I'm in this band, and we thought that it was about time to take some band photos. So, we go up to my driveway and we're standing under this large street light hanging over the top part of my driveway.
I set up the camera on the tripod, and we were going to stand at this fence we have up there surrounding our junkyard which was down like a small cliff, maybe about ten feet down. Well, we have our junkyard there, and down below it is a valley which is full of woods and stuff. We have this path that runs through it.
Heather, our singer said she was seeing something in the path down there; it was dark out, by the way. Then our lead guitarist Sean said "You see it too?" I thought it was just a street light off in the distance. So I walk over and look at it and it looked like someone was standing in the path with a lantern but it kept going off and coming back on. Then it slowly started to move.
So we watched it, and Sean and I take Heather to the house and tell her to stay there. We grabbed flashlights and knives, because we didn't know if it was someone out there who was crazy or something. We go out into the path. We start walking and it's starting to come up a storm. We're standing there, surrounded by the woods, and in the silence, I call out. "Hello?" As soon as I finished saying this, lightning filled the sky. Sean joked and said he had seen too many horror movies to know that this was a stupid idea. So, we continued on down the path throughout the woods, and we ended up where we had seen this lantern type thing earlier, but it was gone. That's when we heard heavy footsteps running through the woods. We followed them out of the trail, but we didn't find anything.
Down near the bottom of this large hill I live on, is this old trailer deep in the woods no one has lived in for years, so we thought if anything was out there, it probably made a run for that trailer, so we went out that way and crossed over the barbed wire fence.
We were about to head towards the trailer, but then we saw the lantern shape thing again. And it was moving. We followed it for a little but it went away again. So we stopped. I turned back to look at Sean. He was looking down at the ground and said he thought he heard something hit the ground beside him, so we both look up.
Through a few trees we see the floating orange ball of light that looked like it was inside a lantern floating there, five feet away form us. Now, my grandfather works for the mines, so I had a high powered mining light, and I shined it over there, but there was nothing holding it up. It was just this orange glowing light hovering in the air.
It got brighter and then faded out once more only to reappear farther away from us.
There was no way something could have run from us as far as this thing got without making a sound. We wanted to keep chasing it, but we were coming upon a part of the woods where we had seen a lot of snakes in the past so we decided to just get out of there.
So, we walked back up to the spot where we were taking pictures to see if we could see it from up there again, but we couldn't. It was then when we noticed it hovering over in my backyard, it faded out again, and then quickly shot back off down the hill.
It was very exciting coming so close to this ball of light that looked like it was in a lantern. And I found out they used to mine for coal under my junkyard, and there were a fair number of deaths down there, so I'm wondering if that had anything to do with it.
I hope you enjoyed my story.