I wrote this a few months ago and I thought you guys might get a kick out of it. I have edited any profanity so I hope no one is offended. Something slammed into my subconscious and forced my eyes open. "It was just a bad dream" I repeated silently to myself as I rolled onto my back. "Just a bad dream, nothing to worry about". I struggled to calm my racing heart by taking long, slow breaths. In…out…in…out. As I lay there trying to focus on my breathing I berated myself for my childish idiocy. After all it was just a dream and I am too old to be scared of the bumps in the night. My heart slowed it’s frantic beat and my eyelids became heavy. I was hoping for the sweet oblivion of a dreamless sleep. Tap. Tap. Tap… SCRAPE My eyes flew open and I sat bolt upright in bed, the sound jarring me back into full consciousness. I could not move, could not breathe as fear slithered through me and began to roil in my belly. I’m not sure how long I sat there listening but, as silence greeted my straining ears, I dared […]

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