THE NIGHT HE CHANGED HIS WAYS
Submitted by Patty.
This brief story takes place back in the early 1900s as my great grandfather was on his way home one night.
I’ve heard stories about how he wasn’t a very nice man. He was ornery, known to drink, gamble, and get into fights.
This particular night, he’d been out having what he considered a good time, while his wife and children were at home.
With whiskey on his breath, he rode his horse down the long and lonely dirt road. It was after midnight and quite dark, the dim moon barely visible through the clouds as his only light.
All at once the horse went from a trot to a gallop!
As he tried to control the horse and wondered what was wrong with it, he says something heavy jumped onto his back and dug its claws into his skin thru his jacket and shirt!
He could smell a putrid odor and it made a hissing and growling sound as it hung onto his back!
He tried desperately to knock it off of his back with one hand and arm as he held onto the horse’s reins with his other hand as the spooked horse galloped faster and faster.
After several minutes, he felt the claws release from his back and it was gone! However, the horse didn’t slow down. It kept its fast pace all the way home.
Once at home, my great grandmother cleaned the wounds on his back.
That is the night that my great grandfather changed his ways. He stopped drinking, gambling, and fighting. He stayed home at night with his wife and children. He was convinced that the devil jumped onto his back that night and dug its claws into his back!
Submitted by Patty.
Hmm…What do you think?
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