On cold, October evenings, you can hear the rustling of leaves being blown by the wind. Your neighbor's dog barking with an echo down the street. The giggling of children as they play games under the glow of dim street lights. You are not alone.
And then there's the sunset, Colors grazing what is left of the autumn leaves on the trees, it is time for you to situate yourself back into your home. There's a quietness to your house; bodies lingering nearby but don't present themselves. You scale the stairs that creak with each step like an eerie tune that brings brief life into the home. Bristly fur of a cat brushes against your goose bumped skin. You are not alone.
The stillness of your bedroom, The hall light peeking through from under your closed door creating shadows in the darkness. The light representing someone is still awake in the quiet house as you're trying to close your eyes and shut off your thoughts. Quiet sobbing turned into hyperventilating as the blanket you're clutching, crumples as your grip tightens. You feel cold and helpless fighting internally with the dark shadows making their way into your mind. Your gasping breaths are abruptly stopped by the beat of rushed footsteps.
The swinging open of your door creates a wave of light that masks out the nothingness in your room. Their arms wrapping tightly around your shaking body, as you gurgle your fears out of your throat, is that warmth you craved. "You are not alone."