Thursday, August 30, 2007

Louisiana Ghost Story

My mom sent me this and I couldn't resist passing it on to my blog readers. This sounds like characters in one of my books. I hope you enjoy this Louisiana Ghost Story:

This happened about a month ago just outside of Cocodrie, a little town in the bayou country of Louisiana, and while it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's real.

This out of state traveler was on the side of the road, hitchhiking on a real dark night in the middle of a thunderstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face. Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghostlike in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped.

Wanting a ride real bad the guy jumped in the car and closed the door; only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel,and no sound of an engine to be heard over the rain. Again the car crept slowly forward and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running.

The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and begging for his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and in the bayou and he would surely drown! But just before the curve a shadowy figure appeared at the driver's window and a hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again! Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve.

Finally the guy, scared to near death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran to town. Wet and in shock, he went into a bar and voice quavering, ordered two shots of whiskey, then told everybody about his supernatural experience.

A silence enveloped and everybody got goose bumps when they realized the guy was telling the truth (and not just drunk).

About half an hour later two guys walked into the bar and one says to the other, "Look Boudreaux, ders dat idiot that rode in our car when we wuz pushin it in the rain."


Tori Lennox said...

ROFL!!! I was getting seriously creeped out until the very end!

Jaye Wells said...

LOL! So funny. Thanks for sharing.

RM Kahn said...

One of the best ghost stories I have ever heard.

Jana DeLeon said...

Hi guys - I'm glad you liked it. I too, was creeped a little until the end. But then given that it was a Louisiana story, I figured there had to be a punchline in there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

This one's been floating around for a while. collected one in 2002 that was set in Mexico. Given everything that's been going on in Louisiana of late, I think it makes a better Louisiana Ghost Story than a Mexican "car to the rescue" story.


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