Thanks to Gafyn from Swansea, Wales for this story! You can also read Gafyn’s first story, Adventures with Ghosts.
Gafyn grew up in Cilfynydd, Pontypridd in South Wales. The area is known for high levels of spirit activity. This is thought to be partially due to The Albion Disaster, a devastating mine explosion that killed “290 men and boys” in June, 1894. For more information on The Albion Disaster, please see, “Albion Colliery: The Forgotten Mining Disaster” by Rhiannon Beacham of BBC News.
One day when Gafyn was in his late teens, an older friend of his invited him out for a drive. The friend would not reveal anything about where they were going, but Gafyn sensed that it had something to do with the paranormal. Sometimes his friends liked to see if Gafyn could pick up on ghosts that were in the area. It was all in fun, so Gafyn decided to go along with it.
They had been out for a while when a car appeared behind them. It seemed to come from out of nowhere. Gafyn thought that it looked like a Ford Capri. The car was close on their tail. Trying to shake it off, his friend started swerving, but the car kept up with them the whole time. That was when they noticed two other things. The car behind them was not making any noise as it sped along the road and the car had no one inside of it.
Then just as suddenly as the car had first shown up, it disappeared again. The road that they were driving on was a single road with tall hedges on either side. There were no gaps for a car to turn off the road. Gafyn and his friend went back to see if they could find the car, but came back empty-handed. They scanned the area for skid marks or tire tracks and found none. They drove back to where the mysterious car had originally appeared and still couldn’t locate it.
Figuring it would be easier to search the area when it was light out, Gafyn returned the next day. After another fruitless endeavor, he stopped by The Queen’s Head, a well-known local pub. Gafyn told his story to the bartender and discovered that many people had come in over the years to report a car crash where the vehicle vanishes and is never found.
Other strange things are known to happen in Gafyn’s neighborhood after dark. Sometimes a little girl appears walking along the road looking lost. People will stop in their cars to give her a lift. Then as they are driving her back home, she suddenly disappears from the back seat of the car. Gafyn once ran into a couple who had just experienced this and were frantically searching the road for the missing child. Gafyn explained the legend to them and they felt better about it, albeit a bit spooked.
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