The river current flowed nice and smooth. It was a wide river, with only a few rocks in it; its clear water allowed them to see all the way to the bottom. However, one muddied part was a crocodile habitat and avoided by most people.
Upon passing this area, the water would become clear again. Locals had spoken of evil spirits who hid their appearance with the dark waters near the crocodiles. Even those who weren’t religious always prayed before passing this part of the river; stories abounded of people going missing. Strange sightings were reported of half-human, half-fish beings with razor-sharp teeth.
Over the years, people’s beliefs in demonic beings as evil and deceptive changed to seeing them as heroes and glorified beings due to all the brainwashing they received through movies and music. Joshua and Ruth knew, however, the true nature of those creatures and that they were real too.
“Do you remember that frightful night camping with Brad and Uncle Thomas?” Ruth asked.
“How can I forget? That was the most scary thing I had ever seen in my life.”
“Yeah, me too; that thing almost caused the boat to capsize when we crashed into it. It gave me such a fright as it leapt out of the water so suddenly – who would have expected that?”
“Brad almost fell overboard; I had to grab on to him. The shock of seeing it made him lose his balance.”
“Really? I didn’t know that. All I remember is that it didn’t seem like any creature you see on the Disney Channel.”
“That’s because they deceive people into believing ‘mermaids,’ as they call them, are friendly creatures – when in reality they are ferocious demons like the one we saw. Even sailors of old knew that. Do you remember all those stories we grew up hearing? Sailors would see beautiful women in the middle of the sea sitting on rocks, singing and combing their hair, and when they went close they would be attacked, causing the sailors to fear the sea.”
“Yeah, I remember; just like the one we saw. She looked beautiful, too, with that long black hair, but you could feel all that evil and fear she brought. I don’t know about you, but I was afraid, even more so when it leapt up from the water. As it was coming back down, the look it gave us was terrible, and those teeth looked like shark teeth. All I saw when I looked into those eyes were blackness. Even though I was filled with fear, I couldn’t keep my eyes from it.”
“Those eyes were, without a doubt, filled with pure evil, and the shrieking almost burst my eardrums; my ears hurt for days.”
“Mine, too, and Brad’s as well. Poor Uncle Thomas grew partially deaf from that night, remember?”
“One thing I also remember was, for a creature that usually attacks and kills people, it sure was eager to escape us.”
“That’s right,” Ruth agreed. “It screamed at us like it wanted to scare us away, just before it disappeared.”
“The pastor at church always says evil cannot dwell where good is, or in our case, where devoted Christians are. Maybe it sensed the presence of God with us as we were approaching, and was trying to escape when we collided.”
“That’s probably true. No other reason why such a terrifying creature would spare us and run away, never to be seen again in these parts.”
“Well, there was one sighting about two years ago. People got so curious after what happened to us; some wanted to see for themselves, as you know some don’t believe until they experience it for themselves.” Joshua paused and then continued. “This guy Sam, I don’t know him, but I heard he lives about a mile or two from where we live. He came down here and called out for the creature to appear and appear it did. Fear gripped him when he saw that it existed, all he could remember to say was ‘Jesus’, and that scared the creature. He was lucky fear didn’t kill him first.” Joshua laughed.
“Imagine that. I bet that kept many quiet after that and cooled down their curiosity.” Ruth giggled.
“It sure did.”
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