I lay on my bed with the window open, allowing the sweet breeze to waft in the scents from outside. The only sounds coming from the outside were the noise of the rain on the roof and the birds chattering of the birds in the distance.
Nothing stirred in the house, but something inside me told me to prepare for some action - I could n't say what it was, but I had a premonition - for years I'd been a bad sleeper even my pills failed to put me to sleep for long.
In a house with many people, the sound of footsteps on the stairs is to be expected, but these were different. Silently, I reached for my club, a relic of a recent trip to Canada, sliding it under the sheets in preparation I rolled to my left side - an action that was to prove fortuitous - as the attack came to where my head would have been had I not moved.
I blocked the opening blow with my club, and then I went into action. I twisted the club rapidly, releasing it from the grasp of my assailant; then I went on the offensive.
Within two minutes, the scene changed as my attacker became the person on the defensive, curled up in a ball as I rained blows on his back until I deemed his punishment had been meted out. As I ended my defense, the other members of the family entered the room.
My wife asked, "What was all the row about?"
I glanced at the attacker at my feet and then replied, "He wanted me dead, but came off the worse for wear. All I did was defend myself."
My youngest daughter enquired, "How did you know he was going to attack you?"
I turned to look at her, her face was one of horror as she viewed the body at my feet, and I replied, "I've been waiting for this moment for many years; he always said he wanted me dead. What he didn't realize is, I may be infirm, but I can defend myself. I am a bad sleeper and heard him creep down the stairs. Also, my cat twitched when he came in the room, that was the key to my defense. I'd been waiting for the assault, and as such I planned my moves in my mind many times; once the attack began it became second nature for me."