When I was a Kid, I was Terrified of the Dark
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When I was a kid I was absolutely terrified of the dark.  When the lights went out, my imagination conjured shapes and sounds that paralyzed me with fear. My parents bought the house I live in when I was four years old.  It had two levels, but only the upper floor was completed.
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When I was a Kid, I was Terrified of the Dark

by DoverHawk

When I was a kid I was absolutely terrified of the dark.  When the lights went out, my imagination conjured shapes and sounds that paralyzed me with fear.

My parents bought the house I live in when I was four years old.  It had two levels, but only the upper floor was completed.

They got a deal on having an unfinished basement – a deal my young mind would never have even considered.  That basement was home to spiders and dust and, worst of all, the dark.

Whenever I had to go down there for a can of soup or a box of spaghetti sauce for dinner, I would go as quickly as I could, and when I bolted up the stairs, my legs pumping vigorously,

I would never look behind me.  I was worried that, somehow, the darkness would grab me if I looked back or didn’t run.

Eventually, as most children do, I grew up.  When I was eight, I started to run slower, then when I was nine, I would risk a glance back.

When I was ten, the fear was gone entirely.  That’s when I was most vulnerable.

The news reported my disappearance in March, and my parents searched for the next year for any sign of where I went.

They’ll never find me, though – they keep turning on the lights when they go into the basement.

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