As I’ve shared before, of the delightful Christmas presents Michael (at My Comic Relief) got me, one of my favorites was definitely a set of four “My First Fright” essays by fellow bloggers who were willing to contribute to my series. I unwrapped a manila folder and was thrilled to see its contents. Here, then, is one of those accounts, from Jeff at The Imperial Talker. Jeff’s first fright is a super-creepy story, and his blog is a way awesome collection of all things Star Wars, so I highly recommend checking it out!
The details of the dream are etched into the back of my mind, so vivid even today that it is as though I just woke up.
I am a child. It is the middle of the night. I am being chased by…something.
I race up the narrow stairs in my childhood home and turn left, running down the dark hallway to my parents’ bedroom. If I can just reach their bedroom I will be safe, it will be my sanctuary, they will protect me from…”it.”
I run into the room and turn to shut the door behind me. I can see “it” at the other end of the hall, having just come up the stairs. It is standing there looking at me, observing me. Even though it is dark I can make out its shape, the contours and curves of its body. It starts moving towards me.
I slam the door shut but the door does not latch. I move backwards, back towards my parent’s bed but they do not wake up, they continue to sleep. I am alone.
I move backwards and as I do the door swings open. “It” stands before me, massive, towering above me.
Now it is clear to me, I know what this “thing” is, I have seen it before, not in dreams but on television, on a cartoon show. It has always bothered me, always freaked me out when I have seen it on TV. And now it stands before me. But my recognition will not save me, not here and not now. It is too late for me; the sanctuary of my parent’s bedroom has become my tomb.
It reaches for me.
I do not resist.
I wake up.
Want to read about other first frights? Check out some other contributions:
Michael’s First Fright (from My Comic Relief)
Nancy’s First Fright (from Graphic Novelty²)
Green Onion’s First Fright (from The Green Onion Blog)
Jer’s First Fright (from Jer’s Comic Books)
Rob’s First Fright (from My Side of the Laundry Room)
Bryan L.’s First Fright (from Hyperspace PodBlast)