I'm a long time reader of this site and although I have never posted one of my stories as I think they are rather boring; I had an experience last night that I just had to share, if only to get some insight.
I went to bed rather late last night and fell asleep on the couch with the TV off, I had been drinking but I don't feel that this contributed to my experience as this woke me out of an alcohol induced slumber!
My partner was asleep in another room at the back of the house and had not been drinking at all; unfortunately I have no idea of the time when I was startled out of my sleep, my heart pounding as I had clearly heard a man's voice from just outside call my name. All the lights were out and I knew it was beyond visiting time so I didn't get up to check. I was freaked out but knew that if someone really did want to get my attention they would call out again or knock on the door; I would have heard this if they did as I was quite close to the front door.
The voice did not come again and I was a little nervous, in my experience voices calling one's name in the middle of the night is not a good thing. I mean why couldn't they wait until the next day unless it was something urgent? So I put the TV on for some background noise and eventually drifted off again.
Now this could arguably be explained away as a fragment of a dream, if it were not so real a feeling and didn't wake me with such a jolt. Plus when I told my boyfriend in the morning about it and how it freaked me out, to my surprise he told me that as he was drifting off to sleep (no idea of the time) he also heard a man's voice clearly call out his name too!. So I guess yes in theory it could have been a friend tipsy from a night out or locked out of their house... But we live quite far out of town and a long way out of everyone's way and we don't know anyone locally. Plus knowing our friends they would not simply call out once and go away, we also both have mobile phones that they could have called or they could have done the normal thing and knocked on the door!.
Then on further questioning my boyfriend revealed that the voice he heard sounded like it was right in his ear! The back room he was in is set into the hillside a little so it would be difficult and inconvenient to climb up to the window to talk into it. Dogs also tend to bark at night in response to sudden noises and a person would have to walk past several of these to get to our place, there was no barking.
We are both a little unsettled by this, especially being that it's Friday the 13th! Even though we are generally not the superstitious type we did throw around some ideas, such as, a crisis apparition? Maybe someone that knew us both was in some kind of trouble?, yet the voice did not sound distressed, nor has anything happened to anyone that we know of. Anyway I would love to hear others thoughts and theories on what this could have been, dual hallucination?