I blinked a few times before sitting up and looking around the room. It was still dark. I sighed thinking I had awoken just minutes before the 5:00am alarm. After checking my phone and seeing that it was only 12:17, I breathed a sigh of relief and fell back on my pillow. I always enjoyed the feeling of going back to sleep after seeing that I still had hours before the morning alarm. As I twisted over to my left side I barely noticed a greenish glow. A dull, barely noticable glow. By the time I jumped up to look out the window, it was gone. Nothing but the trees of the wooded area behind my house filled my vision. Knowing how tired I was, it probably wasn’t anything. I tried to tell myself that as I turned the other way on the bed. Whether I saw something out that window or not, I wasn’t taking the chance again. After about 20 minutes or so, I finally drifted back to sleep.
Again I awoke before the alarm, and sat up in my bed. Thinking that it must be nearing 5:00, I checked the phone again. 2:33. Well, at least I was able to go back to sleep again before the dreaded 5:00am alarm. This time, though, I felt uneasy. I still couldn’t get the thought of the glow out of my head. I stared out the window for a good three or four minutes just so I could be sure I had seen nothing but my imaginaton before. After seeing no glow, I laughed silently at my foolishness and fell back on the pillow. “Damn it!” I whispered. I had to pee and I really did not feel like getting out of bed. I sighed heavily and stood up. As I was about to walk out of the door to the hall, I saw it again. The same glow that caught my eye before. I quickly spun around and this time I knew I had seen it. The glow quickly vanished after I noticed, followed by a noisy rustling of the trees. I stood there frozen for a moment. I could’ve sworn that there was some figure, some silhouette, standing where I saw the glow. I didn’t know what it was, but it wasn’t human. Could it have been just a woodland animal? That must have been it. What else it going to be standing in the woods at this time of night. That’s the part that bothered me. Standing. And not standing on all fours. Standing on two legs. I kept telling myself that it must have just been a deer. Yeah, just a deer. Most likely it was startled by something and jumped away. I must’ve just caught the silhouette of it jumping off of its hind legs. Yeah, just a deer. I flushed the toilet and headed back to my room.
Finally able to convince myself that what I saw was merely a woodland animal, I came out of the bathroom and headed down the hall to the door to my room. I let out one last sigh to expel all of my feelings of nervousness, and opened the door. No one would believe me, if i had told them what I saw. Lightning flashed and written on the window, in a dark dripping black ink, was “just a deer, huh?” and as quickly as the lightning flashed, it was there and gone. I screamed and fell back as it happened, and as I stared at the now blank window, I knew what I had seen wasn’t human. No, this was something else entirely.
I couldn’t move. I was curled up in a ball in the corner of my room, covering my head. I was shaking violently with the fear of what I just saw. What was doing this? Why me? Why tonight? So many questions just buzzing through my head. So many horrific thoughts and visions ripping my mind to shreds and destroying every bit of security I had. Finally, I opened my eyes and looked around the room. I could only scream as the tears filled my face.
“How safe do you feel?”
This was the new message. Not on the window, this was written on the wall of my room. The inside of my room! I jumped to my feet and backed against the wall. Shaking, crying, and drenched in sweat I ran out of my room.
Down the hall and to the stairs I ran. Another flash of lightning and I fell to my back. In that short flash, it was there. The lightning was too fast for me to see it well. But it was there, standing right in front of me. One thing I saw and remembered well, were its eyes. Those horrible, evil, piercing green eyes. They had stared straight into mine for that brief moment in time, and I knew then that I had to get out of that house, and away from these woods. Yeah, surely that thing lived in the woods. At least I had to tell myself that to even attempt an escape. I burst through the from door to my house, but immediately froze. I wasn’t in my driveway. I turned around and looked around. I wasn’t even in front of my house. I was only surrounded by… no it couldn’t be.
I was in the woods. The woods behind my house? I wouldn’t be able to tell you. From behind me a high pitched shriek pierced the night. When I turned around, there it was, running at me full speed, Some putrid brownish green creature, muscular but disproprtionate, was finally showing itself. It was naked. It’s right arm was bigger than its left, and its horrible face was curved by its sadistic smile, lined with dozens of razor sharp teeth. And I was all too familiar with its piercing green eyes. It was done tormenting me, now it wanted me.
I raced through the woods as fast as I could, desperately trying to escape this horrible demon that was barreling toward me, its teeth visible with every flash of lightning. I don’t know how long I ran, but instantly, with another flash of lightning, it was right in front of me. Inches away from my face, it shrieked again, and I fell on my back. The burning stare of its green eyes met my eyes as I landed on the wet ground. Wasting no time, I scurried back to my feet and ran the other way. Another flash of lightning, and it was in front of me again, shrieking and staring. I knew I had no chance of escape, but I had to keep running. Time and time again it would appear in front of me in a flash of lightning, Time and time again, I would run the other way.
I gasped and sucked in a huge breath of air as I jumped into a sitting position in my bed. I frantically looked around the room and out the window. It was all a dream! Just a dream! Oh God I felt so much better! My bed and body were drenched in sweat, but I was safe. I walked over to my dresser to change into some dry pajamas, and as I lied down in my bed, I just caught a glimpse of a green glow out the window.
Credit: Sean Manticore