Big Green Eyes

Being Chapter Seven in the tale “The Only Way Was East.”

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lost her soul. She wasn’t sure if it had been taken away from her or, like a bad penny, it had fallen out and run away. Because that’s the thing about losing your soul: you never can quite remember how it happened.

One night around midnight, while looking for her soul, the girl wandered into a dark forest. Soon she was lost. She felt a terrible breeze blow right through her, but she was used to that. That’s what happens when you don’t have a soul to keep you warm. But this breeze was different. Like it was coming from a hole in the soul of the sky.

When she looked up she saw something small and black perched on a branch in the moonlight. It was a moth staring down at her. But it didn’t have a moth’s normal eyes. These eyes were green and twice the size, and when they looked at her, they looked into that empty room in the house of her heart. The one she never told anybody about.

She screamed. She ran out of the forest. She got in her car and started driving. But the big green eyes followed her. They were in the eyes of the owls and the ravens flying out of the the trees. They were even in the traffic lights as they turned from ‘stop’ to ‘go’. All of them intensly yet impassionately staring at her and only her, not the other people walking by on the sidewalk below. They didn’t seem to notice the giant evil eyeballs above them.

She screamed and sped down the street, not knowing where to go but only that she should keep moving to keep the green glare off of her. She kept driving until she ran out of gas and ditched the car on the side of the road. She ran into the park, tears falling down her face.

But when she looked up and saw the moon, it wasn’t a moon but one huge green eye the size of the sky. It was observing her, with nowhere else for her to run. Exhausted, she nearly collapsed next to a boy on the park bench at the top of the hill.

“There you are,” the boy said. He knelt down to her and helped her up. “I’ve been looking for you,” he said. And when she looked at his face she saw his wide smile, and his huge green terrible eyes...

And he left it there. “I’ll tell you the rest tomorrow,” he said. Up until that point all of our bedtime stories had been neatly tied up in a bow to send us peacefully off to sleep. So to leave us hanging with so many unanswered questions and the image of the big green eyes in our minds was just too much for our little bodies to handle.

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