Lights In The Sky
“I knew this would’ve been the perfect time to turn back, but I just couldn’t.”
Being broke sucks. As a matter of fact, it really sucks. The only thing that sucks more is walking home because you don’t have a car—because you’re so damn broke. And this is where I found myself last month—broke and walking home from work as usual. My feet were killing me from standing all day; I’m a cashier at a rundown dollar store on the outskirts of this dump of a town.
Not all is bad, though. Walking on certain nights is nice because I can take a shortcut through the woods, and the night sky is crystal clear out there. On this particular night, the star riddled sky was extra clear with the full moon looming overhead. I must admit, that part of the walk always calms me. Something about the fresh air and the tranquil chirping of the crickets.
There’s a main trail through the woods I usually take because it cuts my walk in half. Most of the time my head is tilted back with my eyes towards the sky; this time was no different. And if it wasn’t for my habit of star gazing, I might’ve missed what I saw that night—I can’t help thinking how nice it would’ve been to miss it.
During a clear portion of the trail I noticed a weird light coming right at me from the distance. I was tired and thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but oh how wrong I ended up being.
The light weaved through the night sky and before it got close, it zigzagged in an unatural maunever and sped off in the other direction. I almost walked on without paying it any mind, thinking it was just one of those bizarre occurences of life. But then it shot back in sight and I couldn’t help but follow it into the unfamilar woods off the trail.
I walked for what felt like half-an-hour until I came upon what looked like a recent camp site. I say recent because everything was thrown about like a wild animal had rummaged through everything. There were no people around, but their stuff remained scattered around—as if they left in a hurry.
Then a blinding light filled the night sky As my eyes focused, I noticed there was one big light with a bunch of smaller ones flashing around it in a circle. It hovered there for a moment, then zipped off once again. I knew this would’ve been the perfect time to turn back, but I just couldn’t. My curiosity had gotten the best of me.
At least I saw where it went this time and was able to get there in a couple of minutes. I came upon the light again, this time in an open field—it seemed like it was waiting for me. I was hoping whatever it was would land so I could get a good look at it, but that wasn’t in the cards for me that night.
It hovered there like it didn’t have anything else to do. So, I felt confident in walking closer to it. But the next thing I knew, the bright light was surrounding me and I could barely see anything. Then I suddenly began to feel weightless; I was being lifted off the ground!
As I got closer to whatever was pulling me, I could see less and less. Then finally, everything just went black. I wish I could remember what happened after that, but I don’t. It really sucks. But I’ll tell you this, I’ll never walked through those woods again. I’ll stick to taking the long way home from now on.
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