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Dark Figure Watches Over Me

 

When I was about 12 years old, my biggest accomplishment at that time was to be alone at home by myself. My brother was staying at a friends house, and my parents went to dinner with their friends. I was never scared of staying home alone. I enjoyed it a lot. I have a very vivid imagination, but this was something completely different. There were no outside influences to scare me, and I was just watching something normal on tv.

Our old house was a split level. We had a wall on the north side of the den that had the entertainment center and on the left of it were the stairs that lead to the basement and then left of that were the stairs that went to the second floor. Our couch, which I was sitting on at the time, was against the wall on the east side of the den close to the stairs.

As I was sitting on the couch, watching this show, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. It was at the very top of the stairs in the unlit hallway. I literally just felt a chill down my spine (while writing that is). I turn my head to see this very tall dark man standing at the top of my stairs looking down at me. I say man because it didn't have any hair, and I believed it to be an actual person at the time. I couldn't even make a sound or anything. I jumped up from the couch and ran towards the kitchen. We had this bar type counter that came out of the wall on the southwest corner of the den that seperates it from the kitchen. I grabbed the phone and ducked down behind it.

I immediately called my dad. At the time I thought it was a burglar in my house that was going to kill me. My dad could tell how scared I really was, and he rushed home immediately. That was the longest 10-15 minutes of my life. It felt like I was waiting for hours, thinking at any time this man was about to come around the corner and kill me. As soon as my dad got there, he checked the entire house. He couldn't find anyone, and thought I made up the whole story. I couldn't sleep by myself for a few months after that, because he was standing right outside my bedroom. I thought it was some type of evil spirit out to get me. I didn't ever see it again, but I always felt something watching me while I was trying to sleep. I used to pray every night for God to put a "ghost blanket" over me so that nothing could touch or harm me while I was trying to fall asleep, and also while I was sleeping. I know it sounds weird, but it gave me comfort as a child so that I could fall asleep without fear of something trying to "get" me.

We moved out of that house a year later, and I never had those types of feelings again. It wasn't until then that I realized it wasn't just some childhood fear of ghosts, but that you CAN actually feel the presence of spirits or ghosts. It churns my stomach every time I think about it. I'm not sure if it was an evil spirit or just one that liked to watch over me, but it certainly scared me. If I had to give an accurate description of the man, I'd say he was about a 6 ft tall black figure with dark baggy clothes, little or no hair on his head, and I couldn't see any other facial features. It was almost like a shadow or something. And I could "feel" his eyes but I couldn't see them if that makes any sense. I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions about what happened. Thank you so much for reading.

Trent

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Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2009-01-21)
I actually don't live in that house anymore. But thanks for your interest!
bamaken1166 (1 posts)
 
9 years ago (2009-01-16)
Curious as to what part of Alabama you are in? If you are close, I'd like permission for our group to investigate.
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-26)
thanks for your comment missy, I do believe that this figure was looking out for me. It was one of the first times I was staying alone at my house as a child (which was a privilige to me and did not frighten me one bit) and I think he just wanted to make sure I was doing ok. That is a nice story though. I'm glad everything has worked out for you! Thanks again and God bless!
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-26)
When I said I thought it was evil, I meant when I experienced it as a child. I no longer believe it meant me any harm. I was just frightened as most children would be at that age
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-26)
frypann, I never said it was evil. If you read it carefully, you'd see that I thought he was just watching over me. Thank you though for reading
missy1305 (1 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-11)
Your story touched more than a few bases with me. And Motherpann the Traveler--I think that I have one of my own. Although his presence is very strong in my house I currently live in. He has been in my life since I lost my grandmother when I was 5. I know that I am referring to him as he because I strongly believe that it is a man. I used to feel scared when I saw him but somehow in this house I do not feel that way. What is the strangest thing is how strong his presence is in this house. I got up early one morning and my sister had fallen asleep on the couch after getting her kids to bed. I checked to see if there was an extra blanket in the living room because I wanted to curl up in the chair and watch tv. Seeing one on the floor I went to the bathroom first and came back to the living room. The blanket was no where in sight. I knew I saw it there so I started looking for it in the living room. I found it behind the couch my sister was asleep on. I woke her up and asked if she moved the blanket and she said no. He only has appeared in the living room. He has been over my shoulder when doing school work and roaming the foyer by the living room when I am on the computer. Strangely I take comfort that he is there. Maybe it is my grandfather and my grandmother is making him watch me and my kids. I mean they died 35 years ago. My grandmother loved me very much and she was a very assertive woman. That is why I say I think she has my grandfather watching me. I have also had interaction with her since she has died. So please embrace this shadow figure and know that if he or she has not harmed you as of yet--they don't intend to. Good Luck
frypan100 (11 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-06)
I really have a hard time with the wrong things people think about shadow people. They assume cause they are black they are "evil" No they are not all "evil". No they are not they are as varied in personallity as people are. And Please don't listen to priests. They have absolutely no knowledge that you or I don't have. No offense intended on anyone but most of them are sick people in need of mental help. I can say that from personal experiences with many priests and nuns during my time in grade school. But also, shadow people can take othr forms when they want also. They don't necessarily show up as shadow people everytime. I know these things are true. I hope you will consider them. Thanks
spill0001 (1 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-09-20)
ive seen about three of these shadow people each time it scares the crap out of me but they always just watch me which I find odd I actually just saw one three days ago at the foot of my bed but this one was different then the others I have seen it had a face and white eyes that were blurred kind of like blind peoples eyes that scared me so bad I was going to write those stories tonight but the page seems to not be working
dmv99 (3 stories) (16 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-09-06)
bro, that's never happened to me, but maybe hes your gurdain angel or figuer.
donp1111 (1 stories) (3 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-09-03)
I had a similar experience when I was around 11 years old. Just before falling asleep I saw a tall dark figure standing in the corner of my room. He was around 6'2 with a long black coat and a black top hat. I couldn't make out his face. I was afraid of my own shadow at the time but I didn't feel any fear at all. In fact, I felt as though he was smiling at me (even though I couldn't see his face). I had an elementary school teacher (Mr. Roberson, Lankershim Elementary) that would give me an extremely warm smile when I answered a question in his class and I felt the same kind of feeling coming from this being. I stared at him for a full minute then wiped my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Reality started sinking in on me that this shouldn't be happening so I pulled the covers over my head for about another minute. When I pulled them back down, he was still there. At this point I was ready for the experience to end so I yelled out for my Dad and the figure slowly turned around to face the corner of my room and walked right through the wall. I'm 37 now and it still feels as if it happened yesterday. I don't believe in religion but I do believe in good and evil. This guy was not evil. I believe that he just wanted me to know that he was watching over me and I still feel a sense of comfort from the feeling that he gave me.
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-08-26)
That sounds very disturbing, but it sounds a lot like sleep paralysis. I don't know all that much about it, but you may want to go see a doctor as well. Thank you for your comment though, and God bless!

Trent
Gogga_C (3 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-30)
I have had the same experiences as you decribed in your post since I was in ST6 (Grade 8). I felt helpless, no one would really listen or help me. What do I know at that age?
I have seen the Black Figure standing watch over me. It was breathing so load as if it was having some kind of asthma attack. I was paralyzed for a few second, then forced myself out of it to shout to my mother to come to my rescue. I can vaguely remember that it had red eyes as well. After that night I felt as if something came to visit my bedside each night, stare at me for a few seconds and then run away, I could hear the swooshing noise of when someone walks on a carpet. I also had uncountable encounters of paralyzed states after that night. I linked this black figure to those feelings of when you wake up in your sleep, sometimes your eyes are open, sometimes they're closed, I could look around in my room, but couldn't move. It still freaks me out thinking back. The only thing that helped this from happening or these unwanted visits was to PRAY to GOD to save you from these fowl things. I have spoken to priests who have confirmed that they are demons. They are trying to break you. They want to crack you down until you feel there is no hope. So my advice is... Learn the Holy Father by heart and mean it when you say it... You belong to God, no one has the right to take that away from you. Bless you all.
Katona1700s (8 stories) (168 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-19)
Wow. I think the man was just watching you for some odd reson, maybe to make sure you didn't have any troubles or etc. I hear things and stuff but seeing would scare me so much I would probably wet myself LOL. 😁 😁
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-26)
I can't say I saw any clothing either. It was more of just a flowy mass of blackness as clothes. I know that sounds weird, but it was in the shape of a person. I mean... I even thought it was a person at the time. I would have described "him" as a tall bald black man with dark jeans and a dark colored t-shirt. He was standing at the top of the stairs in a dark hallway, so it wasn't like there was much light around him except for the light coming from the den where I was. Thank you for your comment though and God bless.

Trent
fallingcolors (2 stories) (7 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-25)
I'm new to this website and I just posted a story describing the same thing. It happened to my brother while were visiting Mexico with the folks. My brother witnessed and described it as a black shadow, he says it was bald and that's what made me suspect that this spirit or whatever it could be might be the same thing you saw. It sat in this old rocking chair my grandmother has in the room we were sleeping in, and my bro called to it, and it looked at him... All my brother could do was close his eyes. Less than a second later he opened his eyes back up, and it was gone without a sound. But he described it just as you did, except it was sitting, so he couldn't tell what it was wearing.
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
well I had an occurrence last night, that I almost predicted. It was weird. I wrote about it. It should be published soon. I'm going to need counseling for REAL. Thanks for the comments

Trent
Velvet (2 stories) (72 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
I sympathise with you for having to go through with what you went through. Anyways your are right, it is funny how you automatically know when there is a ghost/spriit present in a home.
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
Chris Fizzy and kim... Thank you all for your comments. I had to use the ghost blanket once more last night for the first time in YEARS. The weird thing is, I felt it comming. I even posted a comment on one of rhodes stories explaining these weird feelings I was having. I submitted the story and It should be up soon. I hope ya'll have some advice, as I am going to need it in the days to come. I am a little worried, but I think I will be ok. I'm just not sure I am quite ready for what could happen. Thanks again for your comments and God bless.

Trent
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
rebelboy1987,
First of all, some of the best defense about the things people see that they can not explain is the 'blamkie barrief' defense. It is used by young and old alike. I read a story on this site at one point talking about the blanke barrier and I thought that was very appropriatte.

I am glad you fared well from this experience. I to believe that not all supposed shadow people are dark or evil. It takes much energy to manifest, they may be anifesting as far as they possibly can at that point.

Thank you for sharing your story with us!

God Bless!
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
Usually many people do think that shadow people are evil. I think that they just can't fully manifest. Maybe it was a good spirit or it may have been a bad spirit. But to tell you the truth I to would be scared. By the way the blancket thing is great! I wich I had one of those 😜.Thanks for sharring. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
fizzypulp (2 stories) (35 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
Trent, great story and telling of it.
Must have been very scary at such a young age.
Soudns like he was either looking our for you (past relative/inhabitant), maybe a guardian angel of some sort (who knows what forms they take) or maybe just a very curious ghost who didn't appear again to you because you were so scared before.
And nothing silly about the ghost blanket - we all have our own ways of finding comfort and protection and this is as good as any.
K
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
Oh, sorry. I got the impression from the last paragraph that by "it wasn't just childhood fear of ghosts" that you had something else happen to you. I got it now.
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
I don't know what recent experiences you might be referring to. But I don't believe any of my more recent experiences have anything to do with the shadow figure. I agree that he meant me no harm. I'm not sure what he thought of the experience. But I did feel like I could still sense something in that house up until I moved away. I'm sure it had to do with the residence, or possibly just a traveling spirit as you say. I might stop by that house one day and ask if they have had any strange happenings. Thanks for your comments rhodes!

Trent
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
Hi Trent and welcome back 😊.

No,the "ghost blanket" wasn't a childish thing to imagine or silly since it helped you go to sleep.

As I see it, had it been a travelling spirit, you wouldn't have felt it being there again unless, of course, it felt comfortable staying after his first visit.

I don't think it would have harmed you-you did nothing to provoke it and it did nothing more than observe you from a distance although who can be absolutely confident when it comes to the paranormal?

It might have been family or the spirit of a past resident.

Are your recent experiences related to this shadow or are they completely irrelevant?
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
ominous...I will have to check your stories out. These "figures" really interest me and I would like to understand them as much as possible. And yes I was completely petrified that there was nowhere to run. I knew the front door was locked, and I was too scared I wouldn't be able to unlock it fast enough before he could get to me, so I ran to the phone and ducked behind the counter. Can't wait to read your story!
Motherpann...I really liked your theory. And I don't think he was there to hurt me now. Maybe he actually would have liked to communicate with me. It really seemed like he was just observing me. I don't know how else to describe it. At the time I was just to scared to think it was anything good. I would probably still be just as scared today if I saw it. But maybe if I knew it meant no harm, I might try and communicate with it. Thanks you both for your comments and God bless!

Trent
MOTHERPANN (10 stories) (77 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
I have mentioned in a few of my posts about a shadow person we call the Traveler. He has visited my sister in every home she has lived, looked in on her while she was sleeping (she woke up and saw him). This has been going on since 1968.
My daughter's friend has seen something almost the same description. I also saw a tall shadow person peaking around corners at me in my home and a patient saw one just before he came to the ER for a stomach problem. Our traveler was never threating or evil, but a bit scary to see in the middle of the night. Maybe that is what you saw, he was checking on you since you were alone and wanted to make sure you were ok. Just a theory 😊
ominousnyxx (10 stories) (136 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-24)
omg! Same sort of thing happened to me too... But thank god I only saw the figure when I was outside the house and not inside, if I saw it when I was inside the house, I would have been so petrified, I would probably have a stroke. LOL!

But being there alone and out in the open must be terrifying for you.

But seriously, combine my story with yours and Mickeys... That is one scary horror movie 😨 😆
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-23)
haha, first of all, I DID want to run out of the house. But the bottom of the stairs was right besides the front door, and our back door is on the other side of the den, and I didn't even think to go towards it. I just wanted to run the OPPOSITE way that this "man" was standing. That was my only objective at the time.
And secondly, I figured my dad would get there before the police, so I called him first. I thought of calling them next but I was really just trying to hear out for this man coming down the stairs, or coming towards me. I was frozen behind that counter until he got there. I was just very greatful it wasn't an intruder but still very terrified. Thanks for your comment!

Trent
GhostGal (6 stories) (104 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-23)
rebelboy1987,

oh, yes, I would have thought it was a intruder, too! I woulda ran out (I have a house that is only 1 storie) to my back yard. I woulda hopped the fence. Haha. But, I, myself, thought you handled it good. But you shoulda called the police first. 😆 though, even if I did call the police, itd take like, 15min to get out to our house, hahaha.
Rebelboy1987 (9 stories) (186 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-06-23)
I couldn't say if he was there to harm me. I don't believe he was or he would have done it that night. He was just observing me. But at that moment I thought he WAS going to harm me. I didn't even know it was a ghost. I really did think it was an intruder going to kill me. To my knowledge, he didn't follow me to my house but who knows? I will definately take a look at your stories though. Thank you for commenting and God bless.

Trent

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