Evil Lurks within us
The crack of thunder pulled me out of a deep sleep. As I became more fully aware, a bright flash of lightening lit the sky and my whole deck was illuminated. The wall that faced the beach was all glass allowing a full view of my deck. The roof over the deck kept the rain from directly hitting the windows and glass doors.
I couldn’t see the ocean from where I was lying, but I knew the waves were crashing wildly onto the shore. Another crack of thunder and the adrenaline raced through my body. I am terrified of thunder and lightening storms and was reaching for something to pull over my eyes when I noticed a man standing on the deck just outside the double glass doors.
I went to scream as I tried to reach the call button for my nurse, but couldn’t get a sound out. Another crack of thunder sounded just when there was another flash of lightening. The storm was right on top of us.
The man didn’t move and then I noticed on the next flash that he wasn’t there anymore. Perhaps I had dreamed it. I am taking so many pain medications and sometimes I do hallucinate. I decided to not wake my nurse and risk scaring her as well.
I waited with bated breath, but there was no sign of him with the next flash. I decided that I must have dreamed it and eventually went back to sleep.
A light tap on the door and my nurse, Susan, stuck her head in the door. “Good morning Mary. How did you sleep last night?” she asked as she began pulling the covers off of me in preparation to getting me up, washed and dressed for the day.
“The storm woke me and I had trouble getting back to sleep right away.”
“Wasn’t there a violent thunder storm last night?”
Susan was looking at me quizzically. Wrinkling her nose in thought she slowly shook her head. “I don’t think so,” she said finally.
I mulled that over for a bit as she headed to the doors to open them and let the fresh air in.
“That’s odd,” she said.
“There is quite a bit of sand on the deck and some of it actually looks like footprints.”