Have you ever been mistaken for a ghost? I have. As you may know, Englandhome to many ghosts. There seems to be one everywhere you look. There are some places that have so many ghosts that you can hardly move for them.
A few years ago I lived close to a wood that is said to be haunted. Monks and two sisters haunt this area. It is also home to fairies and a variety of other supernatural beings. Here you will find hidden treasure if you are lucky and hear the silver bell that sounded long ago. It is a place of magic and mystery.
I like walking and enjoy walking in these woods. They are a safe place to be. Much safer than the road which has no pavement or grass verge to walk on. The roads are full of blind bends and fast flowing traffic. It is a scary place to walk. I can drive but feel no need to own a car.
The choice between them is easy, at least for someone like me. Walking down the road can take twenty miniatures and going through the woods take longer. The happiness and joy that natures holds is well worth the extra time. I enjoy seeing how nature changes season to season.
In the summer many people visit the area. One day I walked towards the stream. A woman and her young daughter were looking into the stream on the opposite side. The stream fascinated them. At least it entranced the mother who eyes were focused upon the water. The child looked around more.
I am the sort of person that walks quietly. I do not mean to, it just comes natural. That day I wore a white dress. All of this goes some way to explain what happened.
I neared the bridge. The woman became aware of me. She looked towards me. She screamed. Her scream was loud and fearful. I froze to the spot. What do you do when someone screams at you? Her daughter did not know why her mother was screaming. She stood there looking puzzled.
When the woman stopped screaming she said
‘Oh sorry I thought you were a ghost.’
It is one of the those moments when my brain was still trying to catch up with what had happened.
‘It’s fine,’ I said, ‘it happens all the time’ and with that I went on my way.