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The Putrid Smell Still Unforgotten

A Featured Short Story from Blogging Grandmothers.


One flashlight flash meant danger, two flashes meant safe, but
then she saw three flashes that night from beyond the swamp.

They had never talked about what three flashes meant and now she was worried and not sure what to do.  

She remembered one flash, two flash but Not Three!  Her husband and father  had told her to stay there incase her little brother showed up which she was hoping for and  trying not to think  of the worst while they were in the swamp area searching for her lost brother.  Thoughts keep running through her mind, what if he’s hurt, or an alligator got him or whatever, She could only think negitive thoughts and an occasional happy memory of fun times with her little brother.

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As she sat there on a damp stump she could hear all kinds of noises some familiar some not so!  Owls hooting, occasional cracks of wood, growls of alligators in the distance and splashes in the swamp and scratches on what she thought was bark on a tree and the weird sounds almost similar to a human voice but not quite.  Goosebumps rose on her arms and chills ran down her spine with the cold night wind and so many unfamiliar sounds!  She could feel tears weel up and kept fighting it off trying to stay strong, but she felt so helpless just sitting and waiting while wondering and praying.

As she sat there in the cold dark night with only a flash light she could feel the anxiety building up within her and feeling damp, cold, and helpless not knowing what was going on deep in the swamp area with her family much less what was lurking about her.  Her nerves got the best of her and she stood up quickly beginning to pace back and forth as fearful thoughts kept swimming in her head,  Then suddenly she heard a loud noise in the distance like the scattering of large birds screeching all at once and scouring out of the trees and just as fast, a loud growl and banging thuds on the trees.  Within seconds later she heard several gun shots and two flash lights not far apart of one another go on and off one time;  She remembered what her husband  had told her about the warning signs.

At this point Sally was so scared she turned to run and tripped over a broken stump, crying, wet with mud and moss all over her she gathered up all her courage and stood facing the swamp area when she noticed more flashes!  But this time it was each three times!  Sally panicked not knowing what they meant and terrified of what it could mean.

She held her head in her hands and began to weep uncontrollably then suddenly she heard a growling sound and crashing of trees in the distance,  She thought for a second; It couldn’t be an alligator, But what was it?  She began walking stepping backwards away from the frightening sounds then quickly out of the damp darkness she noticed large yellow eyes glowing from the swamp and a pungent, putrid smell and SUDDENLY with a large strange sound and thud in front of her was this unimaginable creature like nothing she had ever seen standing within two feet of her with long dark hair all over its body and huge hands and feet.  As she stood there unable to move from unfathomable fright she could smell that scent she noticed earlier but much stronger now burning her nostrils.  She glanced up toward the beast and noticed it was holding a limp ragged object in its arms and as the beast moved forward towards her a few steps she recognized a plaid material half covered in mud.  She thought quickly could this be? No it can’t be my BROTHER!  Sally had recognized the red and white flannel shirt her brother had on that morning.  Suddenly the creature dropped the body on the ground in front of her and she heard a faint noise from it;  She knew then it was her brother and knelt down to check and comfort him all the while her brother lay their unconscious .

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She was so involved with her brother for a few seconds she had almost forgotten about the hairy creature; Then suddenly the hairy unknown creature let out a loud growl or scream she wasn’t sure and turned and ran back into the swamp as loudly as it had appeared!  At this point Sally fell to her knees besides her brother and cried while gently wiping the mud and blood from his face when she noticed his cell phone in his T-shirt pocket under the flannel shirt.  She reached for it and luckily it still had power and she called 911 for help.  While waiting her thoughts returned to her husband and father while fear and anxiousness overcame her again as tears flowed down her face thinking out loud “what more or how much more could she take”. Were they alive?  Did that stinking creature kill them?  Sally began pacing back and forth on the swamp’s edge and checking now and then on her brother, While it seemed like hours when in the distance she could hear the sounds and sights of emergency vehicles in the distance and a sigh of relief eased her mind for a few minutes all the while still wondering and praying for her husband  and father.

Two months had past now and her brother recovered physically and the search team never found her husband and father.  To this day as Sally’s life goes on but no where the same as before that day, she hears whispers and pointed fingers every time she goes to town to remind her over and over again of the terror and untold truth that only she and her brother will carry with them the rest of their lives.  The day the Flash lights blinked three times.





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The Journey

As I stood in the shower with the warm water running down my face and body I felt myself drifting into a trance like state.

I was aware of my surroundings , but I felt as though I was out of my body in a spiritual way. There was no pain, no sounds only that of the gentle water trickling in the shower.
I began to float further away into what seemed as colorful clouds and a sense of others presence but unseen to me. I would hear gentle whispering voices but unable to understand what they or who was speaking or was I just hearing this all in my mind! I wasn’t sure either way but only knew I was out of my body in a spiritual out-of-body experience or something near that.
I began to panic and reaching towards the voices but not feeling or sensing anyone near me only the sound in the distance.

I knew now that I was no longer in the shower for I could see myself or my body laying in the shower with my eyes closed; To me I looked **dead **and I began to panic again! “Whats happening to me, Where Am I ?” At that moment I felt and heard a gentle voice and felt a touch on my right shoulder and as I turned toward the touch I could hear this soft yet masculine person or spirit say to me
“Dear sweet daughter I have been waiting and watching over you for a long time and now you have come”. At that split moment I thought to myself; Daughter who’s daughter who is this and who’s talking to me?
Then suddenly I felt another touch on my left shoulder and was gently turned completely around, my eyes closed for a brief second and opened again when I heard a distinct mans voice say “ **YOU** are here my daughter because your work is finished on earth and you are needed here, So many have waited a long time for you to come and complete your mission with them. Again I thought what mission? Who? What is this person talking about? My mind was spinning wondering who is this person that calls me daughter and touched my shoulders . Then suddenly a bright light in the distance was glowing and seem to be growing at the same time while moving closer to this person who called me daughter and myself. We both watched as the glow became closer and more vivid in colors, colors that I have never seen nor dare try to explain.
Within seconds the glow was about upon us and diminished into a soft mist then suddenly appeared what looked like people sorta but semi-ghostly like spirits I have seen in movies or pictures, Then as I turned my head to see the person who called me daughter ; I actually seen his face with features and legs, arms, hands, but all mystic like, like a spirit! Then suddenly It hit me, I RECOGNIZED this spirit as that of my Father! My birth father the one who with my mother gave birth to me!!! The one who Died when I was only 18 months old!

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Then it hit me! I too have passed over and now hopefully in heaven or some glorious realm. I heard some faint voices again and noticed a group of people were walking or floating toward me and I could make out they were a mix of male and female personages. A un familiar feeling came upon me that I felt from my head to my toes surged thought out my body and I almost felt like I was going to pass out; At that same instant my Father gently grabbing both my hands said you are overcome with the spirit of joy and love and knowing that you are home now. I looked upon his face for the first time and I knew and recognized it to be truly my father , whom I never met but yet knew somehow through pictures, family stories and if I dare mention several visits that he has come to me day and night! I felt the tears build up in me my heart pounding yet filled with over whelming joy and love that I can’t begin to describe or barely speak of! I noticed the group of people were walking towards me now and could hear voices whispering gently and hear my name several times. I decided to walk towards them also and as I was in front of them now I began to recognize those as past family members mostly ones that I have NEVER meet!

They greeted me with open arms, tears, and just speaking through our hearts! No words had to be spoken we could understand each other in our minds and our hearts! I thought to myself I’m HOME, This is what my Grandmother was trying to tell me, my Great Grandfather, My Father, all have spoken to me at different times and ways telling me what I need to do and where I need to be but It was up to me to figure it out, to follow my heart, to listen to the prompting, the small voices!!

It all made sense now I was here for a reason, a mission, and purpose and I was with my family that have waited so long to be together. To see my Father to touch him speak with him and feel his love for me and more!! I felt no pain, no guilt, nor shame I felt whole completely loved and accepted for who I was .
I thought again Is this a dream, wake up! But deep in my heart and soul in my total being I knew I was truly home and where My Father wanted me to be and the others lovingly waiting for me to complete my journey to begin another.

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I’ve heard of people talking about life beyond the veil on the other side and visitations and visions but never knew for sure, but yet having several of my own ALL of this journey made sense! My life on earth served a purpose I had created a family with my husband and felt I did ok, The best I knew at least.
Again faintly I heard my Father speak it is time to go with the others now and he reached for my hand and as I placed my hand in his I felt the warmth and tender love we had between us and gently we approached the other family members and walked towards another soft glowing light of strange colors and I noticed flowers appearing, gardens, animals of all kinds, buildings like I have never seen before, soft musical sounds or notes, and I noticed in the far off distance it seemed like, looked like two people in a distance by themselves above the beautiful buildings and mesmerizing colorful mountains in the shadows behind them, They appeared to be male dressed in stunning white loose clothing surprisingly I could feel their presence and love for all!  It was all so glorious and for lack of words heavenly! I could only Imagine! Heavenly, Yes this was Heaven or it seemed to me this is the place the place where I want to be with my Father and family to live in love, joy, acceptance and total Glory!
This is my Journey, My Dream come true, My answer to my prayers.
This is a” New Beginning” Not an End.
We are ALL on this Journey and the Journey to come.