Not a ghost story but still a tale of spiritual entities so hope this is still relevant as I have been searching my whole life for an explanation of the following. I have submitted this event to a few sites and forums, I have read a few books on such subjects but have never read of another similar experience or received a helpful reply.
1964, I was five and would shortly be put in a Children's home. I shared the back bedroom of 125 Abercain Road Streatham with my Grandfather. His bed was in the centre of the room and my bed was against the outside wall, offering me a view of the sky in the gap between the curtain and the window. I hadn't yet been asleep and Grandfather was in his bed. The sky was a deep blue, turning darker with the dusk, completely cloudless except for a tiny round cloud in the far distance and coming from the North, yes coming for it was getting bigger as it was heading directly towards me. What's more, I could then see another such cloud far behind it and yet another behind that, a string of small round clouds heading towards me spread-out in line.
As they came closer, I could see they were being ridden as one rides a horse, by men of around fourteen inches tall, with black hair and full black beards, wearing pointed conical metal helmets. In their left hands they carried round shields and in their right hand they each held a trident.
By now the first one had reached the top of my window which was open and he pushed against the gap as if trying to gain entry. This was enough for me so I got into bed with Grandad ensuring he was between me and the window.
Now next to me, against the inner bedroom wall was a single gentleman's wardrobe. I saw that this was now draped in a patterned material and the four riders were stationed on each top corner standing to attention, behind the pelmets as if on guard, then the wardrobe door opened to reveal a Fairy girl of around three foot in height with long straight black hair, pale white skin and wearing a garment of pure white light. She was staring directly at me with an expressionless face.
As if all this wasn't enough, suddenly, what I have always described as a "cobweb of energy" appeared in the far corner of the room and the fairy with her escorts disappeared. I describe the apparition as a cobweb of energy due to its round shape and the position it occupied in the corner between the walls and the ceiling. It was comprised of circular bands of multi-coloured light that could be seen when it was dark but didn't emit light. It looked rather like a special effect from "Star Trek", but this occurred before such was filmed.
When I awoke the following morning, it was still there, when I came home from school and sent to my room, it was still there; day and night for two weeks it remained. My mother can still remember me pointing to what appeared to her to be an empty space and asking "what's that?" She, of course, could see nothing and dismissed it with the closed mind of adults by telling me how she had seen things when she had been delirious with pneumonia, but I wasn't sick. I had just returned from a normal day at school.
As an adult I have tried to make sense of all this, reading whatever books I can find on the subject, though I find accounts of people claiming to stumble upon the Fae in their natural setting. I have not read of them traveling specifically to visit a human and so wonder, why me? The fairy must have been of some importance to have her own guard.
I have read though of the Fae taking children, especially the unwanted and unchristened, both applicable to me, to be replaced by a dead changeling.
Maybe the "cobweb of energy" was a more benevolent entity, sent to protect and guard me from this fate? The likes of angels are not so keen to manifest themselves in a human form for fear of enticing worship, which exclusively belongs to God.