Siqui-Horror? Siqui-Amor? Horror and Romance in the Island of Siquijor – Part 1
Siquijor is an island in the Philippines known for its enchantment. They say that this magical island is full of witches, shamans and sorcerers who are practicing black magic. They have varying ways of putting curses and diseases to people who get in their way.
Their most popular method was using beetles and other small insects to attack a victim while sleeping. Through dark magic, the witch can instruct four beetles with a thread to get in a victim’s stomach and lay eggs to it. These eggs have hazardous elements that a beetle is immune but a human is vulnerable.
If the attack is successful, the beetles come back with blood on its thread. Some people come to them and pay them an enormous amount to put a curse on someone they want revenge on.Then, those cursed people come to them later and ask for help to dispel their curse for a fee. After that, these people buy healing potions and amulets in their shop to protect them from spells.
Business was good on the island. It was so good that people from nearby islands started coming to them and would pay them well for their great service and products. The number of clients increased so quickly, that they had to hire and train more people to be able to open up new branches on the island.
A treasure hunter heard these stories from a friend and just laughed at him. He said it’s just a hoax to scare the people away from the island. The real reason behind it is to protect their ancestral treasures. The treasure hunter’s friend found out later that he went to the island alone.
He never heard from him since then for almost three years now. The treasure hunter would usually come back from his quest within just six months. In a far away island, a woman was getting disturbed by her dreams. Her dream’s setting varies but it always ends in the same exact scene. A scene where there are glowing fishes crying for help and they are closely guarded by a stone man.
She went to a fortuneteller. She tested the fortuneteller by asking her if she can tell what her dream is by just looking at her palm. The fortuneteller told her that she was dreaming about riding a Pegasus, her encounter with fairies, meeting her man of her dreams and all kinds of stories but none of the things she said matched her actual dream.
The fortuneteller said that she must have been getting visions of her older dreams instead of the latest ones. So she explained her dream to the fortuneteller and how it ends up in one ending, then she asked her if such a place really exists. The fortuneteller who happens to be a native of Siquijor Island recalled a place with her description.
She advised her that the place is somewhere in Siquijor Island but she can’t remember exactly where on the island. She warned her about the potential dangers from curses and bad spirits. But the woman was determined and went to the island to find her peace.
Upon entering the island, giant trees greeted her on her way in. The trees felt alive and creepy. Its midday but the place is cold and she can feel the hairs of her arms standing up. The woman thought that it might be just a mild fever since she didn’t get enough sleep.
She went to the town’s nearest church and prayed for protection. She noticed that the area surrounding the church felt a bit warm and relaxing. When she left the area and lost sight of the church she started getting that chilling feeling again that she can’t explain.
She asked a local resident about the nearest springs, rivers, ponds and beaches in the island so she can check if one of those contain the fish she keeps on seeing in her dreams. The local resident directed her to the nearest waterfalls in her spot then gave her directions on how to get to the beaches and springs in the island.
She searched the whole place but found no glowing fish in the area. The woman recalled her childhood experience when she saw a friend glowing, but her others friends can’t see the glow. A few days later, her friend died in an accident. She is having second thoughts if her dreams are related to what has happened to her before.
After making sure that every spot in the waterfalls area was completely explored, she decided to go to her next stop, the beach. This was a bit more challenging because the area was wide and a very long walk is required to be able to explore the whole beach front.
She went up a giant rock to have a better view of the whole beach to find signs of the glowing fishes. She saw a school of fish near the shore, but those are ordinary fish with gray scales and not the glowing and colorful ones like the fishes she saw in her dream. After reaching middle part of the beach, she rested a bit.
While resting, she was thinking hard about the things that she saw in her dream. She kept visualizing the entire scene over and over hoping to get a better clue on where the place was, but nothing came to mind.
She started walking again while closely looking at the beach for signs of the glowing fishes. She reached the far end already but found none. Her last hope was the nearest spring on the island. She rushed to the spring before twilight then started exploring it thoroughly.
It only ended in frustration. After a tiring search, she checked-in a resort to relax and ponder on what she needs to do next in this journey. As she explored the resort, she noticed something bright from afar. After she got closer to it, she got the biggest surprise of her life.
“It’s the glowing fishes!” she exclaimed.
People nearby heard her and gave her an odd stare. She cupped her hands in her mouth and blushed after realizing that only she can see the fishes glow because of her undeveloped third-eye.
She sat in the pond then touched the water—the fishes moved as if it’s just one big fish then immediately came to her hand to kiss it. Their glow slowly faded away after that close encounter. The fishes started moving in different directions and stopped moving like its one big fish.
The woman’s mind was filled with wonder. She can’t explain the meaning of what just happened to the fishes or to her. She can’t really tell if she was just hallucinating because of dizziness caused by a whole day of searching.
To be continued…
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