I was once a man of flesh and bones. Now I’ve ascended beyond mortal life. I was naïve, ambitious and most importantly, alive. I remember having people around me I could call friends, but they’re now long gone. Nowadays, I roam around the lost forest at night, where the dense fog conceals whatever lies ahead. The night provides the perfect shade of black to cloak my run-down leathers and my stallion. The unfortunate poor souls that get lost in the forest see my face pierce through the fog, emitting a light shade of orange. 

 I recall my last breaths as a soldier during a siege. One fatal strike, then my head went flying. My senses failed me – taste, smell, sound and vision – before collapsing into the welcoming soil. Later I rose from the dirt and rode my hollow stead, clutching an axe in hand. All I could do was feel, and I felt that the forest was long deserted. Detached from the neck down, the realization came to me that I was like no other man. Dead I was, but a soldier nonetheless, doomed to eternally wander the fields of war. 

Then there was the matter of my missing noggin. I pondered over the options available to me as I searched for a replacement. Something circular, reminiscent of a human head. 

I wandered into a pumpkin farmstead abandoned in the wake of war. A pumpkin, something so sturdy yet so mendable, something that would allow me to carve fear into those that would oppose me. Using the edges of my rustic axe, I went to work. 

At last, I fit the pseudo head on my empty frame. When I opened my eyes, I had regained my senses. How I could taste the musky essence of death that lingered through the air. How I could smell the horrid stench of rotten corpses. How I stood in silence as the loud winds cried through the forest. It was familiar, and knew I belonged in such a place. 

0 0 votes
Post Rating
Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
6 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
11 months ago

Jadin, welcome to Voice.club. What a super first story, and great to see the story from the horseman’s POV, but you’ve made him so deliciously scary. Great job.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
11 months ago

Your picture drew me in, and the first line had me shuddering. The entire story got better and better the more I read. Excellent writing! Welcome to Voice.club, Jadin. You definitely have a future as a writer.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
11 months ago

A well-written story with elements of dark twists. It has so many descriptive elements that sound deep. Well done and welcome to Voice.club, Jadin.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
10 months ago

Hi Jadin
The soldier in the story tells his own tale. This idea and the scariness would impress the reader. Fantastic!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
10 months ago

Welcome to Voice.club, Jadin. Your story is very colorful, powerful and well crafted. Congratulations. And you found the perfect picture for it! Impressive!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
10 months ago

Hello, Jadin. Welcome to the voice club. Even at first glance at the picture, I was convinced that this story is good. When I started reading it, I wasn’t disappointed. It was well crafted and impressive. Good work on your first story, Jadin. Hope to read more stories from you.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Become a PatronHelp support our family-friendly mission

Recent Comments




6
0
Selected Authors may submit comments (5 Credits)x
()
x
Scroll to Top

Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. During public voting, only club members can read posts submitted for that contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!