He takes the pins and works the lock. It takes less than a minute to hear the click of the barrel, he is in. Before he steps inside he pulls the balaclava into place so he cannot be recognised. Not that it matters, he has been paid to kill the unsuspecting woman lying in a deep slumber in her bed. He has been watching her for a while, his timing should be perfect.

As he steps into the hallway he gently pushes the door to a close. Taking a deep breath he visualises the layout of the house that he was given. Be wary of the third step, it creaks he remembers. He gently takes each step in turn, pausing, listening for sound, any sound.

He has always loved the night, the silence. Being able to move around unnoticed is his gift.

The bedroom that he needs is the second door on the left, damn the door is closed shut. He grips the knife in his right as he squeezes the handle down with his left. His instructions are clear. The bitch must suffer, but to alert her any earlier than needed is amatuer.

He cocks his head to the left to get a good look at his prey, she is completely unaware of his existence. The covers are ruffled, she has her back to him. He can see the satin strand of her nightdress, her dark hair is spread out on the pillow like spanish lace.

A smile of satisfaction spreads across his face. It is time. He takes one more step and slowly reaches out to touch her shoulder.


As I awoke screaming last night, there was a dark and sinister presence in the air, something was definitely in my room and it touched me !

Nightmare Definition: Nightmares are vividly realistic, disturbing dreams that jolt you awake from a deep sleep. They often set your heart pounding from fear.

According to the statistics 70% of adults have nightmares with 30% of them reporting that these terrifying dreams jerk them out of sleep as often as once a month.  I don’t remember the last time I had a nightmare but this was so real it took me a while to determine if someone was actually in the room or not.

Nightmares in adults are often spontaneous. But they can also be caused by a variety of factors and underlying disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Various Sleep disorders like apnea, restless leg syndrome

If you are having nightmares, engage in regular exercise, this will help alleviate anxiety and stress. You may find that yoga and meditation are also helpful. Of course for more serious and regular nightmares, please consult your physician.

Thankfully I can confirm I am not suffering from any of the above mentioned conditions.

I recently attended a creative writing course with Jan Harvey. Her course took me through the steps needed to build a plot outline, characters and their behaviours as well as defining a story timeline.  Not that I ever thought about writing a fiction book before, but it was an interesting exercise to go through. It is amazing how creativity can flow when you take the time to allow it some freedom. This actual nightmare would fit my plot perfectly.

So my only ailment; is an overactive imagination !