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Let Us In

My Internet Service Provider used to have offices in a shopping center before
they moved to their (comparatively) lush accommodations elsewhere. There was
a drop box at that original location. The monthly bill was due, and thus, there
but for the Grace of the Net I went. It was about 9:30 p.m. when I left. From
my relatively isolated apartments, it's about 10-15 minutes or so to downtown
(Abilene has a population of about 110,000).

Right next to Camalott Communications' old location is a $1.50 movie theater.
At the time, the place was featuring that masterwork of modern film, Mortal
Kombat. I drove by the theater on the way into the center proper and pulled
into an empty parking space.Using the glow of the marquee to write out my check,
I was startled to hear a knock on the driver's-side window of my car.I looked
over and saw two children staring at me from street. I need to describe them,
with the one feature (you can guess what it was) that I didn't realize until
about half-way through the conversation cleverly omitted. Both were boys, and
my initial impression is that they were somewhere between 10-14.

Boy No. 1 was the spokesman. Boy No. 2 didn't speak during the entire conversation
-- at least not in words.Boy No. 1 was slightly taller than his companion, wearing
a pull-over, hooded shirt with a sort of gray checked pattern and jeans. I couldn't
see his shoes. His skin was olive-colored and had curly, medium-length brown
hair. He exuded an air of quiet confidence. Boy No. 2 had pale skin with a
trace of freckles. His primary characteristic seemed to be looking around
nervously. He was dressed in a similar manner to his companion, but his pull-over
was a light green color. His hair was a sort of pale orange.


They didn't appear to be related, at least directly."Oh, great," I thought.
"They're gonna hit me up for money." And then the air changed. There I was,
filling out a check in my car (which was still running) and in a sudden panic
over the appearance of two little boys. I was confused, but an overwhelming sense
of fear and unearthliness rushed in nonetheless.

The spokesman smiled, and the sight for some inexplicable reason chilled my blood.
I could feel fight-or-flight responses kicking in. Something, I knew instinctually,
was not right, but I didn't know what it could possibly be.I rolled down the window
very, very slightly and asked "Yes?"The spokesman smiled again, broader this time.
His teeth were very, very white.


"Hey, mister, what's up? We have a problem," he said. His voice was that of a
young man, but his diction, quiet calm and ... something I still couldn't put
my finger on ... made my desire to flee even greater. "You see, my friend and
I want to see the films, but we forgot our money," he continued. "We need to
go to our house to get it. Want to help us out?" Okay. Journalists are required
to talk to lots of people, and that includes children. I've seen and spoken to
lots of them. Here's how that usually goes: "Uh ... M ... M ... Mister? Can I
see that camera? I ... I won't break it or anything. I promise. My dad has a
camera, and he lets me hold it sometimes, I guess, and I took a picture of my dog
-- it wasn's very good, 'cause I got my finger in the way and ..." Add in some
feet shuffling and/or body swaying and you've got a typical kid talking to a
stranger. In short, they're usually apologetic. People generally teach children
that when they talk to adults, they're usually bothering them for one reason or
another and they should at least be polite. This kid was in no way fitting the mold.
His command of language was incredible and he showed no signs of fear. He spoke as
if my help was a foregone conclusion. When he grinned, it was as if he was trying
to say, "I know something ... and you're NOT gonna like it. But the only way you're
going to find out what it is will be to do what I say ..." "Uh, well ..." was the
best reply I could offer.


Now here's where it starts to get strange.The quiet companion looked at the spokesman
with a mixture of confusion and guilt on his face. He seemed in some ways shocked,
not with his friend's brusque manner but that I didn't just immediately open the door.
He eyed me nervously. The spokesman seemed a bit perturbed, too. I still was
registering something wrong with both. "C'mon, mister," the spokesman said again,
smooth as silk. Car salesmen could learn something from this kid. "Now, we just want
to go to our house. And we're just two little boys." That really scared me. Something
in the tone and diction again sent off alarm bells. My mind was frantically trying to
process what it was perceiving about the two figures that was "wrong."

"Eh. Um ...." was all I could manage. I felt myself digging my fingernails into the
steering wheel. "What movie were you going to see?" I asked finally. "Mortal Kombat,
of course," the spokesman said. The silent one nodded in affirmation, standing a few
paces behind. "Oh," I said. I stole a quick glance at the marquee and at the clock in 
my car. Mortal Kombat had been playing for an hour, the last showing of the evening.
The silent one looked increasingly nervous. I think he saw my glances and suspected
that I might be detecting something was not above-board.


"C'mon, mister. Let us in. We can't get in your car until you do, you know," the
spokesman said soothingly. "Just let us in, and we'll be gone before you know it.
We'll go to our mother's house." We locked eyes. To my horror, I realized my hand had
strayed toward the door lock (which was engaged) and was in the process of opening it.
I pulled it away, probably a bit too violently. But it did force me to look away from
the children. I turned back. "Er ... Um ...," I offered weakly and then my mind
snapped into sharp focus.

For the first time, I noticed their eyes. They were coal black. No pupil. No iris.
Just two staring orbs reflecting the red and white light of the marquee. At that point,
I know my expression betrayed me. The silent one had a look of horror on his face
in a combination that seemed to say "We've been found out!" The spokesman, on the
other hand, wore a mask of anger. His eyes glittered brightly in the half-light.
"Cmon, mister," he said. "We won't hurt you. You have to LET US IN. We don't have a gun ..."

That last statement scared the living hell out of me, because at that point by his
tone he was plainly saying, "We don't NEED a gun." He noticed my hand shooting down
toward the gear shift. The spokesman's final words contained an anger that was complete
and whole, and yet contained in some respects a tone of panic: "WE CAN'T COME IN UNLESS


I ripped the car into reverse (thank goodness no one was coming up behind me) and tore
out of the parking lot. I noticed the boys in my peripheral vision, and I stole a quick
glance back. They were gone. The sidewalk by the theater was deserted. I drove home in
a heightened state of panic. Had anyone attempted to stop me, I would have run on through
and faced the consequences later. I bolted into my house, scanning all around --
including the sky. What did I see? Maybe nothing more than some kids looking for a ride.
And some really funky contacts. Yeah, right.

A friend suggested they were vampires, what with the old "let us in" bit and my
compelled response to open the door. That and the "we'll go see our mother" thing. I'm
still not sure what they were, but here's an epilogue I find chilling: A close friend
of mine recently moved to Amarillo, but at the time this happened was still living in
San Angelo. I called him and talked to him briefly. He had two friends with him at the
time, both professing some type of psychic ability.


I started telling him the story, leaving out the part about the black eyes for the kicker.
One of the women (we were on a speakerphone) stopped me. "These children had black eyes,
right?" she asked. "I mean, all-black eyes?" "Er ... Yes." I said. I was a bit taken aback.

"Hmmm," she said. "One night last week, I had a dream about children with black eyes.
They were outside my house, wanting to be let in, but there was something wrong with
them. It took me a while to realize it was the eyes."

I hadn't even gotten as far as them wanting to come in. "What did you do?" I asked. "I
kept the doors and windows locked," she said. "I knew if they came in, they would kill
me." She paused. "And they would have killed you, too, if you had let them into your car."

1 comment:

  1. I grew up in Abilene and could picture exactly where this story was taking place. That definitely added to the level of creepiness for me.