I was a kid with a vivid imagination. I remember many times, going outside at night, making up all these stories in my head about what lurks in th’ darkness til I was paralyzed with fear. If someone told me a story I could see it in my head as though I was watching a movie-
There was this one time, when i was eleven years old- Me and David had built a lean to shelter in th’ woods and we wanted to spend th’ night in it. Our parents said we could as long as David’s two older brothers stayed out there with us. David’s brothers agreed and so th’ four of us went into th’ woods at sunset and built a fire next to our hut and cooked a fish and a can of beans for dinner. Th’ whole time we were cooking and eating David’s two older brothers were telling ghost stories, all of them happened to be set in th’ woods. When dinner was over it was dark and they went home. Said we didn’t need them to spend th’ night. We crawled into our lean to and tried to go to sleep while th’ fire died out. But we were both way too scared from all th’ ghost stories they told us. I kept imagining wild boars charging through our camp and chasing us a tree. Every leaf rattle and stick fall we heard was a wild boar coming towards us. And every kid knows that once a wild boar chases you up a tree it doesn’t leave, they’ll just wait there till you get so hungry or thirsty that you fall down. Then they eat you. So all these scenes were playing in my head like a cheap horror movie as we lay in out sleeping bags trying to be brave.
We heard a crunch crunch sound, and without any discussion me and David both jumped out of our sleeping bags and ran home. I slept on my own front porch because th’ front door was locked. I was mad at my mom for locking th’ door on a night that I was sleeping in th’ woods. She came out in th’ morning and found me asleep on th’ wicker bench and asked me what I was doing, and why didn’t I knock on th’ door and come inside. I told her we woke up early and I just got home and took a little nap. I’m sure she didn’t believe me but she just smiled and left me my dignity, and went inside and made me some hot oatmeal. Davids brothers laughed at us but we still bragged and told everyone that we stayed out there all night long.