A handful of years ago, my family and I were going on a road trip. I was young at the time, so I do not remember where, but it was in the Eastern USA. We were trying to save money, so one night when my parents were struggling to stay awake while driving, we stopped at this run down, old, crusty motel.
When we got a room and walked into it, it was uncleaned, had no bedding, and had no furniture besides an old TV, and a king size bed. Luckily, we kids had brought out blankets and pillows in the car.
I have always been a light sleeper, so the tiniest things wake me up, especially when I am sleeping somewhere that I am unfamiliar with. That night, we closed the curtains, made our makeshift sleeping bags, and went to sleep.
A few hours later, there was a small this at the window, which woke me from my light slumber. I got scared easily, so I was already on edge. I look around me, and see the silhouette of a man through the curtains. My little kid self had no idea what to do, so I hid my head, and prayed he would go away. I fell into a half sleep.
About an hour later, I wake up from a bad dream, and look over to the window, and the same silhouette is still there, but now closer to the left, where the door is. Somehow, I found it in me to get up, crawl to the window, and peek through the curtains, and man do I wish I had not.
The man at the window was staring straight at me, smiling, and waving. He had been looking in on us for hours, just waiting. He had the biggest joker smile you could imagine, and evil in his eyes. His hand reached for our doorknob, as I watched in horror. Right as he grasped it, I jumped onto the bed, away from the window, and woke my dad.
I told him there was a bad man at the window, and that he was trying to get in! My dad does not take this kind of thing lightly, so he sprung up, and ran out the door, holding my brother’s Disney’s Cars umbrella as a weapon.
The man was gone.
I am in my mid teen’s now, and my family has never stayed in a motel since, because a scare like that is enough to last a lifetime.