Since I was five, I've seen this figure in the shadows when I try to sleep. It first appeared in November. It's non-distinguishable but for one trait. It's a man about six feet tall having a single cigarette. His presence is only outlined by the glowing ember at the end, but his face is still shrouded in the smoke given off by the cigarette.
Now I've never been scared by this figure, but I did not know what it was, so one night I called my mom into my room. Because that night I woke up and saw him standing directly above me. When she walked in and turned on the lights, I told her about the figure I saw. So, like a typical mom wanting to prove there were no monsters in the darkness, she asked where it was and I pointed to the far corner. All she said was, "There's nothing there. See?" I told her to look at it in the dark cause that's where he lived, in the dark.
She turned out the light and looked at the corner, I'm not sure if she saw the same thing as me but all she did was turn to me, meeting my eyes, and said very gently, "That is your father." He had died only a few months earlier on Halloween and had been estranged from us for years cause of his personal problems. She then continued this time looking at the figure instead of me. "Your father will protect you from any monsters in the dark and will never hurt you. He will watch over you, so don't ever be scared of him." Thinking back on it now, it almost seemed like she was telling him what to do rather than me.
As a child I never thought twice about this. That was until I went to stay with my aunt. Now her house had this rather nasty spirit in it for quite some time in until we had a medicine man bless her house and put up a barrier stopping dark spirits from entering but allowing good spirits to pass freely.
Due to circumstances I had to live with my aunt for a few months but not once did I see him in that time except when I went for a midnight walk or sometimes I'd see him standing on the outskirts of my path home from work after evening shifts but I never saw him inside my aunt's house. Now I'm wondering exactly what exactly is his spirit if it can't pass through the barrier but it protects me and why is he here exactly?