Lightning

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We had just moved into a little ranch house in the suburbs. Storybook neighborhood – quiet, friendly neighbors, picket fences, the whole nine yards. Suffice it to say that this was supposed to be a new start for me, a recently single dad, and my three-year-old son. A time to move on from the previous year’s drama and stress.

I viewed the thunderstorm as a metaphor for this fresh start: one last show of theatrics before the dirt and grime of the past would be washed away. My son loved it anyway, even with the power out. It was the first big storm he’d ever seen. Flashes of lightning flooded the bare rooms of our house, imparting unpacked boxes with long creeping shadows, and he jumped and squealed as the thunder boomed. It was well past his bedtime before he’d finally settled down enough to go to sleep.

The next morning I found him awake in bed and smiling. “I watched the lightning at my window!” he proudly announced.

A few mornings later, he told me the same thing. “You’re silly,” I said. “It didn’t storm last night, you were only dreaming!” “Oh…” He seemed somewhat disheartened. I ruffled his hair and told him not to worry, there should be another storm soon.

Then it became a pattern. He would tell me how he watched the lightning outside his window at least twice a week, despite there being no storms. Recurring dreams of that first memorable thunderstorm, I figured.

It’s easy to hate myself in hindsight. Everybody assures me there’s nothing I could have done, no way I could have known. But I’m supposed to be the guardian of my child, and these are useless words of comfort. I constantly relive that morning: making my coffee, pouring milk over my cereal, and picking up the newspaper to read about the pedophile local authorities had just arrested. It was front-page stuff. Apparently this guy would select a young target (usually a boy), stake out their house for a while, and take flash photos of them through their window while they slept. Sometimes he did more. My stomach sank as the connection was made.

At the time, it was merely something from a child’s imagination. In retrospect, it is the scariest thing I’ve ever heard. About a week before the predator was caught, my son came up to me in his pajamas. “Guess what?” he asked.

“What?”

“No more lightning at my window!”

I played along. “Oh, that’s nice, it finally died down huh?”

“No! Now it’s in my closet!”

I’ve yet to see the photos police have collected.

Original Author: alapanamo

29 Comments on 'Lightning'

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  • Commented on December 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I absolutely love how it was hinted at, causing the main character to grow suspicion, only for the child the drop the real horror at the end.

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  • Commented on April 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Great pasta, with a tasty ending. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Commented on January 1, 2014 at 5:39 am

    very good! I would enjoy a longer version!

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  • Commented on December 14, 2013 at 1:17 am

    This is creepy. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Commented on December 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I remember seeing this somewhere… can’t remember where though. It’s really good, creepy and all too real.

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  • Commented on January 22, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Great ending

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  • OminiousMe
    Commented on January 15, 2015 at 1:24 am

    great pasta.. yum!

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  • Commented on August 10, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Hahaha nice. Loved it. Short and sweet, wasn’t pretentious like a lot of Creepypastas. Perfect length, didn’t get to carried away. Nicely done. 🙂

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  • Commented on March 16, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Ohhhh, gave me the chillz 🙂 10/10

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  • Commented on January 3, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Absolutely terrifying to parents of small children. That’s a fear like no other. You nailed it!

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  • Dr. Creepen van Pasta
    Commented on January 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Horrifying… I genuinely didn’t see that ending coming. As a father, I can attest that this is the worst of all nightmares.

    I plan on recording this one.

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  • Invader_kat
    Commented on March 21, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    amazing

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  • Commented on April 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    It’s even more creepy because it’s so probable. It could definitely happen. It’s the type of thing that makes you check for monsters at night! 10/10!

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  • Commented on July 5, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Loved it! Less Is more 😀

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  • mr picky
    Commented on August 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    it is a fantastic story but theres one thing bothering me. when you take pictures outside with flash light, the light will reflect back from the window right? so the pedophile didn’t took any valid pictures. but still it makes a great pasta

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  • Commented on August 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This was great, as a mother this terrified me!

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  • Commented on November 9, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Good read and we’ll written.

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  • Commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Good pasta. Very good indeed.

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  • Commented on June 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    love it

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  • Commented on November 15, 2014 at 1:03 am

    this was really really good… it freaked me out just thinking of someone doing that! Great pasta!

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  • Commented on April 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I like this one it is really good. Ill rate it 4/5

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  • Commented on September 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    A very well written pasta…

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  • Commented on September 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I think after starting to read some of these stories I see the world in a different light. Innocence lost. Good story. A1.

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  • The_One_Potatoe
    Commented on February 10, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I hope that another will becoming soon =)

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  • Commented on June 10, 2016 at 3:35 am

    WOW. I have lightning storms like that here… OMG HES IN THE WINDOW LOL Great story loved it 10/10

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  • Commented on October 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    A little creepy. I like how it is revealed at the end.

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  • Commented on October 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    sorry but i dont get it, can someone explain?

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  • Commented on March 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    you will die. lol

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  • Commented on January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Loved it when

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