It wouldn’t be the first time that Shawn found something unusual. It was what he was counting on, after all.
He had stumbled across something strange while out exploring in the woods. It looked ancient, and he wasn’t sure of its contents. He decided to take it with him. Little did he know, his decision was a mistake.
The Relic Hunter
Shawn Parker was always seeking adventure. When he was younger, his parents would draw up pirate maps, and he would try to find hidden treasure in their garden.
And that’s where his passion started. He called himself a relic hunter. Growing up in New Orleans was only a bonus for him. The city was awash with everything weird and wonderful. Shawn would soon find out just how weird it could get.
An Ordinary Day
Over the years, Shawn would collect a range of digging equipment; these would be his tools to dig up whatever he could.
It would be an ordinary day when Shawn would drive his truck to a bayou close to his house. He would come here regularly to see what he could find. He would soon realize that it would be the start of all his nightmares.
When he got to the bayou, he always got an eerie feeling. Shawn couldn’t quite place what it was, but something about this area gave him goosebumps – and not the good kind.
He put on his waterproof wader and got out his digging tools. He was the only person there, so it could be a good day to find something, he thought. As he stepped onto the muddy shore, he would accidentally make a mysterious discovery.
David knew to be careful as he waded through the shallow swamps. He had heard tales about a snapping turtle that inhabited this bayou.
He didn’t want to lose fingers or toes as these creatures are ferocious. He stepped lightly, making sure he checked every rock he saw in case it was a turtle. And then he saw it.
A Strange Discovery
Shawn wasn’t surprised to find something strange on the ground. He bent down and saw that it was an old-looking hand tool with a wooden handle attached to it.
He picked it up and examined it more closely. He noticed that it had some rust on the metal parts, which made it look even more ancient. He couldn’t believe how strange this discovery was and how it had been hidden in this spot.
It looked like an old tool used for digging. Was someone else also digging on this very spot? Was this person a relic hunter just like him?
Shawn looked around, his eyes wide with wonder, to see if he could find any clues as to where this tool had come from or why it was there. Would finding that tool be the key to uncovering more treasures?
Time To Dig
Shawn had a feeling that wherever this tool had come from, there would be more. He decided that this was the spot to set up camp.
He set up his small table, chair, and refreshments. He looked at the old tool again. There had to be some inscription or date on it. It was then that Shawn’s day would turn upside down.
As he walked further along the shore, Shawn stumbled upon something unusual. It was sticking out from the mud as his foot dislodged it. It was a wooden box.
Even though it had been submerged underwater for some time, the box looked to be in excellent condition. Shawn was immediately filled with excitement, this was the kind of adventure he had been dreaming of.
Shawn couldn’t believe his luck; he had finally found something of interest. It had been a long time since he found something like this, and he was about to give up his hobby.
He knew that, in time, he would discover something significant; he just had to keep on doing it. This was his breakthrough; he was sure of it. He needed to open the box.
What Was Inside
He put the box on the camping table. It felt light for its size, and he was beginning to doubt whether anything was inside.
He remembered he had a pair of bolt cutters in his toolbox at the back of his truck. It would come in handy to open up the lock on the wooden chest. His heart began to race with anticipation.
Shawn opened the chest with a sense of dread, but he pushed forward, determined to find out what was hidden inside. His fears were soon replaced by a feeling of awe when he finally saw what was inside.
It was not what he was expecting at all. He thought he had come across a chest of golden relics, but instead, it was a box of old trinkets. But what Shawn found would scare him to the core.
A Mysterious Bottle
As he folded back the dirty material on top, there was a small bottle in a plastic bag on top. He assumed it was to keep the liquid in the bottle from falling out.
He looked at the bottle. There was a yellow-brown liquid inside. It looked and smelled awful. Shawn put it down. He didn’t want to know what was floating inside.
He was beginning to wonder if the box would hold anything of interest. Then, he looked closer, and it seemed like there were more items in the chest.
They were all packed neatly together. He wondered how the muddy water of the swamp had not seeped in and ruined everything inside. That’s when he would make a gruesome discovery.
A Gruesome Discovery
He rummaged through the box with a trembling hand, and what he found inside made him gasp. There were bones of some kind, wrapped in tattered clothing.
His mind raced as he tried to make sense of what he had found. He was sure they looked like animal bones. But then he was looking at something more menacing.
It was a voodoo doll. It had pins stuck in it. This was getting creepy. There were also smooth pebbles that had markings on them. What did this all mean?
There was also a broken mirror, and Shawn knew that this symbolized bad luck. What had he stumbled upon here? Was this meant to grant someone bad luck for the rest of their life?
Time To Leave
Shawn was really starting to worry. He had no idea what this was all supposed to mean. He decided to close the chest and pack up for the day.
It was getting late and he was getting an uneasy feeling at the bayou. He felt like he wasn’t alone anymore – like he was being watched.
When he got home, he decided that the best place to put the box would be in his basement. He didn’t want his wife or kids to find it.
He put it high up on a shelf and left it there until he decided what he was going to do with it. Shawn would find out that it would be the beginning of horrible things to come.
That night, after he and his family had dinner, they talked about their day, and then it was time for bed. But he lay in bed looking at the ceiling. He couldn’t sleep.
Shawn couldn’t stop thinking about what he had found. It was something unique, but he was getting an unsettling feeling. Something didn’t feel right, but he didn’t know what it was.
The following morning, Shawn and his family decided to spend the day together. He had been so busy with work and his hobby that they hadn’t done anything together in a while.
They went for lunch and ice cream, and then they went to an amusement park. It was nice to unwind with the family, Shawn thought. When they got home, they would stumble upon something terrifying.
When they stepped inside the house, it felt freezing cold. It was a warm day… what could’ve made the house feel like this? He wondered if the thermostat could be broken.
Shawn ignored it and kicked off his shoes to get comfortable. As he walked to the bedroom, he heard a blood-curdling scream coming from the kitchen.
House Of Horrors
He ran to the kitchen to see what his wife, Lauren, was screaming about. She was standing in the doorway. It was something he had not expected to see.
All the cupboards and drawers were wide open. They were closed when they left the house – he knew this because he was the last one in the kitchen. There was something terrible happening in his house.
Something Wasn’t Right
Shawn and Lauren quickly closed all the cupboards and drawers before their kids noticed anything. She asked him what was going on.
Shawn’s response was vague. He knew something wasn’t right, but he wasn’t sure. He didn’t even get a full night’s sleep. Then more strange things befell the Parker family.
The next morning, his kids were up very early and were watching cartoons in the living room. Shawn thought it was not like them to get up so early on a Sunday.
He asked his son, Jack, why he and his sister Maddie were up so early. Jack’s response was worrying, to say the least. He said they didn’t sleep the night before because there was a woman who came into each of their bedrooms.
Shawn was horrified and quickly ran to his children’s rooms to see what was going on. He was relieved to find that nothing was there. When he returned to the living room, he asked Jack to explain what had happened.
Jack said that the woman had appeared in his room first, and then in Maddie’s. She was tall and beautiful, with long dark hair and a strange, glowing white dress. She told the children to go to the basement.
Shawn was starting to think that their house was haunted. His wife was angry and asked him what he had brought into the house. Shawn said that he didn’t bring anything that would harm them.
Lauren couldn’t take it anymore, the children were scared out of their wits, and there was something in the basement. She decided to investigate.
A Sense Of Foreboding
When Lauren got to the last step in the basement, she had a weird sense of foreboding. Something was telling her to check the old bookshelf.
It was her grandparent’s bookshelf – she had inherited it. On top, she saw a wooden box. It was this box that was giving her strange feelings. She decided to confront her husband.
The Truth Revealed
When Lauren asked him about the box, Shawn could no longer hide the truth. He told her where he got it and that he was going to take it to a museum.
Lauren told him to check the box again because something was making their house feel eerie and uneasy. Shawn would find something he hadn’t seen before.
The Forgotten Letter
As he opened the box again, he saw there was a piece of paper rolled up with a ribbon. He read it and his blood ran cold.
The box was meant to curse someone, and the small bottle contained the person’s teeth and hair. Shawn had brought evil to his family. He needed to do something to get rid of the curse that had befallen him and his family.
Dead and Buried
The letter stated that he had to put everything back and lock the box. Then he had to bury it in the place along with the old digging tool.
And that was what Shawn did. He buried the chest and tool deep within the muddy shores of his favorite bayou. He hoped no one would find it. Over the past few months, his family was at peace. No figure visited the children. Shawn was relieved that he was able to stop the curse from harming his family even further.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.