The Fire Within—An Original Urban Legend

The Fire Within—An Original Urban Legend

A Chapter by Steven Cash
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Another Urban Legend folk

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            In Alexandria, Virginia, on the corner of Temple and Market Street stands an antiquated storefront. It is a building dating back to the 1800s, as are most in that famed ‘Old Town’ area, but this one is the only one, on that block at least, with the distinction of being haunted.

            On a cold night in December 1882, when the storefront was Nelsons General Store, there was a particularly horrific event that went on. Albert Nelson and his family lived on the second floor above the store. It was just after midnight when Albert heard a noise in the store.

            He grabbed his riffle and prepared to head downstairs. Before doing so however, he told his wife and two sons to stay in the bedroom and lock the door.

            “Don’t come out,” he said, “No matter what you see or hear. I will let myself back in.”

            Albert headed down the stairs and into the store, where he found two hoodlums trying to get open the cash register.

            He shot once at the criminals, knocking over the gas lamp they held. Unfortunately, they shot back at Albert and killed him instantly. Even more tragic was the fact that the broken lamp grew a blaze that quickly engulfed the store.

            Upstairs, Mrs. Nelson and her sons waited, praying that Albert would return. He said he would come back.

            He never did.

            They never realized about the fire until they saw the smoke coming through the floorboards. As soon as they opened the doors too, the flames came into the room.

            They died shortly thereafter.

            It is said to this day by locals that anyone that visits that location, which is now a Wells Fargo Bank, could run into the ghosts of the Nelson family. While Mrs. Nelson and her sons are placid, Albert Nelson is said to be a vengeful spirit, seeking revenge on anyone who wants to cheat or steal from that place.

            The story was just folklore, or so assumed, until February 23, 2007 when a man came into that Wells Fargo Branch and attempted a robbery. He was quickly cornered by police, and tried to flee up the stairs to the second level�"which has since been converted into a vault among other things.

            When police arrived upstairs they found the would-be robber shot to death. But the coroner found the most unsettling details.

            One, he was shot to death with an 1800s rifle bullet.

            Two, his internal organs were charred and burned. The coroner said it was as if he were electrocuted.

            Or as if he’d died in a fire.

            People say the man met the same fate at the hands of Albert’s ghost. Seeing as Albert was first shot, then burned in the blaze

 



© 2012 Steven Cash


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Wow. When I read this my bedroom was pitch-black (I've got another killer headache) and I got chills! This is fantastic! :)
Ps tonight I'm gonna catch up on my read requests (21 to go) and pretty much all of them are from you so I may not comment on everything you requested but just know that I read them. I swear. :)
And unless something like the vision thing happens again, I will not ever get behind again!

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Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

thanks

and praying for ya girl!



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Wow. When I read this my bedroom was pitch-black (I've got another killer headache) and I got chills! This is fantastic! :)
Ps tonight I'm gonna catch up on my read requests (21 to go) and pretty much all of them are from you so I may not comment on everything you requested but just know that I read them. I swear. :)
And unless something like the vision thing happens again, I will not ever get behind again!

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

thanks

and praying for ya girl!
owo this was very awesome i really liked it! the end was uber creepy!!!

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

lol thanks!
Favorite one so far... this is fantastic. I love that you made the building a bank and added in the robbery and murder. That was awesome. Loved it!

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

Thank you so much!
Wow, another wonderfully great and gripping piece.

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

thanks Ahmad
very good and creepy but you fo an amazing job with everything you write

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

Thank you much, Sierra
sierrasparks91

8 Years Ago

your welcome
Your write gives me goosebumps! Nice!

Posted 8 Years Ago


Violet Dreams...

8 Years Ago

or should i say thrilling!
Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

Thanks so much Violet!
hey this is awesome!!!!! very gripping..nice work.!

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

Thanks Melodie!
this is another great story... loved these lines, " When police arrived upstairs they found the would-be robber shot to death. But the coroner found the most unsettling details.
One, he was shot to death with an 1800s rifle bullet.
Two, his internal organs were charred and burned. The coroner said it was as if he were electrocuted.
Or as if he’d died in a fire.

Just messes with the mind...lol... well written.

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

Thanks lol
Wow, this gave me chittering goosebumps and fright O.O
Great work!
100/100

Posted 8 Years Ago


Steven Cash

8 Years Ago

Thank you much!

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