AN: Yes, I know I shouldn't be posting the beginning of another story. But this one had been lurking in the dark corners of my brain (no pun intended) for a long time, and I needed to get it out. So here we go. Enjoy.

dark: adj., devoid or partially devoid of light; the absence of light

At one point or another, every child has a fear of the dark. The strange shadows on the wall, the noises that suddenly come into being during those dark hours of night. Some children keep this fear throughout adulthood, though they usually don't admit it.

And yet, with all the people in the world afraid of the dark, there is something that everyone seems to overlook.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."

Every living thing, human or animal, at some point has a fear of the dark. We call it irrational, because we do not understand it. But this fear is universal. Why would God give us a fear of the dark if it did not help us? Indeed, it hinders many. So why would He put it in our minds for no reason?

Now you are scratching your heads, beginning to get confused. So let me tell you: the fear of the dark is not irrational. It was given to humanity as a gift, a survival skill. Not because of things that hide in the dark. Because of the dark itself.

Darkness is defined as the absence of light. But what if it was really the other way around? What if light was the absence of darkness? Indeed, God created the light to fend off the dark. The dark existed first, before anything else in this universe. Before the world, before the Devil, before humanity and plants and animals. Since the dawn of the universe it has been there, hiding in corners and closets, everywhere we look, it is there. And it is overlooked, as something toddlers and babies cry out at. The biggest thing out there, completely ignored, because they say it is nothing. The great scientists and leaders of the world search for new and undiscovered things, never thinking the greatest undiscovered thing is following them everywhere, wearing their form, matching their movements. You call them shadows. I call them something else.

Am I afraid of the dark? Yes I am. And after you hear my story, you will be too.