The other night I woke to the sound of my name being called out. It was my Mom. Except it wasn’t. There was no sound at all, no one moving around and it was dark. I even called out to her and got no answer. I was ever so slightly creeped out by that but I didn’t dwell on it too much.
There was another time, however, when I was totally creeped out in the middle of the night and even thinking about it now has me out in goosebumps!
Ok, I’ve already told you that I live on my own on a busy road in a very urban area etc. The house is old and there are always plenty of people walking by at all hours of the day, no big deal. So, I’m well used to sleeping with a certain amount of movement going on outside… but it’s sleeping with a certain amount of movement inside my place that posed a problem in this case.
I really don’t think I was asleep beforehand, maybe I was but only very lightly that night. I suddenly just got this feeling. More like a sensation, something wasn’t right. I noticed that I was holding my breath but I was afraid to exhale. I was lying on my side, facing the window and I could feel what I can only describe as someone else, lying beside me in bed! Lying right up against me with their arm around me, their hand right over my waist. WTF? I had gone to bed on my own. I hadn’t been drinking. I’m a very light sleeper at the best of times and no particular sound had woken me. I very slowly exhaled and tried to take another breath without moving an inch. This feeling was so real! This feeling of someone else lying beside me in bed! I was afraid for my life to turn my head. It took ages before I could even open my eyes! When I did, very slowly, I could still get this feeling all along my side, as though someone was still there beside me!
This was just so weird. I knew I had to be brave and check the other side of the bed. I was petrified. I kind of shifted slightly in the position I’d now been in for at least 10 waking minutes. Nothing changed. There was still no sound but I felt rooted to the spot. I shuffled a bit more and rocked halfway onto my back. I put my hand out a little from my side and I felt nothing. A few minutes later and I was able to lie fully on my back, I reached over and turned on the bedside lamp. My clothes were on the chair, my phone beside the lamp, my book where I left it. Oh! Even in the full light I still felt so spooked! I was desperately trying to separate fact from fiction. It’s so easy to say that it was my imagination, that I was dreaming etc but nothing has ever felt so real! Ten times out of ten I would swear to you that someone or something was definitely beside me that night.
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