The Bone Eater is a scary story for kids about a young man who is in hospital and notices one of the other patients behaving strangely at night. It is based on a Japanese urban legend.
There was a young man who was in hospital for a few weeks. The room he was staying in was very large and he shared it with a number of other patients. One of the other patients was a tall, thin guy with pale skin, hollow eyes and sunken cheeks.
The thin guy was behaving quite strangely and it made the young man nervous. At night, when everyone else was asleep, the thin guy would quietly sneak out of the room and go somewhere. In the small hours of the morning, he would come back and silently get back into bed as if nothing had happened.
This went on night after night and the thin guy’s behavior was so suspicious that it made the young man wonder what he was up to.
One night, the young man couldn’t sleep. As he lay there awake, he noticed that the thin guy was getting out of bed again and leaving the room without making a sound. Driven by curiosity, he decided to follow him.
The thin guy walked down the stairs, out the front door and left the hospital grounds. The young man stayed a safe distance behind him and the thin guy seemed to have no idea that he was being followed.
When he came to the cemetery, the thin man went inside. The young man thought it was very odd for someone to visit a cemetery in the middle of the night, but he was curious to see what the thin guy was up to so he went inside as well.
The thin guy made his way through the cemetery and stopped in front of one of the graves. The young man stayed in the shadows, moving silently and hiding behind the gravestones. He saw the thin guy crouch down, but he was too far away to see what he was doing. Carefully, he crawled closer to get a better view.
What he saw filled him with horror. The thin guy was digging up a grave with his bare hands and pulling out the remains. Then, in the pale moonlight, he picked up the bones and began chewing and gnawing on them, breaking and snapping them in half and sucking out the marrow.
The young man was so terrified by what he was seeing that he unexpectedly let out a gasp.
At that moment, the thin guy stopped gnawing on the bones and looked around. Suddenly, he stopped what he was doing and stayed very still. He seemed to notice that he was being watched.
The young man grew very scared. He turned tail and ran. He ran back to the hospital, up the stairs and hurried back into the room. Jumping into his bed, he pulled the covers over himself and pretended to be asleep.
A little while later, the thin guy came back to the room. The man was in a panic, but he kept his eyes closed and tried to stay calm. He heard footsteps moving around the room.
When he opened one eye to take a peek, he saw that the thin guy was going from bed to bed and seemed to be looking into the face of each patient as they slept. The young man could hear him muttering something under his breath, but he couldn’t make out what he was saying.
He waited and waited as the footsteps came closer and closer.
The young man was trying to keep perfectly still.
Eventually, the thin guy came to his bed.
The thin guy leaned in close, put his hand on the man’s chest and said, “One, two, three… Your heart is beating fast… You’re the one who saw me!”