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Last summer me and a friend were volunteering at an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica. The volunteers all stayed in shared rooms with bunk beds, and in my room there were 4 bunk beds and one single bed, but there was only 4 of us sharing my room at the time.

The sanctuary was located in an old farm. The rooms for the volunteers were originally used to hold livestock. Our room was particularly creepy, although I never found it creepy until after the incident I’m going to tell you about. But the other volunteers referred to our room as a bunker, it had a really thick, heavy metal door that you could slide shut, but we always left it open.

So my first night staying in my room I was asleep in a bottom bunk in the bed in the centre of the room and the other girls were all asleep in beds around me. I’m not a good sleeper, I always wake up multiple times during the night but usually just for a few minutes. This night when I woke up at about 2.30am I noticed a weird shape sitting on the bottom bunk of the bed across from mine. As my eyes adjusted I thought that the shape looked like a man, sitting upright with his hands either side of him, with an unnaturally large smile on his face. His teeth were large, but not pointy and the face was completely manic looking. The weirdest thing was that this figure was a pale, glowing blue colour.

I didn’t panic straight away though. I had travelled 26 hours from Ireland to Costa Rica just the day before so I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I adjusted the mosquito net that was over me to see if the distortions of the net were making a weird shape or something. I tried to let my eyes adjust to the darkness of the room, but no matter what way I looked or squinted the blue man just sat there, smiling with his head slowly tilting to one side. I was too scared to call out to my friend who was asleep near me, and leaving the room would involve walking past the thing. Also I was worried that if this man wasn’t a hallucination, and was in fact something sinister that it could attack me or one of the other girls. So rather than try address  this situation I just turned over and hid under the covers.

I told my friend the next day about what I saw and she was pretty horrified, so I decided not to tell any of the other girls what I saw til the day they were leaving the sanctuary. Most people try to convince me that it was a hallucination or just a really vivid nightmare. Some people have suggested that one of the other volunteers could’ve come into the room, but I knew all the volunteers and no one looked like this man, and certainly no one was glowing blue. And if it was another human then why would they sit there staring and smiling?! I honestly hope that it was just my tired brain playing tricks on me because that thing was not normal, I don’t even what I saw can be considered human.

Thankfully I never saw anything again it that room, except lizards and rats and scorpions, which in my opinion are a lot less horrifying. And since I volunteered at the sanctuary, they have moved location, so the creepy bunker room is once again abandoned.

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