The Medical Opinion

The doctor sits across from us at the steel table, mouth pursed. My wife’s hand goes clammy in mine.

“Well,” says the doctor, “aside from the things he says he sees, your son does not show any signs of mental illness. None.”

“That’s a relief,” I say, smiling. “Isn’t it, honey?”

“You said aside from the things he sees, Doctor,” says my wife. “What do you mean?”

“Perhaps he has an overactive imagination.”

“So you’re proposing that it’s an overactive imagination that makes him wake up screaming every night?”

I do not mention that I have begun seeing them too.


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36 thoughts on “The Medical Opinion

  1. My granddaughter periodically suffers night terrors. Her Dad (my Son) used to as a small child as well. My grandson won’t shower alone (I have to stand guard) because he says he sees ghosts in the mirror. You never know.

  2. Oh, don’t worry, your imagination is just taking suggestions from the boy… Yeah, that’s the ticket. Remind me not to visit at night.

    Nice twist to the ghost story.

  3. Ooh, cracking last line there! Bit of a Sixth Sense vibe going on, passed from one generation to the next. Nice tension, though I’d really like to read more!

  4. Denial is the most frightening of monsters, and sometimes it comes accompanied by other nasty friends. I wonder how they’ll resolve this, and why the wife sees nothing…

  5. Uh-oh. It’s one thing if the kid is seeing things. If a second person, especially an adult, is also seeing them…. time to run for the hills. I don’t even know what they’re seeing and it’s still great tension!

  6. Ok. So you start seeing the ghosts that your son is screaming nightly about.
    My first move would be to a Day’s Inn rather than a doctor ;)
    Did these people not see the movie ‘Poltergeist’??

    – Lisa

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