From Hunting Ghosts: Thrilling Tales of the Paranormal edited by Buck Weiss. Story by Shane Ward
It all started when my brother and me ventured to Minors Farm, which was situated in the middle of the countryside. Settled in the sea of green, this old derelict place had been the target of local gypsies and builders, who disposed of their day’s rubbish over the land. A lone graveyard stood next to the farm and it too was the target of these local pests.
An elderly man used to own the farm and he kept an assortment of animals ranging from sheep to cows. With a team of dedicated assistants, the farmer looked after the surrounding land and took additional care of the local graveyard. But that all changed when a tight-fisted businessman took over the lease of the land. His persistent need for rent and harassment throughout the years finally saw the place abandoned.
Now, we stood at the gates of this ill-begotten place, I could only wonder at how beautiful this place used to be.
Minor’s farm was made out of three large structures, two shacks and an old Victorian house that had stood the test of time. The farm would have stood for hundreds of years until the businessman stripped the Roman tiles off the roofs and sold them for profit. Left unprotected, the elements tore away at the buildings, causing them to collapse.
But the old house took the brunt of the local fury when the gypsies came during the night and stripped the place like a cow gutted in the middle of the field and anything that was not of use was set alight to burn all day. It was a mess and we prayed that the landowners would just send the bulldozers in and flatten the place, put it out of its misery. But they never came and the mortally wounded house stood to this day. It was a sour mark on a green beautiful land and the rubbish continued to pile up, blistering huge mountains of ill-begotten pests. With weather damage, the brickwork crumbled and it would not be long until the home collapsed.
We often adventured to the derelict farm to see how the place fared with the brutality of human nature. Each time we went there, the place looked even worse than it did before.
What happens next? Read Hunting Ghosts: Thrilling Tales of the Paranormal to find out!
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