Haunted by The Ring
-written at too-frickin' early in the morning
because of a hiper mocha study group
Usually scare movies don't bother me too much
but i have to talk about this one
because it's been rolling around in my head
over and over and over.
It won't stop.
Even for a geek
I'm occasionally out of
So when Claire started talking about how "The Ring"
scared her so bad, I wondered,
What's so scary about J.R. Tolkien?
I'd forgotten the "Fellowship" part, see.
that wasn't the movie she was talking about.
Claire told me it was ALL WRONG, how it
warped your mind, and then you say
ordinary things like
in a whole new
It scared Claire. She had to have
Byron and Nick come spend the night, sleeping on the floor,
with the lights on.
she had to draw a self-portrait,
and she figured she would do that, to calm herself
But the drawing started looking like
the little girl
she said, and she had to
I said she was a wuss.
And despite Claire's warnings that we SHOULD NOT
Cynthia and I decided
(after a stop by
to go see what the poor
was so afraid of.
So, we did, and it was scary,
but Claire was sorta over-reacting.
WE weren't that scared of it.
And then I had to go home, where my mom had turned out the
already, and I had to stumble in in the
My scanner--it's possessed, comes on by itself--
was on, and was shedding a weird blueish
on my computer desk,
and for a fewe minutes, I thought I'd been
abducted by aliens (another old
of mine...long story) because the
disoriented me so badly.
But I didn't have any nightmares,
and thought I'd be okay.
It was a
later when we were sitting in
the Canterbury kitchen
--that's our church, we hang out there a bunch--
and talking about the custom of baking
coins into a cake.
We got to talking about
the different charms they put in for
good luck, wealth, and whatever,
And Nick asked, but what if you
it? How long would it take to pass through your system?
And to mess with Claire, I whispered,
Nick asked me, how do you
know that? Have you...
And then he got the joke.
But the story's not over.
we all went to
--guess what--at Prochnau
since Kendra hadn't
it yet, and I wanted to take
her reaction and
the things I'd missed.
So I watched again.
At the end of the movie, this
dressed like the one in the movie,
goes crawling up the aisle.
Nick saw her first, and goes,
-OH MY GOD!-
(and kicked at her)
which I heard but didn't
and didn't think anything of it.
And I thought the people screaming in the back
was just somebody's idea of a joke,
because it couldn't possibly be that scary...
but I missed the punchline.
after the movie, we were all standing around in
and we were the last people
of the theater.
And for some reason, they made us all go
to the front exit.
And I thought they were
being rude, but the people in front of us
slammed the door
in our faces.
I didn't see
at first, because I was looking
for my firends, and I almost bumped right
I was four inches away from her--
but here was this
dressed up in a white
over her face!
And I jump back two full feet
and probably ten up in the air
I was so startled
(okay, she scared the fuckin' shit out of me)
and scream--I mean REALLY scream--
I don't think I could produce that pitch again
if I tried...
I mean, a serious womn-in-peril,
People should not do that to me.
my reality are frayed
thin enough as it is.
So I go home
and I worry another
(that's her name)
is going to claw her way
to come get me.
passed and I was fine...
until Siryn gave me a fansite link
and the first thing I saw was
you know, the part when
looks up and
I almost went over the back of my
I was so startled
to see that
glaring at me in bright monitor-light blue
Did you know it was a remake?
yeah. The Japanese version is
I rented that the
of Spring Break, when I was
watching a house for a friend. It wasn't as scary,
but I was paying more attention
to my embroidery
than to the subtitles.
it had a weirder
thing going on, though, and the
Sadako, had weird powers.
She killed people.
But enough was enough,
becuase I'll give myself night-
even though, I usually don't have them.
I decided to draw instead of going to
and the contest challenge for the month was to draw
I made a crescent moon using two intersecting
with a gargoyle leaning inside.
And then I get
the bright ideav
to draw a comic
of YOU KNOW WHO.
Just being funny,
saying that all she wanted
was to borrow a hair-dryer.
Clever, I thought,
but when I
at the wall in the bedroom
I SAW THE
It was a photo of some
in silhouette, just tall trunks
and a leafier one off to the side
in the center--but to me,
out of the corner of my
they were streaks of
draped over a
amd a single dark
focussed right on me.
I'm only glad it was
at the end of my stay
in that house--I couldn't
have lasted the whole
with Samara's eye
on me. I'd go nuts.
and it's all over,
but I'm still a
of nerves, because
every time I get up to pee
I expect the
to be standing
side my door
WAITING FOR ME.
The instand I eve
her I'll probably drop
ring or no ring.
I can't go to sleep without staring at the
at the end of my bed anymore, just
horribly waiting for
to crawl out
and grab me as I sleep.
I flinch at noises--any noises--
I can't sleep
She never sleeps
I really believe I'm losing my mind because
keeps haunting me.
Every time I thnk I'm
she comes back
to torture me more.
It won't stop.
It'll never stop.
SHE NEVER SLEEPS
Neither will I for the nightmares