Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Potty Ghosts

I have to confess: I'm afraid of public restrooms.

I'm not afraid of being attacked by a rapist or mugger in one (though holy CRAP would that suck). No, I'm afraid of ghosts.

Not the usual ghosts, either. No cute l'il floating sheets, no little white blobs named Casper. I'm thinking more of The Eye, Ring, Silent Hill type ghosts. As I sit, trying desperately to pee, I keep thinking, what happens if I see some bare feet in the bathroom? What if they come toward me? But not walking or anything, instead, it's more like dragging; the toes curled under, nails broken and dirty, as the mottled, gray, lesioned flesh scraaaaaapes across the tiles toward where my poor butt is naked and defenseless?

What would you do? Scream? But then it knows for sure that you're in there. Can't make any noise; this is classic monster under the bed territory, here-- it can't attack you until you acknowledge it.

Would you open the stall door, and bolt for freedom? But then you've seen it, and it's seen you, and now it's real, it's not something potential, it is something actualized, and there is now no way to avoid it. For some reason I can never imagine a face or form as terrible to see as those two, disembodied feet, waiting for me.

It makes it really, really hard to pee.

8 comments:

Cins said...

When it comes to pee fear on public restrooms. Mine isn't of ghosts but of looking up and seeing some deranged serial killer peering over the top of the stall at me. TOTAL nightmare fuel. Has any movie played on this fear yet? Its a goldmine I tells ya!!

Johnny said...

See I worry more about creatures from inside the toilet coming out and going in places that I don't want them to go! Totally irrational fear but then again I also worry that sharks are gonna get me when i'm in swimming pools...

Cins said...

Johnny>>Oh Thank GOD I'm not the only one that fears sharks in the swimming pool.

Nojh said...

Not all ghosts are trying to keep you from peeing though. I had a water lady when I was a kid.

My bedroom was on the end of a hallway. If you walked down that hallway away from my room my parents room and the guest room were on the left, and the main bathroom and the guest bathroom were on the right before you got to the rest of the house (which had a door that usually was closed at night). My bed was usually in the corner of my room so that I could look down the hallway if I sat up.

The water lady would walk up and down this hallway late late at night. Usually when I woke cause I was thirsty. She never appeared as anything more than a extra dark shadow against the darkness of the hallway but I could see her. I think she was a woman because she seemed to wear a long nightgown or robe. I call her the water lady cause she would disappear into one of the two bathrooms when I went to find her. IE whenever my thirst got over my fear of going into the hallway after her. After awhile I stopped being scared of her. I think once I even asked her not to run away. She always did though.

Just felt like sharing that, since you mentioned bathrooms and ghosts. :)

Stac said...

Cins-- that too would suck! The serial killer version of the drop-bear!

Johnny-- I have the shark fear, too! My sister has a swimming pool and last summer as I was swimming at night I kept creeping myself out, thinking about Jaws :p

Stac said...

Nojh-- that's awesome!! There's a story in there, too!

Rachael said...

I am afraid of Critters. Critters are going to come out of the toilet and get me. But that's only if I'm at home, alone, and it's time for the midnight pee.

Stac said...

Rachael, I can relate. I was afraid of Critters, too. And Ghoulies. You know which one!