My Mom's Halloween Cat Photo
Minutes before the
I went upstairs and
quietly got ready for bed.
Nigel slept neatly tucked
under the blanket;
his breath soft and deep.
I slipped into my side of the bed
and recited evening prayers
Off In the distance,
something softly jangled.
It stopped and jangled again;
and began again.
I would have dismissed the sound
but it became more frustrated.
It suddenly dawned on me that
someone was testing keys
in an attempt to unlock the door
two flights below !
At that very moment,
THE DOOR UNLOCKED and BANGED SHUT !!!
HEAVY FOOTSTEPS of a MAN BOUNCED UP the FIRST FLIGHT !
ALARMED and TERRIFIED,
I immediately jostled Nigel's arm
and anxiously whispered,
"Nigel, someone's in the house ! Wake up !"
But Nigel was in deep sleep,
obviously not comprehending.
He shook me off and shooshed me with annoyance.
Everything was completely quiet now.
My ears were perked like a doberman.
For a moment,
I questioned myself about what I had just heard.
THE KITCHEN CABINET DOORS BEGAN TO SLAM !
The housebreaker was obviously in a terrible rush,
searching for something
each cabinet door
in hasty succession !
The clatter horrified me and my heart palpitated with panic.
the heavy feet
the remaining set of stairs
the bedroom suite
where we lay !!!
There had been no time
to hide in the closet
or under the bed.
There was nothing within my reach that could be used as a weapon !
I KNEW THE STRANGER COULD SEE US NOW ! ! !
I begged God for our safety
pretended to sleep.
I lay Frozen with fear,
my heart beating hard with horror.
His now cautious steps
a succession of swishing sounds
! ! ! SHOCKING SMASH ! ! !
as metal hangers clanged across the oak floor !
Everything fell oddly silent again...
but that's when
THE INTRUDER BENT HIS FACE INCHES DIRECTLY OVER MY OWN !
I CLEARLY FELT and SMELLED HIS AWFUL BREATH ON MY FACE ! ! !
He was checking me out,
watching to see if I would flinch...
I thought my thumping heart would give me away for certain when...
Nigel snapped on his bedside lamp and exclaimed,
" WHAT THE HECK WAS ALL THAT ? "
The breathing sensation instantly vanished.
I bravely opened my eyes,
uncertain what I would discover.
Nigel and I were alone, sitting upright in bed.
The ROOM was in TOTAL DISARRAY !
The contents of my large suitcase were strewn everywhere.
Tops, slacks, socks, underclothes,
that had been so neatly folded,
were in corners,
hanging on chairs and on lampshades.
The bags of metal hangers had been
kicked clear across the room;
the contents scattered all over the floor !
Like a couple of eight year olds,
we held hands and nervously
IN EVERY ROOM !
We opened every closet
scrutinized the front door.
The triplex was
void of anyone but us
everything else was in complete order !
We tossed my things into the case
back to the flat in our pajamas.
The remainder of the evening was spent
wondering and trying to make sense of the event.
Nigel admitted to waking at the kitchen clatter
and had also been fear frozen.
We didn't get any sleep that night.
! ! ! HAPPY HOLLOWEENIES ! ! !
! ! ! MAY YOU ALL HAVE SWEET DREAMIES ! ! !