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The Unexplained

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The Unexplained Upper Blackwood, Australia, 1955 The sun had set but the sky was a still clear. The autumn nights were colder now and fuel was expensive, so the sticks that Jean Smith was gathering at the edge of the bush would cook an evening meal -and keep Gilbert and her warm through the night. The huge farm they worked for on was over 300 kilometres from the nearest city of Perth. Strangers hardly ever came this way. That was why Jean seemed to puzzled. She felt there was one or something nearby, watching her. She looked over her shoulder carefully, and around her carefully. There was no one in sight. Apart from the scrub bushes, it seemed impossible for any one to hide. The blank, dark windows of her wooden cabin stared out at her. They were empty. She shivered and bent forwards to pick up just a few more handfuls of wood before she made her way home. And as she bent she herd a whisper of something fly past her neck. A moment later it hit the ground with a heavy thud. Jean didn't wait to see who was throwing stones at her. She didn't need. She already knew there was some one there. The women clutched her precious twigs to her chest and ran for the cottage. ...read more.

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"I'll go for help, he said. "You'll be safe enough inside. Bolt the door behind me.'' He snatched the keys to his old van and hurried out. As the sound of the engine faded the dogs woke up, jumped to their feet and began barking and howling. The women slipped the chains from their necks and they threw themselves towards the door. "Get him, boy!'' she said and pulled the bolt back. But when the dogs pushed through the opening door they began howling and vanished into the night. Thud! Something hit the roof again. Thud! That one hit the wall. Jean Smith snatched her husband's rifle and pushed the barrel through the opening of the door. But from inside the house an empty jam jar flew across the room and splintered against the doorpost beside her head. She shut the door quickly and sat with her back to it. Every object and sat with her back to it. Every object in the room was a possible enemy now. It was an hour before Gilbert returned with a neighbour. There had been long spells of silence when Jean had begun to relax, but as soon as she did so she was jerked back into terror by something crashing against the wall. ...read more.

Conclusion

The ghost hunters from the Perth Psychic Society tried to explain to the Smiths that this sort of spirit activity was common throughout the world..... but they couldn't stop it . "It tends to stop by itself, " they said. Jean Smith shook her head slowly. Sleepless nights and fear-filled days had shrunk her. "Who knows?" they said and went away. The women bent wearily to gather sticks. It was autumn again. A year had passed since that first stone had been hurled at her. The sun had set but the sky was still a clear blue. The nights were colder now and fuel was expensive, so the sticks she was gathering at the edge of the bush would cook an evening meal- and keep Gilbert and her warm through the night. She stopped and looked up. There was something wrong, something missing. For the first time in a year she smiled. She knew she wasn't being watched. She knew that it had gone away. Whatever it was had decided to leave them in peace at last. Jean clutched the sticks and hurried back to the huse. She opened the door. Gilbert looked up from his chair at the side of the fireplace. "I know, "he said. "Why?" Jean asked. Gilbert stood up and walked across to her. Her wrapped a hand around her thin shoulders. "Like the people from Perth said "Who knows?" Imran Nazir Yr 10 Words: I,377 ...read more.

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