I have a friendly, easygoing demeanor, and because of this fact people tend to instinctively trust me.
A shame, since I’m a horrible person.
Not that that’s your neighbor’s problem.
Your neighbor has no part in my plan, after all, beyond loaning me your extra key so I could check your mail. I returned it two hours later, and she never even realized I’d run to Home Depot and had a copy cut.
Why would she suspect anything along those lines, after all? I’m so pleasant and charming. And anyway, I did it months ago, by now she’s completely forgotten it ever happened.
But I haven’t forgotten. Not least due to your key on my key ring, waiting for the right time to be used.
The time when, as you sleep, I use your key to sneak into your home and creep up on you in your bed, so silent that you never once stir, that you never once suspect someone else might be in the room.
You look so peaceful when you sleep.
And when you wake up and check your cellular phone, you’ll find you’ve received a text reading “Happy Halloween,” that was sent from that same cellular phone during the night.
Just keeping things nice and festive.
Keeping you in a heightened state of paranoid terror.
Because it’s the reason for the season.