Branches in the Wind


Finally, I’m home. After working a late night, I finally finished a project that my boss pushed on me. It was all worth it though, because I had a great day ahead of me. The part I was most excited for though, was seeing my son. I finally won the custody battle against my ex-wife, so now I actually get to see him. I fixed up my old spare bedroom for him, although it looked bland in all white. I figured we would have some spare time later and we could make any changes he wanted. I lumbered up the stairs, and when he finally heard I was here, he quickly called me into his room.
“Daddy, I can’t sleep, there’s a monster in the window!”

Monsters, huh, that’s original for a kid.

“Oh don’t worry about that, it’s just the tree’s branches blowing in the wind, see?”

I pointed and showed him the branch tapping against the window pane. He trusted me enough to calm himself down, and I kissed him good night. Finally, time for sleep, I could hardly even see straight at this point. I walked across the hallway, and collapsed into my bed. I had too much on my plate to be dealing with monsters. I had to go with him to school the next day to get him signed up in our district, I had to buy him school clothes, I couldn’t even think straight. That’s when I heard him calling again. Man, I love the kid and all, but I needed some sleep!

“Daddy, the monster is back again!” he shrieked.

I looked to the window: nope, nothing but the tree’s branches. I walked over, and to prove it to him, I opened the window and turned back to him.

“See, it’s nothing but the tree, I told you, now go to sleep, you’ve got school in the morning.”

He was still a little startled from what I could see, but what could I do, I was just too damn tired. Again, I fell into the comfort of my bed. Then I heard a cry, and I had just had enough.

“Fine, I’ll just sleep in your bed with you, if you see any monsters, just hold tight to me.”

I walked back into his room, pulled back his red blanket, and lay next to the kid.

While I lay, eyes closed, my mind started wandering. Didn’t I buy white sheets for the bed? I looked at my son’s slit neck and realized my mistake. That’s when I heard the monster, except it wasn’t tapping at the glass; it was the footsteps from the opened window. I couldn’t help but laugh, how didn’t I realize I had no trees in my yard?

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5 years ago

Lamo this dude has been living in that house for who knows how long to only realize he doesn’t have any trees in his yard after his son dies.

5 years ago

The story would have made sense if he lay on his son’s bed and this happened: Once I lay on his bed, I pulled his red spotted blanket on me, and felt some type of liquid. And so on and so forth, oh well, nothing can be perfect this days.

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5 years ago


Chaseti127 avatar
5 years ago

I think it’s funny lolbut I give it a 5/5

FlareArrowwood avatar
5 years ago

8/10. Interesting. Nice but small twist at the end. “Wait, there’s no trees in my backyard” XD and creepy

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6 years ago


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6 years ago

i liked the title most of all. i was hoping for something more with this story, but we all have those times or those days when something might not seem too good but really is, so i’ll say 1- 10 a 5 and a half.

StephenKingFan12139 avatar
6 years ago

I have to windows in my room on both side of the room. I will never open them ever.

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6 years ago

dad be like, da sheets! day ruined! %$#& you son! u ruined da sheets!

Psycho101 avatar
6 years ago

Slightly unrealistic response to having a monster in the room.

6 years ago

This story is more for laughs then creepy. But I really enjoyed it. The dads like, “Oh shit I’m dead!”

Firegod88 avatar
6 years ago

I was actually tense through the second half of this. Really good and scary!

elksy1 avatar
6 years ago

damn I bet was the ex-wife

CreepyDave avatar
6 years ago

great story keep writing stuff like this

6 years ago

great pasta .. short dark and simple

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6 years ago

That was a great pasta. I was impressed, due to the usually low quality of the shorter pastas, and had a great surprise ending. 10/10

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6 years ago

that was… disturbing. but the end was more funny then scary

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6 years ago

That dad is crazy. He sees his son is dead and laughs because he doesn’t have trees in his yard? 5/5

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6 years ago

His dad is like welp, this is normal around here! *Chuckling noise*

6 years ago

That really sucked and I can’t help. But be turned off by that type of dark humor… the fuck u mean u couldn’t help but laugh!? Kid should stayed with his mom! No wonder took this dad so long to get custody. Ffs 0/5 it wasn’t scary, creepy, or even startling… it was just evil.