By Irma

To give you some background information: My name is Irma and I’m 20 years old. I live in Colorado. The story I am sharing takes place in my room. It first started when I was 16 years old. I have a tall double window taking up about half of my wall. The windows are covered by long, black curtains that keep light out, plus I live on the 3rd floor of the apartment building. So, there’s no possible way that the shadow is from outside. My bed is parallel to the window. There’s about two feet space between the bed and the window. For many years now, almost every night once I go to sleep, I am awoken by a strange feeling that someone or something is watching me. The first time that I woke up and saw this dark figure standing in front of my window and towards the foot of the bed, I was freaked out. I didn’t know how to react and just pulled the covers over my head and tried to continue sleeping. To admit, I do believe in the paranormal. My guess was just not to disturb what ever it was and to ignore its presence. At first I thought it might be my imagination since I woke up early in the night (3am or so) but it started to happen ever so often. Even my cat started to look up at the figure and react with a growling meow and hiss. Again, I would ignore it and go back to sleep. I never told anyone about this strange occurrence. Then one night, I had my young cousin sleep over. After staying up late and watching some movies, I let him sleep in my bed and I fell asleep on the sofa in the living room. In the early morning, my cousin approached me and asked “who is the person in your room?” By the way, my cousin was about 9 years old at the time. I didn’t want to freak him out so I said that he probably had a bad dream and not to worry about it. Deep down though, I knew this wasn’t just something I saw. Honestly, I had never heard anything about my apartment being haunted or anything weird happening. This dark presence wasn’t intimidating or too scary to me but I always wonder who or what it is, and what’s the purpose of it waking me up in the middle of the night at 3 am. Also, when it does wake me up, sometimes my eyes open wide and I sit up and stare at it for a few seconds then kind of snap out of it and lay back down. I had moved a year later from that apartment and since then I haven’t encountered the shadow.

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