Ingrid O'B: ... India was taking a shower. *muffled scream*
Ingrid F: and there it was, a cracking sound on the front porch. I was unable to make out what it was, but then..
Ingrid O'B: Then I realized all the downstairs windows were open and the front door was unlocked.
Colleen: As lighting flashed across the dark sky . I realized, I have no electricity, the house is dark.
Ingrid O'B: But yet, the dogs make no sound. Is it fear?
India: I step out of the shower and wrap the towel around me as lightning flashes. I hear an eerie noise. What was that?!
Joy: Two yellow eyes peered out of the darkness and a strange animal-like sound coming from their direction. "Who's there", I called out.
Colleen: I hear the floor creaking. Someone or something is moving closer to me. I can feel its presence all around me. Like heat radiating off it's body.
India: I quickly get dressed and run out of the bathroom running straight into you.
India: Who's there? I look around in the dark.
India: I slowly back away trying to make no sudden movements.
Ingrid O'B: I'm not sure if it can see me so I try to stay in the shadows, not knowing if the shadows are safe.
India: What is it? I whisper.
Ingrid O'B: We tremble in fear. Whatever it is is so close we can hear it breathing.
Colleen: I can feel the heat of its breath , it is getting too close. I close my eyes.
Ingrid O'B: I'm too frightened to open them. If I'm going to die, I don't want to see what kills me. Or am I afraid to see my death?
Colleen: I keep thinking to myself. I know someone will find me, either dead or alive. I want to live.
Ingrid O'B: Matthew is asleep in his room. I want to call for him but I am afraid. What if it goes after him. I need to protect my son, if I don't then we will die. But if I call for him then it will know where I am. I am so frightened.
Colleen: I forgot I still have my cell phone in my back pocket of my jeans.
Ingrid O'B: I open my cell. The light comes on!
Colleen: I want to scream" OH NO" but I can't. I'm stiff as a board . The fear is so great. What should I do? Stay calm, I tell myself.
Ingrid O'B: I can't think. Did it see me? The tears come to my eyes as my heart pounds in my chest. Can it hear my heart? What do I do?
Colleen: The air is so thick, and humid. I feel as though I can't breathe. I take a deep breath, as deep as I can. I breathe slowly out. Hoping it can't hear me. I hear a cry from the bedroom.
Ingrid O'B: I'm too frightened to call out for fear that whatever it is may not be alone. I have to protect India, but I can't let it harm Matthew. I grab India's hand and take a deep breath...
Colleen: Over there, those eyes. Could it be. A long pause and a sigh. I think it's the cat, no, is it the rat out of Matthew's room? Umm...