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This morning, I am gathering all of my courage to do something absolutely terrifying.
I need to go into the basement, find the fireproof safe we keep there, and retrieve my passport so I can fill out the employment forms needed for my new job. Jeff is away until tomorrow night, and I need it by tomorrow, so it’s all on me.
Basements scare the crap out of me.
Always have. The dark shadowy sections, the cooler-than-the-upstairs air, the dust and dirt and cobwebs, the musty smell… it’s a place where humans don’t normally spend their time.
There’s a reason why most horror movies featured basements prominently: because it’s closer to hell and the devil and the boogeyman lives down there where it’s cold and dark.
I’ve gotten around needing to go into our basement very much by sending Jeff down there to get stuff for me. Our basement is better than some – there’s a lot of windows and lights down there so it’s not nearly as creepy as, say, the house we rented where we had to do laundry in the basement and the stairs had those open backs.
Every time I used those damn stairs back up to the kitchen, I had to fight the panic that I’d look down and see a mottled, dead hand, reaching to grab my ankles.
Dead things live in basements. Not living things.
I recognize that this is a completely unreasonable, childish, and therefore completely ridiculous fear. I am 40 years old and own this house, and there has been NO evidence to suggest that any boogeyman or evil dead thing lives in that basement.
Still, though, I cannot shake the fear.
So my plan is to head down there today around 2pm, when the sun is high in the sky and it’s nearly the hottest part of the day – the middle of the day. That way the dead things
that don’t actually exist outside of my imagination in my basement will be slow and sluggish. And if I move as quickly as possible, they might leave me alone.
But if you don’t hear from me in a couple of days, send help.