Sunday, October 3, 2010

April 1, 2012

5:30 A.M. Something woke me a half hour ago. Not a noise or anything, I just woke and sat bolt upright. I threw my pants, boots, and jacket on quickly then headed outside. Everything was quiet. I looked all around and saw nothing unusual. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw a flicker of light through the trees, far off. I stared at that spot, hoping to see it again. I did see it again, up high, and to the right of where it had been. Haven't seen it since, but I am going to drop the trailer to go investigate.

7:00 A.M. I'm about 40 miles from camp in the direction I last saw the light. If my observation was correct, the light came from the hilltop I'm currently standing on. There's nothing here...

8:30 A.M. I've covered every inch of this hilltop. Nothing. A very odd nothing. Not a single track of any kind. The soil is somewhat soft on the surface, the trees are pretty thick here, and the hill is surrounded by woods. There should be animal tracks around here. I'm going to have a look in the woods around the hill.

10:00 A.M. There were animal tracks in the surrounding woods. Deer, dogs... But nothing else. Something seems odd about that hilltop. I don't know, maybe my imagination is getting the best of me. But I swear I saw that light, and I'm pretty damn sure the hill is where it came from.

12:45 P.M. I'm back at the camper. Just finished up a quick lunch. Haven't decided if I'm going to hit the road or not, I think I'd like to stay tonight to see if I can spot the light again. In the mean time, I'm going to explore a bit, then cook the rest of that venison.

3:30 P.M. I crossed the creek on foot and wandered around through the woods. Came across a small cabin. Not much there, but I did score a cast iron frying pan and a dutch oven. A little cleanup and seasoning and they'll be good. Pretty country here, everything is waking up for spring. Lots of tall pines and hardwoods, and plenty of game around. I wouldn't mind staying here. If I decide to settle somewhere I might come back here. It's a nice little cabin...

6:00 P.M. Just finished off the venison (man was that delicious) and cleaned up. Now I'll break out my camp chair and binoculars, and wait... 

9:00 P.M. Nothing. Not a glint, not a glimmer. I would chalk it up to "seeing things" were it not for the creeped out feeling I got from that hilltop. It just wasn't.... right. A gut feeling. My gut has never steered me wrong, so I listen to it.

11:00 P.M. Still nothing. I've been scanning all around, but the only thing I've seen has been a couple rabbits. It's late, I'm tired, and I think I'll call it a day...


  1. Thanks Mayberry!
    I am going to have to scratch my head on where you are going with this one...


  2. Ok, I'll admit it...I'm hooked! Worse than waiting on the next installment of the Saturday serial , ya know?

    Keep up the good work, buddy!

  3. Gee I alway's wondered what happened to George Bush Sr's "point's of light"

  4. SOOO excited to see another installment of the story. I was hooked before - but now that light has goosebumps on my arms!

    Waiting on the edge of my seat for the next entry...

  5. Nice and well worth the wait. Now waiting for the next part of the story. I have no idea what the light was or could be.

  6. S4r, I'm scratching too : )

    Jim, thanks!

    Anon 9:16, ha ha. Found one!

    Ditch, don't fall off! Goosebumps, wow.

    Pete, me neither : )

  7. Your name gave it away. He's in Mayberry and that light was the reflection off of Barney's forehead!

  8. Hi Mayberry,

    Here's what Dean Koontz would do:

    The light is eyeshine from a mutated, super-intelligent critter created in a secret government laboratory--the same laboratory from where the population-killing virus was accidentally released.

    Don't stop now. We're all waiting breathlessly for the next one.


  9. Anon 10:28, ha ha...

    Dave, good thing I'm not Koontz, heh heh heh.