Dead Tree Forest by Brett McBean

By Brett McBean

Deep in the Tasmanian barren region lies Boolool Kiambram - lifeless Tree woodland. To the neighborhood Aborigines, Boolool Kiambram potential dying. A curse was once positioned over the wooded area greater than a century in the past, and the locals understand that when you input the monstrous expanse of leafless bushes and ash-like soil, you are by no means to return.

To others, useless Tree wooded area is a legend. a few are interested in the journey and secret of the fabled wooded area of useless bushes; others, reminiscent of Ray Lambert, are interested in the legend of the lady murdered within the woodland and the treasure she took along with her to her grave - a treasure that supposedly comprises impressive powers.

When Ray travels to lifeless Tree woodland within the desire of discovering the buried treasure, what he and his pals locate is the stressed spirit of the murdered lady, and a curse that may not allow them to go away until eventually blood has been spilled and the wrongs of the earlier were avenged.

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Chris nodded. He raised his arms. ” Ray knew there was no point in keeping Chris bound. They were all trapped in this forest. “Okay,” Ray said and he stepped forward and started untying the rope. *** Nights in the mountains were cold enough; but without any heating, it was like they were covered by a sheet of ice. Ray was lying in his one-man tent, nestled in his sleeping bag, staring up at the shadows of the slanting tent roof. His belly was still rumbling—the can of cold baked beans had done little more than give him gas—but the beers had been good, comforting.

And why was she intent on killing him? He had no answers for either question. Ray struggled feebly, his lungs crying out for air. In the struggle his snorkel was knocked off his face. He knew he was going to die. He was surely going to drown. And that’s when he saw it. Like a lighthouse beacon flashing on a cold black night, he saw something glint around Ginnumarra’s neck. He stopped struggling. Gazed down at the slimy, distorted face of a girl dead over one hundred and eighty years. He saw the necklace looped around her fat neck, but his eyes were drawn to the dark stone at its centre, and the glowing light contained within.

With each pulsation, he felt lighter, healthier—younger. His exhaustion lessened and his arms and legs began to feel strong. His eyesight improved, as did his breathing. It was an amazing sensation, like the sun shining after a sudden dark storm. The water around him also began to change. The muddy brown colour seeped away, like it was being sucked down an imaginary drain, leaving only clear water. The smell changed from horrid to a fresh, earthy smell. But perhaps most incredible of all, the surrounding forest began to alter.

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