again, this time it was in front of the door on the right, I picked it up and there it was,..the same man staring at me, on the horse,
Wow, what a night They let me take the picure home with me, and I asked my mom how they knew where I was, she told me that they were looking around the neiborhood and when they came to the corner of apppallosa and alvin,,they found my walkman, so they just started looking around there and heard doors slamming as they approached the house, or mansion..
Driving away in the police car, I looked back and there was kept thinking to myself, ” WAS IT A GHOST?”.