Thursday, November 11, 2010

Help. I'm Scared...of Dolls

If there is one thing that I absolutely adore about living in Dijon it is that I get to spend time with my landlord and his wife (who I shall refer to as Philippe and Isabelle, respectively).

The door to their home is always open to me, and that door is a literal one: there is a staircase that connects the apartment that I share with my two French roommates directly to their own house. If I am ever in trouble, help is just a knock away.

Dinner is also just a knock away on some occasions. Philippe is quite fortunate that Isabelle masters the traditional French way of preparing delectable recipes from scratch. It was thanks to her that I got to try various meals that I have only glanced between the pages of intimidating cookbooks, recipes so tantalizing yet with preparations far too ominous to tackle. I've tasted glasses of red Burgundy wines from bottles which were nearly as old as I am. I often stay well past 11 o'clock at night just chatting with them.

When the time comes for me to sleep, I say my goodbyes to Philippe and Isabelle and make my way towards the salon that has the staircase to climb down to my apartment. That is when I see THEM.

There they are, all five of them, nestled on the chairs and sofas and gathered in some bizarre session of their support group of Creepy Old Porcelain Dolls Anonymous. Years ago, they may have been the beloved plaything of a rosy-cheeked girl with perfect curls tied with satin ribbons. A little girl who smiled upon them as she held them tightly in her arms and graciously changed their crisp doll clothing and carefully brushed back the silky strands of hair. Now, those years are gone. Their dark eyes reveal a deadened expression. The pasty color on their drained matte visages indicate that the spark of life no longer resides in them. They crave to feel alive again. They search for the closest being with a pulse to suck the vitality out of them...

...Crap. THAT'S ME!

I have no reason for having this irrational fear. I point the finger at an old Twilight Zone episode that featured a doll called Talkie Tina who threatened to kill people. I didn't even watch the entire episode, either. I merely watched a short clip on Youtube and that was enough to send chills down my spine. I hastily add that I am a complete chicken when it comes to science fiction/horror films. If I cannot tolerate a 2-minute mash-up of an old Twilight Zone episode then I sure as hell ain't gonna withstand the entire Chuckie saga, folks.

Talkie Tina has traumatized me. I logically must remind myself that she is a fictional character and therefore cannot harm me in real life. And the troop of Creepy Porcelain Dolls are just inanimate objects that cannot move on their own. Nor will they ever be able to do so.

So, I should be able to get back to my apartment without any trouble, right?

That is, only if the cult of dolls feel merciful enough to let me climb down to my apartment in one piece...

I stare at the motionless group. They almost seem docile. Yet I know this is a ruse to lull me into a false sense of security. I can feel their vast eyes boring upon me. I can almost hear them vocalize their insidious intentions with their French accents:

I am paralyzed. I continue to stare at them. It is FIVE against one. Then, I glance straight at the doorway.

That doorway no mere gap; it is an escape portal to my safety!

I muster some courage to build inside of me. I hold my breath and zoom down the rickety steps, far too agile for the dolls to react before they come to life and dispose of my presence.

So, yes, dear follower, I have obviously made it back to the warm comfort of my room because I managed to write this po--


Barb the French Bean (who will probably be kidnapped for a whole week due to all the cramming for the TEF exam she has coming up)


  1. Get a guard dog immediately. I recommend an ankle-biter - they bark at EVERYTHING to try to scare it away.

  2. Ah, I would love to follow your advice, Tricia, but I sadly left behind my own ankle-biting Demon Chihuahua in Miami. :-(

    And I've noticed that two people unfollowed as well. I guess they were being controlled by their creepy porcelain dolls. *shrugs*

    Thanks for the advice!

    -Barb the French Bean

  3. I have never been a doll person....EVER. I also am TERRIFIED of clowns.

    All goes back to my mother taking me to see Poltergiest when I was six. Yeah, six. When that clown doll dragged that kid under the bed, I about pissed myself.

    Thanks again, Mom.

  4. Barbarella had some rather "cute" porcelain dolls in it too with the snapping metalic jaws

    id leave link to a clip of it .. but guessing you might not want to see it

  5. Okay, so I had this (what I thought was) super witty comment here about those freaky-arse dolls, and tried to submit a comment that disappeared. Then I tried again, with a less-witty comment because I couldn't remember what I said.

    Then I just tried one that said test... then I gave up, only to learn that I have to accept 3rd party cookies to be enabled in firefox in order to leave comments.

    See? This is why I can't use the internet.

    Anyway, dolls = creepy. Slowly start moving them to the same couch (in the light of day with others around), then cover them serreptitiously with a blanket/shawl/cage.

  6. I hate dolls too...just down right creepy/demon looking things. I have seen too many movies that make dolls into like chucky or like murderers or something just down right spine crawling-LY creepy. Not scared of them anymore used to when i was in middle school they just creep me out now. Like want to torch them in fire!! lol (:


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