The Appalling Light


Some say you see a white light before you die. This story is about the light that caused Kay’s death.

Here in Mauritius, we have many lakes and reservoirs. One of them is called St. Hubert lake; about 15mins from the sea. Kay and his friends were staying in a bungalow a few kilometers away. Late at night, they ran out of food. So he drove inland to, hopefully, find a restaurant or something. Whilst driving, he passed in front of the said lake. It was pitch black. He could not even distinguish water from land. It was really dark and to add to the effect, there was a pin drop silence. He continued his way and found a little inn. Luckily they had food. Having purchased what they needed, he headed back.

Back in front of the lake, he noticed a light. As if someone was holding a candle. It was there…right in the middle of the darkness. He stopped the car and stared right in its direction. It was just the candle light…no one near it. And it was floating in the air. Intrigued, he got out of the car, and leaned on the railing trying to get a better understanding. That’s when he saw them; two bright white eyes. Just the eyes behind the candle!!
He ran for his car, sped back to the bungalow. When he narrated the story to his mates, they laughed at him and carried with their activities. He ran upstairs in the washroom, leaned over the sink and splashed his face with water. Trying to catch his breath, he felt a tap on his shoulder. He stood straight…looked over his shoulder; no one was there. Feeling relieved, he turned back but froze. The reflection in the mirror was not his. IT WAS NOT HIS.

Dark eyes, a devilish grin. That’s what was there. And it was staring right in his eyes. Then he mouthed the words “Hello Kay! I am here to take you with me!!!!”
He screamed from the top of his lungs. All his mates rushed in the washroom. They were all concerned. Kay collapsed on the floor.

Couple of hours later, he woke up. Only his table lamp was lit. Everywhere else was dark. He reached for his torch in his bag and fumbled his way across the corridor. It took a few minutes to realize that he was alone in the bungalow. He reached out for the hall lights but felt a cold bony hand on the switch followed by a tap on his shoulder again!!!
He turned around swiftly and nothing. There was nothing there!!


He turned back again….the face in the mirror was there…only this time it was really in front of him…grinning.

Next thing Kay felt was the other being’s nails dig deep in his abdomen and fiddling with his guts. The next day, the owner of the bungalow discovered 7 dead bodies, all mutilated. No one knows what happened in that bungalow!

-D.K Luximon


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