We have one cat, no children. Two stark details I managed to neglect whilst typing this up. Two details that could save a lot of time.
Was just after New Years, perhaps the 2nd of Jan. Late at night, say midnight, I was getting ready to turn in. As per the usual I was straightening the rugs out because the cat, Leo, beats them up and leaves them in a shambles. Which is really quite hazardous.
I'd just straightened the rug at the front door, which is in a hallway entrance. As I walked back and past the lounge door I saw what I thought was Leo running behind the coffee table, and knocking things over as he did. This is standard Leo at this time of night. But what I thought I saw looked very unusual. However, I took it for granted it was him. Within the next second I saw Leo laying behind me right where I was about to walk, with his head up looking toward the coffee table.
The TV was on, beyond the coffee table, and backlit whatever it was. But otherwise that room was dark, except for some hallway light and a bit from the kitchen. So within, say, four seconds I saw something, thought it was the cat, realised puss was chilling out on the floor, made a snap decision it was an illusion. Like the TV light making weird shadows or something.
I always feed the cat directly before bed and that's what I did next in the kitchen. The nightly routine is he runs around the house for roughly twenty minutes, we throw/kick some toys, and rugs, around. Then he eats, curls up in his favoured spot on the couch and is out for the count until morning.
Left him eating in the kitchen and went to turn the TV off. When I got to the coffee table I saw that things on this table had been knocked on the floor. It's a long coffee table, things had been disturbed on the same side I'd seen whatever it was.
Onto the floor it had scattered a remote, a tissue box, and a coaster. Definitely no breezes to speak of, no super strong heaters, nothing to account for it, other than Leo himself. Who I would have assumed to make such a mess had I not seen it done by another agent.
My first assumption was 'paranormal', but I was more afraid of having a king rat in the house. So I searched behind and under everything a big lug like that could fit. Came up with naught. Super scared of all the damage something like that could do. I calmed down when I realised if it were a rat the cat would've been all over it.
Here's what happened while adjusting the hallway rug. I kind of kick and slide the rugs back into place with my feet, I'm stood while doing so. Kind of crab walking backwards and sideways along the hall runner. Not making much noise, or any at all. I think I may have startled this thing when I appeared at the lounge doorway. Something got my attention, don't know what, but I looked to find an animalistic face, furry, pale, similar to Leo. But it looked different, it was pulling a face for one, like a hissing face. It was like when cats open their mouth while playing with ribbons. Sort of like that, only not in a happy way.
The next detail sounds bizarre but this is what seemed to happen, it was like the immediate objects around the furry thing lifted about five inches and fell again. Then it scarpered across the table, or maybe part way across the table. Next I saw Leo stretched out behind me, watching the same thing. He wasn't scared, he was relaxed, like it were normal to him. Indeed perhaps it is.
Only when I got to the table to turn off the tele did I find the mess and question what happened. Up until then I was content to dismiss it as an illusion from shadows cast by the TV, after finding Leo stretched out behind me waiting on his supper. I don't think I looked back after finding him behind me. We're talking a few seconds here, but I think I kept on to the kitchen.
In the seconds I thought it was Leo, I thought he was sitting on the floor between the tele and the table looking at me over the tabletop. The face confused me, however it was the same height as his when he sits in that spot. His head above the tabletop. We don't have doll furniture, he's a big breed. Then things seemed to briefly lift and what I thought to be his tail whisked across the length of the table, like he'd ran. Indicating nocturnal silly buggers was in full swing.
When I mentally replayed it over I think it, whatever it is, must've been on the table, not sat on the floor. Then it must've dashed across the table. Because I saw something moving across, like his tail does when he runs alongside that tablet. Except, in this instant at least, I thought his tail was dragging something big along the table, like the tissue box. But the tissue box, when I found it on the floor, had dropped roughly aligned to its original table position. Not on the other end, where I thought it was dragged. What I thought to be the tissues was probably the entity itself, in motion.
Following that logic it was probably the size of a rabbit or regular cat. It was pale, I assumed the same colour as Leo, beige sort of light orange. But it happened so fast and the lighting wasn't conducive for colour. But whatever it's colour was or wasn't, I'm certain it was pale.
The face was like a tribal mask when I think about it. Or some kind of gargoyle or temple dog look. It was baring teeth with its fur on end. It looked like an oversized powderpuff.
Buildup wise, can't say we've noticed much. Except that Leo looks at something invisible here and there. He follows something along the floor with his eyes sometimes. Whatever that may be seems to be his eye level. Other than that it's possible he plays with something we're unaware of.
Leo is aloof and a bully boy. The idea of him making friends with anything, other than us, is quite impressive. So if he's fraternising with an ethereal spook of some kind, that's pretty funny.
On a more formal note are there any animalistic entities out there which fit the description?
Or, and I've always been a bit sceptical about the concept of shape shifters, but maybe something like that was/is going on. Something attempting to look like Leo.
Or Leo has produced a thoughtform. Wow.
Hope this was easy to follow. It's weird recalling and describing something you instantly dismissed. But yeah, an oversized powderpuff in a threat display sums it up.
Thanks for reading.
"With practice users will often subconsciously translate foreign languages to their native tongue."
However, I've never practiced anything, least not consciously.
Congratulations, it seems you've unearthed the only serious omnilingualism article on the web. It's all Marvel comic crap otherwise, isn't it always the way.
As a point of interest I failed to mention last night that during that film the English dialogue I heard was in French accents by the French actors whereas Rampling sounded like her English self.
Thanks again, having a name to this will make further research infinitely easier!