The 5th prompt in the 30 Day Writing Challenge is…
Write about a dream or nightmare that you’ve had and turn it into a short story.
“Mum, who’s that man?”
Tessa looked at her teenage son, standing in the bedroom doorway. “What? What man Leo?”
“The man that’s just gone down the stairs?” Leo looked as nonchalant as ever, nothing phased him. But even Tessa was shocked that he seemed so relaxed about a strange man in their house at 11pm. Throwing down her book Tessa climbed out of bed.
“Well where’s your father?”
Leo shrugged. “I dunno.”
Grabbing her dressing gown Tessa ran out into the hallway. Fleeting thoughts of grabbing a weapon or calling the police raced through her mind but instead, she rushed to the top of the stairs, Leo following close behind.
“Where did he go?” She asked, her heart beginning to pound.
“Downstairs!” Leo pointed down into the darkness.
“Hellooo…” Tessa called down the stairs. “Alan?…Alan? Is that you downstairs?” When Tessa had last seen her husband he had been in his study, but if he was still down there the hallway lights would be on.
Neither of them had noticed that the bathroom door was shut so when it opened they both jumped.
“Whats going on?” Alan emerged, shaving foam smeared across his chin.
“We’ve got a burglar!” Leo stated wide eyed, finally beginning to realise that this wasn’t just a visitor no one had told him about.
“What? Well call the police or something!” Alan grabbed a towel and wiped his face. Pushing his wife and son out if the way he ran down the stairs in his boxer shorts.
“Be careful.” Tessa grabbed Leo’s arm and gripped tightly as she saw Alan disappear into the darkness.
“Ow…bugger!” Alan cursed from the darkness.
“Are you ok darling?”
There was silence from below and slowly, light emerged from the dining room and kitchen. Alan appeared at the bottom of the stairs and turned on the hallway light. “There’s nothing down here.” He shrugged.
Tessa turned to Leo, her hands on her hips. “You’ve not been smoking something have you?”
“No mum! God!” He threw his hands up in the air and stomped to his bedroom, slamming the door.
Alan rolled his eyes and turned off the light before making his way back upstairs towards his concerned wife.
“He probably had a nightmare love.”
Tessa relaxed and smiled. “I think you’re right.” She ran a finger across his chin.
“Ah, yeah, you go back to bed, I won’t be long.” Alan bent and kissed the top of her head and went back into the bathroom.
Tessa picked up her book from the bed. After everything that had happened she was no longer in the mood to read so she placed it on the top of the pile next to her side of the bed. Hearing footsteps on the wooden floor behind her she spoke without turning. “What time do you want me to set the alarm for?” She could feel Alan’s breath on the back of her neck. Giggling, she turned, but the room was empty.
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I did really dream this, although it was a lot longer and involved 2 of the kids and several running up and down the stairs sessions for The Hubster lol…it really freaked me out at the time, and even now it sends a shiver up my spine.
I don’t tend to have nice dreams :(
Have you ever used a dream or nightmare as inspiration for a story?