Welcome to the first round of the “Fact or Fiction” series. For this first one, I thought it’d be fun to just do some fact/fiction stories from my own experiences. I won’t tell you how many truths/lies there are, I’ll leave it up to you to try and determine. The answers will be at the end.
Feel free to sound off in the comments and let me know how you did!
1. I’m a ghost?
When my son was around 3, he came in to the bathroom while I was brushing my teeth. He looked startled for a moment, then pointed straight at me and said, “Ghost, ghost.” in a somewhat urgent but matter of fact voice.
I just chuckled and said, “Oh no, baby, I’m not a ghost.”
He shook his head in slight frustration, then tilted his body to point behind me, and repeated, “Ghost.” very firmly.
I then proceeded to quickly pick him up and run out of the bathroom. 😛
There was no possibility of it being a shadow because that bathroom was so bright that shadows didn’t even exist in there, and it wasn’t a reflection since the mirror was in front of where I was standing.
I don’t know what he was looking at, but it certainly made me nervous every time I had to use that bathroom.
2. Lost and found
I was living in my old apartment at the time, and something felt off from the get go, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Just one of those strange, “feels like someone’s watching me” suspicions.
Well, to make matters worse, it felt like this “thing” was messing with me. If I put my coffee cup down on the kitchen counter, poof! I’ll see it on top of the microwave. If I’m sure I put the leftover steak in the fridge, poof! It’s still on the kitchen counter.
At first, I honestly thought it was my own forgetfulness. Didn’t know I was that bad, but apparently I was.
The final straw came when I couldn’t find my keys. Keys. You don’t mess with someone’s keys.
I looked EVERYWHERE. Literally, everywhere. The living room? Check. The bathroom? Check. The bedroom? Check. My purse? Check. Then, I checked everywhere all over again.
Finally exasperated, I just said out loud, “Okay, whoever the frick is messing with me, just give me back my fricking keys.” (I probably did not use the word “frick”.)
I turn around, and poof. My keys are right there on the living room table.
3. Imaginary Friends are people too (or maybe not)
I used to help take care of a sweet, precocious young boy. He was about 6 or 7 at the time, and he struck up a conversation with me about his imaginary friend.
I was mildly amused, being a young teenager, so didn’t believe him but just wanted to humor him. He kept talking about him, and I asked him what he looked like.
He said, “He looks like a bat. Can’t you see him? He’s right over there.” and he pointed to an empty spot on the wall.
As soon as he pointed to his “imaginary friend”, BOTH my dogs ran up to the wall, barking, growling, jumping and scratching at the wall, trying to get “it”.
There. Was. Nothing. There.
I thought maybe it was a bug, maybe a shadow, SOMETHING. But there was nothing! Except this child could see it. And so could my dogs. (And the fact that this imaginary friend looked like a bat is pretty scary in itself.)
4. In a hurry
One morning, I was in a rush to get to work since I was running a little bit late. I got in my car and tried to get my seatbelt on. I say “tried” because my seatbelt just wouldn’t work. I’d never had issues with it before, but that morning, it just wouldn’t dislodge. I was a stickler for wearing a seatbelt since it was ingrained in me as a little kid.
So after struggling for a good few seconds, getting more and more frustrated by the moment, especially after already being late, I finally got it on.
I drove off, relieved that I finally got it on and could continue on to work. As I approached my common light that I turn right at, noticed that I had a green light so I could just turn without having to stop.
Well, as I was almost at the intersection I see this car ZOOMING by me. They had run a red light. A full on, straight up, red light. Not yellow. Not orange. Definitely not green. RED.
Then I thought to myself, “Thank goodness I had trouble getting my seatbelt on. If I didn’t, that car would have smashed into me.”
And that realization really sunk in. That was the one and only time I had trouble getting my seatbelt on in that car.
5. Sleeping with the enemy
When I was around 20, I had some experiences with lucid dreams, out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, etc. I still get them from time to time, but nothing as severe as before.
Well, this one particular time, I had just woken up in the middle of the night, and couldn’t move. Typical of a sleep paralysis episode. Usually I can snap myself out of it within seconds. But this time I was stuck, and couldn’t move anything except my eyelids.
I was going to stay calm and steady my heartbeat to keep myself from panicking, until I saw a dark outline of a shape right above me.
I was terrified.
You can’t move. You can’t speak. All you can do is look.
It was sort of transparent but had a kind of misty, gray fog inside of it, swirling around.
The only thing I could think to do was to pray. And sure enough, just thinking the name “Jesus Christ” made this apparition disappear.
From then on, anytime I experienced any sort of night terror, sleep paralysis, etc., I just pray, and the situation disappears.
How do you think you did? Got all your answers?
Click the titles below to find out!
TRUE – This really did happen to me. My son sort of still remembers it, but as they get older it seems like they forget a lot of things and then stop “seeing” altogether.
FALSE – This is not a true story (for me – even though I’m sure it happens to a lot of people). Although I have had a lot of stuff just seemingly popping out of nowhere, that I thought I had “lost” ages ago. 😛
TRUE – This one really freaks me out. I did not ask him any further questions on his “friend” because, frankly, I was too afraid to know.
TRUE – I often find myself reflecting back to this time and realizing that if it weren’t for that dang (blessed) seatbelt, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.
TRUE & FALSE – This story has elements of truth and lies to it. I have never had an encounter with a wispy/see through figure (to my knowledge…), but I have had night terrors/sleep paralysis that do dissipate as soon as I pray.
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