by Antonio Serrano

The story tells about the ghost of an old toothless woman believed to inhabit an old tree by the river near the graveyard of a small town.  A young man, challenged by three town bullies over shots of gin, tries to prove his worth by visiting the old tree in the dead of the night.  What unfolds is way beyond his imagination as he unwittingly discovers the truth firsthand.

This short story was first published in the Literary Section of the Philippines Free Press in its new-year-eve online edition on 31 December 2011.