I would have sworn I heard footsteps behind me. Looking back, it was just an eerie empty road. "It was a terrible idea walking through this path by this time of the night" I cursed under my breath as the path ahead looked longer and creepier than I'd imagined!
And the street lights were no longer functional. No sign of the moon, just a bunch of dark clouds.
I tried so hard to be strong but the eerie silence and thick darkness alone made my heart want to jump out of my skin. The only audible sound was the hooting of an owl made at intervals, making me feel I was in a hopeless horror movie.
The cold breeze whistled as it blew. Not sure if it was about to rain and I didn't really care, all I wanted was to get home safely. I mean, even if I'm to die young, I wouldn't want to be eaten or torn apart by lurking monsters I'd imagined in my mind ready to pounce on me. I worried less about bandits, probably because they wouldn't really care about taking a life out of a boy scared of the dark.
I wasn't sure whether to play a Christian music out loud from my phone or just to continue dragging my feet hurriedly like I've been doing.
I wasn't even done contemplating when my eyes glanced through this dark, tall looking figure, just some inches away from the corner of the road, I'd sworn it came right from hell.
It was still, so I was as soon as I noticed it.
I could clearly hear the sound of my heartbeat even though I wasn't paying attention to it.
My first instinct was to run pass it and not look back, but wait, what if it pursued me, how will I narrate that to people if I eventually didn't get eaten? My feet already started running back as fast as it could to the other route without even waiting for my instinct to show it's second self.
Phew! Home at last. I was done with my night prayers as soon as I could even when the imagery of what I saw kept distracting my mind as I prayed.
Reaching out for my phone from my pocket and navigating through the search box in google, I typed in "what do evil spirits look like". The search results weren't close to the monster I saw with my bare eyes.
I decided to let it go and have some night rest.
It was already morning. "I'll definitely go back to see if the monster was still there" I said to myself. About 10:10 am after I was done with my morning chores. I picked up my phone and headed back to the road. I could feel the chills sent down my spine as I walked down the road.
It wasn't long enough that I figured out there was no monster, it was just Mike's new scarecrow that he'd placed in his garden.