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When I was a child, I lived in Radnorshire, one of seven children and the youngest of six girls. As my parents had six other girls and an infant boy to take care of, they left me to myself, and I ran about like a wild thing. Not that they didn’t love me, but they had other things to do.

I was about five when I began to see the Bwystfel. It roamed about the farm, slipping in the shadows, and the only way to see it was to look for the shapes that were darker than the spaces between stars. Its mad eyes were like coal sparks, it laughed like a goat in pain, and it was always angry. I watched it from a distance: one spring, I saw it kill a nest of sparrows – closing its hands about the nest until the little naked birds smothered on its flesh — one summer, it poisoned the sheep, biting the ewes’ legs until rot and infection ate into their flesh that no about of doctoring could fix. Later, it skulked into the shed and sliced the handyman’s chest open, then danced his blood up the walls and over the rafters. My parents said it was an accident, but knew better. “The Bwystfel did it,” I told my father, and he boxed my ears for being a liar. No one believed me at all. . . except the Bwystfel itself.

It grew angrier. At night, it crept into my room, giggling and ripping the blankets away and pinching me. I shared a bed with two of my sisters – we didn’t all have separate rooms like you do – and when the Bwystfel came, we shivered together, too afraid to move until morning. We were very little girls, and nobody trusted us with a candle, so we had no way to drive the thing away. It tormented us in whispers, calling us names and telling us we were bad children, because our prayers that it would leave us be weren’t answered. My sisters refused to speak a word of it, and they wore the Bwystfel-inflicted bruises like jewellery – saying they’d fallen over or been bitten by the cat.

I decided I would have to find the Bwystfel myself and scare it away. I took the statuette of Florence Nightingale that my mother gave us to hold when we were sick and a stone with a hole in it, both for luck. As it turned out, I would need the luck.

I walked for ages, got lost, and eventually stumbled into a small wooded copse where I had never been before. Under the trees it was cold air, and pine needles and dried leaves lay thick upon the patchy grass. I clutch Florence. . . and then I saw the bones.

Bleached and ancient, they lay scattered in a circle: small bones, large bones, bones half buried in the loam, bones with scraps of dried flesh still clinging to them. A sheep skeleton hung suspended in the tangle of a blackberry bush, and canes had grown through the eye sockets of birds. I started to cry – I knew I’d found the den of the Bwystfel.

The Bwystfel appeared from nowhere, crouched down on the tawny grass like a cat about to pounce. The ivory of the bones jutted up around it like little fingers, clawing, trying to drag it down. “You’d better run, small girl,” the Bwystfel hissed. “Better run, or your brother-boy will break his bones, snap-snap.” It vanished, only to appear again, behind me. Terrified, I flung my lucky stone at it; the stone passed right through its head, and the ghoul screamed.

I’d seen enough. I bolted, dropping Florence, rushing headlong towards where I thought the nearest road should be. Once there, I kept going, my skirt ripped to ribbons by thorns and my legs stung with nettles, until, turning a corner, I ran smack into my grandfather. He was a big man, my grandfather, and he swung me off my feet and held me as I sobbed.

“What’s wrong, darling?” he asked, when I calmed some. I told him of the Bwystfel and what it had said, and instead of being angry, as my father had been, he listened. His brow furrowed. “Are you feeling brave, darling? Do you think you could be brave for me?” When I nodded, he had me show him were I’d gone – then he sat me on a bank and gave me his best silver snuff box to hold. “I’m going after the Bwystfel,” he told her. “You stay here in the sunshine and I’ll be back soon. If any bad bwcy comes, you hit it with that.”

So I waited, shaking, afraid for my granddaddy and afraid of the Bwystfel and afraid of what Mother would do if I lost Florence. Finally, back Grandad came; flushed, and bleeding from a hundred cuts on his hands. He looked angry, more angry then I’d ever seen him, for he was the mildest of men. “The Bwystfel-beast is dead again,” he told me, “and under the soil where it belongs.” He spat upon the earth and ground the moisture in with his boot heel.

“What do you mean, dead again?” I asked.

Grandad was quiet for a time, then he said. “The Bwystfel was a damned one who hurt small things because he loved pain. When I was a boy, Old Thomas killed him, but Young Thomas found where he lay and let him out. I’ll sort him out for good soon and he won’t bother you any more.” When he arrived at my father’s house, he made excuses for my torn dress and tear-stained face, saying I’d been attacked by a dog, and Florence had been broken as I’d tried to escape.

And then, without another word, he went to the shed and fetched the dead handyman’s bottle of whiskey and gun powder and a box of matches.

I never went back, but I heard of a fire that burned bone den trees to the ground.


I’m told by the submitter that this is from one of the Something Awful ghost story threads, thus it’s supposedly a true story. If anyone knows any more information about the story or the poster’s name, please comment and let us know!

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  • http://www.dylanangladamusic.com/ Dylan A.

    Horribly written, but somehow still a decent story.

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  • Anonymous

    first!

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    • SLENDEr JEFF

      OBVIOUSLY you can’t count 2 comes after 1 einstein

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  • Anonymous

    well written. not very creepy.

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  • Gjnhi

    Not bat, actually. The story line kept my attention and was pretty interesting. The only thing I didn’t really enjoy was the end. They got rid of it to easily. I thought it would have put up more of a fight than that. But no matter, still not a bad story. But, then, no one has done this yet, and me being me, I have to say it.:

    THEN WHO WAS SNAP-SNAP?

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    • http://www.google.dom coolguy

      INTERSTING i dont think i could see it in my head dosent give a description of what it looks like though but how do u pronounce that????

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      • Hope I’m Right

        To the best I can figure out it’s welsh and pronounced something like Beastful…

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  • http://channelislandsghosttrackers.com Deathbecomesme

    I actually enjoyed the story..I love folk stories..and it held my attention. And if it is a true story…..nom nom……

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  • Iggy

    I enjoyed the story, although countless errors kept knocking me out of it. Also, just one question.

    “…one of SEVEN CHILDREN and the youngest of six girls. As my parents had SIX OTHER girls AND an infant boy to take care of…”

    Were there 7 kids or 8?

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  • Master Kenobi

    Not too bad; of course, if she really was one of seven children, and the youngest of six girls, how could her parents have six other girls and a baby boy to look after, unless the story is just that–a story?

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    • Endoplasmic Reticulum

      Of coarse it’s just a story! The reason why I don’t read stuff from Something Awful is because they expect you to believe in ghosts and magic.

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  • Anonymous

    wat

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  • Non-

    Can’t even fucking pronounce that, dolt.
    Shittypasta is shitty.
    What the fuck Sara?

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  • Anonymous

    wat

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  • Anonymous

    snap snap wasnt a person. he was saying it as to do it fast. kinda like chop chop.

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  • mr. uno

    ok name of the monster? really? looks like someone let a baby hit the keys. also i hate it wen ppl say typo but in this story you just screwed up words altogether like “no about of doctoring could fix” not that bad of a story though justt work a bit on word usage

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  • mr. uno

    also i gotta ask wats “bad bwcy”?

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  • http://dirjel.deviantart.com Dirjel

    Oh man, the writing of that story was awful. By far the most interesting part was the grandfather’s relation of the backstory, but it didn’t go into enough detail.

    I hesitate to say it, but I think I want more…?

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  • Yotan

    I read it in the original format and I know the horrible writing is because the guy who took the story down got it from his grandmother, and some of the things weren’t always clear. I think it’s a good story in an evil fairy tale sort of way, although I do want to fix up the typos.

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  • Simmi

    Great story. hard to understand in places makes you have to give it a second or third look to get what the author means but other than that good stuff.

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  • 22/7

    Too realistic and good of a read to be creepy.

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  • Anonymous

    enjoyed this

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  • Damien

    So basically there was this sadistic Welsh zombie thing that plagued the farm, then Grandpa came along and defeated the monster…

    Cool beans, although not creepy enough…

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  • Yep

    Yeah a few mispells and “he told her” 1st to third person so that detracted from the pretty good story.

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  • Archfeared

    I concur with Dylan. A. Incidentally, how do you pronounce whatever the beast-thing’s name was?

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  • Kismet

    It’s okay. Saw a bit of 3rd person by accident, but it was ok.
    Kinda boring, but interesting.

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  • Jay

    I’ve certainly never heard of a Bwystfel from any of my Weslh relatives, and they tend to hoard weird celtic stories. It sounds like a cross between a Brownie, a Poltergeist and a Nursery Bogie (creature made upto scare errant children).

    I’m guessing the author just made it up, but it stronlgy resembles traditional Welsh hearth side tales.

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  • Sama

    “…one of seven children and the youngest of six girls. As my parents had six other girls and an infant boy to take care of, they left me to myself…” <— Six girls, an infant boy, and a protagonist. Does that not make eight?

    This story might’ve been decent if it wasn’t written by a moron.

    “When I nodded, he had me show him were I’d gone – then he sat me on a bank and gave me his best silver snuff box to hold. “I’m going after the Bwystfel,” he told her.” <— He told her? When did this change from first person?

    Too many mistakes to point out, but that one bothered me the most. Either way, if this is a true story, cool. Otherwise, fail.

    Awful writing is awful.

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  • Shadow2by4

    I agree with the first guy. Absolutely terribly written, to the point that I’m convinced that English isn’t the writer’s primary language, in which case it’s forgivable. Also forgivable because the story is just plain kickass. The end really left me guessing as well.

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