SCARED – A Novel. Chapter 2.01 – Man

Continuing the serialization of an original novel I’ve written entitled SCARED.
-DWD

“Fuck you! I will survive this!”
I came awake with a start. I stared at the white lace canopy above me while the shadows loomed in the corners of the bedroom. Beside me, Chris slept soundly.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!” The voice was closer now but still a bit of a distance down the road that ran in front of our house. I lay still, listening.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!” Right outside our windows now … someone walking down the road. A man. A man in distress. I shivered under the thick comforter. The fear from earlier that evening had returned. Below, at the rear of the house, Fred did not stir … he did not bark. That was strange.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!”
Should I call the police?
“Fuck you! I will survive this!”
No … not again … not ever again.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!” The man was directly in front of the house … walking east down the road.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!”
He meant no harm. Fred didn’t bark. The man’s simply had a fight with his wife or girlfriend.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!” The man’s volume began to lessen.
I pulled the comforter up to my chest and closed my eyes. This was not a potential incident. No reason to be alarmed. Just some poor schmuck who’s had a disagreement with his significant other. Fred hadn’t given him a second thought.
“Fuck you! I will survive this!” Softer now.
Go to sleep. This doesn’t concern you..
“Fuck you! I will survive this!” Almost gone now.
“Lord Jesus, Father God, Holy Spirit, abide with us this day and forever more.”
“Fuck … survive …”
“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”
“Fuck ,,, “
“Lord, help me to remember that fear, anger and anxiety …”
I slept.

NEXT: SCARED continues.

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