Marilyn Shepperson

Rookie (4th September 1949 / Hounslow. Middx)

A Nightmare?


Ralph had a horrible nightmare
In which a demon was chasing him
But when he told his friends at the pub
They just laughed and said, 'It's only a dream'
Yet that dream came night after night
Still Ralph's friends laughed when he told them
Thinking that Ralph was a great storyteller
Or else going a little bit potty
Then one evening Ralph didn't show
At the pub at his usual time
So his friends went around to his house
To discover the door hanging off its' hinges
The place was in great disarray
Of Ralph there was no sign
Though all his belongings were still there
Fridge, freezer and larder well stocked
It seemed that nothing except Ralph had been taken
Yet strangely high up on the walls
Were several deep scratches
Yet there was no blood, the police were baffled
And although everyone searched everywhere
Ralph was never seen or heard of again.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Edited: Monday, October 03, 2011

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  • Rookie Raul Castelan (6/7/2007 7:14:00 PM)

    My gosh, that was really captivating to read. I didn't even see it coming. What a way to have had a nightmare, really. This is another one them that I've never come across in my life. GOOD READ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (9/20/2006 5:58:00 PM)

    Marilyn,

    Great narrative with a twisted finale which I like. I enjoyed this one. Warmly, Allie xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Scarlett Treat (9/20/2006 6:22:00 AM)

    Speaking of the hair on your neck standing up! This was a really eerie one, and I loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jimmy Watkinson (9/20/2006 4:49:00 AM)

    Very thoughtful. I like the open ending, it allows the imagination to try and formulate its own ending.
    Clever indeed.

    jw (Report) Reply

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