After her wild night of drinking, smoking, sorting, eating (ahem!) hot dogs and other pieces of meat and getting, literally, chewed by a dog, Snowy was ready for bed. She felt kinda guilty about what she had done to her good friend, Ginger. She kept thinking about the expression on Ginger’s face right before she started flirting behaviour with Ginger’s husband. Was Ginger smiling because she was plotting some horrible revenge?
Snowy just hoped she hadn’t traumitized her too much by climbing into her husband’s shorts. She really hoped she would just be able to get a good night’s rest, and apologize to Ginger in the morning, when she felt better. But alas, all the activities of the evening, not to mention all the substance she had consumed, lulled her into a horrible nightmare!
Folk belief in Newfoundland, South Carolina and Georgia describe the negative figure of the Hag who leaves her physical body at night, and sits on the chest of her victim. The victim usually wakes with a feeling of terror, has difficulty breathing because of a perceived heavy invisible weight on his or her chest, and is unable to move i.e., experiences sleep paralysis. This nightmare experience is described as being “hag-ridden” in the Gullah lore. The “Old Hag” was a nightmare spirit in British and also Anglophone North American folklore.
The next thing she knew, the Old Hag was actually GINGER, who had transformed into a hideous looking creature, intent on punishing Snowy for her indecretions with her husband! What was most disturbing, she still had that fightening little smile on her face.
She kept screaming, “I’ll get you, my pretty!” and mumbling something about a Rattlesnake eating Bob Bon’s in a beehive. It was all so confusing. Snowy felt like she should know what she was talking about, but she couldn’t put it all together. She knew that Ginger wouldn’t be saying these things on her own. SOMEONE or SOMETHING was influencing her! Then, in her dream, she realized Ginger was not alone. OH MY GOD, thought Snowy! There are two hags after me!
Snowy woke up in a cold sweat and vowed to never party with these crazy people again! Then she realized she was staying with them for the weekend, so she’d just have to make the best of it. Like Scarlette O’Hara, she thought, “Oh fiddle dee dee, I’ll worry about all this in the morning.”
And then, she rolled over and went back to sleep.