When my kids were little they used to refer to the basement at my in-laws house as the ‘under-the-neath’ which I always thought was amusing. It doesn’t have a standalone meaning but it definitely should.
I have a great fear of basements unless they’re ones you can walk out of. The basement at my in-laws was accessible by a narrow staircase only. My ex shut me down there once and turned out the light from the top of the stairs. I was paralysed with fright, screaming and crying. I could hear him upstairs laughing his head off. The last laugh was on him when the neighbors called the Police. They were not amused in the least and read him the riot act.
Naturally it was my fault because I can’t take a joke.
Since then, I’ve never gone into another basement or attic. As above, so below.
We’ve had basements in our last two houses. I never set foot in either. I wouldn’t even look on viewing the houses. ‘im indoors can have a malicious sense of humor and threatened jokingly to shut me down there once. I would literally divorce him if he ever did.
We don’t have a basement in this house. My neighbors have said I’m to run to theirs if I hear a tornado warning but I couldn’t. Unless you’ve ever been so afraid you can’t breathe just thinking about something, I guess that won’t make sense to you. I have walk in closets. I’d ride it out in one of those.
I wonder what it is that makes us so afraid of what lies beneath? Ancient Mariners feared sea serpents and giant squid. There are many tales of the Loch Ness monster and similar beings. Giant fish, mermaids, La Llorona…. Jaws.
There are many documented tales of terrors lurking below the waves. There’s nothing really above them that holds the same dread. It’s the ‘below’ aspect that intimidates. Is it fear of hell perhaps?
Then there are trolls hiding below bridges in fairy tales too. There’s the clown in the drain in IT. What is it about things below the surface that inspires such mortal dread? It has to be more than the ‘unknown’. Darkness in your living room isn’t nearly as petrifying.
I really think it must be Hell. Dante’s Inferno. The grave even. I’d like to know what others think because the only way to conquer fear is to understand it and to reason it away. What do you think? How does the ‘below’ aspect feed your fears or does it?
This post was created in response to the prompt: Below from Discover Prompts