Hello and hope all is well. Since Halloween is coming up, I thought I would post something that was in celebration of the night. I hope you enjoy.
It was a strange time of the year. The veils of magic would be down on this night.
That meant one thing.
He would come.
It wasn't really as scary as some might think and not as scary as the night I met him.
I remember that night like it was yesterday. I dressed as a vampire faerie. We had been to a party and it was like 2:00 am when I got home.
Before I got into the house I noticed a black cat sitting on the roof of the garage. I smiled to myself thinking about how appropriate that was, a black cat out on Halloween.
It saw me and leaped down when I went up the first steps of the porch.
I thought it was going to run away but instead it came towards me with no fear.
My eyes transfixed on it as it got closer and within three feet, it sat down and stared at me.
I knew something was different with this black cat. The cat gave me the shivers with it's green emerald eyes that glowed in the moon's light.
"Did you have a good evening?"
I startled when I heard the words. It's mouth never moved.
It let out a little purr noise and then asked again.
All I could do was nod and stare.
"That's nice but I bet I could show you a better time. Would you like that?"
I looked around and didn't see any one talking to me.
The cat stared at me.
"I should get inside," I said quickly. I fumbled in my purse trying to find my keys.
A sigh drifted over to me. I looked at the cat out the corner of my eye. "You don't really want to go inside, do you?"
I was a bit shaky now. My keys were not to be found.
He leaped down off the porch and headed to the back yard.
I don't know why but I followed him.
With a blink of an eye he had transformed into a tall young man. The green eyes were still the same.
With a flick of his fingers the trees suddenly came to life. Others came out behind as if coming through a door.
He came up to me an took my hand. "It's okay," he whispered.
There were strange things that came from behind the trees. Black cats that walked on two feet and others that walked on all fours and were as tall as a large dog. Their ears had long tufts on them. The eyes shimmered silver.
I guess they were girls. They wore long leather dresses and their hair was died all kinds of colors. Long nails kept me away from them. They were painted red and black and some blue. It looked freaky.
They didn't appear to want to come near me which I was relieved. He stayed by my side and handed me a glass of wine. I looked down at it and then up at him.
He was grinning. "It's safe," was all he said.
Music came from somewhere. They started to dance with each other.
I danced with him under the silver moon's light.
The frost in the air was settling on the grass. Our feet crunched as we danced. My bare arms were getting cold and I wanted to go inside.
Without me asking, he escorted me to the house porch and we stood under the porch light. His black hair appeared like cat fur. I almost touched it but pulled my hand back.
"I would like to see you again, if that is okay. I like you."
I nodded and he handed me my keys.
I went inside and the door shut separating us.
My feet took up to my room as fast as they could go. I went to my window and looked out and all I saw was a white mist hovering over the back yard and a black cat disappearing into the mist.
Now, it was that time again. I dressed up this year as a dear. My friend did the makeup. I couldn't wait for him to see my costume.
I waited on the porch.
As silent as a cat, he leaped up and was behind me. When I turned around he was dressed all in his finest. A suit with coattails.
He smiled and looked me over. "How lovely, a little dear."
I looked him over. "You're dressed to the nigh. What's the occasion?"
He grinned and his green eyes sparked. "You shall see."
A shiver raced up my spine.
He escorted me out to the back yard. Paper lanterns hovered in the air all around the yard. We were the only ones there. I looked at him. He was not giving anything away.
He swirled around and out of his black tails came out a large black cat that smiled at me.
"Meet Midnight. She has wanted to meet you for a while now."
I felt like prey the way she slinked around me. She had long white tufts on her ears and fluffy tufts on each side of her cheeks. Her eyes glowed gold. Even though the grass was frozen, she made no noise as she came closer to me. Her nose twitched.
I looked from her to him hoping that he would come between us.
She stopped in front of me. I held my breath.
Her nose was sniffing the air or me. I wasn't sure.
He came up behind her. "What do you think of her?"
She purred. "She's wonderful. I know why you like her."
He smiled pleased that she was pleased. I just wondered what they had in mind.
In a blink he was whisking me off across the yard to the edge of the trees. My heart thumped. He leaned against the tree and held out a staff for me to take. "Take this and you will become one of us. Be with me always and not just once a year. Take a hold of it." He held it out.
I could hear her coming up behind even though she made no noise.
"I can't, " I stuttered. "I live here."
He frowned and when he did he looked dangerous. I was almost going to cry when he came up to me. "It's okay dear. No fear. Let's make a deal. You don't have to come this time but when this time comes around again, I will come the day before this night and come get you. Okay?" He tapped his chin. "Let's see. We have to mark the occasion with something tonight. Take my staff and that will be your reminder."
Without thinking I took the staff and that's when the other side opened. I screamed and dropped the staff and ran.
I ran across the yard so fast. I heard a growl and a curse behind me. I made it inside the house. I locked the door and ran to my room. I looked out the window and saw him. He was pacing back and forth. She sat a ways a way looking up my way.
The mist came in swirling around his ankles. It started to rise and almost swallowed him up. I watched him intensely.
Then our eyes met.
He wanted me back out there but I shook my head.
I don't know how much time passed but I must have fell a sleep on my bed when I heard something. It sounded like it was just outside my window.
When I looked there was a black cat sitting outside my window. I knew it was him. I looked at the time. It was almost five.
I went up to the window. He looked at me but it didn't seem like it was him. He was just a black cat.
A weak mew made me open the window.
He hopped in and onto my bed. He washed a paw and curled up and went to sleep.
I went beside him and went to sleep.
When I got up in the morning he was not there.
Leaning against the corner in my room was the staff. I picked it up and something went though me.
I felt calm and I knew that he was going to come for me.
I was okay with it.