|Devil Path (standard:horror, 1164 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: Jul 25 2007||Views/Reads: 2371/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|night tale in mountains|
Written by backwood writer Stanley mcqueen Devil path The old mountain preacher had road over more backwoods wagon trails than any man alive in his day , traveling around threw the Kentucky mountain where few settlements were was a risky thing, many a moon lite night had he journeyed along just he and his faithful old mule he called old Charlie, his name is Harm bishop and he started seeding the gospel a long time ago when he was about twenty one , now he had grew old and is in his early fifties, he never stayed in one place very long , sometimes he would take a night or two with some saintly God fearing settler . One this trip he has rode deep into the dense Kentucky mountains and he has two little churches to visit and after that he must go back to Ohio and preach at some more places along his journey. The little church that he preached at was glad when they seen him and his trusty old mule coming around the ridge, he had preached there on several occasions and every settler there and about like this kind old man of God. On this night he was long in preaching and it was near midnight when he left the little church house and a storm was brewing from the north and he having to be at his next preaching place on time he was forced to journey on toward the next settlement . Something was in the air something was troubling his soul tonight and uneasy feeling was gripping his soul, the night was dark with the own coming storm and it was dangerous to be on a mule back riding in almost total darkness, what was to befall him he was thinking and hoping old Charlie would not fall and maybe kill him on the slick rocky wagon roads that winded along the ridges,, the lighting was lighting up the woodland and thunder blasted the silence of the night , the wind had gotten up and it was blowing hard against him and soaking him to the bone , he had rode in storms before and new the danger of them and he went to praying that he would find a over hanging cliff to take shelter in... suddenly way out in front of him during a lighting streak he sees the form of a horse and rider on the path coming meeting him .. Who in the world could be riding in such a storm like this but and old preacher like himself that had got caught between a storm and his next preaching place... chills went up his spine and he never had been afraid of nothing but tonight was different that uneasy feeling of danger was about him and now seeing a large dark horse coming with a ghostly rider wearing a long black cape rapped around his body was strange and not the dress of any settlers around here.. He stopped his horse and waited for the approaching rider. Then another lighting strike reveals the rider is near and will be passing him very soon....maybe he thinks the darkness is playing tricks on him but he knows that his eyes don't lie, seconds pass and before his new it the ghostly rider was beside him and the big tall dark horse stopped dead in it tracks, and the lighting flash and brighten the wagon road, the dark tall form that set on the horse seem to be dead lifeless the black cape like robe hide the rider from his eyes.. He shouts against the noise of the rain and wind and thunder ..who are you and what are you doing out on such a night as this the frighted preacher asked? Then a harsh sharp voice broke the silence and spoke loud against the storm noise...Im called slew foot and old Satan the bugger man, and lots of names men have give me down threw the generation of man kind.. Harm had preached many sermons and spoke of old slew foot the devil and tonight he has meet the old demon on a lonesome mountain road riding a large horse and dressed in a dark cape robe and covered from head to top. Harm trembled at the present of his night visitor and rebuke him in the name of Jesus Christ ..when his prayer was made the rider pointed at a large oak that stood just back away from where they were setting and from his finger there come a lighting bolt and struck the large oak and it split right threw the middle and caught on fire in and instance...then more words come from the mouth of old slew food ...I could melt you and that flea bitten mule like a candle.. The voice was loud and harsh and scarey that Harm was getting more frighten and the blazes of the tree had lighted the wood surround them up and he was getting a better clearer looks at the old demon that set by him on the wagon path... why are you troubling my soul harm shout ? Why tell me this he repeats loud ...? I have been following you ever since you began preaching here in these mountain . Just over your shoulder I have rode behind you to tear down what you have built in mens hearts..I am the prince of darkness ..your worst fear ..your worst enemy..I come to tear down to destroy and to kill the loud demon voice declared” you can do me no harm less the lord would will it says preacher Harm.. Then harm takes from his saddle bag his big Holy Bible and the rider and whole it out in the light of the burning oak and says burn this up like you did that giant oak I dare you harm added... then the rider reins his large horse and the horse swiftly begin running. Passing up harm and harm hears a large voice that seem to be right beside him.. No this harm Bishop as long as you ride these mountain trails ..just look over your shoulder and I will be behind you tearing down what you build in men hearts.. Harm gives old charley a nudge and he rides again toward his calling and the church he will preach at on tomorrow night ..harm just had to look back over his shoulder and look behind him ,.. And sure enough at a great distance he could see the dark rider and the tall horse following him just like old slew foot promised.. It is and old mountain saying that every one alive and born will at one time meet old slew food face to face and nose to nose ..and on this night rev Harm Bishop this and now knows that this saying is true....it is my hope that you enjoyed this backwood night tale ..give me a buzz at firstname.lastname@example.org Tweet
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