We were always told by our elders not to stay out late at night, because we might stumble upon 'things' that claim the streets their territory between 12 am and 5 am. And when we entered the house during those hours, we were told to enter with our back, facing the door. This way nothing would be able to follow us inside. This is not what we youngsters liked to hear. We thought it was just a silly superstition because we liked to go to the movies and stay out until 2 or 3 am.
My nephew, who was living alone, came home one night, around 3 am. He opened the kitchen door and the thought of entering with his back never crossed his mind. He came in, walked to the sink to wash his hands. After that he went to the dining room to get something out of the refrigerator to drink and then sat down at the table to drink it. Then he went to the toilet and before he went to bed, he washed his face in the bathroom.
When he was laying in his bed, he suddenly heard dragging footsteps in the kitchen. He froze, because he thought it was a robber. He laid still and heard the footsteps go from the kitchen door to the sink, then to the refrigerator, then to the dining table. Now they were headed to the hall where the bathroom and toilet were. He didn't sleep with his bedroom door closed and the bathroom and the toilet were right across his bedroom. He slowly got up and took a knife from under his bed. He slowly walked to his bedroom door and heard the footsteps enter the toilet. He than abruptly pulled open his bedroom door, stormed to the toilet door, opened it with his knife ready to defend himself.
There was nobody in the toilet. As a matter of fact, upon investigation, there was no one in the house, except him. The kitchen door was still locked and all other doors and windows as well. He was puzzled but then it dawned on him that the footsteps had followed his exact pattern when he entered the house. From that day on he made sure at night he always came in with his back, facing the door, just like the 'old folks' said.