Spirits Of The Night Essay

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SPIRITS OF THE NIGHTThere was a time in the town when you could walk out alone at night and not have tofear anything. You could leave your doors unlocked and your car in the driveway withoutworry. You could drop the kids off at the cinema downtown and not think a thing of it. Orstroll through the park on a Saturday evening without watching every shadow ormovement in the evening twilight.But no more. Now, doors barred the entrances along with the windows. Residentshurried home lest they be caught outside after dark, and cars were secured in theirgarages as cats and dogs were brought in from outside. People watched in terror as thesun would sink low on the horizon, leaving the community vulnerable to the clutches ofthe night.This was a town gripped by fear, foreboding so powerful and pervasive that it wasevident in every stare in the residents' eyes. They would sit in their living rooms,mindfully watching the evening news on television or at their dinner tables, eating silentmeals of penance. And listening, always listening.The wind would brush through the streets blowing the gutters clean of leaves anddebris. The wind would bring with it the cool air, the small voice, the lost souls of thepast. And they would pass down from street to street, grasping for any living entity thatdared to be out after dark. After their time in the light of day that was no longer theirs.Parents would bar and shutter the windows against the curious faces of their children,who wished to gaze out at the spectral parade that pasted by their houses. Come awayfrom there, they would command, fearing even a glimpse from the ethereal visitors wouldportend dreadful consequences. The darkness was not for their eyes.So the night would pass with terror and resignation. Night after night, the patternwould remain unchanged. The town was accustomed to the strange sojourn of theirvisitors and had resigned itself to sharing the night with the unearthly. Until he came totown. Elliott was his name. He was slight in stature and unobtrusive looking. He easilywent unnoticed in crowds and was always fidgeting with his clothes, hair or watch band.It was a nervous habit left over from his childhood. He walked along the streets, headbent, always looking at the ground, straight ahead, as if some gigantic sink hole wouldsuddenly appear and swallow him whole. He was a nondescript, inconsequential littleman.Except for the power. He had this unusual ability to talk to the dead. Elliott haddiscovered the gift when he was a child. He heard voices and responded to voices thatothers could not. His parents were convinced at an early age that Elliott was possessed,insane or, at the very least, strange. They took him to psychiatrists, priests, shamansand doctors. He was declared sane and competent and released to his parents' custody.But the voices continued. That was the most important reason for moving to the town.He had heard about the evening visitors; now was the time to test his ability. Could...

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