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Close to where I live there is a forest, which holds a dark secret; The Witches Tunnel, a cluster of trees that have intertwined, clasping hands with each other to form a dark passage. It is said deep within the forest lives an old witch with eternal knowledge.

Walking through during the day is unsettling, a walk through this tunnel at midnight in the dead of winter when the moon is full is a different experience entirely. The branches will twist and sway as if trying to grab you and you’d swear they were alive. There will be no sound except the wind whispering in your ear, telling you to turn back. What looks like a distance of a few feet will take you nearly an hour to travel, if you turn round the entrance will be barely visible, a mere speck. Turning back now, however, would be a very bad idea, you must keep walking.

Eventually you will come out the other end, only this won’t be the same forest as it is in the day. The moon will be so big you could almost touch it and where its light manages to pierce through the dense foliage you’ll see the ground is alive with insects, one big crawling mass. Grotesque, mocking shadows will surround you in a thick blanket of fear.

As you continue, the path will split in two. Look for a crow in the the trees, she will indicate which path to take and serve as your guide. If you ignore her and take the other path, you will be doomed to walk it for eternity as punishment for your insolence. The correct path leads to a break in the trees overlooking a small lake, thick with fog. Remain here until the fog clears, then walk to the shore. Glancing at the deep black water you will see yourself reflected, only many years older. If you see nothing, you have already failed. You may ask your future self one question and it will answer truthfully. Ask wisely however, some things you are not supposed to know.

When you have your answer turn round and you will see the crow has reappeared, only now in her true form, a sunken-faced old hag propped up by a gnarled branch. She will turn and begin walking and you must follow her, a few yards behind. Be careful not to lose sight of her as you will become lost in these forbidden woods forever. She will stop beneath the tallest tree in the forest and her boney finger will beckon you over. Approach her, but do not look her in the face, lest what you see behind those ageless eyes drives you insane. In return for letting you into her wise woods, she will ask a favour of you. This could be anything, from reading a certain book to committing a murder. Promise her this favour and she will lead you out of the forest.

Upon leaving the forest return home immediately and go straight to bed. The next day, rise at dawn and return the witches favour. If you do not do so within twenty-four hours she will return to you that night. She won’t kill you herself, that would be too easy. No, she will whisper in your ear whilst you sleep, invading your dreams and filling your subconscious with dark suggestions. You will create your own death, tearing yourself apart both mentally and literally.

The witch does not forgive.

Credited to Nathan.

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  • anonymous

    FIRST!

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  • http://think-strange.de/blog aSak

    omg witch is anonymous

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  • http://shirakoala.blogspot.com/ Shira

    assuming that I would be dumb enough to do this, what would I get out of it?

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  • Witch

    I do it for the lulz

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  • Anon

    “If you see nothing, you have already failed”? It all sounded pretty fair up till that point . . .

    The ritual stories often have an imbalance between the risks and the rewards. Either the risks are easily avoidable with a little thought, or the rewards are disproportionately weak. This was the second variety. Not so much because it’s useless (again, a little thought), but it’s almost always what these things have to offer.

    Nothing much to complain about with the writing, though.

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  • witch fucker

    yum that witch sounds sexy

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  • Abbey

    I like all the different things about the ‘Witch Tunnel’ but iunno it seems a bit too much..?
    Cool story though! ;)

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  • Unicorns

    Yeah, but, the thing is:
    who’s gonna go do this?

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  • http://www.mybloghasadd.blogspot.com Addish

    So anon is comprised of witches…..I knew it!

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  • Anomalous

    BUT WHO WAS CROW?

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    • ᏔᎥᏝᏝᎾᏔ

      The Witch was crow :3

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  • Spooge

    not really creepy……;

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  • Mezz

    Aside from asking your future self a question, doing this really wouldn’t see worth it. I’d have to ask my future self if doing the witch a favor landed my ass in jail.

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  • Oz

    This was ok. Not too good and not too bad, but just ok.

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  • Dirjel

    *gives aSak a cookie*

    Astute observation is astute.

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  • Feaster of Fear

    [sigh]……..didn’t I JUST say that ritual pastas need something to make them interesting? I have nothing against a good ritual pasta, but lately there has been a dearth of them, and a surplus of go to=w perform=x or death=y and reward=z

    Also, the reward in this one is severely lacking. I mean, come on, “Ask it anything, except those things that you shouldn’t!” What am I supposed to do, ask for the time of day?

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  • bagel-chan

    OGAWDS.
    That was pretty good.
    BUT WHO WAS WITCH?

    I do it for the lulz…

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  • Cthulhu

    The witch does not forgive. It does not forget.

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  • Shadow2by4

    BUT WHO WAS WITCH???

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  • asdfjkl;

    BUT WHO WAS REFLECTION?

    Oh, wait.

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  • ben dover

    benefit?

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  • Zomby.

    I shat brix.

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  • Anonymous

    “wise woods”? It doesn’t seem that way, the only real good thing you got out of this was to ask your future self one question. The witch doesn’t do anything but collect the payment

    Incentive isn’t strong enough.

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  • Shan.

    Ehh.

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  • http://GetYourFuckingCursorAwayFromMe Rape My Shitter

    We are the Coven
    We are Legion
    We do not Forgive
    We do not Forget
    Expect us…

    …to share an eye between us and to turn you into a frog and/or bake you in our oven! *mad cackle*

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  • Sean

    Wow that…I don’t really wanna say sucked but, it lacked. But really, what do they want us ask? 0_o

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