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Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:25 pm
by Loren Eaton
Your four-year-old has night terrors. They shake her, drench her in sweat.

Two nights ago, a shriek dragged you from the nightly argument with your wife. "The knife, daddy, no, no." You soothed her. Her eyes soon shut.

Last night, she cried, "Daddy, the hammer, not the hammer." Despite reassurances, fear lingered in her gaze.

Tonight, she simply screamed. A glance at your hands set her sobbing. Your wife rushed in, brusque, irritated. "What did you do? Shhh, sweetie, you're okay."

Rage curled your fingers into claws. "I didn't do anything," you say. And you haven't.

At least not yet.

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:30 pm
by strawman
Now THAT's creepy.

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:32 pm
by Loren Eaton
My little one has been having night terrors. But unlike the narrator of this piece, I get along with my wife. And I have no intention of putting any house tools to, er, splattery ends.

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:24 pm
by uncre8d1
Oooh, creepy.
Happy to say that my kids have only awakened with a scream two or three times, and I hope I can never sympathize with you here :-)

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:24 pm
by Loren Eaton
It's really freaky when it happens. What's worse is that the little one is almost inconsolable afterward.

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:33 pm
by strawman
Loren Eaton wrote:It's really freaky when it happens. What's worse is that the little one is almost inconsolable afterward.
Well, I would think so. It can't be easy to see daddy do that to mommy.

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:30 am
by Loren Eaton

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:28 pm
by Travelin Corpse Feet
This is marvelously complex for something so short. And, hoo-boy, I can relate to staying up late thanks to screaming kids with sleep issues.*














*((BTW, I am Freddy Kruger))

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:51 am
by Loren Eaton
Travelin Corpse Feet wrote:*((BTW, I am Freddy Kruger))
Then you don't need to have "rage curl your fingers into claws." It happens naturally!

P.S. Glad you liked it!

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:08 pm
by Scattercat
I think Freddy would be really happy and surprised if he could curl his fingers...

Re: Pavor Nocturnus

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:24 pm
by Loren Eaton
Or pick his nose.