OK, so – Halloween you say. Well, it’s not really a thing in Australia, some retailers are trying to suggest it in a ‘just the tip, just to see how it feels’ sort of way, but it’s not really taken off. To be honest if Halloween hasn’t grown some legs by now then I doubt it ever will. Besides, spring isn’t exactly a spooky time of year. Shit, I mean it doesn’t even get dark till like 8.30pm.
Nevertheless, we’re talking about Halloween. The subject has come up among friends, the conversation tends to go:
“So Halloween is this week”,
“wednes (checking phone) day. Wednesday”,
“I ain’t opening my door for any punk ass kids”.
Yeah, OK, boring conversation aside, this is pretty much what has transpired between and multiple people. And no, I’m not opening my door Wednesday night, and you can go straight to hell for even suggesting I share my candy…The nerve!
One conversation I had didn’t quite follow its usual flight plan. Alright, so it started off the same – Halloween, yup, what day, checks phone (can’t remember it’s Wednesday each and every time ho), Wednesday, ain’t no kids stealing my skittles – and so it goes. But instead of just veering off the cliff into the dead-end conversation wasteland, it instead took a turn…
“So, will you be scared?”
“Halloween; you’ll be alone won’t you?”
“Scary stuff happens on Halloween”,
“I don’t know, scary stuff, wasn’t that what ‘Scream’ was about, or something”,
“Who was behind that mask? And why did he kill everyone; that seems kind of important.”
Yes, my friend was correct; I will indeed be alone on Halloween. Am I scared – no. There are way scarier things in the world than an arbitrary day celebrated in another country. I mean, let’s use the ‘Scream’ example. As I recall he likes to call people to freak ‘em out a bit before he slices and dices. Well that’s not going to work if bitches like me don’t answer their phone. I mean he could text perhaps, or even write on my Facebook wall, Twitter is probably out as I don’t check that too regularly – point is that he will have a hard time doing the initial set up if I am not willing to play ball.
So I guess he could skip that part. Too bad really; that is the bit that gets the heart pumping. Anyway, the scream mask guy is nothing if not resourceful so I am sure he will bounce back. So I guess he just has to break-in. Now, I can’t really give details of how he would accomplish this as I have yet to find a way to do this myself. I get locked out a LOT and there is just no way to get in without smashing some windows. I’ll be honest, I don’t care for the window smashing if you are going to murder someone – it has no finesse. Its fine if your just wanting to rob and vandalise the home, but not for serial murder. I don’t know, maybe I’m just traditional that way. So he is in. Spooky – or it would be. He finds me sitting at my kitchen table covered in piles of papers. Gesturing opposite me I ask him to have a seat. Of course he doesn’t sit, he wants to chase me around for a bit, but I’m having none of that – I won’t run on the treadmill in my garage, I’m not running around for him, simple. I insist that he sits. Begrudgingly he takes a seat.
“You like scaring people, don’t you?”
He nods. Dude doesn’t talk, typical.
“Well let me show you something really scary”,
I turn my laptop to face him, I watch as he studies it for a moment. I swear I can see him furrow his brow under his mask. He pushes the computer back and stares at me.
He nods in agreement. Of course it’s fucking scary, I just showed him my bank account summaries..
“Look at this then”,
I slide over a pile of papers all of which are more or less identical, except for the escalating number at the bottom of each.
“Yeah, those are notices of demand for my car payments”,
He nods again even though I didn’t ask a question.
“Do you know what these are?”
As I say this I point to another pile of papers. He shakes his head.
“Well, these are various requests for different medical tests I require. I can’t afford them so I ignore them.”
He nods again.
“You see, I’m broke. I’m ignoring creditors and ignoring my health simply because I’m broke. You see what I’m getting at. Then you come in here – thank you for not breaking my window by the way – wanting to chase me around and chop me into little pieces? You can see why I’m not scared can’t you? “
As I was about to launch into a pretty lengthy speech about the economy and employment he had already picked up his scythe and was out the front door. Annoyed, I get up to make a cup of tea when I see where he was sitting he left me a couple of twenties.