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The Den!

08 May 2018

Everyone’s name in this, including mine, has been changed. The following is completely true and I’m seeing if anyone has had similar experiences. I’ve called this the “dengeist” because it never really had a name, and the image I’ve used is just an example, it isn’t the actual den.

A few years ago, me and five other boys – I’ll call them Sam, Jeff, Dylan, Joe, and Manuel – were living near a woods, and out of all of us, only I still live here. Manuel and Joe built a den at the edge of the woods, which weren’t visible from any of our houses but were only a few minutes’ walk away. Manuel moved away the day after the den was finished and Joe never went back to it, so me, Dylan, Jeff and Sam started dragging things up there – Sam had one of those small trampoline things that we put outside the den. It all went fine for a while until we went up after school on a Friday in Summer and found what looked like the beginnings of another den. There were very few other kids who lived in that area at the time and the ones that did were either young or girls who didn’t want anything to do with us. We went back the next morning and found more sticks arranged, but we dismissed it because it didn’t really affect us.

The next day, a rake we dragged up there in an attempt to get dirt out of the den and get more leaves in disappeared one night, and we never found it. Then we found that the entire den had been moved, which seemed impossible because it consisted of sticks tied to four trees, essentially creating four walls, and more sticks piled on them to make a roof. But the entire thing was exactly the same. Then Dylan carved his initials with a penknife on one of the original trees so we could prove the den had moved if it did so again, but the next day the den was exactly the same and his initials were completely gone, which we put down to bark growing over them.

Then, two days later, the small den that was forming literally moved into our den while we were in another part of the woods, so we thought another kid like Joe was also in the woods. We called out for him, but then Dylan freaked out and said he’d seen a small boy in a green cap and matching uniform (he compared it to a green scout’s uniform) looking at him from where we’d just been. We didn’t see anything, but then we heard this weird chattering sound and turned to where it sounded like it was coming from. We saw a shape blur from one tree to another and it seemed to have two lights attached to its face. Then I saw someone in the distance, a small kid in green who looked like he had no face. We ran out of the woods and then Jeff literally flew into Dylan, like someone had thrown him. Dylan shoved him away and then it felt like someone had punched me in the stomach, so I figured it was Sam and hit him. Then we all fell down the hill that led up to the woods, for some reason, and when we looked up we thought we could see three identical, very pale little kids in the trees, but they didn’t seem to be turned our way. We headed to Jeff’s house but halfway there we looked up at the start of the woods and there was a dark grey/black shape that we thought was a shadow, but it was slowly coming out of the trees, so we legged it. The whole thing seemed fairly ridiculous to us and we were laughing, but I was kind of creeped out and I think the others were too.

We didn’t go back to the den for about a week, but then I went alone and found our den had been shattered. The sticks were snapped, the rope was torn, the trampoline was missing, and what I could find was thrown around the place. I didn’t think it was wind because the weather had been very still and even in the bad weather it seemed fine, probably because it was tied to the trees. The box we kept for snacks had been torn open but the actual snacks seemed untouched. The smaller den was now complete and was in the exact same place our den had been in, but the only thing I found was a kid’s red Motorola walkie talkie that was half-buried. I still have it and all it ever gives me is static, but when I turned it on about six months ago I thought I heard some sort of chattering sound similar to the one I’d heard from the “dengeist”. I went up to the woods with Dylan (the others had already all moved away)
and someone who wanted to see the woods, and we decided to start building a new den. When we were looking for a good place to build it, the friend of Dylan’s found the small trampoline under some kind of green plant. This was easily half a mile from where the den had been and the trampoline seemed in worse condition that it had been in when I’d last seen it, and the springs looked like they’d been under heavy strain. We ended up building the den, but Dylan moved away and I never really used the den anyway so I haven’t been back.

I’m not saying this is paranormal, and I don’t think it is, I think maybe some of the younger kids decided to have some fun or something. But if anyone has had a similar experience I’d like to know, or if anyone has seen some paranormal video about a creature similar to this (the only ones I can think of are the Rake, black-eyed children and Slender Man, and none of them really seem to fit) then I’d really like to know, and please share this so more people see it and I have a higher chance of finding out what this was. And if Top5s makes a video then that would be great because more people would know about this.


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