Whispers in the Shadows

Light may make you see what’s in your mind.

Pam Saraga
Rainbow Salad

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Photo by runnyrem on Unsplash

The yard behind Helen’s house was dark and scary with large trees and bushes. It bordered thousands of miles of National Forest. That was the original reason for installing the motion activated lights. They were solar so the installation was easy which was lucky because she lived alone. She planted 24 of them throughout the back yard and pulled the activation tabs early the next morning.

That same night they began to work. It was normal at first. An occasional deer would wander into the yard to sample a few leaves from the rosebushes but then it got weird. Helen would sit on the back porch and watch as a string of the lights would turn on in a line heading toward the house. But when she shined her1000 lumen flashlight on the area, nothing was there. This happened repeatedly for at least a week. She checked with the hardware store where she bought the lights, and they told her that even a slight wind can set them off. She bought more lights and put them on the fence posts bordering the back property.

The next night it started again. Lines of lights blinking on, all heading toward the house. It was one of those stiflingly hot nights. There was no wind. She became obsessed that something was entering her yard and she had to know what it was.

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Pam Saraga
Rainbow Salad

Old enough to see the issue & young enough to try and fix the problem.