Oct 7, 2021
[Oral Record of Haven Urban Legend #51: Eyes]
My mama told me this one and if you knew her you'd understand. She once lectured me about my nonsense for avoiding cracks 'cause I figured why risk breaking her back even if the other kids were lying to me?
Anyway, I remember it was getting colder out because I was wearing my ratty hoodie she kept begging me to throw out. I was riding my bike against the sun and the sun whooped my ass. No contest, I was halfway home by the time the streetlights came on.
I saw them in the bushes first. A pair of yellow eyes straight out of a cartoon, shining in the dark. Except it's not so funny when it's in real life. I rode harder and I saw four in the tree in front of me, buried deep in the shadows, yellow like someone had drawn them there.
I swear to God above, the house across the street hadn't lit up yet, guess the owners weren't home, because their whole yard was staring at me. I dropped my key and pounded on the door and my ma scooped me up in a rush, leaving my bike outside and shutting the door behind me.
I was panting and crying and asking if she saw 'em and she told me no, but held me like I might fade away at any moment. When I stopped crying I talked and she listened and she got this real serious look on her face, the kind she got when I said something so bad she couldn't ignore it.
"Adrian, you need to get home before dark." I asked why, she replied, "Because they're looking for you. They'll stop if they can't find you long enough, it's only at night that they watch." I asked what would happen if they found me and she shook her head slowly, staring directly into my eyes. "Don't let them. Promise me." I promised.
I didn't see the night time for months. I never saw them again, but even twenty years later I watch the dark, praying I'll never make eye contact.
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