I’m from the southern United States, and I grew up in the south my entire life. Every summer I visit my dad and relatives in Alabama. In the summer of 2015, I was 16 at the time. As an adult, it still makes my skin crawl and keeps me thinking about what goes bumping in the night. I don’t even go out at night, or let alone go out on a full moon.
I was at my grandparents house that’s located in a rural suburban area. It was around 12:30 or 1 at night, and I couldn’t sleep. So, I was reading my book and texted my friends when I heard an inhuman screech. It sounded in a mix of wild hog or something. I was bit suspicious, so I decided to look out of the window. My window faces the neighbors house and drive way. At first glance, it looked like a random stoner crawling up the neighbor’s driveway. I was laughing and I wanted to take a picture of this person. But, the longer I looked the more I became aware that he didn’t look right.
The neighbor’s porch light was on, so I saw this thing explicitly. This person a had skinny and big torso. His arms and legs were abnormally long, and his whole body was moving like a spider. He had no clothes, and his skin was pale and grey. He was also completely hairless. This person just looked wrong in so many ways. My stomach dropped, and I realized that this was not a human.
It was crawling very slowly up the drive way. It felt like I staring at this for an hour. Its head was moving from side to side, and sniffing the air like it was hunting for something. Then the creature stopped moving. It turned its head, and was looking right at me through the window. It’s eyes were glowing. It had what looked like fangs, and it had a long sharp tongue.
In a split of a second, the creature was crawling at top speed down the drive way and into my grandparents yard. I covered my mouth to muffle my scream and hid away from the window. I closed my eyes, because I was scared for my life at this point. About five minutes later, the creature let out another screech. This one was right outside of the house.
I finally decided to get up and lay down to calm myself down. But, until sunrise, this thing kept taping at the window and stalking outside the window. It never went away. I cried all night terrified, and was overwhelmed by euphoria when I saw sunrise.
After that I searched all over the internet to try to figure out what was this thing. I never told anyone and never knew what it was until last year at a Halloween party, and we had to tell about the most scariest story that happened to us. My friend Rei pulled me to the side and said, “What you just talked about was the Rake.” Um, the what? I thought. He then showed my picture, and my adrenalin sky-rocketed. The picture looked exactly like the creature I saw that summer. I made it apparent that I wasn’t faking my story, because my face drained of all color. My friend made that, “Okay, I’ll shut up” look. He didn’t say much about it afterwards, and he dropped the subject. Today, if I ever hear a small tap at the windows or rustling outside I avoid it like the plague.