The Backwards Man

“Mom, who’s that?”
“Oh, that’s the backwards man, honey.”
“Who is he, mom?”
“It’s alright, honey. He’ll leave when he’s done.”
“Mom?”
“Yes, honey?”
“Can he leave now, mom? Mom?”
“Yes, hun?”
“Can he leave? Mom. Please.”
“Oh, honey, he’s almost done. See?”
“Please, mom. Make him go.”
“Why, honey… There’s really no need to cry. Right, mister backwards man?”
“.taE .yob riah yenoh ykcitS .yenoH”
“See? Nothing to be…”
“Mom? Mom! He’s coming towards me, mom. Please.”
“.ereh reveN .tleM .ymmom eyb-eyB”
“Mom? Mom!”
“…yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoh yenoH”
“Noah?”
“Mom?”
“Shh, it’s alright.”
“Mom! Oh, mom, I had the most terrible dream…”
“Yes?”
“You were there… and there was this… this horrible man…”
“Now, Noah. No need to be rude.”
“And he… backw… What..?”
“The backwards man is our guest.”
“Mom? Wh… where is he?”
“Now don’t you go making a fuss…”
“Mom! Where is he?”
“He’ll leave when he’s done.”
“What… What is he doing, mom?”
“Why, silly, all he needs is your name, so he can eat your dreams. Do you want me to turn on the light so you can see him better?”
“Mom, you didn’t tell him my name, did you?”
“.hoaN ereh reveN .ereh reveN .tleM .ymmom eyb-eyB”
“Mom! You stay away from me!”
“…hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN ,smaerd taE”
“Mom… Mom said you would leave… Mi… Mister backwards man… Please…”
“…hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN ,smaerd taE …hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN hoaN ,won evael reveN”

 

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