Friday, October 30, 2009

Bump In The Night

So it’s that time year again, the time when fear is the currency and we are all chomping at the bit to buy some! Costume, books, décor and movies all displayed predominantly in the stores, out there trying to be the scariest and most terrifying. One of the scariest things to me as a child was the thought of demonic possession; yeah I watched a lot of the horror shows my dad so enjoyed.

When you’re young, it’s harder – I think, to see the nuances in horror. Shows like The Exorcist, The Shining and The Amityville Horror all had a type of possession in them, but were they all the same. In my child’s eye, yes. They each had The Devil all up inside them. The reality was though a big old no. One was demon possessed, the other was the malevolent spirit of a hotel and the last was the spirit of a crazy, family killing man.

These movies and the idea that my body could be “taken over” by evil, gave me the willies for years.

As I grew out of childhood and into adulthood, I began to realize there was something even scarier out there than a good old nasty being, taking up residence in your skin.

The Chase.

Oh yes, here we have Jack the Ripper, Michael Myers, Jack Torrance. All freaky characters who stalk their pray – women. Is it any wonder this freaks me out? As an adult, it’s easy to look back and see that while possession is scary, it’s a bit unrealistic. Not so with the chase. I could walk out my door tonight to take the pups for a walk and be confronted by the chase. I could stop for gas and be confronted by the chase. At any point and time in my life, I could have to deal with the chase…now that makes for a complete scare!

Therefore, in honor of my fear and scary movie plots, I’m adding a flash I wrote a while ago…hope you enjoy.

Bump in the Night

One more peek over her shoulder was all Faith needed to know she was being followed. Too many years as a single woman had made its mark on her. She was always wary of those around her, questioning the motives of both friends and enemies as well as acknowledging her stupid errors in judgment—like walking through the dark streets of her not so up to par neighborhood, alone.

The invite to a co-workers costume party had intrigued her enough to pull her into the streets of London on this cold, foggy evening. She’d hoped to meet someone, anyone who could free her mind and spirit for just a little bit. Someone who would ease the endlessly long life she seemed destined to live, but it had been a bad idea, she could see that now.

Faith went from a walk to a run, well as much of a run as her pencil thin heels would let her, as she neared her flat. Please let me get inside before the presence catches up.

“Faithhhhh…,” A slithery voice called out from the blackest shadows.
She wouldn’t listen. She was so close to her home, to safety.

“Faithhhh,” the voice oozed out its evil request. “Love and Hope send their regrets, but you can join them…little witch.”

True darkness overtook her in the flash of time it took to blink. Her last plea to whatever powers that be was a mournful “Save me” before the sharpened steel fangs eased into the soft flesh of her neck.

Happy Halloween!


Bekki Lynn said...

Oh - I liked the flash story, Serena!

"The chase" is a very good way to describe the real-life unknown that can pounce before you can often react.

I'm more cautious, often to the point of being paranoid, as a result of the 'the chase' movies. They've made me more alert, sending what if's through my mind.

I'd rather be paranoid and extra cautious.

Terrific post!

Serena Shay said...

Thanks Bekki! Oh good for you for being cautious! We just have to these days. I continue to gently remind my Darling Diva, as well.
Have a great Halloween!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Excellent flash, Serena! Very look-over-the-shoulder tense!

I agree about the wisdom of being careful. I always take care and watch out.

Serena Shay said...

Thanks Lindsay! Oh yeah, better safe than sorry!!

Happy Halloween!

Savanna Kougar said...

Serena, terrific post. When I saw the Boston Strangler, that movie creeped me out forever.
Course, I didn't see all those other movies because I knew I'd be affected like that.
These days, though, I am extra careful, as much as I can be... you have to be.

Bekki Lynn said...

I'm from the Ted Bundy era and safety became the focus of everyone -- self-defense classes popped up and instructions from parents as well as gym teachers were given. I still follow much of what I was taught then.

The SING - solar plexis, instep, nose, groin that Sandra Bullock demonstrates in Miss Congeniality was laughed at, but it can save your life.

Serena Shay said...

Oh yeah Savanna, the Boston Strangler was another one of those, OMG I can't look movies! They make me want to never leave the house!! LOL ((hugs)) I'm glad you're keeping safe too!!

Serena Shay said...

Yep, Bekki, Ted Bundy was uber scary! Here ya are a young woman, meeting one heck of a good looking man and he turns out to be a freak! Isn't dating hard enough!!

SING...I love that movie and such good advice!

Kaye Manro said...

Great post, Serena! Thanks for sharing this. Very tense and scary.

Stay safe this Halloween!

Serena Shay said...

Hi Kaye,
Thanks! Have a happy and safe Halloween as well.

Makita Jazzqueen said...

Cool story! It was really scary, and you put your both fears together very well, the one of the chase and the one of being possessed... I loved it! I'm adding you to my faves...

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Serena Shay said...

Hi Makita,
Thank you very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the flash. :) Have a great week.