Memories that keep me up at night.

I’m still not tired of talking about Summer yet. This is why you will all read about some more summer topics. Don’t worry though, this time it’s not requests or ratings.  This is about me and some interesting stories that involve my family and me.  


It was a hot Saturday evening when my sisters and I were interrupted with the loudest sound, it sounded like an explosion.  It was insane.  The second oldest sister, we gone call her Dru, was almost out the door for work when she suddenly covered her head and slammed the door shut.  My twin and I were like; “Girl? You, okay?  What was that?”

She made the funniest expression, then she nervously laughed and said “Yea. I’m okay.  But should we just be sitting here?” We all looked at each other then we heard the third oldest sister, we gone call her Meme, saying “We should maybe look out the door and see what that noise was first.”  We all looked at her because what she said was crazy.  

Dru shrugged; “I need to go to work, so whatever it is, it better be gone by time my car starts.”  

We all didn’t know what to do, so we just watched her as she opened the door. 

And I kid you not, as soon as she opened that door we heard the noise again, and following after it all the lights in our house went out.  Meme and Ciara started screaming, Dru was laughing (She laughs when she’s nervous) and the commotion went on for about 7 seconds before Dru tried to open the door again.  We heard the noise then we saw this big spark in the sky.  It literally looked like some kind of big ball of fireworks were formulating in the sky.  

Dru said in a high-pitched tone; “Ya’ll what is happening?” 

Meme responded with; “Clearly we are looking at the same thing as you.” 

I commented with; “Maybe the world is ending?”

Ciara suggested; “Call Momma, maybe someone on Facebook knows what’s going on.” 

Dru shook her head; “We don’t have time for all that”, then she opened the door again which made the lights come on just to come right back off. 

Meme yelled; “Dru stop!” 

Dru whined; “I’m not doing anything!” 

It was so chaotic that the neighbors had to look outside and stare at the sky with us. 

Also, I didn’t mention this, but our family friend, Smiley, was cutting the grass which he stopped doing when the commotion started. 

Dru asked Smiley; “Do you know what’s going on out here?” 

Smiley responded by saying; “I think something got into the powerline because it was sparking.” 

Meme groaned; “Dru? What we gonna do?” 

And Dru said; “I guess I’m taking y’all to work with me.” 


Everyone was sleeping peacefully in the night when suddenly we all heard this big old “UGHRGHUGHRHH!”  This is the only way I can explain it.  It sounded like a zombie was pulling out its brain and it hurt really bad.  It sounded so disgusting and scary. 

I was committed to sleeping through it. So was Dru and our mom.  Then there was the oldest sister, we gone call her Popo, and Ciara.  They were closer to the sound, and it was louder to them, and they made that known greatly. 

“Tiara, Dru?  Do y’all hear that howling?”  Ciara whispered that in my ear, as I was trying to sleep.  I don’t remember what I told her, but I remember her asking a sleepy Dru the same thing.  She said, “Y’all wake up! It’s getting louder.” 
Which, she wasn’t lying.  The howling hybrid gurgle was starting to sound like someone was suffering.  I tried my best to sleep through it, but I failed.  I got up out of my good sleep and followed Ciara to where the sound was the loudest.  

When I got to the room, I saw Popo looking out the window.  She had her headphones secured tightly to her head so she could find the source without bursting her eardrums. 

“Welp.  I don’t know what that sound is, I can’t see anything outside.  I ain’t going out there…”  Popo stated while she was shutting the curtains. 

“I think a cow, or something got loose,” I said. 

“URGHUGRUHGRU!”  We covered our ears when it got louder. 

We didn’t know what to do, so most of the time we just walked around the house like chickens with their heads off. 

We just wanted to sleep. Sadly though, all we could focus on was the zombie out there fighting for its life as it choked on its heart or something.  It was awful.  Wouldn’t recommend. 

Anyway, Popo ended up going to sleep eventually because she just kept her headphones on. Ciara and I on the other hand, were up until our mom had to get up for work in the morning.  She was also irritated by the noise, so she ended up calling a friend of the family to come and check it out. We didn’t go outside to watch the friend investigate but we all heard gunshots outside. There were about two of them.   

We didn’t know what was going on, we just knew that the suffering of the “zombie” seemed to stop. 

Then our mom and the friend came in. Our mom was laughing and crying.  Then she said. 

“Y’all can go asleep now. The problem is gone.” 

Ciara asked; “What was it though?”  

Our jaws dropped when we figured out what the “zombie” was. 

The answer was unexpected. 

THE SNAKE THAT TRAPPED US IN A KITCHEN (makes me mad till this day) 

I was about five or six when this happened, but I remember how chaotic it was.  

I was leaving my mother’s room because I was in there watching the big TV and I wanted to see my Team Umizoomi in ultra form when I heard a scream coming from the main room.  I bucked it so hard – towards the source (*head smack* should’ve just stayed in the room) because I was scared that one of my sisters was in trouble. 

As soon as I made it to the edge of the hallway that led into the main room I was snatched up before I could even see anything.  Then when my brain finally processed what just happened, I realized all of my four sisters were standing in the kitchen crying with the door shut. 

“What’s wrong with y’all, what happened?” I had asked.  

Dru basically balled, “Twin! There’s a snake out there.” 

I was ready to cry too, our whole family was scared of snakes, and for our mom not to be home to help us somewhat, we were ready to faint or something. So of course, we were all asking where and how she saw it, and she responded by crying; “It’s black and it’s just out there in front of the living room door!  Y’all what are we gonna do?  What if it goes into the kitchen?” 

In long story short, we were all trapped in this kitchen panicking and crying.  We did that for a while until we decided that we were just going to let it sit there and prayed it slithered out the house. 

This situation turned into a bonding moment between us as we stayed in that kitchen for such a long time.  I mean, Team Umizoomi was over by then. 

Then finally, Popo said; “Y’all, come on now.  Get a broom, a mop or something, because we can’t stay here all day.”  

Since she was the oldest, we listened to her without question.  

We ran out the door about to do – nothing, because we all knew we were a bunch of scaredy cats, just to find out that we weren’t even dealing with a snake. 

It was a cord.  That was attached to the back of the vacuum.  We will never let ourselves live that down. 


Author: Tiara Jones

This is Tiara J and I love reading and writing Mystery and Thriller. "Blood Will Tell" is one of my favorite novels and "Law and Order" is my go to binge. I’m not dark, I just write for the shy little girl years behind me while also obsessing over R.L Stine. Favorite Quote: “ I always wanted to be funny. I never really planned to be scary.” -R.L. Stine

2 thoughts on “Memories that keep me up at night.”

  1. HELP I loved reading all of these! They were very emotive and brought a smile to my face. But also I am DYING to know what the zombie noise actually was.

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