The Walk Home.

“From ghoulies and ghosties

And long-leggedy beasties

And things that go bump in the night

Good Lord, deliver us!” – Scottish saying.

Pegged Jean Nightmares 31

Thirty scary memories from my past have led to this Halloween post. I had to choose one last memory to leave everyone before they set off into the night to celebrate the holiday.

Just remember: No matter where you go, you have to come home at some point. And at some point, you’re going to end up alone in the dark.

In junior high, I remember dreaming I was solving a crime like Sherlock Holmes. I was leaving an investigation with the realization I was dealing with a vampire. At that moment, my dream froze as a beautiful illustration. In the picture, I was walking between two clumps of trees between my house and the neighbors’ house. Hidden in the trees, fangs at the ready, was a vampire. The moment was frozen in time, as was my character’s (my?) doom.

Months later, I had to walk the same path in the dark. I checked carefully and, even though the vampire wasn’t there, the vampire WAS there.

Wherever you go tonight, whoever you’re with, you will be alone in the dark tonight. The things you know are not real will become real again, like it or not.

Be ready.

Happy Halloween.

-Axel

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