A short story
So scary! A great Halloween story.
When I was about six, my sister had me CONVINCED there were monsters under the bed. If I turned off the ceiling light, I had to make a flying leap from the doorway to the bed, or the monsters would get me.
I'm 57 years old and I *still* sometimes do that. My husband has more or less given up on asking why.
I love that you provided an explanation for the creaking floorboards. I always wondered why that always seems to happen at night. Was this something you researched?
This story really brings me back to my childhood. I remember seeing “shadow people” (as my brother and I used to call them) dancing in the dark. Excellent story, Bill!
At least it was the Mosquito Monster! That’s some old-school parenting there. He obviously hadn’t seen the Pixar movie Monsters.
The Moth Monster!! Of course! Ingenious! ““You’re too old for a night light.” Where was this story 3 years ago! 😂
I used to be afraid of the dark, too. I told stories to my brother so that we could both fall asleep at the same time. I think that's why I write. I'm just telling stories to myself, trying to keep the dark away.
Such a great story! Brings back childhood memories!
A terrific story. I was secretly pleased the troll turned on his parents. I felt the father was being rather heartless forcing his child to grow up before he was ready. Now, I’m left gleefully wondering what moth will visit him in his adult bed. But I did feel poor Mum was getting a raw deal when she had done nothing wrong. Maybe the moth will be kind to her. 🙏🏽
One substantial fear replaced by an even more substantial one doing real damage.
Great story, Bill. Is it possible these parents got what they deserved? Why the hell not leave a night light on for a child who has night terrors?? Makes no sense! How many times did I wake up as a child having slept curled up on the carpet next to my parents bed, because I was terrified in the dark of my own room. I still leave the light on... You brought back a vivid memory.
If his parents make it through the night, Stevie is going to have some 'splainin to do 🤭
For a minute there, I was thinking how smart the dad was to come up with a story like that, but no dad is as powerful as a kid's imagination. Great surprise ending!