11. A Very Specific Date
“The little girl I was babysitting (who I had never met before that time) ran up to me, pointed at my face and said ‘YOU’RE GOING TO DIE ON MAY 27th!’…. she never clarified what year though. This was about 10 years ago.”
“I like when my mom drives me to school because I get happy whenever I see the dead animals laying around.”
13. Summer Camp
“I worked at a summer camp and was in charge of a cabin of twelve girls around the age of 11 for weeks at a time. During one session I had a camper that kinda scarred me (let’s call her Susie). Susie would wake up in the middle of the night bawling and my co-counselor and I would take turns trying to soothe her back to sleep. This would happen many nights throughout her two week session. She had to be pulled out of her afternoon activities a couple times too so she could calm down.
She was a bit of an outcast in the cabin and we took the dramatic breakdowns as issues with self-esteem or frustrations over trying to fit in. Homesickness is always a possibility too. She had an intelligence and quirkiness about her that made her well-loved by the staff at the camp, but sometimes her sense of humor was difficult for campers to understand. We did the best we could to try to acquaint her with the other girls in the cabin.
One night before bed Susie began to sob again, honestly quite violently this time. I took her outside and she was dry heaving. I kept asking her what’s wrong and if she missed home and just trying to figure out how to help. It was time for the other campers to go to bed so I took her on a walk, hoping it would calm her down. As I’m holding her hand and rubbing her back, I just keep telling her that it’s going to be okay. She looks me dead in the eye and says ‘I see him.’ I ask who. Susie says ‘the man.’ I say ‘Who, honey, who do you see?’ She says the ‘the man in the dark.’ And she gets so worked up she begins to cry again. I try to calm her down again and she goes on to explain to me that she sees this dark figure sometimes and it gives her a bad feeling. I asked her if he talks to her and she said no. But she did say that he makes her feel sick sometimes and that that’s the reason she cries. I asked if her parents knew and she said yes, so I told her that she can always come find me if she ‘sees him’ again and I’ll make him go away. It was near the end of her session, so we didn’t have anymore major incidents after that.
Part of me really hopes that she’s making it up. I can’t stand the thought of a child being haunted by whatever she sees, whether it’s truly there or not.”