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March 2007
- Page 21

White Mountains Creature
by Tango

It was late October, 1995. My family and I were going camping in the White Mountains, Arizona. As the sun drifted behind the mountains, I felt more tired than usual. We were looking for a camping spot, and the road became narrower and narrower. The trees curled over our heads, but I was tired so I ignored it. Soon the road became so rocky and narrow that we decided to turn back.

However, before we could turn around, we encountered "someone." It was dark outside, and the trees made it harder to see. As we turned our car halfway around, we saw a little girl. She was in tattered clothes, and she looked up at us. Her eyes grew wide in fear, like she had seen a ghost. My dad rolled down the window and asked, "Are you alright?" The little girl trembled in fear and said, "You shouldn't be here, please go back!" My dad froze in confusion. The little girl continued saying that same phrase. My mom was scared and finally said, "Let's go back." So we turned around and ignored it, even though I was freaked out.

We turned out of the narrow road and found a camping spot about 30 minutes later. We weren't very tired when we got there, and I felt as though I had been refreshed. My family set up the tents and made a campfire. We relaxed around the fire, confused and scared, talking about the strange girl. Soon, my father said, "Shhhhh!" My mom laughed at him because he always jokes. This time, he was serious. His face went white, and then I knew something was watching us. I looked around the forest, my heart pumping fast. I didn't hear anything, but I was scared.

Soon, a spine-chilling roar came from the woods. What was it? I was on the verge of screaming in fear. Then, the bushes moved, and something bolted out of the forest and into the light of the fire. It had sharp teeth and no fur. It was the size of a bear, but its eyes were yellow. I was frozen in fear. It stood for ten seconds in the light, then galloped off into the forest. I was horrified. My dog was whimpering and it curled its tail between its legs. This was the most horrifying experience in my life. This creature was extremely skinny, it looked like flesh and bones. This disturbing image of this... "thing" is implanted in my head forever.

The next morning, on our way back home, we stopped to eat. As I was sitting to eat, I overheard some people talking of a creature that was skinny and it galloped through their yard, shrieking. On our way out of the cafe, I told my dad of this. He was shocked. And, to this day, none of us know what haunted us that night in the white mountains.

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