At the end of Monday’s post, I asked you if you ever had a sensation or mental image of something that would change your life forever. You have if you’ve ever had the heebie-jeebies! That’s the feeling that something bad is going to happen. No, it’s way worse than that.
It’s the sensation of foreboding coupled with the visualization of something crazy bad happening right where you are. If you’ve ever been to a “haunted house” or watched a horror flick and had trouble sleeping afterwards, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
So you can appreciate this setting that I accidentally created. I say accidentally, because I don’t usually dwell on scary subjects right before I go to bed. Especially when I’m the last person up and have to turn off the lights and lock the doors. Eeeeeee. I hate locking our sliding door. I’m always tempted to turn on the porch light to make sure the yard is secure. Trouble is, I can picture some gruesome monster (blaming that on the Twilight Zone) showing up right at the glass.
As much as I hate the feeling that gives me, when stumped in a story, needing a new gotcha, that creepiness gave me inspiration. It also gave me a little trouble. See I was on a trip with my girls, staying alone in a college dorm room of all things, when this inspiration spun out. I realized as I tapped on my keys that I was leaning against a dark window. Okay, not a yikes, but I did move.
The yikes came when something pounded on the wall next to me. I just about jumped out of my skin, but I finished my scene. Come to find out, one of my dinky twinkies in the next room knocked the wall with her knuckles in her sleep.
It was still scary.
You would have jumped, too.
Ha! I should have saved this post for the end of the month!
Your Turn: I know I’m not alone in the imagining things that scare my socks off. So when was the last time you got the heebie jeebies?