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The Real Boogieman

By artsoccer All Rights Reserved ©

Horror

Chapter 1

Many moons before the white man came to what is now referred to North America, there was a man, and his name was Boogie.  This man refused to die.  He was terrified of death, so he found a way around it.  He discovered that if he drained the life force out of a young person, typically below the age of twenty winters (years) he could live off of their youth, but he would have to keep refueling, so to speak, on youthful life force.  He could, also only drain their youth on one particular night a year.  He would steal children away, any child that wandered on that night.

For many years, all across the continent, the native tribes would tell stories to their children about a Boogieman who would, once in a generation steal a child away.  They did not tell their children this tale to frighten the children into behaving, but to warn them.
In the year of the Christian lord, 1492, the white man arrived upon the shores of the Boogieman’s domain.  March 25, 1584, the white man created a colony, and they called it, Roanoke.  On October 31st, 1589, after the colony had been abandoned by its leader; Boogieman struck that night, his appointed night.  He took the little baby, Virginia Dare, after the nearby native tribe had attacked and destroyed the colony.  He had never drained a baby before; it had been quite satisfying to him.
Centuries later, all the peoples of America tell their children tails of the Boogieman, but they tell it in jest, not in true warning.  The denizens of the United States of America do not believe in the Boogieman, but he is real, and on all Hallows-Eve, once in a generation a child wanders off, and never wanders back.

  Halloween is fast approaching.  If you are young be careful where you go trick or treating, and if you know anyone who is young enough, warn them.  Do NOT go wandering about this Halloween night, once in a generation is about now.

“How do I know this?” you may ask.  Simple, it is not “I”, but “We”.  We are the ghosts of Boogie’s previous victims.  In every generation we try to warn off potential victims.  But, it has never worked.  This time we have worked together to posses this author whom calls herself “artsoccer” to write and post this warning online.  Pay heed to our warning, if you don’t, well you or a young loved one may be joining our ranks soon...

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