On Halloween night I went to bed early, exhausted from the day’s activities. Drifting off easily, I slept until something stirred me, waking me with a cold chill. A noise outside my door. A scratching sound. Maybe a limb against my window?
A glance to the bedside clock showed 11:57 p.m. Almost midnight.
Thinking it my imagination, I dismissed the noise, but sleep would not return. My nerve endings were on full alert. With blankets pulled to my nose, I watched without blinking, listened to hear what wasn’t there.
Another unfamiliar sound. It was not my imagination, I was certain.
In the distance I heard the shriek of a bird, maybe an owl. Haunting. Eerie. And I sensed something, someone, footsteps? The rustle of leaves?
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
Enjoyed the read. Scary, creepy, eerie; hurry home. Barbara
Debroh Glaze says
You had me on the edge of my seat! You must have had that witch’s hat on too tight or maybe it was just the full moon! BOO!
Nice and creepy! Perfect for Howl-o-ween night. 🙂
I loved reading this. It was like I could see the shadows, hear the night noises, feel apprehension build as I read. Only problem is that my studio is only fifty yards from Talya’s. Now I won’t be able to sleep tonight!
ChillBumpsAllOver! Made even ME COLD. Brrrr…..
Sweet Dreams tonight!
Your Cousin, Cindy
Maybe it was one of those buzzards a-come to scare you back to Dallas. To test your mettle. Did you see a red razorback on its head? Oh, wait! You ARE a Razorback: you live (also) in Fayetteville/Hog City. Oh, well, whatever it was, I’ll bet it didn’t fathom that it now has a place forever in your writing. Or maybe it did.
too dark to see in these hills…
At least you weren’t paralyzed with fear by the (wait for it…) red light on the alarm clock that my bleary eyes convinced me was someone watching me sleep and smoking! Good one.
haha…One of the drawbacks to having a creative mind is getting spooked when there ain’t no spooks around!=) For me, and ever since I was a kid, I can’t fall asleep unless I have a pillow covering my neck…you know…to ward off any vampire interested in sucking blood outta my neck…haha…I call it my “Watch it, Sucka, Vampire Shucka!” Apparently it works, too…after all these years, I haven’t been bitten yet!!!=)