I took a few days off after returning from my trip to Japan to allow myself to re-adjust to my local time zone and to allow the revelation of an actual spirit room to settle deeper in my mind. Perhaps I got carried away when I posted the details of that trip in my blog despite a warning from my Japanese host not to do so. I couldn’t help but laugh. I’m thousands of miles away from Japan now. What’s the worst that can happen?
I stood in front of the bathroom sink and applied the shaving cream in preparation for shaving. As I lifted my razor to begin removing my five o’clock shadow, I was startled to see a crack suddenly appear on the mirror. Then a second crack appeared below it and connected to the first. Then a third, and a fourth, a whole series of cracks appearing across the mirror that seemed to resemble characters of some sort.
A chill ran up my spine as I backed away from the mirror. I dashed to my bedroom to retrieve my phone so I could take a picture of the strange characters and send them to No, my Japanese host who had issued me the grim warning to keep the details of the spirit room a secret. I snapped a shot of the mirror and sent it to No and sat on my bed as I awaited his response.
A few minutes later, my phone beeped. A message from No.
You wrote about the room, didn’t you.
A feeling of guilt washed over me. After recollecting my composure, I was just about to compose a response when suddenly there was an explosion of shattering glass in the bathroom. The sudden noise made me jump to my feet and there I stood, not sure of what just happened. I slowly approached the bathroom and to my horror saw mirror fragments all over the floor. The mirror on the wall was obliterated.
Then my feelings of fear turned into feelings of horror.
That feeling I was no longer alone.
I sensed there was something, someone, hiding somewhere in the bathroom, maybe in the closet, maybe standing right behind me…
I spun around but there was nothing to see but the hallway leading to my bedroom.
That feeling I was no longer alone seemed to dissipate and I began to feel better. When I turned to the bathroom to work on picking up the mirror fragments off the floor…
A screaming figure clad in a samurai warrior costume suddenly appeared in front of me, brandishing his sword while poised to strike.
“You want shave?” the warrior bellowed. “I give you REAL close shave!”
With a slice of his sword, my head fell freely to the floor and I could remember no more.
Now I’m in some dark realm, where my fellow spirits roam, listening for the incantation for them to appear from behind the wall of a spirit room somewhere.
Maybe someone will call for me to appear.
But first someone has to notice I’m gone.
At least this place has Internet access.