Last Night

I need advice, something strange happened yesterday that I don’t know what to do.

It was an ordinary Saturday evening, I live in a suburb fairly close to the city in a residential area which mixes old style houses with new apartment complexes in this trashy mixture of old and new. I’ve lived here for over a year now and I’d never noticed many dogs kept in the area. I assumed that for most of the places the owners didn’t allow pets.

I was the only one still up, my housemates were mostly around but I don’t always keep the most reasonable hours and the ones who weren’t out were all fast asleep by then. I enjoy the quiet isolation of the early, early morning. I find it’s nice for  listening to music, reading or getting some writing done. I was in my room, lit only by my computer screen and listening to atmospheric sci-fi instrumental music when suddenly this violent outpouring of dogs barking and howling broke through my headphones.
Like I said, it was weird, so I got up from what I was doing and looked out my window to see what might be causing the commotion. From where I was sitting, nothing seemed too out of the ordinary, so I put my headphones back in and tried to ignore it. I mean, it was odd, but not that odd. Dog’s bark, it happens.
So I’m getting some writing done, and I’m really liking what I’m working on, it’s a short little story about a kid home from college. I’m sure you could find it if you’re interested. When suddenly the howling goes silent. Just dead quiet.

I take another look out the window, and still nothing. This time I’m a little more invested in finding out what’s going on, so I decide to go take a look out the front door, since my window is on the side of the house and can’t see much except the neighbours house. It’s winter where I am, so I pull on a jacket and step out of my warm room into the cool, dark hallway.
I have to admit I was feeling a little spooked by this point, so maybe my judgement was a little impaired but I’m a firm realist so I try to ignore the strange vibe I’m getting. I make it to the front door and open it, the porch light left on like usual, and I notice that it’s not just the dogs that have gone quiet, but everything is deathly quiet. My gaze is immediately fixed on this guy walking along the street towards my house. I can’t make him out through the darkness, but something inside me just freaks out and I just slam the door, lock it and run back to my room.

This started last night at midnight. It’s just hit midnight here, and I can hear the dogs howling again. I’m scared, what should I do?

Author: Zairron

I'm writing to build a habit, practice, and be creative.

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