Heavy Logix.

Lateral Thoughts on Life.

My fears.

Recently I was forced to face one of my greatest fears.

I drove home and my little daughter was sitting in the back seat. I was about to turn into my gate which was closed when I noticed two well dressed young men walking up the road.

Suddenly I felt fearful. Although I really had no rational reason to feel scared I suddenly realized that if these two men were up to no good and if I turned in to open my gate then as I opened the gate the two men would have the perfect opportunity to ambush me.

Always being one to trust my intuition, I drove past my house, and past the two men, and turned my car around at the top of the road. By the time I turned the car around the men had continued walking straight past past my house and were now around the corner and out of sight. I figured I must be just getting old,paranoid and crazy, or something, but hey, better safe than sorry, right ?

I drove quickly to my gate… got out the car and opened it and then drove in fast. As I got out the car I could hear the sounds of a tv inside and remembered that my wife had a day off today and was inside already.

My daughter, who normally goes with me to close back the gate, was actually sleeping, in her car seat, so I closed the gate by myself and I was busy taking her out of the car when I sensed a presence.

I looked up and sure enough at the gate peering over at me were the two men. They had doubled back and looked menacing.

I was now facing one of my worst nightmares. My life and that of my wife and daughter were in danger if these men chose to attack us. I called out my wife’s name and heard a click as she opened the latch on the front door.

The men realized I was suspicious of them and they hesitated a bit. I suddenly heard my fear talking to me. “They aren’t sure if you have a gun or not”. It was my only chance I had to appear fearless and confident. I stretched to my full height as I took my daughter, still sleeping out of the car only using my left hand and kept my right hand at akimbo, like a gunslinger, ready to draw.

I turned and looked straight at the men and in my mind,silently, I shouted,

“Step across that gate and you’ll both die !”.

My silent telepathic shout seemed to make the men jumpy, amazingly they actually started to step back and they actually ended up on the far side of the road, still watching me like scavengers on the hunt.

I went inside quickly with my daughter lying on my left shoulder. I then put my daughter in a bed, she was still sleeping, as I frantically tried to explain to my wife what was happening. I looked out the window with sweat washing the side of my face.

I could not tell if they went up the road or down. No sign of the men they had disappeared quickly.

Fears usually do when you stand up to them.


March 16, 2010 - Posted by | blog, current news, Lateral Thinking, non fiction, philosophy, Psychology, Strategy, success, writing | , , , , , , ,


  1. wow scary! good think you are ok. 🙂

    Comment by openunatedgirl | March 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey I like this…did this really happen? Sounds like a short story.

    Comment by Annie Paul | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yes, Annie this really happened. Glad you liked the story.

    Comment by heavylogix | March 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. Glad everything worked okay for you and your family. I have had several fiends describe such feelings to me recently, while closing their gates, or leaving their cars to enter their homes, that they have experienced a high level of fear, dread and anxiety even when they have not seen anyone in the vicinity of their homes.Again, we are living on the edge, with respect to crime, consequently,the psychological manifestations of living in a crime ridden society will definitely materialize over time.

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID | March 27, 2010 | Reply

  5. Glad you are okay and nothing ontoward happened. Good poker playing though!! That was quite a bluff.Beg to differ though on the issue of fear, if you were in that situation again (God forbid) would you have felt any different knowing that your wife and child were vulnerable and you not having the means to protect them. I was faced it a similar situation and had the means to and did use it to protect my family but the end result was the paranoia of of it happening again and me having to defend my family again.

    Comment by Polonius | March 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. So glad you and the fam are ok. This fear is becoming increasingly common. We are prisoners on the outside. ;(

    Comment by Astley Henry | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  7. Yes, Astley, we are indeed the prisoners. Soon everyone will be popping various forms of tranquilizers,valiums, etc. Even the children may need tranquilizers, if we are not capable,as a society of retreating from the violent edge. Bwoy it dread !!

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  8. *sigh* screaming in your mind works… happy you’re not recording any tragedy here. Triumphs, on the other hand, are always welcome. Take care

    Comment by ruthibelle | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  9. Good to know you and your family are safe! You can’t be too careful these days with those violent criminals waiting and watching to pounce upon any unsuspecting person. Hope you reported the incident to the police (provided that your police is not just traffic cops like here in Jamaica)and your neighbours so others and the authorities can be on the lookout for these criminals.

    Comment by Stunner | April 28, 2010 | Reply

  10. I normally read your pages but I didn’t think that you would have tow write about such an experience. I was living in a particular ‘safe’ area, lots of rich people, many of them owned their own homes. Why not live in this community? I am hardworking just like them, right? One day coming from school, no joke, five guys walked in behind me and held me up at my door. To my surprise and to their shock, workmen were in the backyard and saw what was going on. As they held me, they wanted to search my bags etc. I couldn’t live there for another month, I found another place in another ‘safe’ community. We are not safe in this country. I think you responded very well. Glad to read that you’re family is safe.

    Comment by Corve DaCosta | May 2, 2010 | Reply

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