By: Jacqueline Shandler
This story is one I haven’t told anyone. It can be interpreted as frightening and supernatural or just a typical night where your eyes make shapes out of darkness. I am still trying to figure it out myself.
Last summer, my friend and I went out to a movie and were driving back home around midnight. We talked, listened to music, and repeated the funniest lines from the movie on the drive. However, as we drove through a back road, my eyes found a white shadow to the right of the road, in the dense trees. My heart stopped for a split second. I can’t describe how or why I reacted so strongly noticing this figure, but it gave me the chills all over, through my spine, making me shiver. Immediately as I notice the figure, we were past it. The car went quiet, my friend and I stopped talking at the same time. I broke the silence and muttered, “Did…did you see that…or…?” My friend responded instantly but softly, “Yes. Drop it.” And the silence continued. Part of me wanted to bring it up so I could stop thinking about it but I knew she was scared too so I told myself it was nothing. If we saw a horror film that night, I could have convinced myself that I was just primed to be scared because of the movie. However, we saw a comedy and were in positive, goofy moods before noticing the figure. It seemed random and out of nowhere, especially because our attitudes changed completely and the car took on a different, creepier atmosphere. I was sitting in the passenger seat shaking, holding onto the handle of the car and telling myself not to look behind me. It felt as though that shadow would follow me and appear again in my worst nightmares. However, I convinced myself after that night that our eyes made something out of the darkness in the woods and it was our imaginations. But how did we both notice the same shadow at the same time way off to the right of the road? In the back of my head, I realized the feeling in the pit of my stomach had to stem from something.
Watching Slenderman in the Marble Hornets videos reminded me of this night. It made the videos more realistic to me because I had this similar experience. At the moment, I’m trying to convince myself that the white shadow in the trees wasn’t the white face of Slenderman.