Have you ever been terrified before? Having the feeling that something unknown is trying to get you especially when you move into a new house in a new neighborhood that is isolated from the rest of the world. The first night is like a bad dream; you find yourself clinging to your blanket, lying like a dead man left behind for vultures to devour.
Alone in your room, you get those creeps deep down that stings you. The door of your room dashes ‘to and fro’, the wind blows the windows open, your curtain swollen like something is hiding at its back; noises on top of the roof chattering with the sound of the birds. Your heart gets frozen, “Death be quick” you say to yourself afraid of the horror it might shed.
The newspaper on the table in your room flips its pages open at a time, there’s a rat underneath your bed feeding on the left over of the cookies you had forgotten to finish; tiny drops of water from the tap sinking down the bathing tub. The lamp on your table crashes on the floor, darkness within, the noisy silence is broken! The tree outside makes a loud noise, it seems as if a shadow crept in the dark.
Mom! Mom! You yell out, “there’s a monster in the house” she runs as fast as she can to you, “Can I stay a night in your room?” No dear she says, it’s just a windy night; a windy night tasting the newness of our arrival.
© Adichie Babz