Meeting the Devil

Did I ever tell you about the time I was driving home from the pub and I saw the devil? As usual I hadn’t got lucky that night but I’d had fun anyway. It was in the days before random breath testing when weed was only thirty dollars an ounce. The wind was howling and icy sheets of rain tumbled down creating a constant distracting roar.

The Vee-Dub Beetle windscreen wiper might as well have been an ornament, though it did allow brief kaleidoscopic glimpses of the coloured lights reflecting in puddles and wet surfaces. I drove slowly, leaning over the steering wheel, nose against the cold wet glass, trying to see the road. The street lights were like giant dandelions, each had an aura illuminating the rain filled air surrounding it but not penetrating the shadowy darkness enough to define the road.

When I saw him a chill went through me, I remember it now as clearly as I remember where I was when I heard that John Lennon was dead. I don’t believe in the Devil but that gave me no immunity from the vision ahead, still distant but fair smack in the middle of the road and walking straight toward me, “that’s one tall man dressed up as a devil” I tried to tell myself.

As I got closer I realised that this horrifying spectre had no intention of getting out of my way, I stopped maybe fifty feet away from him and he just kept on coming even bigger now than what I’d first guessed. I swear I saw horns silhouetted against the gloom of the stormy night.

I jumped from the car as if drawn by an intangible yet irresistible force, with fear in my heart and trembling hands, I walked straight at him. When he issued a blood-curdling guttural growl and a whoosh of steamy fog I was transfixed, literally awestruck. I stood agog as the metallic clunk of his footsteps became audible over the storm.

Then I saw the truth, I don’t know who was more frightened, me or the horse…

© Matthew Penfold 2009

Meeting the Devil

Matt Penfold

Joined December 2008

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For Twisted Tales Star Twister 51
Prompt = “Shadow”
Word Count = 350

This is a true story

© Matthew Penfold 2009

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