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Ghost Stories

ShintoShinto __BANNED USERS
edited October 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
There aren't really any ghosts around here - except for the shade of old John Porter. John Porter was a farmer who lived over in the Mink Hills way back during the Revolutionary days. He had a wife named Sarah and two little boys named Joseph and Samson who lived with him on his patch. John spent the better part of his life scratching out a living from the rocky dirt but he wasn't all together a poor man and he found time to grow flowers for his wife and carve little toys for his young boys.

Now the timber trade was big enough here about all those years ago. Every autumn John and his neighbors from the patches about would work at felling the famous tall white pines to float downriver to the seacoast where they were loaded on the sailing merchantmen and taken to the English shipyards for use as masts. The extra money would see the family through the winter and buy new livestock in the spring.

Well, it happened that John Porter had gone downriver to Portsmouth with his pines when he was set upon two hours after midnight by British sailors and press ganged into service in King George's navy. Porter was carried away with the British ships to Bristol, then Newfoundland and then down to New York. He managed to get overboard in a storm and half drown in the February Atlantic but made his way to shore and started to travel up the coast back toward home. Frostbite turned his hands into black, disfigured claws and burned his cheeks. His clothes were torn and tattered to shreds and when his boots wore through his feet bled over the sharp road stones. He tried so hard to get home. What would his family think had become of him?

He got as far as Dover when he heard about the Indian raids. The English had stirred them up against the Colonists at the start of winter and they had come down from the White Mountains and out of the grey forests and burned everything down to Epsom and east to the Portland. Refugees had been taken in by the local parishes but folks had lost track of each other in the terrible flight from the savages. Old John hadn't been there to protect his family, he'd been drifting like a soulless man across the barren ocean. His neighbors had returned and buried his wife by the time John limped back to his property. His boys were unaccounted for though. Some thought they had made it away with Jacob Corser and his family, bound for Chelmsford. Others said they went with the Potter's on toward Madbury or the surrounding towns.

John Porter began his shuffling search from town to town, farm to farm and house to house. All through the frozen March and into April he went from door to door searching for his little boys. Whenever he was cold or hungry or tired he would think of their eyes and continue on his way. For eight years he dragged himself up and down the coast house by house and farm by farm asking after two boys with bright little eyes until he was caught out in an April snow storm and froze up solid one night.

But John Porter didn't lay down to rest that night. He isn't properly a man anymore but his shade still drags his feet along all about these parts, black crippled hands clutched into his stomach for warmth and shivering, looking for his boys. Down through the decades and century John Porter's spirit has restless stumbled on, a little less of a man every winter but still searching. He can't rightly recognize people anymore or tell a boy from a man or a girl but he keeps on from house to house every night looking for eyes. He remembers eyes.

So if you hear something move in your room at night, if you hear a shuffling or a creak or feel a draft in the darkness - whatever you do don't open your eyes. Keep them shut, keep them hidden. If you don't, if you open your eyes, if you look at old John Porter he'll see your eyes and grab you with his cold black hands and try to take you home with him and end his search.

Shinto on

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Okay... This looks bad.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Aw man. Fuck you. Fuck you, man. I shouldn't have read this.

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  • ShintoShinto __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2007
  • MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Thread = win.

    I will be back with a ghost story of my own, hopefully.

    Soooooooon

    HOW DO YOU FUCK UP BAGELS. YOU BOIL THE WATER. PUT IN THE NOODLES
  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Damn it, Shinto! That last paragraph snuck up on me.

  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Yeah, it was the last paragraph that did it

    Fortunately I am so exhausted that I'll probably fall asleep before I turn off my lights again

    and ghosts can't appear in the light

    that's

    that's what they tell me

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    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Okay... This looks bad.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    George Flint loved to eat. Each day at noon he closed his camera shop for two hours and went home for a big lunch his wife Mina cooked for him. George was a bully, and Mina was a timid woman who did everything he asked because she was afraid of him. On his way home for lunch one day, George stopped at the butcher shop and bought a pound of liver. He loved liver. He would have Mina cook it for dinner that night. Despite all his complaints about her, she was a very good cook.

    While George ate his lunch, Mina told him that a rich old woman in town had died. Her body was in the church next door. It was in an open coffin. Anyone who wanted to see her could. As usual, George was not interested in what she had to say. "I've got to go back to work," he told her.
    After he left, Mina began to cook the liver. She added vegetables and spices and simmered it all afternoon, just the way George liked it. When she thought it was done, she cut off a small piece and tasted it. It was delicious, the best she had ever made. She ate a second piece. Then a third. It was so good, she could not stop eating it.
    It was only when the liver was all gone that she thought of George. He would be coming home soon. What would he do when he found that she had eaten all of the liver? Some men would laugh - but not George. He would be angry and mean, and she did not want to face that again. But where could she get another piece of liver that late in the day.
    Then she remembered the old woman lying in the church next door waiting to be buried....

    George said he had never had a better dinner. "Have some liver, Mina," he said. "It's just delicious."
    "I'm not hungry," she said. "You finish it."

    That night, after George had fallen asleep, Mina sat in bed trying to read. But all she could think about was what she had done. Then she thought she heard the woman's voice.
    "Who has my liver?" it asked. "Who has it?"
    Was it her imagination? Was she dreaming?
    Now the voice was closer. "Who has my liver?" it asked. "Who has it?"
    Mina wanted to run. "No, no," she whispered. "I don't have it. I don't have your liver."
    Now the voice was right next to her. "Who has my liver?" it asked. "Who has it?"
    Mina froze with terror. She pointed to George. "He does," she said. "He has it!"

    Suddenly the light went out - and George screamed, and screamed.

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