Have you ever been startled awake at night, and locked your gaze on a solid shadow? Did you stare at it, your heart hammering faster, and faster, as its humanoid shape remained hunched in the not too far away corner? Did you hug your comforter close while trying to remember if it might be a pile of clothing left unfolded? Did your chest ache and grow tight because you were holding your breath, and hoping, to recognize a hint of a shirt. An inanimate object? Have you ever counted to three, reached for the light, and could’ve sworn the shadow had moved towards you just before? Ever sighed in relief then wondered, if the sandman puts you to sleep then…who brings the nightmare? And

did you leave the closet door open?

adrienne ophelia


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