I was afraid of darkness since my childhood. I do not remember the reason. I just wanted to escape it every time I was alone in the darkness even being a teenager. I wanted to get out of it as quickly as it was possible, to change it for lit place.
Now I can cope with my fear, I can easily stay in my rented apartment in the night. Now let’s get down to business. Last week my parents called me and invited me to meet New Year at home. I arrived yesterday. It was already late – about nine o’clock in the evening – so I went to sleep soon. Mother asked me: "Will you sleep with light? You didn’t sleep without light when you was a child”. I assured her that everything was fine and went to sleep. I woke up suddenly, as if I just blinked. the watch showed 3:15 a.m. It seemed they stopped. I got frightened: have you ever seen in your life the digital watch standing? These two points between hours and minutes did not blink. Strange recollection visited my mind.
I turned my back to the wall instinctively and lurked. I do not know how long had it lasted (the watch were still standing), but I started to calm down. At this moment I heard quiet soft footsteps in the room. They were quiet, but I heard them distinctly at night. They directed towards a door from a window. The silence was kept for few seconds, and than the Invisible man directed oneself toward my bed. My breathing fastened, the heart was beating near the throat. And I felt the hot breath on my face. My memory flashed. I remembered the reason I was afraid of the darkness. I was in the same situation as in childhood. I jumped up and got to the switch in two jumps. Click! Light did not turn on.
- Bobby... you are still a silly boy? – the voice sounded in my mind. It was hardly audible and deep.
I hid myself in the longest corner and cover the face with hands - I didn't want to see that from darkness.
- How are you, Bobby? How many time had it passed since our last meeting... - the voice moved from my mind and sounded behind my ear, so that words burned my external ear.
It told me something but I tried not to pay attention and heard some phrases only.
- You understand that the morning will not come just for the sake of it. I will leave you alone when you feed me. Open your face.
I closed my eyes with one hand and tried to open the door with another, but it was locked.
- I won’t let you go...
I fell down on the floor and cried. I didn’t want it so much… It stroked me with its paw with claws.
- I missed you, Bobby. I starved. Why did you left the light at night? Why did you torture me? – I sobbed. – Here you are. Good boy, now put your hands off the face.
I moved them away slowly as in dream and experienced an attack of pain through all my body. My nerves seemed not to withstand and burn with overvoltage. I felt a terrible cold as though I got into outer space and I felt heat at the same time, as though I was burning in a star center. At last, I remained in absolute darkness. I felt the touches of slimy tentacles, fright, pain and humiliation. I felt all those feeling that feel every dying creature on the planet – from a microbe to the human being. I felt teeth of a cheetah on a throat, organism intoxication, and a bullet in heart.
It lasted the whole eternity and ended up as suddenly as it began.
It was morning. I woke up in a bed at home. Parents were still sleeping. I recovered very long. I will never stay in the darkness any more, anywhere, even in kilometers from this room, never.