of a "Sprite"
- From James Neff
- Thursday evening of December 4th, 1997
I was returning home from town just north of Little Rock, along an old
country road with my wife and step-daughter. It was a very dark
night with deeply overcast skies and we always take this road with caution,
not only because of its many massive potholes, but this is deer season
and it's quite common to see a full grown buck making its way across the
- My wife was driving, doing about 40 m.p.h.
and we were all leaning forward watching intensely, making sure we wouldn't
become the latest large metal object to slaughter a deer by accident along
Clinton road. Suddenly, from the left side of the road about 100 feet in
front of us emerged a strange sphere of light which seemed to jump out
of the thick yellow reeds and weeds along the roadside. The object was
self-luminous and looked alot like a large dandelion head only it was composed
of light or energy of some kind.
- It did not 'roll' as it moved quickly
across the road and came into full view of our headlights. Instead, it
seemed to glide across the surface of the road with its translucent light
'shell' (for lack of better word) touching the road and casting a small
amount of light downward.
- Inside this slightly luminous shell were
very defined, lighted spires or veins, only very straight, radiating in
all directions from a very bright point of light at its core. It seemed
that where these veins or spires touched the outer-edge of the translucent
shell there was a slight "burst" of slight, reminding my wife
of those glass globes one can find in Radio Shack which when touched give
off colorful lightning bolts of electrified neon gas... only this thing
was utterly white and the spires did not move at all.
- The object was roughly 6 to 8 inches
in diameter, and 'scurried' like an animal across the road, even speeding
up as it was caught in our headlights as we approached. It then jumped
into the weeds and high grass on the right side of the road and disappeared
- We all three shouted the moment it appeared,
stunned at what we were seeing. My wife slowed down a bit while it passed
before us and we definitely all three saw and commented on it, each describing
precisely the same thing. My wife's night vision is not that great but
her description was identical to my step-daughter's and my own. That confirmed to all
of us that this object was truly material and crystalline in quality and
was not a trick of reflected light. If it had been a mirage or some kind
of light illusion, I believe three different people sitting in three different
places and perspectives in the truck would not have interpreted the object
the same way, especially my step-daughter who was in the back seat and leaning forward
to see through the windshield.
- Whatever this was, it impressed all of
us as being 'alive.' Its movement was typical of any nocturnal creature
that we often see darting across the road in our headlights. Its behavior
(speeding up as we neared it) was very animal-like. The fact that it was
self-luminous was truly amazing. As we got closest to it, our headlights
put light 'on' what one would assume could not reflect any light, being
composed of light or energy itself!
- Later, I came to realize that what we
had seen was a classical "fairy" or "sprite"... what
the Irish called "luminaries"... the little people or beings
that glow and scamper around in the deep forests, often hiding from sight.
My kid commented that it was very much like "tinker bell."
- Having had several UFO experiences and
sightings in my life, you'd think I would find something this small and
brief to be rather mundane, but on the contrary, I am fascinated with this
sighting! I have never believed in fairies, goblins, leprechauns or sprites.
Now, I think I do. At least, I may have seen what thousands of others have
seen and described in much the same way we did: self-luminating, alive,
animal-like, seemingly conscious of us. A fairy!
In reality, of
course this was an energy sphere produced by techtonic pressures under
(Above is an
illustration I produced of what we saw, using Bryce2 and Photoshop. The
perspective is closer up and lower to the road so details can be seen,
but my wife agrees this image captures precisely what it looked like.)