Every night before going to bed, I check and double check the locks on the front door. I was glad I did last night, as around 2:30 a.m. I heard the doorknob being turned.
Despite the fact that I knew both locks were secure, I lay in bed stiff with fright. Who was that? What did he want? If he managed to get in, what could I do?
The question how would I defend myself stayed with me for some time.
I don’t sleep with a gun, a knife or a baseball bat within reach. As for the pen being mightier than the sword … I don’t think my Papermate is going to do much damage.
My son has a sword, a Highland design, but it’s not sharpened. Besides, the thing is so heavy, it takes considerable effort just to lift it, never mind swing it.
I remembered a friend of mine who, back in South Africa, slept with an ax under her bed. But axes are so messy and I can’t stand the sight of blood.
So the pen being mightier than the sword might be my best option. If the burglar has the time, I guess I could write him a story, so boring it would send him packing or lulls him to sleep.
Then again, it might not have been a potential burglar, but simply a drunk or confused soul trying to get home. I had a similar experience a couple of years ago.
Coming home after a long, hard day at work, I got off the elevator two floors too soon and found myself on the 9th instead of on the 11th floor. I didn’t notice, because the paint on the walls is the same, as is the carpeting on the floor, and the doors to the various units.
Having arrived at the corner unit, I put my key in the lock, but for some reason the key wouldn’t turn. Strange. I tried the doorknob, but no luck there either.
When the door was opened by a strange woman, I thought, “What is she doing in my apartment?” Then again, this didn’t look like my apartment.
“May I help you?” she said.
I stood there, frowning and gaping at her like a fish out of water.
That’s when I noticed the number on the door – it said 909. Oops.
So, maybe last night’s visitor was my downstairs or upstairs neighbor, who now has a similar story to tell.