A to Z Making Believe B is for Bokwus

There is a spirit that lives in the northwestern forests. Among the deep dense foliage of fir and hemlock, red cedar and and spruce. A spirit so haunting only a fleeting glimpse of the war paint and piercing eyes are seen. Bokus watches over the forest and stays hidden until his territory is invaded,

With cautious steps the man travels quietly over the forest floor. The last glow of moonlight glistens on the stream he walks along. Mulch and damp earth seep through his leather moccasins, cooling the man’s feet uncomfortably. The rushing creek splashes against the rocks, splattering on his knees as he approaches the deep whirlpool of green where the bass lives. He knows the habits of the Large One. He has seen its tail on summer days and lost his bait all too often. Today he will take the prize. Today his family will welcome the feast he will bring home. Too many moons he’s waited, always late. Today he’s come before the sunrise, before the pinks of the sky dance with the white of the foamy creek.

Can you see him?

Bokwus lives in the forest.

The man inches onto a flat gray boulder, quietly positioning his lance over the pool. Careful. The moon must not cast a shadow.

In his other hand he holds a locust. A special treat captured in the grassland and brought here to the forest just for the Large One. The man waits until the wind dies. Silence stills the earth. The only sound is the creek. And a splash. The Large One is feeding. The man drops the locust in the water. Scales shimmer in the moonlight. The man readies the lance and thrusts.

His face is in the water. He see the Large One swim away. The pool overwhelms him, he cannot breath. And then he sees Bokwus coming for his spirit.


No one knows what he does with the spirits of the drowned, but Bokwus desires them  more than anything else. He keeps them well hidden.








. Tasha’s Thinkings (Vampires) 5. Anna @ Deeply Shallow (mythical creatures) 9. Sara C. Snider (Mythical Creatures and People)
2. Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles (Ghosts) 6. Moon, Light and Shadow 10. Mina Burrows (Classic Monsters)
3. The Other Side: The A to Z of Witches 7. Making Believe 11. Julia Matthews Paranormal Adult Romance (Occult)
4. A Creative Mind 8. Write Accountable (Fairy Tales) 12. Precious Monsters

About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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10 Responses to A to Z Making Believe B is for Bokwus

  1. I love your theme! I am a fantasy junkie and very glad to have discovered the Bokwus on your blog. I was expecting B for Bogey-man but that would be too tame.

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge
    My blogs : The Book Drifter

    Drifting Traveller

    • Glad you stopped by! I didn’t even think of the Bogey man! But I live in the Pacific Northwest, so if I can find a native spook from here, I’m going to write about him! Thanks for the comment.

  2. A creature waiting to claim you if you drown – very creepy!
    Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles – A to Z Ghosts
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  3. I was on the edge of my seats waiting to find out what he was creeping around.

  4. timsbrannan says:

    I am so happy! I have never heard of the bokus before this. I love finding out new beasties and ghosts. Thank you!

    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

  5. Another spooky encounter – love it. What could he want with the spirits I wonder?
    Tasha’s Thinkings

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