Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction Writing Gallery

Fears in the night: A childhood memory about a scary night
Posted by du courage, Aug 8, 2012. 770 views. ID = 5792

Fears in the night

Posted by du courage, Aug 8, 2012. 770 views. ID = 5792
This post was written in 13 minutes.
As I child I slept in the attic. I must admit I'm not the most courageous of beings, but this one night still stands out in my memory.

I woke up with a start. It's dark in my bedroom, pitchblack darkness.
Do I hear something?
Who's there?
There's a ticking noise. Someone's knocking on my window.
The sound grows louder as does the thumping of my own heart. Without making any noise and hardly any movement I try to pull the bedsheet over my head. So they can't see me and won't know I'm there.
But I can hear them. They're knocking on the window and tapping on the floor. Do I hear the floorboards creaking? Are they coming my way?
The sound grows louder in my ears. I don't dare to move and hardly dare to breath. I wish I were invisible. My body and mind are filled with fear, but there is no escape. I don't know where they are and if they are between me and the door.
If I switch on the light I can see the door and try to escape. But the intruders can see me as well.
If I screem, will somebody come to my rescue in time?
My fear slowly becomes intolerable. Not knowing what will happen now seems more scary than facing what of whoever is there. I take a deep breath and turn on the light.
Two tiny mouses run away. One from the windowsill, one on the floor. Perhaps they fear me more than I feared the monsters I made of them in my mind.

Copyright 2012 du courage. All rights reserved. has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.

You must be logged in to comment on or rate this writing.

Click here to join the Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction Writing Community!

Search for Great Fiction

Use the google search bar below to find writings exclusively on this site.

Custom Search

News!    Writing Prompt    My Assignment    FAQ    Contact    Privacy Policy    Search     Terms of Use     Login