06 October 2011

Haunted Halloween 2011: Guest Post - K.A. Tucker

The Night the Bear Attacked the Cottage

My scariest experience... true story.  I was about thirteen years old and visiting my family’s cottage for the Canadian long weekend in May.  Our cottage is up in the boons - three hours north of Toronto and thirty minutes from the nearest town. True wilderness  - the kind of wilderness where, if you put a fresh pie on your windowsill in the summer, you shouldn’t be surprised to find a black bear’s nose in it before long.

One night while my cousin and I were asleep in the bunk room – the ‘kid room’ – I awoke to a loud, repetitive thumping on the deck, directly outside our open window. As I lay in the pitch dark, listening to this menacing pounding, I decided it could only be one thing.  A black bear.  There were plenty of stories of black bears breaking into cottages, tearing apart kitchen cupboards and smearing honey all over the place.  Okay – maybe only one story, but one was enough. Now, it was happening to us.  A black bear was breaking in.

Why hadn’t my dad woken up yet? For that matter, why hadn’t my cousin, who was lying in the bed below me?  She couldn’t possibly sleep through this! Terror had taken over at this point and I could not form one word. Not a peep, so terrified that the bear would hear me.  Impulsively, I leaned over and grabbed the first thing I found – a cosmetic bag - off the shelf. I tossed it where I knew my cousin’s bed was, thinking I’d wake her up that way.

Little did I know, she was already wide awake, listening to this dreadful thumping outside our window, frightened to make a sound and also wondering if I was awake. So, something   landing on her in the pitch black darkness in this situation made matters worse. She screamed, then I screamed because she screamed, and then she screamed because she heard me scream. It didn’t wake my dad up but it quieted the bear for a moment.  Just a moment though.

For the next hour, the two of us communicated in panicked whispers while the bear continued pounding on what we assumed was the door. Where else would a bear break in, but a door? My overactive imagination had me visualizing the bear storming into the cottage to eat us alive. My practicality told me that it would likely get my cousin first since she was lower.  I didn’t remind her of that though...

Finally, when we were sure the bear would break through the door at any moment, a light flicked on in the family room. My dad’s heavy footsteps shook the cottage as he walked to the kitchen.  I heard the flick of the floodlight switch and the click of the door unlocking as he threw it open.

My cousin and I scampered to the window, sliding the curtain aside to peer out in time to see...
two fat raccoons jumping off the bird feeder.

We slept soundly for the rest of the night and my dad never forgot to push the feeder out of their reach again.  

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Synopsis: Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone. 

When Evangeline meets Sofie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash. 

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities . . . like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined. 

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.

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  1. Ha! Oh man, that would have been so scary, though. I think sometimes the worst thing is not knowing. You hear a sound and picture all the worst possible things instead of the best or at least the least scary.

  2. Yeah our imaginations can really get us carried away!! I've freaked out over the littlest sounds when I've been home alone!


  3. That was great! I was sure that your dad was going to find an actual bear.

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  4. What a great story! My imagination gets out of control when I'm by myself.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. Oh God. We really have awesome imagination! I grabbed whatever when I heard a slight sound!

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  6. Oh God. We really have awesome imagination! I grabbed whatever when I heard a slight sound!

    lilyflower999 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Hahahaha! That's awesome. I would have thought it was a bear too. (Or possibly a monster 'cause that was always my first thought was a kid. There's a monster out there that wants to eat me...or worse, tickle me. I was a "disturbed" child.)


  8. hahha mistaking racoons for bears too good.
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  9. Kathleen! Every.Single.Time you tell a story you have my FULL attention! I was nearly at the seat of my chair wondering how the heck you were going to get rid of this dang bear! And why wasn't your dad waking up???

    That is the funniest story!.!.! I have a question, does that cabin/location happen to creep into your books?


  10. Great story!! I think like you, I would have imagined the worst rather then 2 raccoons. But I never lived where a bear could get to me really thank goodness.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  11. That is definitely a scary experience! That happens a lot around here in the mountains. Usually the bears are trying to get some food, but I wouldn't want to come face to face with one!


  12. I used to babysit back when I was 11 and 12 and I can remember things like that happening and scaring the bejesus out of me! I guess all the reading I did even back then led to my very vivid imagination!!
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  13. Thank goodness it wasn't a bear! I'd be screaming right along w/ the girls! But, I wouldn't be able to sleep the rest of the night ;)

    Thanks for the great post!


  14. Hahaha! Totally did not see that coming. We used to have raccoons that got into our attic. So we'd hear this scittering noise all night. TOtally freaky!

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  15. oh my gosh! I was getting scared just reading about the almost bear attack. I would have been so scared!

    I am loving these scary experiences. I'm finding out that I am a wimp haha

    chelle2006 @ aol.com

  16. Oh scary!!! I am terrified of bears! I don't know what I would have done... I'm loving hearing all of these creepy stories; really gets you in the Halloween mood.


  17. Oh my! That reminded me of my summer cabin incident with a bear in Quebec! Only our bear was a bear. SO SCARY!

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  18. It's crazy how quickly our imaginations can take over. Great scary story!


  19. That was hilarious, I bet the two of you investigated strange sounds before getting worked up about them from then on! And yeah, raccoons make too much noise sometimes. They go after the cat food on the porch at night and sometimes the sounds they make are startling.

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  20. Oh, my gosh! Haha! That would have been horrible!


  21. gosh that was scary! i had such a clear picture of u guys there feeling helpless about a bear. Thank goodness they were only racoons. How did you dad sleep through most of it? Well the book seems like something I'd like to read for Halloween.
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  22. Hah! That was awesome. I would have been really squared and not been able to stop laughing when I saw what it really was.

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  23. Oh my goodness! I would have been terrified too! At least you weren't alone though lol it's always good to have a partner in crime even if she would have been the bears first victim lol.

    Thank you for the entry!


  24. wow great story! Possums are my greatness nemesis. thanks for the post
    Enjoyed it!

  25. Raccoons can be scary. We have them all over the place where I live and it is the worst thing when they are hiding in the garage after dark and you go in to get something and it hisses at you and runs right past your leg. "shudders"


  26. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    The worse we have around here are possums and even THEY can be scary about 2:00 in the morning lol

    Bears - oh my! I would have been scared, too lol

  27. Yes,..raccoons can be terrifying! Fun post:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  28. I would've been scared to death to wake up to such pounding. Not sure how relieved I'd be by raccoon though - I've seen too many youtube videos.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com


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