THE OLD MAN

All Rights Reserved ©

Summary

Many real life super natural stories experienced by people in small hamlets across India, interlaced with the most horrific one, from the current stack of supernatural incidents, to construct some hair-raising experiences for the readers.

Genre:
Horror / Thriller
Author:
nayarharik
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
10
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
18+

CHAPTER 1: FRIENDS FOREVER

Generally, the new moon nights are too dark and gloomy. And on this ominous new moon night, the deserted highway and the howling wind magnified the aspect of its ghostliness, as Pritam and Prem are driving to Borgaon in Maharashtra, India. They are heading for that village in order to participate in a birthday celebration and an all-boys night party afterwards.

Prem and Pritam are natives of Aksa village, which is about 30 minutes’ drive from Borgaon. They have known each other from their childhood. However, their familiarity developed into a full-blown friendship, during their high school days. In high school, they formed a gang of five thick friends, along with Pradeep, Jagadeep, and Parag. After high school and college, now they are busy coping with their respective professions. Presently, Prem works as an accountant at a national bank in the nearby town. Jagadeep and Parag are software engineers in Delhi; and Pradeep works with a reputed pharmaceutical firm in Pune. But Pritam stayed back in Aksa village looking after his ancestral flour mill and grocery store. All are in their mid-twenties and happily unmarried!

It is to take part in Pradeep’s birthday celebration that they are driving to Borgaon.

Prem (with urgency): Halt the bike, my bladder is going to burst…

Pritam (in a fiery tone): Please wait for five more minutes. There is a cemetery ahead. Let us go beyond that…

Prem (irritated): Cemetery is on the other side. I will pee this side. You just park the bloody bike, or else I will have to piss on you …

They are about to approach a patch of road conquered by pits and potholes.

Pritam (requesting): Just hold on for two more minutes. Let us get past this patch of rough road and, with it, the cemetery, too.

Prem (irritated and furious): Your superstitions are gonna make my bladder burst out in this road which is full of pits and potholes… and it will force me to do some Kegel exercise.

Pritam (chuckles): Hahaha that will benefit you when you woo a girl to bed.

Grunting, and closing his eyes in displeasure, Prem makes noises to control his emotions and asks Pritam to fuck off!

Prem is relieving himself behind the bushes as Pritam waits for him on the roadside. Owing to the new moon, it is pitch dark and Pritam, being fainthearted, is overpowered by a spooky sensation. And shouts out: “Where are you? I am all alone here and frightened to the core.”

Other than the echo striking back, there is no word from Prem. This further ruffles Pritam’s suppressed emotions of fear. Mounting the motorbike on its side-stand, he gets down and cautiously starts walking towards the bushes.

Unknown to them, some stray wild dogs are lurking in and surrounding them.

Pritam (walking very cautiously and slowly): Prem, you there?

(Expecting an answer, he pauses for a few seconds) At least speak up, buddy… These spooky sounds and this darkness… They are terrifying me.

Still there is no response, and the wild dogs are fast approaching.

Pritam walks towards the bushes with great anticipation, when all of a sudden Prem comes out of the bushes, scaring the shit out of Pritam.

Pritam shrieks out: Yaaaay…

Prem (shouting back): At least let me pee in peace.

Pritam (with a sigh): You scared the hell out of me. (Gesturing urgency) Let’s get out of here.

The growling wild dogs are closing in and ready to pounce on them. Fortunately, in the last minute, Pritam jumps on the pedal and they drive off in fraction of a second.

Dejected at their failed attempt, the wild dogs start snarling and staring at one another. The cue of someone approaching, tames them unusually. And they fall in line. A very old man, walking sluggishly with the support of a long wooden stick (lathi), approaches. The wild dogs disburse and disappear behind the bushes as the old man continues to walk ahead on the deserted highway.

Going against the tough image of a wild dog trainer, his bearing is that of a weak and fragile being. With the support of his lathi, he walked firmly but with calculated steps. His attire comprised of a loose dhoti, a jabba worn under the woolen sweater, a muffler and a colloquial set of shoes called moji. A heavy silver anklet clung onto his right leg. His beard and moustache hid some of the unwanted wrinkles on his face, but the hair follicles on his head couldn’t match up with his age and withered away. Brooding brown eyes, thick eyebrows, protruded nose and stuck-out ears gave him a striking personality; but the tobacco stained teeth made his smile very disgusting.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Prity Nag: Im really interested to know why is she so hell bound to get away from him when he may be an cold blooded asshole but is sweet only to her even aftr ger so many desperate tries to push him and hurting him he still promises to stay by her side.....

sweetheart: i like the story...i liked the characters...i love queen victoria and devil😉...nice plot and liked their love.

Lia: This book's was beautifully written and I liked how real it felt and how raw the hardship the characters had to face but also how pure their love for each other is, in the romantic relationships and the platonic ones. I can definitely say that this is one of my favourite books I have read on this...

francess1982: Compulsive reading! Intriguing plotlines and loving the king's character Cyrus - evil and attractive all rolled in together. Dangerous combination 😁😁

MinnieLizzy: I loved this book!!Please finish book 2!I need to know how it all ends...

masihnovaira: You are a wonderful writer. I have also written two novels named hurdles of life reveal our destination, unbelievable turns. If you will read it and give a review over it i will be very happy please

tandualfarida: ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

annenina: Once I read the first chapter, I can't stop until I reach the last one 👏👍

FoxKey: Thank you. Truly enjoyed reading this story.

More Recommendations

K8te20 : this was an absolutely amazing book. i loved it start to finish :D their love is one of my favorite so far :) Keep up the amazing writing ! cant wait to start the next one ! (which i will be doing in exactly 5 minutes lol)

Debora: I enjoy it, love the story and the style

Rosemary Rainey: The story was fantastic. Never saw the end coming. Would definitely read more books written by this author.

I.K Scott: i liked it alot its a relly good readcan anybody please check out cracked demeanor and stay with me i have no feed back and i would really like to know how it comes across

Annet: Stolen Birthright should be read 1st because all of the characters are know and how they fit into the story.

Shayla ennis: I've read all three of Molly's stories I was hooked from the beginning I could not put down any of what she had to say but now that I've come to the tail end of her journey I am wondering what will come next in fact I want to know if she will keep fighting or if her children will take over I'd re...

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.