When I was in the 4th grade I had a strange occurrence. To this day I am still unsure what to make of it but I know that it frightened me then and I still can remember even though it happened 14 years ago.
I lived with my Grandma growing up. My Grandma and I would share a bed together. A lot of the times we were there by ourselves. Other times her other grandchildren, who were adults, would stay from time to time until they found some place to live.
The house was built sometime in the later part of the 18th century, the exact date I do not know. I do not know who the original owners of the house were, all I know is that my Grandma grew up there and then inherited the house once her Mom had passed away.
I grew up reading books. My grandmother inspired me to read. One of my favorite series of books to read was R. L. Stines Goosebumps. I loved these books and would check them out at the School Library. I also grew up with a fascination for ghosts/spirits. However, I used to get scared when the occasion arose, ie scary movies/shows/books, etc.
This particular night I was reading The Haunted Jack O Lantern. I was kind of bored with the book and at the end of all Goosebumps books begins a new story to another book in the series. This story was about a ghost boy I think. It had something to do with a ghost. Anyways, I started reading it but became spooked. Not because of anything that happened but I was 8-9 years old and sometimes I got spooked for no apparent reason.
That night my Grandma had already gone to bed and so I was the only one up. I went to bed shortly after I got spooked. I went and slept with my Grandma that night like I have done so many times. Anyways, I fell asleep only to wake up in the middle of the night in the dark and sit up in the bed why I did that I don't know. I had seen this girl that looked identical to me sitting at my Grandma's vanity which I was also sharing with my Grandma at that time. Her hair was pulled back into the ponytail the same length and same spot as I would wear mine at that time. I could tell it was me but I could only see the side of her face and her back. She was sitting at the vanity fluffing these artificial flowers that my Grandma had on the vanity.
I sat there in the bed looking at this person that looked like me and suddenly got scared when I realized what I was staring at. My Grandma's bedroom was at the front of the house and the street lights were coming through the window although there was curtains. I could see clearly this look "alike". This was probably less than a minute of me staring. Once I got spooked I reached for my Grandma who was sleeping and hid under the blankets because that's what kids do when they're scared, I was so scared but eventually fell asleep.
The next morning I woke up and remembered the experience that I had and was still petrified. I ran out of the room even though it was a sunny day. It scared me so much that I stopped reading Goosebumps.
I don't know if the story of the ghost had anything to do with it but I was always a big fan of the books and never had anything happen before. I don't have anyone in my family history who looks like me so it can't be like a decedent, etc. It just really scared me.
Now that I'm grown I can still vividly remember that night but I have no answers as to why I saw what I saw. I wanted to call out to it but I was scared that it was going to do one of those slow head turns and I was not having that. It couldn't of been my reflection because the way the bed was positioned was against the wall not near the window. You couldn't even see my shadow and also even if that was a possibility, what could explain me actually seeing this thing fluffing the flowers on the vanity? I still have no answers and as of now that's all I can remember.
If anyone has any answers that would be great. It's possible I was dreaming but I don't think it was a dream. I know what I saw and I believe that it was real. I just don't know why I saw it or what it meant. I haven't had any more incidents like this. It was a onetime thing. It could have been a dream but if anyone has answers I appreciate your input. Thanks!
Also, I don't know if this would have anything to do with it but my Grandma's Mom had passed away in the living room which is right next to the bedroom. Like when you come in the front door you're in the living room and as soon as you come in the door to the left was my Grandma's bedroom. No one was in the house except for myself, my Grandma and the dog who didn't bark or nothing but this thing was quiet. I have scary dreams before that I have felt real but I have always known I was dreaming this just didn't feel like it.