I wrote earlier about the ghost lights that appeared at the end of our driveway and caused hearts to beat faster as we played in the dark yard of the farm. Earlier, much earlier there was another light. It was different in quality, it had a reddish almost fire like appearance. This light appeared across the hills and on the opposite side of the silent woods, at my uncle's home, long ago when my mother was a child.
This light would come out of the woods and circle the house in the dark night sky. This light appeared more sinister in nature than the ghost lights and no one knew what it wanted. After the light appeared on several different nights, my grandfather stood in the yard watching it. Then he spoke.
"If ye be from God then you're welcome, but if ye be from the devil be gone." The light shot across the sky into the woods (the silent woods? I wish I knew but the telling of the story through the years never included a direction). It never returned again.
What was the light? Where did it come from and where did it disappear to? These questions were never answered. The malevolent feelings the circling light resonated was enough for my grandfather. He seldom spoke of the light again but the younger family members did and they carried the tale down through the ages.