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Perry Ignored the Light
By Steve Groll
Saturday, September 25, 2010

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A teenage boy and his father are camping when a fatal error leads to a horrible death.

Perry was fifteen, and he and his dad enjoyed taking weekend camping trips together. On one of these father/son outings, they decided to go to a new place. They enjoyed fishing, hiking, and especially exploring, so they were excited to try a place they had never been to before. Parry’s dad heard a fellow at work talking about this out-of-the-way campsite that was supposed to be haunted. The coworker was saying that he would never take his family there because most people who go there never return.

Perry begged his dad to take him. He said, “You always told me that there were no such things as ghosts. So if you really believe that then why won’t you take me to that place?”

“Son, of course I don’t believe in ghosts, but there must be something up there that people are mistaking as ghosts. Even though it isn’t haunted, I think it might still be dangerous.”

“Why don’t you call the forest service and see what they say,” Perry suggested.

“That’s a good idea. I'll to that.” After Perry’s dad got off the phone he said, “I guess it will be okay. The forest ranger I talked to said that it is a very rough place. There are some bears and some mountain lions in the area, but as long as we don’t wander too far from the fire at night without taking a torch, we should be okay.”

That is how they decided to take the trip. When they arrived at an area that looked like a good place to make camp, it was already dark. “We will use the car headlights while we put up the tent and make a fire,” his dad said.

Once camp was setup with a nice fire going, they roasted hotdogs on sticks for dinner. And they roasted marshmallows for desert. “You know, dad, it is really quiet here. It doesn’t seem much different than most of the other places we have camped at before.”

“That’s true , son. And most of the other places we have camped at have had bears and mountain lions as well. I don’t think we need to worry. But just in case, if you have to get up to relieve yourself, stay close to the fire and take the flashlight with you.”

“Sure dad, not a problem.”

Once they were finished eating they decided to crawl into their sleeping bags and go to sleep. They were tired from driving all day and they wanted to get up early to go fishing. Perry woke up after being asleep only a couple hours. It was the middle of the night and he could hear his father snoring. Perry had to relieve himself and did not want to bother with the flashlight. He decided that since he was only going to be behind a tree a few feet from the fire, he would not need the light.

Perry was groggy as he walked to the tree. Once he got around on the other side of it, it was much darker than he expected. In fact, he couldn’t see a thing. He tried to walk back to the other side of the tree to see the fire, but he tripped on a rock and rolled down a long slanting cliff that he did not realize was behind the tree. The fall banged him up badly. He could tell that his right arm was broken. He was in total darkness; he did not know where he was, or what was around him. He yelled, “Dad! Dad! I fell and I can’t see. HELP!”

When he stopped yelling to see if he would get an answer back from his father, he heard something. But what he heard was not from his dad. It was a low, long growl. Perry froze. His heart was beating so fast it felt like it would burst. He did not know what to do. If he called out again, whatever was in the dark might attack him. If he ran, he might fall again, or trip and be attacked. He stood frozen with fear. Then he herd large cracking sounds as something big moved toward him in the dark. Perry screamed, “DAD, Please, DAD!”

Perry’s Dad opened his eyes. He thought he had heard something. He sat up and listened. Hearing nothing more, he turned over and went back to sleep. When he woke the next morning, he looked over at his son’s sleeping bag; however, it was empty. He called out, “Perry. Perry, where are you?” The father got up and searched the area, but there was no sign of his son. He called in the forest rangers and they searched for several days, but they never found any trace of the boy.

The moral of the story is, never neglect The Light. Evil is seeking whom it may devour. fantasy, religion and spirituality, children, kids, young adult, horror, dark, christian, values, church, spooky, Sunday school, doing the right thing, teaching story, children's church, tragic, fatal, camp story, home schooling, devine light, neglect


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Reviewed by David Glenn 12/4/2010
Probably the saddest story you wrote. Still, it has an important lesson. Shame Perry had to learn the hard way.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/10/2010
Your story reminds the reader that there is so much that we do not know when it comes right down to it. I think there is a typo in this sensence:

"He decided that sense (since) he was..."

Thanks for sharing, Steve. Love and peace to you,


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