The Witching Hour.Rating:
Rob’s new friend only visits at three in the morning.Author:
Drabble.The Witching Hour
Rob calls you at 3:01AM telling you that there’s someone sitting next to his bed.
You tell him to turn on his nightlight and they’ll go away, then hang up.
Rob calls you at 3:02AM the next morning, telling you that they’re back, and they’re talking this time.
You ask him if he took his Haldol before bed and hang up after he takes it with a glass of water.
Rob calls you at 3:11AM and asks you if you know who Samuel Monroe is.
You ask him why he had to call at this hour to ask you.
He tells you that’s who has been sitting next to him the past few nights.
You tell him you’re calling his therapist in the morning.
Rob calls you at 3:16AM and tells you that Sam is telling him about the garden he kept in the backyard.
You wonder why you bothered going to sleep in the first place.
He says that he thinks he’ll start the garden back up, since Sam misses it.
You can’t understand anything he says after that, but stay on the line until 3:45AM anyway.
Rob calls you at 3:24AM and says Sam is angry.
You ask him why.
He’s crying, and tells you that Sam is shouting at him because he hasn’t started digging up the yard yet.
You soothe him as he mumbles incoherently until Sam goes away shortly after 4AM.
Rob calls you at 3:29AM and says he’s bleeding.
You ask him what happened.
He tells you that Sam is even angrier tonight and Sam scratched his skin.
You tell him you’ll be over as soon as possible.
Rob doesn’t call you the next night.
You go to his house to find him digging a hole by the tree in his backyard.
You ask him why he’s digging.
He blinks and simply says because Sam is hiding.
Rob digs until 3:33AM.
You tiredly lean against the tree trunk and ask him why he’s stopped.
He tells you he found Sam.
You sweep your flashlight over the ground and freeze when you see the bones.
Rob smiles and tells you that Sam isn’t yelling any more.
Rob doesn’t even turn over in his sleep, even though it’s 3:42AM.
You shake him lightly and ask him if Sam is around.
He asks you who Sam is.
You say nobody and tell him to go back to sleep.