By: Kelly Nguyen
Many stories have been told of seeing a dark, shadowy figure in the witching hours of the night. What are these things and why are they here? Do they mean to do us harm or are they there to simply watch us? My friend, Lauren, heard her fair share of ghost stories, but she never thought she would be experiencing her own, real life horror story. This is Lauren’s story.
When Lauren was in high school, her dad passed away and her mother was mentally ill, resulting in her living at her close friend’s house. While living at this friend’s house, weird things would happen. Sometimes she would close the cupboard door and leave the kitchen, but when she would go back into the kitchen, the cupboard door would still be open. She thought nothing of it, though. Stuff like this happened so often. She would find things out of place and where they shouldn’t be all the time. She thought it was just her being forgetful and misplacing items. She soon found out that these events were just building up to one horrifying night.
One night, Lauren was going to bed early because she had exams the next morning. She awoke around 2 in the morning to the sound of furniture scraping the floor and being moved around upstairs. She woke up irritated and wondering why in the world would someone be moving furniture around at this time of night. She went upstairs to tell her friend to stop making so much noise, but when she got to her friend’s room, she saw that her friend was sound asleep and that none of the furniture had been moved at all. “Weird,” Lauren thought, “Must’ve been a dream.” She proceeded back down the stairs to go back to sleep. She had this eerie feeling that she wasn’t alone, so she hurried back to her room, closed the door, got back in bed, and pulled the covers up over herself. When all of the sudden, she heard footsteps coming down the stairs.
The old stairs made squeaks and groans that filtered into her room. Whoever was coming down the stairs moved very slowly. The footsteps came closer to her room. Then they paused at her door. She tightened her grip on the covers and could feel her heart beating faster and faster. She could hear the footsteps in her room creeping towards her bed. When the footsteps were right next to her bed, she could feel someone’s breath on her face and neck. They were whispering her name over and over again. Her heart felt like it was being gripped tightly and the life was being squeezed out of her. The only thing she could think to do was to recite every prayer she knew. After a while, it all went away. No more whispering or feelings of her heart being gripped. She has never experienced anything like that or been more scared in her life. She spent the rest of the night awake.
Lauren’s theory as to why these events occurred is that because her friend was never fully religious and had her doubts in God, she left a door open for something, some type of evil being, to come in and corrupt what was left of her relationship with God and corrupt those surrounding her. After she left her friend’s house, her friend rented her room out to other people and every person throughout the years ended up leaving as well because of the noises, furniture moving, and strange happenings. Her friend never experienced anything herself, so she never believed any of them. There are many theories as to why an occurrence like this would happen, and many people believe many different things. You don’t have to agree with her theory; it’s just that, a theory. She may never know why for sure, but she does know what was in that room with her was definitely something malevolent. She is only thankful that no real harm was done to her.