Specter Behind the Glass

The age old question is “Would you want to know the time of your death?” There are so many movies about time travel and this question is relevant time and time again for me. I say no but sometimes in my past, knowing the future would have been very helpful.

In response to Writer’s Workshop #5. Write about a time you thought there was a ghost. and The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Your Reach.” Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.

In junior high school, my friend got a shiny red Riva scooter for his 15th birthday. I was sick with jealousy. I had seen this scooter on television and behind glass at the Honda showroom store in the mall by my house. Every fifteen year old dreams of the open road and this dream was no different. When my friend got his and brought it by, I really really wanted to force my parents at gunpoint to buy me one. Things like this growing up are out of reach and visible only “behind the glass” so to speak. As it turned out I got a scooter later and it ended up being even cooler. Unfortunately none could tell me anything good until that happened.

Another time I was seduced by something behind the glass was when some friends of mine dared me to go see a ghost in the garage of an abandoned house. I sat there until my eyes adjusted and I swear I saw something move. It was creepy and I ran all the way home. Only later in my childhood would I find out the kids were in there messing around and my pupils had not yet dilated enough to see them for what they were. Like the scooter, this elusive specter just needed time to be revealed. If only we had a time machine to see if what was behind the glass was real or not.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm a blogger, film critic, & podcaster with an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. I teach public school, 4th grade as my primary occupation. My views on films and life are usually headstrong and often 'left of center' on movies and life, but I have respect for the other side. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.