This month's theme is a tough one for me. Whenever I hear things going bump in the night, I never think of ghosts or witches or werewolves. I'm more nervous about things like thunderstorms, tornadoes, and earthquakes--things that can cause actual damage and injury. Real, live human beings are often pretty scary, too, and they don't have to be axe murders or serial killers to make me shiver.
I recently had an experience that unnerved me quite a bit. It involved some items that came up missing from my home when nothing else seemed to have been disturbed. What bothered me wasn't so much the loss of those items as that someone had quite obviously searched the house for them. And I knew who that someone was. It was a violation not only of privacy, but of trust.
For me, the disruption of my peace of mind is far more scary than any ghostly visits, zombie attacks, or bloody vampires. The idea that even in your own home, nothing is truly safe or private creates a feeling of unease that is difficult to ignore. What other things were seen or examined that weren't taken? Should I go through the house and check to see if anything else is missing? Should I confront this person, or turn a blind eye and pretend it never happened?
Truthfully, I have enough things to worry about as it is. I don't need anything else.What about you? What sort of things make your anxiety level go through the roof?