It was 1980, and I was sixteen years old. I lived in North Carolina on the army base Fort Bragg with my family. I was getting ready to babysit for the White's, a couple that lived about a half a block from me.
I arrived just before dinner and played with Adam, who was eighteen months and Lacy, who was three. Mr. And Mrs. White came down the stairs dressed to the nines and ready to go out.
"If you have any problems the number to the restaurant is here." he said as he tapped the paper on the refrigerator.
The rest of the night was uneventful as I fed the kids, and gave them their baths. I read them a story and put them to bed. Once down stairs I settled down to finish the homework that I left for later. I was startled by the sounds of keys in the door. I quickly looked at the clock and began to pack my books.
Then Mr. And Mrs. White came through the door at midnight.
She asked if there were any problems. I told her none.
He gave me my pay plus extra for staying late. Handing me a fifty he said he would watch me from the door. As I started for home, the air got cold so I pulled my coat tighter around me. Most of the houses on my side were one foot away from the woods out back. I could hear the wind pick up blowing through the trees. I tried not to think about.
The next thing I hear is a loud growl, right next to my ear. I gasped and whipped around but I saw nothing. I mean I could see Mr. White in the doorway of his house. But I saw nothing else around me at all.
I turned towards home walking faster. When the growl came again, my blood felt like it froze. I didn't dare turn around, I was to terrified. I didn't want to see what it was. I began to run and didn't stop until I hit the front door. I quickly slipped
In and locked the door. As I leaned against the door breathing hard, I waited for whatever it was to follow, but nothing happened.
With a shaking hand I move the curtain just a little and peeked outside, but I saw nothing. I went upstairs, hid under the covers and cried most of the night. I never told my family about what happened. To this day it still affects me greatly.