It was just a shadow
but the way it moved
scared the bejeebers out of me.
I was just about to put the key in the door
when the big black shadow
passed through me and cast itself
right down the hallway
…and then it was gone.
It was raining and very windy
and after a short sharp shake of the head
I dismissed it and entered
and switched on the lights
– all of the lights.
How had a shadow been cast in the pitch black darkness!!
I was already miserable enough
I’d had a really difficult day at work
Dealing politely with someone you’d call a jerk!
Suddenly – there was a sharp rap at the door
which upon opening revealed
children, one, two, three, four
“Trick or treat, Mister”, the young leader said
at which I grinned heartily
and recalling the juvenescence of earlier days
I was rushed back to reality and to him I said
fully expecting and prepared for a hideous mask or something.
In less time than it takes to say ‘Abracadabra’
the whole scene before me
I couldn’t make out at first what I was seeing
but then I realised that everything, everything was red.
Houses, trees, cars, even all the people
were all red.
I was in Hell – and I was terrified.
There was a long deep laugh
coming from – I didn’t know where.
it just surrounded everything
including me – what was going on?
And then I remembered.
I shouted at the top of my voice
and just as suddenly as it had all appeared
“That’ll be a dollar Mister.” the youngest lad said.
I gave him five dollars
and closed the door
and locked the door
and very firmly slid the bolts home
and put the chain into its slot too.
I went into the study and poured myself
a very large whiskey,
and sat down, still shaking,
in front of the fire.
I had never been so scared in my life.
©Joe Wilson – Trick…definitely not a treat…2014