An agonizing scream pierces the sweet silence of the night, jolting me awake from my deep sleep. Rattled and shaken, I stumble to my window and peek cautiously through the corner of my blinds to scan for the source of that horrific sound. Silence hushes the darkened landscape. My gaze sharpens as I try to make out familiar shadowed shapes in my yard when I notice that my gate is slightly ajar.
My mouth dries as my heart thuds wildly in my chest…. it’s supposed to be locked! Why is it open? Darting my eyes around my yard I didn’t notice anything unusual, the forested area on the other side of my gated yard seemed eerily quiet too.