￼A BALL OF FIRE
M: But now we got scared one night a’coon huntin’ at a ball of far. It uz as big as that stove. Us young’uns now, by gosh, we’s a’ went to Tea Creek a’coon huntin’
M: They was two of, two of our nieces with us, two boys they ‘s yet small, my sister’s boys, an’ they was me an’ Sherman an’ Bessie, me an’ Sherman an’ Bessie I reckon, and them two, them two little boys, they wa’n’t very big, Bruce and Guy wa’n’t, so we went a’coon huntin’. We had a pact when them boys’d come down and we’d coon hunt. Why sometimes we’d catch 3 and 4 coons, and we had the best coon dog pert’ nigh ever I seen. So we went that night, and we went clean t’ Tea Creek, clean down t’ Tea Creek. And when we got down t’ Tea Creek, we uz a’listenin’ for the dogs, to hear the dogs a’barkin’, and at last we heared a big roarin’ a’comin’. You know how anything sounds that’s in there, a’comin’ through there the wind a’blowin’ against you know that’s the way it just made the awfullest noise that ever you–an’ afterwhile we looked up and we heared it was up and the whole sky just looked bright light, just the prettiest and lightest, and we looked a’comin’ and now boys that was enough to scare anybody now I’ll jest tell ya hit was, and then the sparks of far was jest a’flyin’ from it jest each way. You could just see the sparks a’flyin’. We run ourselves pretty near to death. And hit went right on, just right on, right close to where we was at, just right over the top but hit uz up pretty high. And hit went right on and right on down the river and we heared it hit, and when hit hit, it was just a–we’d been a long ways when it hit, we’d come clean away up the river now, when that thing hit. An’ hit was a’goin’ so fast, why it’s ontellin’ how fast that thing was a’goin’. Just a streak. It uz just like a big blast went off, wher’ hit, just exactly like a blast, you know how a blast goes, a dynamite blast.
M: And now that’s what it went now. It even jarred where it went off. D: You say it wuz, looked like a ball of far?
M: Why, hit was, a big , uh, a big ball of fire, it ‘s big as that heatin’ stove, an’ the sparks of fire just a goin’ from each way, no wonder we got scared. We run ourselves nearly to death, I’ll tell ya we did, it ‘s a long ways about two miles home, we had to run.
D: Whaddya reckon it was?
M: Why, it uz a ball of fire, an’ my daddy said he’d seen ’em before. He told us, why yes, he told us it’s nothin’ to get scared at, fer he said he’d seen ’em.