The other day, I was in the kitchen, talking to my daughter. The phone rang and it was my husband, inquiring about things at home. After I got off the phone, I headed back into the kitchen. Interrupted by a noise in my cupboard, a particularly annoying sound of scraping and crunching, I said "Do you hear that? There is a mouse in my cupboard, chewing on my Tupperware again. Last time, the mouse chewed up some cover and turned it into plastic shavings. Grrr, I'll show him a thing or two!
I walked over to the cupboard, flung open the door, and yelled "RAHHHHRRR" into the opening. A totally surprised mouse tumbled out and stopped on the floor in front of my feet. Now it was my turn to be surprised. Not expecting to see this mouse, I let out a bloodcurdling screech. In response, the mouse hot-footed it past me and hid under a towel on the floor. I walked over to the towel and picked it up. Yes, you guessed it, I screamed again, as the mouse was hanging onto the towel. Letting go, he plopped to the ground and scampered across the floor again, disappearing out of sight.
I turned around and my daughter was staring at me with a slightly amused look on her face. She asked, "What was that all about? Rahhhhrrr, eeeeeeeck, eeeeeeeck!" We both started to giggle. Then, we heard my son coming down the stairs ever so gently. He peeked cautiously around the corner. "What IS going on?" he asked. He went on to say that he had been in his room, and not knowing what to make of the shrill scream he had heard, hadn't been sure that he'd be safe coming downstairs or not. He and his friends were asking each other, "What is going on down there?"
Well, perhaps writers are afraid of things, too.
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Write from Home --Freelance Writing Community for Parents
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Black on White
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U.S. Copyright Office
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