I guess shadow people are real. I never thought about talking about what I saw until I happened to read a story about them. I had always considered our house to be a haunted place, but in a strange way that most houses aren't. Our house is to this day only 14 years old and was built on 'new' ground. I say new ground because sometimes a haunting can occur in a new house that was built on top of the ground that something may have been haunting. This house was built over wooded land... You know, they chopped down trees and built a subdivision. I feel this is important to mention because you'd think and most people do think that this would negate a house from being haunted.
We have this one room above our garage which is our guest room. Over the years, we've jokingly referred to it as the grandpa room (another story for another day). Now I've had three grandparents die on me in the last couple of years, and none of them have been without paranormal occurrences. There's three spirits that pass through from time to time, you know, no big deal... They're my grandparents.
Well I've always neglected to speak of the fourth. It's not my grandparents. I feel it there all the time in that guest room watching me. (When I left for college, my sister got my room because it got its own bathroom attached to it so now my bedroom is the guest room when I come home for the summer and winter breaks) These things feed off of your fear. I kid you not, I'm an engineer and I looked at this thing from a mechanical and experimental viewpoint. If you have this thing that seems to manifest itself when you get scared, why not turn it into sort of a paranormal experiment. Well I did...
I sat there and allowed myself to get scared... Really really scared. I let the fear build up and sure enough I started to get this feeling that I was being watched. I had never been able to sleep in the room, and had always gotten an uneasy feeling when I was in there. Come to think of it, we have two dogs who frequent the upstairs and I have never once seen either of them in there. Well I got up, turned around and didn't see anything so I asked the empty room out loud why I couldn't sleep there and this voice returned "Get out, this is our room..." I'm not sure if this was auditory or not but I definitely heard it. The funny thing about it is, the moment you leave the room, everything is alright. I usually slept in our game room right outside of that room on the couch and was never bothered except for one night when I decided to totally ignore the presence.
I was trying to sleep on the couch outside of the room one night when it seem the presence decided it was cool to leave the room. Now this sucks because you can't see the damn thing but you most definitely can feel it in the room with you. I just went downstairs and slept on the couch down there and with the TV on I felt safe. Well I realized I hadn't brushed my teeth and washed my face and what not so I finally worked up the courage to walk back upstairs and over to the guest room where my stuff was. When I walked up the stairs and got to the top I came face to face with this 'thing'.
Let me go into a little more detail about this 'thing'. I saw it for about two full seconds and got a very clear view of what it was. I definitely saw this and I don't know why I put off ever talking about it. It was definitely a shadow yet it was three dimensional... It had depth. It was about five feet tall, I'd say approximately a foot shorter than me by comparison given in my memory. I was close to this thing too, about a foot away. It flew right past me really really freaking fast yet I still got a good look at it.
What got me was at first I thought it was a monk. It was looking down at the ground and I got the feeling that it did not want to be seen. Like looking at it, I got the feeling that it wanted to be something noticed in the background but not ever directly seen. I don't remember clearly whether or not it had arms but it almost appeared to be wearing a cloak with a hood on. It was a big, wavy, flowing cloak and seemed to have ragged pieces trailing behind it. It was running in the opposite direction as me... I was going up the stairs and when I got to the top the thing ran AROUND me as to not touch me and ran down the stairs. It was dark... JUST like a shadow but with three dimensions instead of two.
Now I completely blew this off as a hallucination until I did a little research on "shadow people" through google. Try going to wikipedia and looking up shadow people. There's two pictures on there. In the second picture it shows two sketches. I saw the thing on the right. I saw that EXACT thing. I couldn't have asked for a better picture of what I saw. The only thing is I don't remember seeing eyes, but then again the thing wasn't trying to look at me.