“She crouched behind the sofa in terror as a hand came through the window.”
– a prompt for this week’s CW piece.
“Babe, why can’t we put the sofa by the window again?” – Todd asked his wife as they were arranging furniture in their new home.
“I told you so many times. Because I don’t like it. It throws everything off” – she replied and walked out of the room.
“Yea, but why?” – he persisted, following her to the kitchen.
“Alright. I’ll tell you” – she capitulated, figuring out that they should start their marriage with honesty and openness.
“It was 1991 and I was watching Home Alone. My parents were at an office Christmas party, and Robbie was over at his buddy’s.
“Don’t watch too much TV” – mother said before leaving.
“Remember that Santa is always watching and he’ll know if you’re naughty or nice” – dad followed up.
They were finally out the door and I could do whatever I wanted. My happiness knew no bounds.
It was when the robbers started sneaking around Kevin’s house that I heard a weird noise outside. The sound of dry leaves being crushed. I thought it was our dog – Happy. The noise stopped as soon as it started, so I shook it off and came up with an explanation. It seemed like Daddy was right – Santa was watching. However, the more of the movie I saw, the wearier I was of the sounds surrounding me.
“It’s just my imagination” – I repeated after Kevin.
Right there and then I heard a faint sound of a window opening. It was too early for Santa to come bearing gifts. He always waited until I was asleep. I slowly turned around and saw a hand on the windowsill. Someone was trying to get in. I was on the ground floor. I thought that maybe if I was quiet, the robbers wouldn’t see me, so I got off the couch and crouched on the floor. You have to understand – I was 5. It was scary.”
“Oh, my, I’m sorry, sweetheart. I never knew this happened to you. Were you OK? What was stolen?” – Todd asked, embracing Tanya.
“Well, nothing was stolen…”
“Did you chase them away like Kevin?” – he asked with a smile.
“Not exactly. Turned out, it was Robbie and Will. They snuck out of Will’s house and decided to play a prank on me. They knew I was watching TV and the window was loose.”
“So nothing happened?”
“NOTHING HAPPENED?” – she asked, pulling away from him.
“No, nothing happened. Aside from me almost having a heart attack at the age of 5. And being terrified of sitting with my back to a window my whole life. No, nothing happened” – she said and walked out the door.
“Put the sofa wherever you want” – she said as she opened the door, and then closed it right back, walking off into the distance.
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