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I  continued down the driveway and then came to a stop, damn, I thought I’ve come down the wrong driveway it must be further up.Then a man appeared from behind some trees with a sheepdog, great I thought I’ll ask him.

I got out of the car and said “hello,” he said hello back and asked was I lost,” no” I said “I think I’ve taken a wrong turn I’m looking for St Jude’s”
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“St Judes is no longer here, and pointed over to the right, see that impression well that’s where it used to be over seventy odd years ago, I looked over to where he was pointing and  there was what appeared to be lots of broken grey stones scattered everywhere.

“But I was here last night, I spent the night here” I said He looked at me like I was from Mars or somewhere , “well where did it go”? I asked.

The man said” it was during the war and a German Heinkell 177 was heading for the steel works at East Moors in Cardiff and wanted to do some serious damage to the war effort and of course was carrying a full load of SC250 bombs but a few miles from here were two anti aircraft batteries up in the hills and when they saw the bomber coming, they let go with everything they had and witnesses at the time say the cockpit was trailing smoke so it was out of control and out of the entire wilderness around here by bad luck crashed into the monastery, there was one almighty explosion and a fireball that could be seen as far away as Cardiff, of course there were no survivors and all thirty or so monks and the bomber crew died in the inferno.”
I just stood there in disbelief and could feel the hairs pricking on the back of my neck, I was in total shock.
“Are you okay “ ? said the man “ you’ve gone very white looking”
“No I’m okay” I said , He looked at his watch and said” I’d better be off , my wife will be wondering where I am, well nice to meet you,” he said “goodbye” and he was gone.

I sat in the car and my head was going around, did I dream it I asked myself, I had a sudden thought, the punctured tyre, I got out of the car and opened the boot and strapped in the well was a brand new tyre that had never been used, I went cold again and couldn’t think straight, was I going mad , was I working too hard .
After ten minutes I drove off and headed for the airport, I was about fifteen minutes out from the airport and I noticed a car with hazard lights flashing, I pulled up behind and got out to see if help was needed, it was an elderly couple and they had hit a rock in the road and had a puncture, I offered to change it for them and did so, they were extremely grateful, “can we give you something for your trouble,” “no” I said “just do a good turn for someone when you get the chance “and then remembered where I had last heard those words.

I was just about to drive away when I remembered the basket  and I insisted that they have it and I think I made their day, the old lady was crying with happiness and I could feel myself welling up too.

I was in the departure lounge and fired up the laptop and searched for St Judes Monastery, I read what it said and it was as the man had told me , then I saw the date that it happened November the twelfth 1944.
I was deep in thought not understanding what I had experienced, I vowed to myself never to speak of it , no right minded person would ever believe me .
I was brought out of my deep thought with the announcement from the tannoy “ will passengers travelling to Edinburgh International please make their way to gate 44, thank you” 
    
( THE CONCLUSION )

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Date: 11/5/2018 9:22:00 AM
Well Tom, you almost fooled me-- when I saw the title, I assumed you had had a paranormal experience of some sort. I assumed that because I had 'em, and over the years have talked to many others who have encountered 'twilight zone stuff', always unexpected, always inexplicable. But you gave yourself away in the 1st part--you're too good a writer! I've found that for those (including myself) who've been 'exposed' to the supernatural, it's very hard to put the experience into words.
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Date: 11/5/2018 10:18:00 AM
Thanks LJ, I must confess I've never had a paranormal experience. It's a subject that fascinates me and I truly believe people have these experiences'. How can we who have supposedly come from nothing think there is nothing more. There is another side be it ghosts ufo's or whatever. What I find strange is peoples reluctance to accept anything but the norm. For people who do have these experiences they must be very frustrated, do I mention it or not, will folk believe me. Tom.
Date: 8/9/2018 5:57:00 AM
I enjoyed all four parts! Great story, my friend! A page turner!
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Date: 8/9/2018 11:24:00 AM
Thanks Kim, glad you enjoyed it, had an idea a while back and decided to try and make a short story. Tom
Date: 7/31/2018 5:02:00 PM
What a terrific story teller you are, Tom, and the truth of it is, I started with the ending and am now compelled to read the rest as the ending is terrific!
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Date: 7/31/2018 8:54:00 PM
Thank you very much Caren, glad you you enjoyed my first attempt at storytelling. Tom
Date: 7/30/2018 7:28:00 PM
A retired man, balding, bespectacled, respectable, goes by the name of Tom Cunningham, on his way to a seminar when he encounters a storm, hears a crashing sound, and enters----THE TWILIGHT ZONE! Good one, Tom! You had my leg pulled all the way with this yarn!!! Excellent. ~ Gershon
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Date: 7/31/2018 2:06:00 AM
Thanks Gershon, I thought I'd put my name at the start to give it that real feel to draw people in, I think it worked, glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/29/2018 2:56:00 PM
oh gee, Tom. I was thinking in part one that you had told us it was a true story! You clever guy, you. You had me thinking maybe it actually happened (I read a reply you made to someone below) GREAT storytelling!!
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Date: 7/30/2018 1:40:00 AM
Thank you very much Andrea, wasn't sure if people would enjoy it, seems they did. Tom
Date: 7/29/2018 1:28:00 PM
hi, tom... got more?.. huggs
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Date: 7/29/2018 1:41:00 PM
More ?, stories ?
Date: 7/28/2018 8:55:00 AM
I think you dispense a marvellous job Tom.
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Date: 7/28/2018 9:28:00 AM
Thank you very much Richard, glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/27/2018 2:18:00 PM
You did a great job with this, Tom. I really enjoyed your storytelling!
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Date: 7/27/2018 2:56:00 PM
Thank you very much Carol, a first attempt. Happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/27/2018 8:03:00 AM
Great story Tom. I really enjoyed reading this and didn't want it to end! Looking forward to your next story already! Regards, Lisa
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Date: 7/27/2018 9:25:00 AM
Thanks Lisa, happy you enjoyed it.
Date: 7/27/2018 7:28:00 AM
Great story, well done. I enjoyed it. It made me leave where I was and travel to that monetary with you. Thanks for writing it.
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Date: 7/27/2018 7:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Timothy, my first attempt,glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/27/2018 7:19:00 AM
Great story telling, Tom. It made pleasant reading and I agree with Demtrios that you should consider writing a book. Your certainly have the skills to do so. T.J
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Date: 7/27/2018 7:37:00 AM
Thank you Teppo, I have been thinking about it and maybe I will make a start Tom
Date: 7/26/2018 10:05:00 AM
Tom what an extraordinary story so captivating and so well written . You should write a book my friend and hey should make a fine film out of it! I believe you lived all this. I could explain why but it will take too long! Thank you my friend, You made my day! A FAV,
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Date: 7/26/2018 10:28:00 AM
I told my wife about your story and now I am reading it to her and she asked me to congratulate you! My wife is a mathematician and she is difficult to please with simple writing! She is ecstatic!
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Date: 7/26/2018 10:24:00 AM
Thank you very much Demetrios, I'm flattered by your comments, I've always fancied writing a book, maybe this will get me off to doing so. Thank you. Tom
Date: 7/26/2018 9:46:00 AM
WoW! Tom, What a great conclusion to a well written story. The title and content was great. Question - Did this really happen? If so what an eerie experience to encounter. Whatever the case like I mentioned in my last comment it would make a good book:-) Alexis
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Date: 7/26/2018 10:19:00 AM
Well you bowl me over Alexis, I'm humbled by your comments thank you. No, its a work of fiction unfortunately. Tom
Date: 7/26/2018 4:49:00 AM
Tom, you sir are a great story teller!
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Date: 7/26/2018 4:52:00 AM
Thank you Dave , much appreciated. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 10:17:00 PM
This was a fascinating story, Tom, tell me is it really true.. Since you start with yourself and the time. I do believe strange things do happen. Crazy I might be , but I do... Very good.. Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/26/2018 2:00:00 AM
Thank you Eve, I too believe in strange things happening,I used my name to make it a bit more real but it is a fictional write, but I've heard of things like this happening in real life, glad you enjoyed it Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 4:18:00 PM
Wow... great four part story Tom... Great story telling..
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Date: 7/25/2018 4:24:00 PM
Thanks S.O., First attempt at writing a story, glad you enjoyed it, Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 3:52:00 PM
I was hooked on your tale Tom, great storytelling !:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 7/25/2018 3:55:00 PM
Thanks Jan, glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 3:38:00 PM
you give steven spielberg a run for his money, tom...enchanting tale, i must say!... huggs
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Date: 7/25/2018 3:41:00 PM
Thanks Nette, love his work, my favourite being the mist. Maybe its rubbed off on me. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 12:52:00 PM
This story could have come right out of the twilight zone Tom..Well written..
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charles messina
Date: 7/25/2018 9:40:00 PM
You're right Joseph, this could have.
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Date: 7/25/2018 12:55:00 PM
Thanks very much Joseph, I used to.love that program,I think a bit of it has rubbed off on me. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 11:57:00 AM
A wonderful story Tom, thanks for sharing and very well written...Charlie
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Date: 7/25/2018 12:53:00 PM
Thank you very much Charlie, glad you like it. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 11:08:00 AM
Tom, I really enjoyed reading your entire fascinating adventure. Very well written! What a puzzling, mind blowing experience. Thanks for sharing....george
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Date: 7/25/2018 12:52:00 PM
Thank you very much George, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 10:08:00 AM
Oh my word Tom. I read all parts of your story and it is very good , captured my attention straight through. I completely enjoyed reading it. What a mystery! Thanks for sharing :)
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Date: 7/25/2018 12:51:00 PM
Thank you Heidi, happy you enjoyed it, just spotted one or two typos, working on it.lol.
Date: 7/25/2018 9:57:00 AM
You can tell a good story...Enjoyed it...All the best Tom
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Date: 7/25/2018 12:49:00 PM
Thank you very much Arturo, glad you enjoyed it. Tom