I Had Many Nightmares
by Guy S. Ricketts
The darkness has always frightened me
Ever since I was a child
When I was younger my mother would read ghost stories to me
Then we moved to a new house which locals said was haunted
I used to have nightmares about the ghost
She was said to be a servant who was murdered by her master
He was in love with her but she rejected his advances
In a fit of temper he strangled her
He was decreed insane and ended up in a mental asylum
The maidservant started to haunt the house
Shouting out the name of her true love
She moaned and sobbed all night long
I had difficulties in deciding what was real and what was my imagination
I had many nightmares about the maid Molly
I would dream of her being strangled and releasing a terrible scream
When I turned twelve I actually saw the ghost for the first time
I was so frightened
I saw the ghost many times after that
I tried to talk to the ghost
"Molly, what can I do to help you?
"Help me to find my true love Marcus"
"He is the man I wish to marry"
"Marcus died many years ago - can I help you find peace?
"I am destined to walk these corridors forever"
My parents didn't believe me about seeing the ghost
They became concerned about my state of mind
Eventually we moved to a new home
And Molly was left alone to haunt our old home
I always find it difficult to sleep in the dark
I still think I will see a ghost
Even though I know our new home is not haunted
I think I will always be afraid of the darkness