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Axe Murder Hollow || Lembah Pembunuh Berkapak (American Folklore)

This story is told in two Languages Bahasa Indonesia and English. The story in Bahasa Indonesia is told first, The story in English follows. 

Cerita Rakyat

Susan dan Need sedang mengendarai mobil mereka melwati jalanan sepi yang sampi kanan-kirinya adalah hutan. Kilat saling menyambar, Guntur saling bergemuruh, dan langit pun gelap, dan hujan pun turun dengan derasnya.

“Lebih baik kita berhenti untuk berteduh” kata Susan

Ned pun mengaggukan kepalanya. Dia menginjak rem, tetapi tiba-tiba mobilnya kehilangan keseimbangan karena jalanan yang licin. Mobil mereka pun keluar jalur dan terseret hingga ke dasar lembah. 

Pucat dan gemetar, Ned kemudian dengan segera mengecek keadaan Susan untuk memastikan jika ia baik-baik saja. Dia pun melihat kea rah Susan. Susan menganggukan kepalanya menunjukan jika ia baik-baik saja. Ned merasa lega, ia pun melihat aliran air yang masuk melalui celah jendela.

“Aku akan melihat keadaan mobil kita” di berkata kepada Susan, dan ia pun membuka pintu mobil dan melangkah keluar. Dari dalam mobil, Susan pun melihat bayangan Ned yang terkena lampu mobil sedang memeriksa bagian depan mobil. Beberapa saat kemudian, dia masuk kembali ke dalam mobil dengan keadaan basah kutub.

“Mobilnya tidak terlalu parah, tetapi ban mobilnya terjebak di dalam lumpur. Aku akan pergi mencari bantuan” Kata Ned

Susan menelah ludah. Ia tahu bahwa ini akan lama unuk mencari bantuan di keadaan seperti ini. Ned pun memerintahkan Susan untuk menyalakan lampu mobil, mengunci semua pintu mobil sampai Ned kembali. Axe Murder Hollow. Walaupun Need tidak mengatakannya secara langsung, tetapi keduanya telah tahu alasan mengapa Ned menyuruh Susan untuk mengunci semua pintu mobil. 

Lembah ini adalah tempat dimana dulu seorang pria pernah membunuh istrinya dengan kapak kerena kecemburuannya dengan perselingkuhan sang istri. Walaupun kejadian itu telah lama terjadi, tetapi arwah sang pria , dikabarkan masih bergentayangan di sekitar lembah ini.

Di luar mobil, Susan mendengar suara gemerisik dan bunyi benda dipukul-pukul. Susan juga mendegar suara lelaki terkekeh. Tetapi sialnya, ia tidak dapat melihat apapun karena  cuaca yang gelap. 

Ketakutan, Susan merunduk di tempat duduknya. Dia duduk dan diam selama beberapa saat, kemudian dia mendengar suara lagi.  Huft Huft huft, Suara yang kecil, seperti suara tiupan.

Tiba-tiba sebuah cahaya menerangi mobil tersebut. Suara seseorang terdengar dan menyuruhnya keluar. Suara tersebut seperti suara polisi. Ned pasti sudah kembali dengan seorang polisi. Susan membuka pintu mobil dan melangkah keluar dari mobilnya. Ketika dia melihat kea rah cahaya tersebut, dia melihatnya.

Di sebatang pohon tidak jauh dari mobilnya, tubuh Ned tergantung. Ia telah mati. Lehernya telah di di iris dengan dalam dan hamper putus. Angin menggoyangkan tubuhnya, sehingga menimbulkan suara aneh taadi “huf huft huft!"

Susan menjerit dan lari kearah seumber cahaya dan suara tadi. Ketika ia berlari mendekati sumber suara tadi, sia menyadari jika seumber cahaya yang menerangi mobilnya tadi buka berasa dari sebuah lampu senter. Dia juga melihat, sumber suara tadi adalah seorang pria yang sedang tersenyum dan tangannya memegang, kapak yang besar di tangannya. Susan pun langsung berbalik arah dan kembali kedalam mobilnya.

“Lagi main-main ketika aku tidak ada” bisik sang hantu, hantu tersebut menyentuh sisi kapaknya yang tajam dengan jarinya. ‘Kau memang sangat nakal”

Kemudian, hal terahir yang Susan lihat adalah kilatan kapak yang menakutkan.

The original story written in English is taken from here!


Susan and Ned were driving through a wooded empty section of highway. Lightning flashed, thunder roared, the sky went dark in the torrential downpour. 

“We’d better stop,” said Susan.  Ned nodded his head in agreement. He stepped on the brake, and suddenly the car started to slide on the slick pavement. They plunged off the road and slid to a halt at the bottom of an incline.

Pale and shaking, Ned quickly turned to check if Susan was all right.  When she nodded, Ned relaxed and looked through the rain soaked windows.  “I’m going to see how bad it is,” he told Susan, and when out into the storm. She saw his blurry figure in the headlight, walking around the front of the car. A moment later, he jumped in beside her, soaking wet. 

“The car’s not badly damaged, but we’re wheel-deep in mud,” he said. “I’m going to have to go for help.”

Susan swallowed nervously. There would be no quick rescue here. He told her to turn off the headlights and lock the doors until he returned.  Axe Murder Hollow. Although Ned hadn’t said the name aloud, they both knew what he had been thinking when he told her to lock the car.  This was the place where a man had once taken an axe and hacked his wife to death in a jealous rage over an alleged affair. Supposedly, the axe-wielding spirit of the husband continued to haunt this section of the road.

 Outside the car, Susan heard a shriek, a loud thump, and a strange gurgling noise. But she couldn’t see anything in the darkness. Frightened, she shrank down into her seat. She sat in silence for a while, and then she noticed another sound.  Bump. Bump. Bump.  It was a soft sound, like something being blown by the wind. 

Suddenly, the car was illuminated by a bright light.  An official sounding voice told her to get out of the car. Ned must have found a police officer.  Susan unlocked the door and stepped out of the car.  As her eyes adjusted to the bright light, she saw it.

Hanging by his feet from the tree next to the car was the dead body of Ned.  His bloody throat had been cut so deeply that he was nearly decapitated. The wind swung his corpse back and forth so that it thumped against the tree. Bump. Bump. Bump.

Susan screamed and ran toward the voice and the light. As she drew close, she realized the light was not coming from a flashlight. Standing there was the glowing figure of a man with a smile on his face and a large, solid, and definitely real axe in his hands. She backed away from the glowing figure until she bumped into the car. 

“Playing around when my back was turned,” the ghost whispered, stroking the sharp blade of the axe with his fingers. “You’ve been very naughty.”

The last thing she saw was the glint of the axe blade in the eerie, incandescent light.
 

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