Lets call me Kiman in this story just for privacy’s sake. Some background on me and this story. This story took place in south, south east Ohio near the Ohio river in the year 2003. i was 16 at the time. and i like to think im a big guy about 5’11 with broad shoulders and so i look much older than i actually am. My house at the time was a ranch house in the middle of 10 acres of land and our nearest neighbor was a mile and a half away so we were very secluded and surrounded by lot of woods, and i absolutely love taking walks (sometimes even at night) in them and i know them better than the back of my hand.
so one day i felt like taking a walk but i got an ominous feeling from the woods so instead of going alone i brought my younger brother along. my brother (we will call him Keenai for various reasons) was my identical twin and so we got along very well, the only difference between us would be our hair, i like mine long and he liked his short plus i dyed my hair red at the time.
Bringing our pellet guns along for hunting squirrels and just to mess around with we sauntered to the edge of the woods. The closer i got to the edge of the treeline the worse the ominous feeling got, it being near dusk i looked toward the trees but saw nothing. Still feeling the persistent chilling feeling i stole a look to Keenai and he showed no signs of feeling what i felt. to make sure i asked “do you feel that dude?” and he responded listlessly “feel what man?” feeling stupid i just tell him its nothing and we hurry to the woods. for the first hour i was actually enjoying my self completely forgetting the feeling from earlier.
After i bagged my 4th squirrel and Keenai his 7th (he was much better than i at hunting) we decided to go back for it was getting dark. just as we got to walking home, the horrid, awful, hair raising feeling returned. for the second time i ask my brother if he felt it and to my surprise he said yes. as im about to open my mouth we both hear a very and heavy flapping sound followed by a shadow from over head.
We both look at each other and at the same time yell “what the hell was that?”. at the time we both chalked it up to being a bird but deep down i knew no bird is that big, i know animals and by looking at the shadow it had to be about 8 feet long and about 20 feet wide. but i think i was the only one to notice this. both of us feeling a bit disturbed we rushed to our house without further incident.
that night i felt awful, that feeling never went away the chilling feeling of being watched. my room i feel i should mention my room is the only bedroom facing the woods by were we went hunting , and a few times i thought i saw something above the trees but i just thought this was my imagination or a trick of the darkness. i then decided to go to sleep on the floor in keenai’s room in the attic. as soon as i felt my room the feeling vanished but i still want to my brothers room and slept.
i was sleeping for around 5 hours till i was suddenly awoken along with my brother by a sudden, heavy, loud slam on the roof. looking over my brother at his alarm clock it read 2:30 in the morning. staying quiet we listened for what felt like forever, but was only 2 minuets as i later read the clock, till we heard another loud flapping noise exactly like what me and Keenai heard in the woods.
i turned on the light and looked over at my brother and he too was pale as a ghost. he spoke what i was thinking “that was no damn bird”. feeling terrified we bolted down to my fathers room and not caring if we interrupted his beauty sleep we woke him up nearly hysterical and terrified at what was on the roof.
Of course he didn’t believe us so we dragged him to the roof all the while complaining and telling us it was just some animal. we enter the room and we waited for about 2 minuets till we heard the flapping again. i never really realized how loud it actually was it was like a broken clothes dryer, extremely loud, or at the time it was so quiet it just felt like it. he sighs exasperatedly yet looked a little shaken and tells us its just a big bird and go the hell back to bed and shut up. its safe to say we did not sleep again that night.
we were very cautious for the next few day but nothing happened and we assumed whatever it was it left and so we relaxed. we went back to our usual antics. but i was still scared unlike my brother so instead of taking my pellet rifle i take my real rifle with a .308 ammunition in it.
this next part is the scary part. it was a week or so after our first encounter with whatever this thing was and by brother seemingly forgot all about this whole thing but i definitely had not forgotten and still carried my rifle with me whenever i went outside. my brother felt like going hunting again and against my better judgement i tagged along with him. my brother brought his pellet gun and me my rifle. this time around i did not shoot anything yet but my brother had shot a fair few squirrels around 8 about now. about this time we had been in there for a few hours and had walked in about a mile or so and had turned to got back because it had gotten dark. being clever my brother brought along his heavy duty flashlight just in case this exact thing happened.
we had been walking back for about 15 minuets and again we hear the flapping the horrid flapping. i start to panic and by brother starts to pull me along the trail back home and i immediately stop and resist him. while he was focused on me i was looking to where we were going so in front of us and something was right there. this THING, no man, no animal i have ever seen. some monster was in the middle of our path. nearly 8 feet tall or so with wings at its side nearly above its head. completely black and perfectly smooth no feather nothing. the only feature i could make out was its bright, red, large eyes.it was only 30 feet away. i felt like it was so close.
i go bug eyed and scream and stumble back from it yelling “monster!”. my brother still not have turned around stares at me in shock because he knows i do not scare easily. he turns around an immediately freezes when he sees it. he puts the light from his flash light on it and like me stumbles back but it seemed he was shocked into silence. this thing sudden movement shocks us back into movement. we both stand up, with each others help, and i somehow remember i have my gun.
i felt like ages before i actually had it up and ready to shoot. i couldn’t make myself aim and look closer at so i stupidly close my eyes and shoot. i know i missed because it did not make a sound but it flew off in a hurry.
my brother at this point has gotten up as well and yelled “Jesus Christ what the hell was that thing!” not knowing what to say i just reply for him to run and fast. we make the rest of the 45 minuet walk in nearly 20 minuets. all the while we can hear this thing or mothman following us above. my father was outside as he must have heard the gun shot and rushed outside with his shotgun.
as he saw us running full sprint toward the house he yelled at us what was wrong but us having ran for 20 minuets straight were out of breath so all we could do was point at the woods. my father must have seen something at the very edge of the treeline because he shot at whatever he saw. hearing nothing he assumed he missed but he defiantly scared it off. it took nearly 5 minuets for us to calm down and tell the story. he believed us because he has never seen either of us like this.
after hearing noises for the next few weeks of hearing noises on the roof my father found a new house listing and we moved without hesitation. a few weeks after we moved my mother suffered a massive heart attack and promptly died. for the longest time i have not know what this was untill i looked it up and saw that it resembles a “mothman” exactly. luckily we have had no other encounters with another unknown creature or whatever.
after i moved out and a few years later i was feeling nostalgic i revisited our old house. it was in a state of disrepair after no one stayed in it for more than a few years, it was just never sold again. i got chills just looking at it i did not stay long.
this story has stayed with me forever since and it still haunts me. my family does not talk about it.