The Water Tank

 Posted by at 1:14 pm
Jul 122003

The Small country town of Trangie NSW, Australia.

TRANGIE is where my dad was born and raised. It is still a tiny town and 50 years ago it was probably less than half the size. My dad, Phil is the eldest, and has 5 other siblings: four brothers and a sister.

Way back then, there was a family friend affectionately named Old Jack, who lived alone far out of town and used to make the trip into town only monthly or so, in an old horse drawn cart. He was in his 70s and when times got tough on his own, he would come to stay with my father’s family.

One such time was when there was a drought, and the rainwater in the old man’s water tank had run out. He ended up staying at my father’s house for weeks, waiting for enough rain to fill his tank, so he could move back out there. Then, within the space of two days, enough rain fell to cause the river to flood, drown sheep and wash roads away. They weren’t sure if there’d be enough water in the tank for the old man though, so my father’s parents asked if he and his brother Norman, would go out to check the water level in the tank.

They rode out there on a horse, and as the roads were very muddy and chewed from cars and lorries, the going was slow. They had left around lunchtime and had played around on the way, stopping to climb trees, chase rabbits and throw mud at each other. So it was late afternoon (around 5pm) before they arrived at the front gate. Seeing that the sun would soon set, they thought they should check the tank and get moving. They would be home by 9 or 10pm if they didn’t fart about anymore.

The tank was high on a stand, and the ladder was rusted to bits, unclimbable. Phil had to stand on Norman’s shoulders to get a grip on the top of the tank and pull himself up. From the ground, Norman looked up and asked how full the tank was. Phil was peering into the tank, with his head inside, while his eyes adjusted to the darkness. Suddenly Phil recoiled, almost falling from the tank and half jumped, half fell down and shouted to his brother, “LET’S GO! LET’S GO NOW!” His eyes were wide with terror and his face, powdery white. Norman didn’t want to leave until he had seen what was in the tank too, but Phil was terrified and ran to get the horse.

Norman found a way onto the tank from the roof of the house, and after looking inside, he also half fell off the tank in his mad scramble to get away.

They arrived home that night at around 9 streaked with tears and mud, two little boys haunted by something that they would never forget as long as they lived. But never, even to this day, have they told anyone what was in the water tank.

  22 Responses to “The Water Tank”

Comments (22)
  1. Dammit!!!!!!! Wtf was in d tank…….

  2. OMG I want to know what was in the tank! A body? Tampons?

  3. I wanna know what is inside the tank???

    A Dead Body??? or What???????????? grrrrr!!!! tell me??/ :3

  4. I remember finding a picture book in my primary school’s library that had a story very similar to this. I’m not sure if it was adapted from it, but I found it very eerie, and a beautiful but somewhat disturbing novel. Here is a link. Check it out.

  5. My first guess would be a body…at least that’s what comes to mind when I read this story. Every now and again, I come to BiteyCastle, not just for the amazing videos, but for these stories. I’ve read them countless times since they were posted, and have even recommended friends to check them out. I have read a lot of online stores, but these will continue to give me the chills…

  6. Actully, i dont think it was a body, i think that it was someting you cant geuss….
    but what whit the man who lived there? never asked it what it was?

  7. i seriously think your family is cursed… or blessed… i guess it depends on how you look at all of these unusual experiences…

  8. oh no! you sparked my paranoia! now i’m gonna over think this and not be able to sleep for days!

  9. oh man.. I dont have a a clue whats in that tank.. if it is a monster, its cool.. but if it is a Old ghost women, its really scary.

  10. I am taking a wild guess…but I think the boys found the body of the old man that lived there (their family friend)

  11. I think the water was red blood red with a body floting in it and the body was a man sheltering from thr rain!!!!

  12. I am never going to drink water from old watertanks again. And i think I’m going to wonder about what they found in that tank for the rest of my life (And so will Adam i guess).
    It reminds me of a story i once read in the newspaper. There was a Coca Cola factory in New Mexico that produced the syrup used to flavour Coca Cola. The syrup was boiled up in huge vats for several days before being tapped an sendt out to be finished in other factories. One time when draining the vats the workers discovered a bloated corpse on the bottom of the vat. It had been lying there for a while and the quite a lot fof the syrup had already been shipped out to different factories making it quite impossible to recall it. It’s just a nasty story, and will make you think twice before taking a sip of your Coke.
    Friends of mine have said that it is impossible that the corpse was still lying there because it’s a well known myth that a tooth left overnight in a glass of Coca Cola would dissolve completely, so a body lying for several days in a vat of super concentrated Coke would definately be gone.
    This is bullshit. I have tried myself to put a tooth in a glass of Coke, and it didn’t even change colour.
    But here’s an interesting fact: A gummy bear put in a bottle of Coke overnight will become monster huge. Fun facts for kids!

    • Man, what an interesting comment. The story was cool, and I HAVE to try that gummi bear thing. I HAVE to.

  13. Wow, I wish I could know what was in that tank that scared your father and Norman so much that they would refuse to tell anyone else. It must have been something quite terrifying…

  14. I remember reading these stories in like… 2007? I was about 12, and I liked to think some mysterious, horrifying creature was in the tank. So creepy good. đŸ™‚

  15. I STILL want to know! Pester your dad until he tells you.

  16. My first guess is that it was some children’s bones they found in the tank.

    Or maybe Old Jack frequently talked about a loved one who suddenly disappeared long ago. Then Phil and Norman check the tank and find the possible remains of that person.

    Those are the only reasons I can imagine for the boys being as shocked as they were and still be crying after they got home.

    Just my speculative imagination! Great stories and animation, please keep it up!

  17. wait, was your dad’s name philip phillips

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