Wasyl walked through life in fear. He had been posessed with an irrational thought since he was a child. No matter where he was or who he was with, the feeling of being stalked by death was always there.
As a youth Wasyl had seen the image of the Grim Reaper in a children's book of horror stories. This image of the Grim Reaper floating over a farmer's field with a scythe in hand stalking anyone who walked through it haunted Wasyl. Since his mother had read him this story he had never walked through a field on his own especially when it was getting dark. Wasyl never told his parents about this fear, but they could sense that something was wrong with their son as he would never go outside alone. They ignored it as they thought that he was going through a stage, but as Wasyl moved into his teen years the problem still persisted and his parents decided that it was time to have a talk with him.
For the first time Wasyl expressed to them his irrational fear. He told them about the children's horror story they had read to him as a child and how this had instilled the fear of the Grim Reaper inside of his head. He said that whenever he looked out into a field he would see the Grim Reaper floating above the crops with his scythe in hand. Wasyl said he would only see the Reaper at night but during the day he did not see him even though he could sense the Reaper's presence in the fields.
His parents tried to explain to him that this was an irrational fear and they apologized to him for reading the story. They then told him that tomorrow they would walk through the field together holding hands during the day and then at night to prove to him that there was no Grim Reaper. Wasyl was reluctant but then agreed.
The next day they were in the farmyard and all joined hands and just as they were about to enter the field Wasyl squeezed their hands tight and stopped walking. They asked him what was wrong and he said that he saw the Grim Reaper in the field. His parents looked into the field and assured him that there was no one there. He didn't want to move but his parents prodded him into the field and they started to walk. Wasyl's parents could see that he was tense and that he truly belived that there was the Grim Reaper in the field. As they walked they would ask him questions about the Reaper but he would not respond. They slowly made their way across the length of the field and his mother said, "See Wasyl, there is nobody here. No Grim Reaper. It's all in your imagination."
He nodded and smiled. They told him that tomorrow he would walk the length of the field alone.
That day came and Wasyl walked the field confidently as his parents watched him from the edge of the field. He waved to them as he headed back their way and his mother smiled and shouted, "See Wasyl, there is nothing to fear but fear itself."
Seconds later she screamed as she saw the Reaper rise from the fields with his scythe in hand.