The Red Face

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I am an 18 year old female. This happened to me when I was about 14 or 15. My parents are not together & my dad lives in his parent’s basement due to financial problems from mistakes he made in his past. My parents had me right out of high school so they are both very young.

Because of his age & living with my grandparents, I’ve always felt like my dad was more of a brother than a dad. He loved to scare me when I was younger & he still does. He would always make me watch scary movies & wear Halloween masks around the house & try to jump out at me. As I got older he would even wait for me to get home & hide behind a tree in our yard & jump out with a knife at me just to see my reaction.

At first my dad scaring me all the time made me a scaredy cat about everything. I was basically scared of my own shadow. As I got older though my dad told me he was trying to scare me so much that it would be harder to scare me when I got older. & I think it worked. As a 5’2 110lbs female I don’t scare easily now. I’m probably more confident than I should be if I was in a bad situation. & as messed up as it seems I have my dad to thank for that.

But this story takes place when I was still scared of my own shadow. My dad smokes & wasn’t allowed to smoke inside the house so he’d have to go outside no matter how late it was. Anytime my dad was outside he’d yell at me to come here & try to tell me there was someone outside & in the woods by our house. Or he’d run in & say someone was after him. Of course I knew he was joking, but I was still afraid. One time he even locked me outside & told me people in the woods were coming for me. I even had to bang on the door to wake my grandparents up to let me in!

My experience happened very late at night. I was in the basement with my dad. He was asleep on one couch & I was watching South Park on the other. All of a sudden I heard tapping on one of the basement windows. At first I didn’t think much of it, probably some animal. Then it got stronger & sounded like rocks being thrown at  all the windows in the basement.

I ran upstairs to my room as fast as my short legs could carry me. I decided not to wake my dad up because he had work in the morning & my grandparents would just shrug the incident off if I woke them up. So I thought I’d be a good idea to call my boyfriend & tell him what happened because it’d make me feel better. My bedroom is on the second floor but my house is built on a hill so my window is actually close to the ground. As I was on the phone with my boyfriend It got unnaturally quiet outside. I couldn’t hear the bugs chirping anymore. It was like that silent moment right before something bad happens in a scary movie. Out of nowhere a blood curdling scream came from right out side my window. It sounded like a horror movie scream. Even my boyfriend heard it.

I hung up & ran straight to my dad. I’ve never been so shaky in my life. I told him I thought someone was outside my window & explained everything. He grabbed a knife from under the couch because he’s paranoid & always sleeps with a weapon near by. We both went outside into the black. It was hard to see anything, but we could hear a lot. It sounded like someone walking on leaves. All around us. I stayed behind my dad as he went further in the yard. I remembered about my phone & took it from my pocket & started taking pictures all around us hoping to get anything. Everntually my dad told me to get inside & I waited a few minutes for him to follow. He said he didn’t see anyone but someone was defiantly out there.

Now, my dad takes pictures outside with his phone & get’s orbs & all kinds of weird looking mist in his picture, but I always thought he edited them. I was never more wrong in my life. I told my dad I took pics so maybe we got a glimpse of the guy. Looking through the all the pictures we noticed a red dot in the background of a picture. When zoomed in it looks like a face with hands up by it’s cheeks. The first picture isn’t edited. The second picture has a filter to make the face easier to see. I don’t think it was human because there’s no body & we never saw anyone out there.

I’ve always felt like I’m being watched when I’m at my dad’s. Especially in the basement & outside at night, but I always thought it was my imagination & being scared so much. This might not be a really scary story to you, but to me it is. This whole time I thought the woods people, the pictures he took, & him saying someone was outside was just him trying to freak me out. I never thought it could actually be true. I don’t know what scares me more, the fact I caught something in my picture. Or the fact that my dad locked me outside in the middle of the night all alone with that thing.

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