And so my story begins...
I had a friend of mine staying with me for a few days this year in early January, this happening the last night she was with me. After watching a movie and talking for some time we decided it was time to get some sleep in as we had to be up by six to get ready to be at the airport by seven.
By the time we got into bed it was late, I would say about two AM. We were sleeping in the same bed and after awhile I had started to actually try to get to sleep when my friend jumped from her sleep, screamed loudly and grabbed onto me in fright.
This was scary and not expected so I screamed too and didn't know what was going on. I held my friend who was covered in goosebumps and was very shaken up. I had asked what was wrong twice but it appeared she was too scared or shaken up to speak. When I had asked what happened a few moments later she told me that as she was drifting to sleep she felt something touch her arm and say her name making her jump and scream. Although it was horrible to hear, I just thought of it as a bad dream. I was awake at the time too and I didn't hear anything, I didn't hear a voice saying her name so it must've been a dream.
After staying up comforting my friend for some time we decided to try and sleep again, this time switching sides of the bed because she was frightened to sleep on the side she had been on. I was now laying where she was.
Worried about my friend I decided I'd stay awake until she fell asleep, just to make sure she was alright and not having more of the nightmare I assumed she'd had before.
As I was laying there in the darkness of my room with just a little light from my window, I saw a shadow. To just say 'a shadow' isn't enough to describe how terrifying this was to me. A shadow darker than the darkness of my room appeared to walk out from my curtains, across the room and into my wardrobe. A shadow a little taller than myself and I'm 5'10, walked out from pretty much nowhere. It didn't have legs or a head shape on its shoulders. Imagine a person in a long cloak with a hood but in silhouette? Thats as best as I can describe.
Naturally I scream and cry and tell my friend what I'd seen. Thinking of it just now terrifies me. My friend and I never went to sleep that night and stayed up with the lights on until it was time to go at six.
A month later this friend and I had a pretty bad falling out and we haven't spoken since. After this experience I suffered terrible nightmares and sleep paralysis. Often waking up scared or extremely sad and crying for no reason, scratching myself in my sleep often and always waking up feeling sick, dizzy and tired. It was just always at night time and with sleep and dreams. I felt as if I was going mad.
The past three/four months it's been better, less nightmares and nearly no sleep paralysis at all but I haven't slept properly and 'normal' in quite some time. I did have everything in my room removed and got everything new. This seemed to really lift the air and create a better atmosphere in my room. I haven't seen this shadow since.
I just often wonder what it was I saw and if it wanted anything.
Maybe to warn me about my friend or to hurt me with these night and sleep time horrors?