Friday, October 15, 2010
Don't Go Out There -- It's Dark
There are the things that go bump in the night. And then there’s the things that sort of hover around you in the night.
Which is scarier? Doesn’t matter. They’re all unsettling in one form or another.
When I was thirteen I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a man standing near the bed. He was dressed in clothing from centuries ago and to this idea I have no idea why I felt as if I could actually taste evil from the man when he didn't look the least bit threatening, but I sure did. I just knew there was something wrong. When I got the nerve to turn on the lamp he was gone. I never saw him again and that was fine with me.
Is that what I’m going to talk about here? No. It’s just a hint that you never know when you’ll see the unusual.About two years ago around mdinight, I had waited at the patio door for the dogs to come in the house. We have motion sensor lights in the yard, which were on, but what caught my attention was something that hovered in the air at the edge of the patio. It looked almost like a very large butterfly in colors of black and red with a yellow center and transparent.
The dogs had even run past it and didn’t react, so you’d think I’d just admire whatever it was and that would be it. But I didn’t like something uninvited hovering in the yard and practically yelled at the dogs to get in. No fear or unease from them, but I wanted the door closed and locked. When I got upstairs, I looked out the back window but it was gone. I put it down to my imagination.
Except the next night, it was out there again in the same spot. I stood at the door and just stared at it, trying to see if there was a face, eyes, anything. Then the center part dropped like a stinger. WHOA! I yelled for the dogs to get in NOW, patio door slammed shut and locked and I’m upstairs in a flash. This time when I looked out the back window it was still there and you could see through it.
My dh was asleep but my Mom was awake so I showed it to her. I needed someone other than the dogs to see it, so I didn’t think I was imagining it two nights in a row.
Problem was I didn’t want the dogs out back at night. I didn’t even want to look at the back yard. My dh stayed up late a few nights in a row and I kept my digital camera downstairs, but it never returned. I also winced any time the back yard sensor lights went on even thought rabbits and sometimes an opossum ventured inside the yard.
At that time I knew Yasmine Galenorn from a writer’s loop we were on and I emailed her privately and talked to her about what I saw. I knew she’d understand and not politely suggest I speak to one of “those” doctors. :> She felt it was a feral fae and suggested I tell it it wasn't welcome there.
Luckily, it moved on.
What about you? Have you seen anything that scared you enough to keep all the lights on?