B is for Boo
Opening my eyes with a jolt to the sound of the early morning alarm was actually a relief. For weeks now I have been awakened, throughout my nighttime rest, by unknown noises.
I anticipated some creaking and groaning from my newly acquired home. I had expected the normal foundation settling could make some of the first nights restless. Even the sounds of the roof flexing with the sun can make noises. But these mid-night awakenings were far beyond that.
The second morning, after awakening six times during the night to loud bangs, I walked the perimeter and found a couple of places needing the attention of a handyman. The third morning, I called a roofer. The fourth morning I called an exterminator. It’s now been six weeks.
Six weeks with little to no sleep. I look like I could pack the bags under my eyes for a month long trip! Dark circles sagging skin all point to sleepless nights. I haven’t dreamt in a very long time.
Meeting for coffee, strong coffee, my friends comment on how much work I must be doing in my new home. After my quizzical look, they all turned slightly away saying how tired I look.
Jan was the first to say it. “It’s really there isn’t it.” Her words were a statement not a question. Pursing her lips she stared accusingly at me. “I told you the history of that house! I told you what the previous owners said.”
I just don’t believe all that nonsense. Ghosts, spectral beings, aliens…..come on. Get real. They just don’t exist anywhere but in the fantasies of the gullible. The weak minded are generally being lead around by some “guru” for whatever money or other asset can get pumped out of them.
That being said, I allowed my friend Jan to make the call. Jan had lived on that side of the city for a very long time. She knew the best pizza joint, the easiest in and out coffee bistro, which salon had the best stylist. Overall, she had this side of town down. She knew everyone, and pretty much everyone knew her. She could get the lowdown on any place, any thing, or on any body! She made the call.
Our “spectral” retriever was to swing by my house the upcoming weekend. In the meantime, I walked the perimeter of the house checking for “critter access”. I went over the bills from the exterminator, no bugs/bees/rats or raccoons. No trees leaning on the rooftop.
Tired of looking at the house, I decided to calm my unreasonable nervousness with a nice cup of tea. Sitting on the front porch, sipping my herbal tea, I felt the hand touch me. Whispers in my ear….”BOO..I know what you’ve done and it won’t stop me”.