Tall Tales and Short Stories

These are stories about different events in my life. Some are in fiction form due to the age of the writer at the time of the event in relation to the memory of the writer at the time of writing. Age does that sometimes. Enjoy the stories and provide some feedback.

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Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

July 05, 2006

Frankenstein Got Me

As the evening drew near, our anticipation grew. My best friend Ike (6 years old), his younger sister Zena (4), and I (5) knew that we would get to watch our first “scary” movie that night. My dad, Curtis, and their dad, Tom, had decided that the Saturday night movie special would be appropriate for us to get a taste of the spooky, especially for Halloween.

We all gathered in the living room of our small house for the movie. Inside the front door, a small foyer opened up into a large room divided into two separate parts – the living room to the left and the dining room straight ahead. On the other side of the living room a hallway led to the bedrooms and the bathroom. Across the dining room, a doorway led to the kitchen and the other end of the aforementioned hallway. Mom had placed one of her two couches with its back to the entry, separating the foyer and the living room. Behind that couch, we kids would hide and watch the monsters.

The old black-and-white movie began with eerie music; the pounding drums and the droning horns foretold of the dread to come. But, as the story unfolded, we found ourselves laughing at the antics of Lou Costello, as the clumsy, yet loveable receiving clerk, and his straight playing partner, Bud Abbott. A shipment had arrived that they had to deliver to a museum and, somehow, they managed to get the large crates to the museum without breaking them.

Then, the music became ominous timpani. They opened one of the crates to inspect the contents and it was Dracula’s coffin. His cold stoic face appeared to the sound of spine-chilling percussion. Abbott explained to a frightened Lou that it was only a wax copy of the vampire. Their attention then turned to the next box. Inside was Frankenstein’s monster. Again, Abbott reassured Lou that the monster, too, was wax.

As they went about breaking down the crates, Dracula awoke. He rose and warily moved into the shadows of the room.

We eased closer to the back of the couch, just barely peering around the edge to see what would come next.

Dracula touched two bolts to the monster’s neck, bringing him to life. He arose. Quietly, the monster came up behind Lou.

Aaargh!” My dad yelled as he leapt over the back of the couch, arms flailing and teeth gnashing. The sound of his yell, the clap of his shoes striking the tile at our feet, and the monster attacking in front of us scattered three kids in nine directions trying to get away.

Ten years passed before I ever saw how Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein ended. But that would not be the last of my dad’s practical jokes.

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