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Murder at Goatman's Bridge [MW2017]

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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 10:55 AM
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The styrofoam coffee cup steamed on the grey metal table. The curls of it rising up like mist. It was fascinating. The policman shifted, clearing his throat. I wanted to get the coffee cup into my hand. I wanted to drink it, even if it was watery and powdered creamer clung to the edges of the rim. I just couldn’t make my hands move.

I glanced down at them in confusion. There they were, looking like the hands of a pale stranger, gripping the edge of the table, white knuckled and, yes, that was the source of the pain I was feeling. I took a breath and concentrated very hard on relaxing my grip.

“Ma’am,” the short-haired woman spoke, “can you answer the question?”

My hands relaxed a little, their color changing. I forced my gaze to move up, past the table and the steam, to where her voice came from. I took a moment to process the words, rewinding them in my head.

I swallowed dryly. I remembered that I should speak back. I should reply. I found my voice buried in my throat. It felt gritty and unfamiliar. “What…” I tried again, as the word sounded raspy, like a ghost. I tried to shake the dead. “What question?” There was a pause.

“We want to know what happened, Ma’am. You’re the only witness. You are also the only person we found within a several mile radius of that bridge. We need you to explain.” The man said this with a tinge of impatience.

My hands clenched.

“Ms. Wallace. May I call you Susan?” The female voice was soothing. I listened. I nodded. “Good. Okay, Susan. Let’s start with why you and David were in the woods by the Hickory River bridge.”

I searched back to the coffee shop where we met. The several dates that were good but not great — dinner, movies, lunch, a weekend trip, a hike…

“We were on a hike.”

“You and David were dating?”

“A little. Nothing serious. Just…we hung out, mostly.”

“Why were you at the bridge?”

I paused for a moment. “We’d seen it on TV. Goatman's Bridge. Where stuff happens, you know? Ghost-stuff. David was into that. We drove up from Houston.” My voice was strange to me. Monotone. Impersonal. Flat.

“You were looking for ghosts?”

I stared back at the waning steam over the chalky brown liquid in front of me. “At first it was a mist. A black mist.”

“A black mist?” The man said this incredulously, then shifted like he was uncomfortable. He blew out a sigh.

“What happened with the black mist?” The woman’s voice was gentle.

“It…” My brow crinkled. My chin trembled. “It…picked me up. Like it was going to toss me off the bridge. It’s name is Drew.”

“The mist had a name? It picked you up like it was going to toss you over?”

“Yes.”

“How did you get the name?” Notes were being written. There was a recorder. People watched behind a small mirror. I felt their eyes.

“An EVP session.” The woman looked confused. “A ghost session. They talk into a device and it said its name was Drew.”

The man and woman shared some kind of significant look. She pressed her lips into a grim line, her face looking a little pale.

“So you were on the bridge, and this black mist named Drew, picked you up like it was going to throw you over the bridge?”

“Yes.”

“Then what happened?”

I remembered someone screaming. “I screamed.” A flash of David yelling and diving to grab me around my thighs, away from the mist. “David grabbed me and pulled me back down. We fell…“ The room blurred. Wet drops ran down my cheeks. My nose felt drippy. My breathing sounded more like a wheeze.

The man and woman cops muttered to each other. From somewhere a box of tissues appeared in front of me. I grabbed some and tried to clean my face.

“Then what happened? After you fell?” The woman asked. Her voice was soft.

A vision slammed into my head. David stood up, yelling. Something barreled into him. The dark misty thing. His whole body bent, like he was punched in the gut. He flew… I swallowed. More tears spilled. I sniffed. The tissue was wet when I tried to wipe everything away.

“He got picked up and…it threw him. Hard. Against the metal of the bridge.” I winced. “There was a…a snapping sound…and he fell. He struggled to breathe. I couldn’t…I couldn’t…”

Tears kept coming. The woman came around and put her hand on my back. I sobbed into my bloody sweatshirt.

“I s-s-saw it!” I gasped for breath. My face wrenched up like my hands. Words came out, strangled, shaking. My whole body trembled. “It-it was big. It had a g-goat head. H-h-horns curved around. It was on top of him. Choking him. I-I screamed at it to stop. It…” I gulped air for a minute, “It looked right at me. It had…y-y-yellow eyes. Like fire.”

There was a heavy pause in the room. No one moved. No one spoke. I found the woman’s pale, grim face. “Then?” she managed to ask, through tight lips.


“When David stopped moving, he…Drew…he came at me. Scratched me up…He laughed.”

I lifted my shirt. It stuck to me as I pulled. It hurt. Three deep marks slashed across my stomach. Three more lanced down my back - I couldn’t see them, but I felt them. I knew they were there. They still leaked blood. They burned like acid. Like hot coals.

The woman gasped, her hand went to her mouth. She said something angry to the man, who opened the door and yelled down the hall.

The next few minutes were a blur. More people came in the room.
Photos were taken. A guy with a first aid kit tried to clean the wounds and bandage them. I hissed with pain.

I heard everything with heightened senses. The male cop muttered about an old case…”Just like the other one…”

The female mentioned “…and Drew Marshall, that’s the man who went missing back when my dad was on the force, decades ago. I remember the man hunt. I was just a kid…”

“Didn’t they find his body?”

“What was left of it…in that ritual circle…”

“God…”

I put my sweatshirt down and breathed for a moment. I reached out for the coffee cup, and managed to bring it, shaking, to my lips.

Deep inside, I could still feel that laugh. Something besides myself seemed to look out at the cops, the photographer, and drink in that fear like it was wine. It grew stronger.

I wanted it gone but it had marked me with those claws. I could feel it. It wanted more. My hand clenched. The cup crushed like cartilage. I almost gasped at the warm liquid spilling down my jeans, like it knew blood would feel - the pleasure and simplicity of it…I ducked my face into the elbow of my sweatshirt, and something smiled.


THE END





NOTE: Goatman's Bridge is a real place, with many reports of strange paranormal activity, possession and disappearances...also the KKK lynched a man (the Goatman - a well known goat farmer) from that bridge, then later killed his whole family. There's more at the link below if you are interested and much more on the web. The story above, however, is purely fictional...

The Goatman's Bridge: Texas Ghost Story

Happy Halloween! - AB


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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 12:49 PM
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This was really good AB! Very nicely done



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 04:31 PM
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Very cool... Goatman's bridge has been a Denton folk tale for a long time. I dig the idea and fresh view on a fimilar staple.

Side note my best friend has 19 acres and an unbelievable house with a 2200sqft recording studio above his garage less that a mile from the bridge as the crow flies. The Hickory Creek runs right through his property. I won't say where but there is a tiny plastic Waldo glued to the bridge that can turn almost any photo of the bridge into a where's Waldo game.

I think it's pretty cool that they made a new road and a new bridge but kept the old iron beast open for foot traffic. Many a Denton boy has taken his scared Denton girl to that bridge if only to get them to seek a little safety in his arms. Those old stories are for more than just scaring kids.

The episode of Ghost Adventures was both intriguing and humorous. When the girl gets seemingly punched in the face by nothing that you could see was startling bad Zak choking himself was near the most ridiculous and funny things I've ever seen. It took it from WoW to stupidly fake in an instant.

Thanks for the read!



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 04:52 PM
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originally posted by: FauxMulder
a reply to: AboveBoard

This was really good AB! Very nicely done


Thank you!!

I appreciate ya dropping by...



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:04 PM
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a reply to: wastedown

Well, cool! So glad to hear from someone who knows the area.

That episode was a bit over the top. I watch some of their stuff.

I'm guessing no one else has had quite that experience before?




posted on Oct, 9 2017 @ 12:19 PM
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AB, really enjoyed reading this. I love paranormal topics, and the conversational style of writing you used to tell this story. Extra bonus for this place being real!



JB



posted on Oct, 9 2017 @ 08:49 PM
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a reply to: AboveBoard

Spooky. Well done!



posted on Oct, 12 2017 @ 03:48 PM
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originally posted by: JBurns
AB, really enjoyed reading this. I love paranormal topics, and the conversational style of writing you used to tell this story. Extra bonus for this place being real!



JB


Hey JB! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my entry! Thanks doubly for the response.
I love getting feedback, friend!!!




posted on Oct, 12 2017 @ 04:19 PM
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Very cool. It would have made a great Halloween entry too.



posted on Oct, 12 2017 @ 05:03 PM
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That was brilliant Be perfect in a couple of weeks



posted on Oct, 14 2017 @ 08:46 AM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
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Very cool. It would have made a great Halloween entry too.


Hey AM! Thanks for reading. I kinda thought this was in lieu of a Halloween writing contest so I went with the spook factor. Turns out I killed two victims with one slice, so to speak... I know you know what I mean. Or *wink* DON'T know what I mean.


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posted on Oct, 14 2017 @ 09:01 AM
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I honestly don't know what that means and I resent the inference. I've never done anything like that, not even earlier today when I wasn't with DB and TAT.



posted on Oct, 14 2017 @ 07:06 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: AboveBoard


I honestly don't know what that means and I resent the inference. I've never done anything like that, not even earlier today when I wasn't with DB and TAT.


There there hun. It must be exhausting remembering (disremembering?) all the things you honestly don't know...



posted on Oct, 15 2017 @ 08:12 AM
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originally posted by: AboveBoard
There there hun. It must be exhausting remembering (disremembering?) all the things you honestly don't know...


Considering I've never done anything ever, no.



posted on Oct, 15 2017 @ 11:23 AM
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originally posted by: SprocketUK
a reply to: AboveBoard


That was brilliant Be perfect in a couple of weeks


Hey Sprocket! I so appreciate you giving my wee take a read. Thank you!!

I'm in the spirit a bit early this year...



posted on Oct, 15 2017 @ 06:48 PM
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a reply to: AboveBoard


You're very welcome!


JB



posted on Oct, 15 2017 @ 07:03 PM
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Great story and you captured the area perfectly. My Nephew's birthday is Halloween, and he grew up in Flower Mound, so we spent many spooky "Goatman" birthday search parties on and around the bridge...makes me giggle at how we would cook-up scare tactics to frighten the big bad boys (we did my Nephew's birthdays there from about age 12 to age 15) - made those guys jump every time!

Nephew started univ. this year so thanks for the bittersweet memories.

Fabulous writing as always.



posted on Oct, 16 2017 @ 03:35 PM
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Wow, AboveBoard, really well done. I always expect excellence out of you and you never let me down.



posted on Oct, 16 2017 @ 04:17 PM
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a reply to: [post=22740446]AboveBoard[/post

In Fairburn, Georgia we had a real goatman in Peters Family Cemetery. Wonder if he traveled to Texas....picture at link...Great story...

A traveling preacher, Charles "Ches" McCartney was a significant folk and religious figure in Georgia for more than four decades, and a likely influence on the works of the writer Flannery O'Connor. He traveled around the United States driving an iron-wheeled caravan of between twelve and thirty goats and was known as the "Goat Man."

m.georgiaencyclopedia.org...




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