The Author is a creative writer and has penned down smattering poems and fictional stories .
It was a cold December night and two middle aged men were lost in a jungle. One went afar to get some help but did not return. The other went in search of him but we could only hear his screams and cry for help decelerating with time.
Few months later, a group of four teenage friends , 3 guys and a girl , planned a campsite near forest. 19 year old Kartik called everyone at his home and they went to the place from there. Shivani asks "Do you know the exact place Kartik?? I have heard rumours that a nearby forest has seen spooky things happening in the past" . To which Kartik replies he knows the place and has got a map as well.
They drive to the place where they were going to set up their camp. Kartik, Shivani, Alok and Abhi get out of the car and ask Kartik to see the map and identify the exact location. He checks his bag but couldn't find the map. "Damn, I must have forgotten it at home" says Kartik. After hearing a mouthful from his friends, Kartik tells everyone to calm down and makes them believe he will find the exact location.
The group walks some distance and Kartik says this place looks good enough if we can't find the other one. All of them take a rest there and opened their bags to get some refreshments. Abhi says he will bring some woods and goes on in search of it.
After about half an hour, Abhi doesn't comes back and they all get a little worried. Shivani asks what is taking him so long to which Alok jokingly said he must have seen some mowgli girl and went after her. He further replies I'll go look for him to which Shivani was reluctant but he insisted her & Kartik to stay and set up the camp there itself while he goes and brings Abhi back along with the woods.
Shivani and Kartik set up their camp but there was no news yet of Abhi and Aarav. Shivani says she is getting scared for them .Kartik asks if you want I'll go and look, to which she replies she will go with him. They searched all nearby locations but fail to find a trace of them.
Shivani and Kartik went on in despair trying to find them and suddenly they heard some branches of a tree making peculiar noise. They went near that tree quite stunned in the process. Both kept on searching nearby then Shivani finds a piece of cloth wore by Abhi torn and laying there .
Shivani was frightened and started shaking in fear with Sujal coming beside him trying to calm things down. They turn around and saw the cadaver of Abhi strangled on the branches of a huge petrifying tree. A Branch of that tree threw him down and his remains went head first splashing right in front of them . Shivani begins to cry loudly and Kartik , hoping against hope , looks around and wishes to find Alok alright.
Suddenly that huge tree started making creepy noises , Shivani ran to Kartik and both held each other in fear. The tree in it's screeching voice reveals this was a huge jackfruit tree long back and humans destroyed it with their greed for money and power. I was the man who planted this tree and objected to the gluttonous motive of the landlord who wanted this tree all for himself. When I refused to give up this tree, they planned and executed my murder while capturing the tree by ambidextrous ways ... But I could never leave my child could I?? My soul came back to this tree and we have been living inseparably since 200 years. We together got revenge on the people who stole it and the landlord who came afterwards to check. Their remains which we buried are still underneath this ground and so are of many humans who came along this way. Together we decided we will not let a single human pass this way alive.
Hearing this, Shivani and Kartik were terrified and began to plead for mercy..the moment they saw Alok crawling on the ground soaked in his own blood. They tried to rush towards him but one of the branch came down and stopped them and another came crashing through Alok's back killing him in the process .
The tree got his branches to pick up Shivani and Kartik with them running to escape , but then Shivani got caught by a branch that tied her up off the ground in the air. Kartik had escaped to a further distance where the branches couldn't reach.
It looked as if Shivani was about to fall prey to this ghostly tree when Kartik , who came back with an axe that was in one of his bag, tried to cut the branch down that held Shivani.
He did that successfully and kept attacking the tree until the axe fell from his hand and was put away by a branch. The tree rapidly caught Kartik with Shivani now free , he screams at her to run away which she declines but then the tree's branches start making a move to her and she had no other option but to escape and look at Kartik getting his head split into two. She came out of there unharmed in deep sorrow and remorse.
The tree throws Kartik's body on the ground and goes back to his original shape , perhaps waiting for another victim to arrive as the dusk settles down.
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