Flames leapt and danced, devouring logs in the fire pit. Leaves rustled in the breeze. The fine hairs on my arms stood on end, sending chills tingling along my spine. Shadows ghosted over swaying branches.
What at first appeared to be a lump on a gnarled limb, took flight, swooped over my head, and landed on a neighboring tree to hunt for prey. I crept closer to get a better look. Bats darted by, chasing insects. A feathery silhouette against a sky lit by the full moon, the barred owl twisted its head and ignored my presence.
The perfect setting to inspire a paranormal story. Full moon, owls, bats. What if one of the bats is a vampire stalking the campers? He spies a lone woman having trouble lighting her campfire. With a flick of his wings, he shape shifts and materializes behind a nearby tree trunk. He offers the woman assistance and begins his game of seduction.
Hoohoo-hoo-hoo, hoohoo-hoo-hoo-aw. The barred owl cried.
Let your imagination run wild.
What real life settings have inspired a story for you?
The Full Buck Moon shone bright over Lewis Mountain Campground in Shenandoah National Park on Friday, June 15th.