“Spirits of fog” Written by T. Ponder
Poetizedthoughtz – “I just read ‘Spirits of Fog’. I must say I was kind of skeptical about the story from the beginning but as I continued reading on the story began to unfold, I was able to grasp the concept and storyline. This should definitely be a book or movie…”
Spirits of fog: Josh clocked out from work at 2:59a.m.
He walked out of the fast food restaurant and lit a cigarette. The white tobacco smoke matched the mist in the air. After Josh finished smoking he tossed the remaining part of his cigarette then walked to his car…The road seemed like it was bombed with fog, trees looked like shadows, street lamps looked like shining orbs. Josh turned right on 90th avenue and drove into a gas station. He noticed something or somebody was blocking the doors to the entrance. He parked his car near a gas pump, got out, and cautiously walked toward the entrance. He felt relieved when he seen the store cashier standing outside. Josh bought a bottle of water, gave the cashier twenty dollars for gas, then he walked out of the store.
“Hey you, have you ever read the Bible?”
(Josh turned around and seen somebody standing motionless in the fog)
Josh: “Some of it, but I have to leave”
“You will always see, you will always see”
Josh rushed to pump his gas, jumped in his car, and drove away to a stop sign. He looked at his cell phone and noticed that he missed a call from Gabriella. He tossed his phone on the empty passenger seat…. When Josh finally arrived home from work the time was 3:21am…he opened his phone and called Gabriella.
Gabriella: “Hey Josh”
Josh: “Do weird things happen when there’s fog outside?”
Gabriella: “You always ask me crazy questions, I can’t tell you everything”
Josh: “I’m being serious, why would somebody ask me about the Bible at 3:00a.m?”
Gabriella: “Do you want me to spend the night with you?”
Josh: “If you want to, last time you left in the middle of the night”
Gabriella: “I’ll be there in ten minutes”
Josh: “I’ll wait outside by the entrance, drive safe”
Gabriella: “See you soon, Bye”
Josh could see that Gabriella was wearing a lot of makeup. He got inside of the car and as soon as he did he started to cough.
Gabriella: “So you don’t like my new perfume?”
Josh: “That’s a bad smell Gabby!”
Gabriella: “I call it…love potion”
Josh: “Whatever, hurry up and park please”
Gabriella: “I almost forgot to tell you! On my way here I almost hit somebody running in the middle of the street!”
Josh: “Wow, There is something strange going on”
Gabriella: “I have heard a rumor people say that if you hang around somebody that’s haunted you will become haunted too. I don’t mean to sound crazy but are you haunted Josh?”
Josh: “No I’m not, I hope I’m not”
Gabriella and Josh got out of her car and walked through the murky parking lot. When they arrived inside Josh’s apartment they didn’t turn on the lights, the both of them laid on the bed. A few hours later the sun raised and they woke up holding each other.
Gabriella: “Happy birthday!”
Josh: “Why do you always say that to me when you wake up?”
Gabriella: “Don’t get mad, give me a kiss?”
Josh: “Wait, when is your birthday?”
Gabriella: “It doesn’t matter, give me a kiss”
Josh: “I don’t wanna kiss right now I’m still thinking about what happened last night”
Gabriella: “Are you scared?”
Josh: “I’m not scared it feels like I’m discovering something”
Gabriella: “If you stop being scared maybe you can discover more?”
Josh: “I’m really not scared, stop saying I’m scared…I was thinking about walking to work”
Gabriella: “You should, and you can call me if something happens”
Josh: “Okay I will”
The early morning darkness was overpowered with fog, the time was 3:01a.m when Josh clocked out from work. Every step Josh took was enticing to his ears. His vision was blurry because of the icy air touching his eyes. While Josh continued to walk, street signs disappeared and appeared. He arrived at a deserted crosswalk and waited to cross the empty street. Josh reached inside of his pocket to grab his cell phone but his phone wasn’t there…. Josh suddenly felt detached from the world. Josh’s mission home was almost over when he stepped on something that crunched like a dry leaf. He reached down then picked up a piece of paper. Josh couldn’t read the small print in the early morning darkness so he put the note in his pocket. He came to the point in his journey where he could continue walking straight, or turn right and walk through Saint Peter’s Park.
The gravel trail was dim, hazy, and filled with tall pine trees. Halfway through Josh’s lonely walk he stopped to listen to his surroundings. The cloudy moonlight shined on top of his head. The closer he approached the Saint Peter’s Statue the more it looked like an illusion. Josh decided to stop and listen to his surroundings once again. He didn’t know there was a visitor at the park with him. Josh got the urge to run but when he tried to move his legs but he was paralyzed. An evil spirit in the form of a man stood in front of Josh. The features of the spirit were ungodly; the bones in its face were completely deformed. As the two footed creature got closer to Josh he started to feel more frozen. Before Josh fell to the ground he yelled “Oh my Goodness” then he instantly gained control of his legs. When he fell forward his palms landed on top of sharp gravel rocks. Blood leaked behind Josh as he sprinted through the park.
The foggy air was filled with the smell of sulfur.
Josh ran inside of his apartment, turned on the light, and collapsed to the floor. After several minutes of coughing and wiping burning tears Josh gained the mental strength to stand up. He put his hand inside of his pocket and pulled out the note he found. There was a handwritten message that read:
“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision” Philippians 3:2
Josh became filled with fear. He dropped the note with Bible quote it gently landed on the carpet. Josh couldn’t think straight so he got in bed. Josh laid in bed several hours until Gabriella came knocking at the front door of the apartment; the time was 6:00 in the evening.
Gabriella: “I think you need this”
(Gabriella hands Josh an old dusty Bible)
Josh: “Why did you get me this?”
Gabriella: “Because” (sneakily smiles)
Josh tossed the Bible on his bed. He pulled Gabriella by the arm and brought her body up against his. He wrapped both of his arms around her and hugged her tight as if they loved each other. He opened his watery eyes and stared at her long black wavy hair, he slowly released his grip of her. She pranced toward the bed and picked up the Bible that she gave to Josh.
Josh was still shaken up from the previous night….
She turned around and stared at the back of Josh’s head. She began to bite her bottom lip out of excitement.
Gabriella: “Hey Josh I wanna be the first person to read from this book. What do you think of this, Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision”
Silence completely filled the room; it was like time stood still. Josh tried to speak but the words would not come out of his mouth. He could not understand how Gabriella read the same Bible verse that he found on his walk home. Josh’s thoughts became clouded, foggy, hazy, crazy. Josh finally understood that Gabriella is a wicked person, the thought of her made him feel unhuman and dirty. He realized that he knows nothing about her.
Josh stood in the middle of the living room; his eyes didn’t blink or wince as he stared at the bright hued wall. Gabriella soundlessly stood behind him smiling with a demonic smile. She reached out to grab Josh by the back pocket of his jeans but she couldn’t grasp him. Then she tried grasping Josh by the arm but she couldn’t hold his arm, it was like she was a ghost…
She walked as if she flew, out the door once again. When Josh woke up from the daze he was in he shut the front door to his apartment, took a seat on his bed, and called the fast food restaurant he works at. Josh told the manager that he wants to quit… He tossed his cell phone
His new phone landed in the center of the room. His cell phone shined under a sun beam from the window curtain.
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