Daily Prompt: Relieved
“It was just dream,” said David as he woke up covered in his sweat. His heart racing as he was running for his life as he believed he was near death.
He has always been tormented as a child by his fear of clowns. Now a grown man, avoiding clowns was his action plan. His fears did not subside because he would often hide them inside.
“Are you okay babe?” asked his girlfriend Samantha. This was the third time this week that he had awoken her from her sleep.
Tonight was a special night, it was Halloween. His brother Dave knew how much he hated clowns and planned to surprise him tonight of all nights with his clown costume. Samantha advised Dave against it though and hoped that would be the end of that.
It was 5 minutes before midnight and there was a loud, frantic knocking at the door. David looked at Samantha with a concerned look on his face as he grabbed his baseball bat and slowly approached the front door.
“Who is it?” shouted David.
“It’s me Dave open up, hurry!” shouted Dave in a shaky voice.
When David opened the door he was frozen in fear. He saw his twin brother held at gunpoint by someone in a clown suit. All his childhood fears came rushing back faster than his heart could pump the blood through his veins.
Samantha stood there also frozen and in shock and could not believe this was really happening. Get on the floor shouted the strange man to Dave as he pushed him into the apartment. David decided enough was enough and he would not live in fear any longer. He hit the gun out of the stranger’s hand and began beating him all over his body with the bat.
It’s Dillon! It’s Dillon, stop! David eventually stopped as the clown mask fell off and his other twin brother’s blood covered face emerged.
He dropped to his knees and hugged his unconscious twin relieved that he was not the monster he envisioned all these years.
Samantha called an ambulance and they all went to the hospital. Dillon recovered with minor injuries. Dave and Dillon promised never to use David’s fear against him again.
After that night, David was no longer afraid of clowns.