Beware of Babysitters

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The stories were many, odd, and would usually lead to a morning after which made us want to retreat to a small, narrow space and hold ourselves to keep from crying.

The evil old woman in charge of babysitting would start like this: she would pull off a long piece of black duct tape, throw it on the wall and then tell us to describe what the piece looked like, and tell a story about it. If the tales were not scary enough, she would begin to tell a story of her own.

When she determined we were sufficiently frightened, we were shut in our bedrooms for the night.

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