Watched the Exorcist as a kid and thought it wasn’t all that scary. I made myself some cheesy mac and said out loud (Like some kind of fucking dumb ass) “That could NEVER happen.” Just then all the lights turned off. Shat out my heart I was so scared. The cheesy mac was good though.
It started happening before I was even 10, and a few times a week i’d wake up completely paralysed hearing loud noises / seeing ghosts / having trouble breathing.
It happened for years, becoming less frequent over time.
I’m from Northern Virginia, so the snowstorms don’t typically get too crazy and we’re not particularly well versed in playing in it. Flashback to when I was around 9 and delighting in my first igloo experience in the front yard. I had my hot chocolate, my gloves, hat, and shovel and was all set to say F school and live out the rest of my days as a Virginia eskimo. Being an amateur snowstruction worker, I built up a huge mound and just kind of start digging into the side of it. The end result was underwhelming and just looked like an ice cave rather than the five-star perfectly crafted luxury ice mansion I had envisioned. I was pouting about my craftsmanship and sipping hot chocolate while looking up at the mound roof when disaster struck.
There was no movie-like crack that spread throughout the ceiling and foreshadowed a collapse, the entire thing just dropped on top of me. I definitely underestimated the weight of all the snow I accumulated, because I literally couldn’t move my arms or legs. I started to panic. I was suffocating in a shitty igloo and my brief 9 year old life flashed before my closed eyes. I gave in to the helplessness and just sat there motionless, waiting for the icy grave to finish the job when I start to feel the weight of the snow gradually decreasing! My 11 year old bully of a brother hadn’t watched the scene unfold, but walked into the cul de sac after of day of sledding to see a pair of booted-feet sticking out of a snow pile. He freed my legs so I could thrust myself up and thirstily suck in gasps of life-saving oxygen. Almost 14 years later, and my older brother still reminds me of the debt, and how he will always have a life-saving favor to cash in.