posted on Aug, 27 2013 @ 10:38 AM
The year was 1984 or 1985 so I would have been around the age of 4 or 5. My mother took me to the mall, as she often did, while she shopped.
One 'store' we passed was utterly terrifying. While other stores were on the main or upper floors of the mall, this store was down below. One
escalator leading down into darkness, another parallel to it leading back up to our realm. While other stores were enhanced with bright lights to show
of their wares to potential customers, this store could not be seen into from above. It was so dark inside.
But what made it even more unsettling were the guardians at the top. Their faces painted ghostly white, black, and every other color imaginable. Some
of their hair was spiky pink. Some brilliant blue. It looked strange- fiber optic even. Clothes of black leather wrapped around their bones. Who were
these strange beings that stood watch at the top of the descent?
Evil clowns luring hapless victims into a funhouse of horrors? Demons taking souls to hell? Something else my child's mind couldn't conceive?
I was really scared and wondered if my mother noticed this strange sight with the strange beings. She must have because as we drew closer, she grabbed
my arm and pulled me quickly past. I tried my best to look down the escalator. It was just pitch black with random neon glows. On pure accident, my
eyes met with the stare from one of the strange beings as I looked over my shoulder as my mother dragged me further away, presumably to safety.
Only once older was I able to explain who these strange people were. I guess it figures, around 1985.
Just teen rockers, hanging outside of a mall hangout.
But it was terrifying to me at the time!
What experiences did you have as a child that scared the crud out of you, but that you now realize was totally innocuous?
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AshleyD because: (no reason given)