18. Felt it too
Was on a tour of an old building in Australia that used to function as a prison for convicts sent over from the UK. Was going up a flight of stairs when I felt a pressure around my neck/windpipe. Didn’t think much more of it than, “Hm that’s weird” and just sort of rubbed my neck in hopes of making the sensation pass. When we were heading back down the guide said a man hung himself in that stairwell and people often reported the feeling of being strangled. I completely bugged the fuck out, but didn’t tell anyone in my tour group in fear they’d think I was lying.
My 4-year-old has recently started having night terrors. That first night….scared the ever-loving shit out of me. She was sound asleep but her eyes were wide open. She was screaming/crying for Mommy. I was hugging her but she would push me away screaming” No! My REAL mommy!” Then she started shaking and asking why my nightstand was flying and it just got scarier by the minute. I had no clue what was going on. I rushed her to the ER. Apparently it’s pretty normal for most kids to get night terrors. She has had a handful since then and they are still scary but nothing like that first night when I had no clue what was going on.
It’s about three in the morning one night and I’m laying in bed keeping my eyes closed to just relax. All of a sudden, I lose consciousness for a minute or two and can’t move. When I’m able to open my eyes, I glance to my door. Out of nowhere, there’s a loud BANG on my door, to which I open my eyes wide.
I don’t move and the next thing I hear is crying, with a very faint voice whispering to the person who is crying. I tend to have only lucid first-person dreams, so I immediately shunned it off like it was nothing. Then I closed my eyes, and open them back up. Now I panic a bit and stand up.
I slowly open the door to see nothing there. The light is off in the hallway when I always leave it on. I shit you not, as long as I live, I walk down the hallway after turning the light on and I hear a faint piano playing. I ran back to my room.
I on and off again babysit this 2-year-old while his parents have a date night. Once before my friend was babysitting him and he started talking to his “grandpa” (who his parents say he never met as he had died before the kid was born). So whenever I babysit him, I prepare for something weird like that to happen again.
Of course this night were in his living room and he points at an empty wall in front of us “Grandpa” is all he says. He’s two and doesn’t talk a whole lot so I didn’t ask for an explanation. Instead I start talking about other things because it’s creeping me out. The kid then widens his eyes and grips the chair he’s sitting in, chattering his teeth and shaking uncontrollably. Here’s me freaking the fuck out so I grab him and tell him that it’s time to watch a movie before bed.
Later that night, I’m about to take him upstairs when I noticed the door was unlocked. I locked it and turned the knob,shaking the door, to reaffirm that it’s locked (I do this without fail to every door I lock, it’s a dumb quirk) and then carry him upstairs to bed since he’s already half asleep.
I’m in his room for about twenty minutes and when he’s finally out I leave him and go back downstairs. The front door is directly in front of the stairs and guess what. THE DOOR IS FUCKING UNLOCKED. Immediately I think that this is going to be a horror movie and think that it’s a smart idea to check around the house.
Nothing out of the ordinary. I even go upstairs to check on the kid again. I didn’t bother looking in the other bedrooms because I had his door open when we were laying in there and would have seen anyone come up.
Anyways, after making sure he’s okay, I go back downstairs and watch TV until his parents get home, jumping at every little noise. Freakiest night of my life and I had to debate for a solid hour when they asked me to watch him again a couple days later.