The babysitter

I was six years old when my Mom got a job as a nurse on the night shift. My dad didn’t come home every night. My four older brothers were supposed to be in charge of looking after me.

Instead they all decided to take off every night, and to ensure I didn’t leave the house they made up a little game where they would say they saw the boogieman outside the window. If I was in the living room one of them would scream from the family room “he’s here, out there, I just saw him”, then they would go through the house doing that in every room I wasn’t in. They would tell me not to go outside, be by a window or open the door cause he would get me. Then they would all take off for the night. They left me in a panic every night. Oh, and I wasn’t to tell my Mom that they left at night………or THEY would get me.

Most nights I’d stay at the far end of the house in the kitchen, there was only one window and it was up high.

One night I heard someone in the family room in the recliner. I peeked quickly around the edge of the door. A man was sitting back in the recliner reading the paper. I didn’t recognize him so I peeked again for a longer time. He didn’t look scary so I walked out into the room. The newspaper seemed to fall from the air and crashed all over the floor. No one was sitting in the chair.

Weeks later my Mom was going through some old photos. I saw one and said “that’s him” that’s the man that was sitting in the family room the other night.”

My Mom said, “that’s my father, you couldn’t have possibly seen him, he died long before you were born.”

The babysitter

Solar Zorra

Charleston, United States

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Another of my non-fiction stories.

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