19 October 2012


THE UNKNOWN

My mother promised me that I would never tell anyone what we saw that night.  I asked her why and she said that people would think we were crazy.

She was probably right.

But when I was asked to tell a true scary story, this was the one that came to mind. So y'all have to promise to keep this between us.

Every evening after dinner, my mom would take our Old English Sheepdog, J. Edgar, out for a walk to the end of the street and back.  I was eight years old at the time, and for some reason, I was the only one in our family who went on the walk with her that night.

The sun was setting, but it wasn’t dark yet.  The sky had turned a blue so pale that it was nearly white.  We walked down to the end of the cul de sac, and let J. Edgar off his leash to run in the empty field that bordered the golf course.  I watched as he sniffed the grass and chased the occasional butterfly, not paying much attention to anything else.  I don't know what drew my eye to the sky, but I looked up, beyond the field to a pair of lights in the distance.

An aircraft was streaking along the pale sky.  At first, I assumed it as a plane, because, well, what else could it be?  It had a bright orange light at the front, and a white one in the rear, normal colored lights for a plane.  But the aircraft moved faster than any plane I’d ever seen, getting closer in closer in the few seconds while I watched.

“What is that?” I asked.

My mom glanced up at the sky.  “It’s a plane.”

“No,” I said, “it’s not.” looked back up, putting her hand over her brow as we watched the aircraft zoom even closer.  Neither one of us said a word as we stared at the aircraft.

The aircraft didn’t make a sound.  No hum or buzz or roar of engines as it zipped with alarming speed to an area right in front of us.  It glided to a stop, hovering in mid-air above the elementary school which sat on the other side of the golf course.

It the fading light, we could make out the shape of the aircraft, a long, think oval.  There were no discernible wings or even engines, just that bright colored orange light on the front and  white one in back.

The seconds ticked by in slow motion as the aircraft hovered soundlessly, about 500 yards away.  It was huge, covering one end of the school grounds to the other.  Without warning, it accelerated from a standstill to a speed that carried it up into the evening sky so quickly that it disappeared completely within a couple of breaths.

My mom called our dog over and put his leash back on.  We turned back up the street toward our house in silence. I hadn’t been scared while we were watching the aircraft. I’d been too busy trying to figure out what it was.  But with the fading light at our backs, and the growing realization that I couldn’t make sense of what I’d just seen, fear started to burrow in and take root.

I waited until we were nearly home before I found my voice again.  “What was that?”

“I don’t know,” my mom said. She rubbed the back of her neck.  “Don't say a word about this to anyone.  Not even your dad.”

“Why not?”

“Because they’ll think we’re crazy.”

Okay, now I was scared.

I learned later that my mom did tell my dad what we saw that night.  And, my dad, who worked a as an investigator on a military base, had laughed and told her she was imagining things.  But the next day, his office fielded calls from two other people who described seeing a similar aircraft.  So my dad opened an investigation.  It lasted exactly two hours before the Air Force shut it down.

As the years went by, I rationalized what I saw as some kind of government prototype.  But the truth is, I don’t know the truth.  I don’t think I ever will.

And, that is the scariest part.



Title: Silver (Bandia, #1)
Author: Talia Vance
Publisher: Flux, 374 Pages (September 8th, 2012)
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Synopsis: "As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away."

Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she's been hiding even from herself.

Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.



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Talia, thank you for taking the time to share this creepy story. It gave me a serious case of the shivers. My dad has a story about something kind of like this that if I saw, I think I would have had a nervous break down. Also, thank you for donating a signed copy of Silver for the giveaway!

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11 comments:

  1. The fact that we don't know or sometimes will never know, is indeed utterly terrifying.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  2. OOh that looks like an intriguing read!

    jessica(DOT)agreatread(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. My story is similar to Talia's - back around 1969, my dad was driving home along the riverside and just happened to look up to see a long, cylindrical-cigar shaped UFO silently gliding above the river. What makes this doubly interesting is, at the time, my dad was employed at Cape Canaveral, and told me that *he knew it wasn't one of OURS* ... whatever THAT meant lol

    And yeah, the most logical thought would be that many *ufos* are actually R&D prototypes - like the stealth. Or blimps, hence the size.
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

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  4. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! Congrats to Talia on the new release! That was a spooky story! I don't know what i'd do if I saw such a strange aircraft. Probably finally believe in aliens :)

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  5. Oops... forgot my email: efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Pretty cool that her dad opened the investigation. Too bad they shut him down. Makes you wonder what they were trying to hide??

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  7. Silver!!! Yayyy!!! I recently won a copy from Amanda Davroe, and I will soon be reading it!!! Interesting story... I bet that was the government doing their stuff (whatever that stuff may be). It's too bad you'll never know.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway!

    lilleetleet(at)verizon(dot)net

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  8. I have no doubt that the government knows lots of things...

    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

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  9. The thing that really freaked me out later, was how calm we were as it was happening. We just stood there staring, too busy trying to process what we were seeing and place it into a familiar, logical box. It was only after it disappeared, when we realized that we couldn't, that fear started to creep in. I think that's part of why Brianna uses science and math as a way to explain the things that happen to her in Silver. Science is the modern answer to myth- it gives us the explanation we crave for the unexplainable.

    And yeah, I'm convinced the government knew exactly what we saw.

    Thanks for having me as part of Haunted Halloween!

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  10. I'm curious to know if we truly are alone or if there is some other life forms out there... Spooky. And just to let you know, while reading this I heard the X-Files theme in my head lol

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  11. Spooky story, but I don't really believe in aliens. I would've freaked out at the time though!

    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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