The smell of Sulphur was strong in the room. A faint light illuminated the doorway and outlined the shadow standing there. A bubbling, sucking noise surrounded her and the weight on her chest was excruciating. She was half asleep but also half awake. She struggled to move but found herself completely paralyzed. Eyes finally adjusting to the dim light she was able to make out the figure who sat on her chest.
She gasped for air as the grotesque figure bent low as if to kiss her. She tried to fight but he must have put some kind of spell on her for she could not move, not one muscle. It was a chore to breath. The little creature moved pinning her shoulders with its claw hands and slobbered hungrily. He snarled and breathed his Sulphur breath on her face and made a snorting sound.
From the corner of her eye she could distinguish the other creature moving toward her. Her panic was so intense she emitted a silent scream. Both creatures chortled their screeching laugh and moved in closer.
She knew what this was. She had experienced this before. They were here to suck the soul from her. They would each take a turn to give her that depleting kiss of death. They were here to take from her all she had and leave nothing but a shell. She could not move, could not fight them off.
They were the things that come in the night while we are in our dream world. They creep from bed to bed looking for their next meal, their next soul to consume. We never see them, nor do we know they are there because we are paralyzed in our sleep sinking deeper into the abyss of our dreams. Every once in a while, though, we will be in the in-between and that is when we spot them. We see them hanging over us, taste testing our soul to judge if it is ready for harvest. It is at this time we are most vulnerable. We cannot defend ourselves nor can we cry out for help, they have us captured.
She steeled herself for what would come next.
The last time they had visited they had both taken a taste and deemed her not quite ripe. She tried to pull away as the second creature leapt to the head of the bed and caressed her hair. Bending low staring into her eyes it sniffed her face, stuck a tongue in her ear. She wanted so much to cry out and pull away but her body would not cooperate. Was this really the end? Was she ripe for harvest? Was her soul ready to be drawn from her body to energize these gargoyles? NO! Her brain screamed. GET OFF OF ME! LEAVE ME ALONE!
Her heart pounded and her chest ached with each labored breath. Her eyes wide open she watched as they debated, gesturing with their long talon fingers. The one at the head of the bed insistent the other less sure. Little by little she could feel her body being freed. She kicked her legs and tried to sit up to shake the creature from her but she was still bound by his weight. She felt a spec of spit it her cheek and looked as the creature at her head shook its head and motioned to the other. In a flash they were gone, the weight lifted from her chest and her body was returned to her. She jumped from the bed panting and pacing. She had been spared yet again.
That is when Gladys swore she would never eat Mexican food after seven o’clock at night again.