Scared Silly

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    Scared Silly

    In that special niche between dreams and waking,

    my mother tiptoed into my darkened room.

    In a hurried whisper, she explained the

    need for stealth, her eyes excited and shining.

    We needed to be quiet, my little brother was asleep.

    I noticed it was almost 11, the latest I’d ever been up.

    I made my way uncertainly to the living room, my fingers

    twisting the thin fabric of my faded Smurfette nightgown.

    My father was at the front door, trading cash for

    square cardboard boxes, reeking of pepperoni.

    I settled on the tattered sofa, leaned against the

    soft orange and yellow afghan.

    While my father brought in a thick roll of paper towels

    and a blue mixing bowl full of buttery popcorn,

    my mother proudly held up a video for me to examine.

    This was the newest scary movie, and my first scary movie ever:

    Child’s Play.

    We all crowded on the couch together,

    sharing pizza and shrieks and laughter.

    As the movie reached its climax, my father disappeared.

    He snuck back in, crouching behind the worn sofa.

    When the small screen showed Chucky lunging forward,

    my father threw the doll he had taken from my room.

    The doll arced up and over the couch, landing

    squarely in my mother’s lap!

    Her frightened squeals were drowned out

    by the gales of laughter from my father and me.

    She finally found the laughter contagious

    and pelted us with handfuls of popcorn.   

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    Chaos128 commented on Scared Silly

    11-04-2010

    Ahh...Nothing so warms the heart as the childhood memory of a grotesque, indestructible doll possessed by the spirit of a psychotic serial killer ha ha : D

    Olan01 commented on Scared Silly

    09-24-2010

    Nothing like old memories of scary times and laughter; I reall enjoyed the read.

    NBParis commented on Scared Silly

    09-13-2010

    Loads of fun, thank you for sharing your lighter side.

    Maleficent commented on Scared Silly

    09-11-2010

    LOLZ! =) thanx for sharing this frighteningly funny tale! write on! ;)

    simoneaugustus

    09/12/2010

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for the great comments!

    SavVySam commented on Scared Silly

    09-10-2010

    Such a terrific story you've shared here with us!! Great memories of fun family times!;)

    simoneaugustus

    09/11/2010

    Lol, yes, this was a really fun write! It started as an assignment and once I decided on a place to start, it kind of took over, hahaha! As a writer, it's always so nice when that happens. :)

    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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