posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 09:52 PM
What an eerie sensation it was to be standing here, here on the Gettysburg battlefield! So lethal a place that Mattie believed she could faintly hear
the moans of wounded, dying men when she closed her eyes. It was painfully heart wrenching and yet, even still, it was presently peaceful - this place
where thousands of men had lost their lives. Time itself had been kind to the area & healed the blood stained land. If she hadn’t known of it’s
history, then it would appear as if it were any other common field; a place where one might pick wild flowers in the cool of the day.
She’d heard stories time and again about how haunted this place was. The mere thought of seeing a ghost, if they were in fact real, scared the heck
out of Mattie! She came here to fracture her comfort zone, “face her fears” as one would say. Mattie pepeatedly asked herself why she had come at
all, yet deep down Mattie knew why she’d come to this place. It was Halloween and she had never ever seen a ghost, although being devotedly cynical
about the whole “haunting” of spirits thing! There really wasn’t much to be frightened of, after all, ghost weren’t real, or at least she had
never seen any proof to back up the phenomena!
Fall was in the air; the nights were crisp. Mattie had formulated a plan. A no fail plan! If ghost were real, then she meant to see one tonight! So,
with a backpack on, she steadily made her way deeper onto the battlefield hoping to get far enough out of sight as to not get caught. There would most
assuredly be a hefty price to pay if caught building a campfire out here. All dressed in black as if to blend into the night, she finally reached a
safe enough place to set up camp for the night. First she would build a small fire and get some coffee brewing over the open flame.
Mattie had put a lot of thought into this venture…”Civil war soldiers like coffee!” Really… What else did they drink back then besides water?
Of course they liked campfires & coffee, and that’s why she had to get this stuff going. As soon as the restless spirits smelled the scent of a
campfire & coffee floating in the air they would come join her. They had to! That’s why this was a no fail plan, she’d even gone out on a limb and
went so far as to bring along cigarettes. What could be more inviting than coffee, food, and a good smoke while relaxing by a fire after a long spirit
filled day of fighting? Whiskey? Perhaps. “Spirits for the spirits!!” Ha Ha! She laughed out loud. Corny, but that was funny to her. Mattie had
brought some whisky along too… just in case.
While things were cooking on the fire, Mattie walked around carefully listening & watching the darkness around her. She could smell the food, and was
getting quite hungry. She checked her watch seeing that it was nearly nine PM. No sightings as of yet. It could be a long, barren night, but she would
tough it out. Truth be known, she was a little bit freaked out- being out here all by herself and all. Wanting all the sensory stimulation she could
possibly provide to this ghostly atmosphere, she lit a cigarette, fanned the smoke with her empty hand as she walked around waiting for some
apparitions to materialize. Ah… the fright of Halloween night!
[edit on 10/8/2008 by jensouth31]