Night comes. I try to sleep. But I'm scared. I know it's in the room with me. I can hear it. Moving. Making noises. To frighten me.
Folding warmth around myself like a shield, I try to stay very quiet, so it won't know I'm here. But after a while I have to move. Or I get a tickle in my throat. Then... silence. Stillness. It knows!
I wait for it come out, for the shine of its eyes to stick through me. I bite my teeth together to stop them chattering.
My guts turn to ice, and I nearly make a mess of myself I'm so frightened.
I stare into the gloom, because shutting my eyes isn't safe. But that means I see shapes. Things that might hurt me. Or take me away. It's just my imagination. Right?
I wish I could turn the light on. But I can't reach the switch.
It moves again! It's coming this time, I just know it!
My hearts, already beating hard and fast, go even faster. I can't stop a whimper.
I've given myself away for sure, it starts howling with rage. The bed creaks over my head, bare legs dangle. I shrink back, sure its going to kick me.
But no, its feet hit the floor and it runs, jabbering, to fetch others.
I knew it! The one it brings to kill me is larger and scarier. It presses the light switch and the rest of the room is flooded with light. That's what I wanted, right?
Sure, I can see those shapes clearly now. They're not creatures here to hurt me. But I need the darkness now, because the bigger monster is striding towards me, and reaching to pull back the bedcovers that curtain my den. I shrink back further into the hated shadows, pulling them round me like a blanket, because I need to hide!
I scrunch my eyes shut so they won't see them and I hope I've done enough to go undetected...
It raises its voice in that weird language,
"See? There's nothing there."
Word count (excluding note): 366
Submitted on 5th February at 6:44AM
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