When I was growing up in far north Queensland I was told that a small bowl of water or a belt on the end of your bed would keep spirits away while you slept, unfortunately I found as I got older that it wasn't as simple as that.
In 2013 I was 18 years old and just moved in with my first boyfriend, a one bedroom granny flat on his parent's property.
The granny flat was old and seemed to have been built decades before the main house.
During the first week I was finding it hard to sleep, my anxiety was at an all time high but I put it down to being in a new place, however after a few more weeks of sleepless nights I decided to move the furniture around so that I would feel a little more comfortable.
The bedroom had a sliding door that would slide back into the wall, I placed my bed right next to the door after reasoning that if anything were to scare me I could easily run straight out the door.
I found comfort being so close to the door and started sleeping like a baby, however strange things started happening.
One morning I decided to go up to the main house for a coffee and to converse with the family, after about an hour my boyfriend (now ex) came running over to the house looking frightened, jokingly I said "you look like you've seen a ghost" he replied "no, but it told me to get up and run".
Apparently he was sleeping in bed when he heard a young child say "quick, get up, get out of here, run". As you can imagine, we all thought he was just dreaming.
About 3 months later my boyfriend went to the army for 6 months, in that time his family and I decided to renovate the granny flat, we started painting the walls first, as the floors needed to be replaced anyway.
During the first few weeks we noticed things missing or broken, banging late at night, light bulbs constantly smashing, voices at night, being woken up in the middle of the night by something poking me, quick moving shadows, feet and hand prints in fresh paint.
I put water at my bedside, sprinkled salt and hung a belt over the foot of my bed, remembering what I'd been told as a child, unfortunately that didn't help.
I moved into the main house because I was scared to be in there alone at night, and even though the granny flat was empty, the lights were being switched on and off all throughout the night.
After moving out of the granny flat and into the main house I started to find it hard to sleep again.
On a few occasions I saw figures while either working over at the granny flat or during the night while I was out having a cigarette.
When I told the others that I had seen two figures over there they agreed and said that they had seen the same thing, a taller masculine figure and a small child.
Even though I was afraid of being in the granny flat I still had work to do, one morning I decided to rip up the carpets to get ready to lay the tiles, I moved the bed out of the flat and set to work ripping the carpet up.
When I got to where my bed was I was absolutely shocked to find a massive pentagram etched into the cement, I sat there staring at it in shock thantook off out of there to get someone to explain my finding.
My boyfriend's mother had no idea it was ever there and pointed out that it was the only place I was able to sleep properly.
We filled it in and tiled the floor.
I moved not long after and don't know if the activity stopped or not.
I always wonder why I was only able to sleep properly while my bed was on top of the pentagram, any suggestions would be great.