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Jiji, demon hunter?

(I'm back home now. Slowly I'm working through my friends list backlog, but I probably won't make it all the way back to all the entries I've missed--I'm sure glad to be back with you all though.)

I have a creepy little story to tell you about my first night home. We were talking at dinner about the cats that come calling for our handsome Jiji. The healing angel was saying that one night he heard a sound like babies crying, right outside the house, but he knew babies couldn't be crying right outside the house, so he figured it had to be cats.

"In Japanese stories, you'd shoot an arrow at that noise, and in the morning you'd find a giant wild boar with an arrow through it, lying near the door," wakanomori remarked.

Well, in the wee hours of the morning, right outside our open, ground-floor window, I heard a voice calling, "Hello? hello? hello?" An unearthly, weird voice. It had to be cats (like these cats), but at three in the morning, at the open window, it was hard to think rationally about it. And it kept on and on. I got up to close the window, disturbing Jiji, who'd been asleep and ignoring this greeting. Jiji ran to the window, looked out, then ran away.

The window was closed, but the hellos continued. And then there was a bang and a tearing noise, like something hurling itself at the window and maybe tearing at the screen.

"It's trying to get in," I said to Wakanomori in a terrified voice. He went and banged on the window. The hello-er shifted over to the living room window. Eventually it went away.

"Jiji must really be a prince of cats, and the ladycats just can't resist him," I said next morning.

"No, he's a demon-hunter," said the healing angel. "Only he tangled with something in the swamp that's more than he can handle, and now it's after him."

That sounded shiveringly more likely.

Fortunately, last night, whoever it was decided not to pay a visit.

see the scar in the screen? That was where the demon tried to get in



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wuweibaby
May. 10th, 2015 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yikes!


And, welcome back ❤️🙋🏻
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's good to be back.
amaebi
May. 10th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
Wow!

The Voice Outside the Window.
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hee--your remark sent me to Reddit, where I read The Voice Outside the Window. A good haunted tale!
queenoftheskies
May. 10th, 2015 02:36 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! I hope your father is doing better.

And, yikes, creepy about the voice.

When I lived in Nashville, we had some HUGE owls that lived in the woods behind our house. At night, we'd hear them "laughing" like people in a horror show insane asylum, and that was soooo creepy.
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, pileated woodpeckers sound really maniacal too--I think they're what Woody Woodpecker is based on.
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dark_phoenix54
May. 10th, 2015 02:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, that's creepy no matter what it was!
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, frankly, even if it's just a randy cat, that's a little too forceful an expression of desire O_O
frigg
May. 10th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, they can sound exactly like children. I remember a huge, scarred, tattered male cat called Candy that would hang around our house for a while when I was a kid, and he'd go "Mama, mama, mama" in the dark every night.
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
I can definitely see why people associated cats with the spirit world: they sound so humanlike, but with an unearthly twist.
sartorias
May. 10th, 2015 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is seriously creepy. Maybe it would have been nothing much in daylight, but at three a.m. everything is weird.
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
You're right about the time! If it had been daytime, we'd probably have been laughing.
sovay
May. 10th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
"It's trying to get in," I said to Wakanomori in a terrified voice. He went and banged on the window. The hello-er shifted over to the living room window. Eventually it went away.

That is like something out of Manly Wade Wellman.

I'm glad you're back! Congratulations on surviving a weird tale!
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
It was very Manly Wade Wellman (speaking of, doesn't he have just the best name, especially for this sort of tale?)

If only our house was a cabin on a lonesome hillside!
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yamamanama
May. 10th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
That video is adorable.
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
A few of those cats sounded JUST LIKE the nighttime demon.
pameladean
May. 10th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you're back! And eeeep.

We have had juvenile raccoons fighting in the back yard and overturning trash cans, and their vocalization is just unearthly, and while it doesn't have words in, it's so complex you start hearing words anyway. We almost called the police the first time it happened. It sounded like drunken crazy people were rampaging all over and trying to kill one another with metal trash cans full of bird seed.

P.
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Raccoons can be terrifying! Once when we were at a campsite in Quebec, they came marauding through--we thought it was bears, they made so much noise. And they were Much Bigger than we'd reckoned on.
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gwynnega
May. 10th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yikes!
asakiyume
May. 10th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Right??
mnfaure
May. 11th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
I hope Jiji gets the better of The Scary!

Not scary, but in Mayotte, we had cats in heat outside our apartment that sounding like they kept saying "oh wow!" over and over again. Every time J and I hear cats in heat now--or someone says "Oh, wow!"--it cracks us up.
asakiyume
May. 11th, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
That is hilarious! Perfect for feline sexytimes.
danceswithwaves
May. 11th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, creepy!

And glad you're back, hope everyone is doing well.
asakiyume
May. 11th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
Many thanks <3
oiktirmos
May. 11th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
You are in a 1970s' horror movie. Run.
asakiyume
May. 11th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
Gonna sprinkle salt under that window, just in case :-)
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