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Was It My Imagination?


This is a story that happened when I was seven years old (maybe younger). It is not a scary story but it is something that makes me think. I was very young then but I remember what happened. But I still want to know what you think. Was this my imagination or was this an entity?

I lived in a town house with my sister, brother and my mom and dad. It was a great place to live. We spent a lot of great times in that house. This complex wasn't really that old it was built in the 1970s so it was maybe 20 years old or so. Hauntings? Well I had not heard of any. To be honest with you all, I don't think I actually knew what a ghost was. I knew what a witch was because my brother and sister always scared me with the witch if behaviour was bad. Being such a young boy that's the way I usually acted.

Back to the story, I remember that my brother married his wife. She moved in and it got a little crowded. So my father decided that my brother and his wife should move down to the basement. My brother thought it was a great idea and soon he moved in with his wife. You had to walk down the stairs and when you reached the bottom, there was a closet in front of you. So you had to turn left and walk down the hall and you would be in my brother's room. I think the description of the place is bad but it's the best I could do. Sorry

I was watching TV one day and got a little bored. So I decided I would go downstairs to my brother's room. I really don't remember why I wanted to go there, I guess out of boredom. As I was walking down the stairs not thinking about anything I saw something. As I was walking I looked up and it seemed to me like I saw a dark shadow. But it wasn't a shadow it was something darker. It had to be darker since in the basement, it usually is dark.

I was looking at him for maybe two seconds. He stood by the white wardrobe. I could see the outline of him perfectly since he was standing by the white wardrobe... I was staring at him but I wasn't scared. I was a little shocked by what I was seeing but I wasn't sure if this was my mind playing tricks on me. I was looking at him for maybe two seconds and this shadow person turns his head towards me. I could see his head move in my direction. When the shadow noticed me, it ran towards my brother's room out of my eye sight. When it ran I was so scared I bolted up the stairs to my room. I don't think I have ever run that fast since.

I didn't go down those stairs for a couple of weeks. I was scared. I never told this story to anybody only to my sister maybe two months ago. She said she did feel weird downstairs but she said it's always weird down there. I guess she is right. I never knew what I saw. I believe it was a shadow person. But still I'm not sure. Was this a spirit or a child's imagination? You decide

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rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-23)
Yep, there goes summer break again-my brother Harry's going back to London and I have to get used to the winter daily routine again.

It's been a strange and difficult time for me but I'm sure it'll get better soon.

Thank god the fish are alive and kicking and I do hope you had a great time despite the weather.

We'll talk soon my friend.
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-21)
Hi Tammy! That is so wird. Ny older sister calls me her baby brother too!Isn't that a coincedece! I came back for my vacation but I didn't go fisshing. There was a storm (all the fishes are OK) But it still was nice. I'm sad to hear that your brother has had a hard time in life. But Maybe in time he might get to know us and might want to join us WIERDOS 😆.How have been things going? I bet your a little sad. Vacation is almost over and you have to go back to work! I hope to hear from you soon and take care
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-19)
Dear Chris hi. The one who wrote the comment on my story is my baby brother (34 years old 😆). I asked him to open his own account but he seems too angry with the 'boss" up there and refuses to do so. He's had some hard times in his life so it'll take him time to heal but I bet you he'll be reading the stories from now on. Thanks for you support my dearest friend ❤
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-12)
Hi Robin. Thank you for reading my story. I never did talk about this with my brother and to be honest I don't remember if he was down stairs. To that I never did ask him if he saw this shadow. I'm glad that this story helped you and your sister bring up the Topic. Since you got some answers I hope you post this story soon. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
rstahley (3 stories) (102 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-11)
Was your brother in his room when the shadow ran that way? I wonder if he ever saw it. I guess you've never talked to him about it, because you said you kept it to yourself. It's funny because yesterday my sister and I talked about this cabin we stayed in when I lived at home with my parents and we went on a family vacation. We both shared creepy things that we remember, and they happened to create a little story that filled in the missing pieces, which gave my sister the chills and actually delighted me.
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-08)
Thank you all for your comments. Even when you are saying that I saw the spirit I was hoping it was my imagination. It makes me wonder, we will never know what we will see everyday. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-08-04)
Hi and thank you for your comments. It is always nice to hear from you all. I to agree that children have the ability to see more then adults. I have to say I woudnt have believed a child if I had not gone through this myself. Children can see. After that experience nothing will change my mind about that. I hope to hear from you all soon and take care
matticus (2 stories) (26 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-30)
hello chris
You have read both my stories so I'm starting to read all of yours. This one is quite amazing. Thankyou for sharing it. Reminds me of seeing outlines of people when no one is there. But I shrug it off as I just think I'm going crazy lol.
Thanks again 😊
faerielike (15 stories) (268 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
I agree and think it was an encounter. I think you definitely scared it. It is stories like this one that makes me wonder if sometimes a haunting is like the movie, "The Others..." Like maybe sometimes the ghostly don't know they are the ghosts. What if they see us as the ghosts in their own reality?
What if they aren't ghosts at all but some kind of parallel universe and for moments in weak areas we encounter one another.
Just a deep thought into the subject.
I enjoyed your story Chris! 😁
Sarah (1 stories) (53 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi ChrisB,

Unfortunately as only you experienced it I cannot comment on whether this was a real ghostly experience or just that of a Childs imagination. That said, I am a firm believer in going on your gut instinct. The fact that you ran from it and that now you have posted this story would suggest that somewhere in you, you too believe it to be real. As an adult it is easy to look back upon childhood experiences and dismiss them. Remember that the young are more prone to seeing things as their mind is still open and developing, it has not been closed off to the scepticism of life that adults encounter.

ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi misfitdolls. I am very glad to meet you. I don't think my family had any experiences in that house. Maybe this spirit just came for a visit. I to enjoyed reading your story and I hope you share them soon 😁 I hope to hear from you soon and take care
misfitsdoll (6 stories) (18 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi Chris, thanks for leaving your comment about my experience I have had many experiences in my life so far some scary some not which is a good thing!:) it seems we both have had experiences as a child, I have many more to write about. I found your story very interesting it makes me wonder if these souls want to be seen:) Is this the only experience you had in the house and did your brother and his wife experience anything similar?

Take care and many thanks

ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi and thanks for reading my story. I am not realy sure if they went through anything down there but even if they did I don't think they would say anything. Non believers! I think maybwe later in life I might get some answers. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
lilblackpom (13 stories) (218 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi ChrisB. I liked your story. I heard that children can see more ghosts than adults. Did your brother and his wife experience anything while they lived in the basement? Thanks for sharing this. Judy
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi Frank! So nice to hear from you. To be honest I was thinking that you might say it was a childs imagination. And to be more honest I wish it was 😆.I had no idea what I saw and for many years I was 90% sure it was my imagination. But that left the other 10% to make me wonder. I guess this was a shadow. I know it didn't mean harm and I didn't feel fear until it turned around. But it was very strange. I wonder If ill see something like that again but then again I don't think I would want to 😆.Thanks for reading my friend. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi Biemaster. Thanks for reading my story. I tried checking some things in the interenet but that house is now many, many kilometers away from me know. All I know from my father is that it was built in the 70s and it was built on farm land. That sucks doesn't it 😆?I don't think my family did see or felt anything. If they did I don't think they would tell me either. Thats why it got me thinking. Was it my imagination or was it a shadow? Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi Kimo. It is so nice to hear from you 😁.I moved out of the house more then 10 years ago. To tell you the truth I don't think there was any other activity going on in there. Well not that I had heard of any. But I was (still am) one of those people who would go over things that I saw or felt. I would like to talk to my family about it but they are firm non believers. To the point that if I mention anything they get mad or laugh it out. So I guess there is no point in asking them 😆.I again thank you for reading my story. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-29)
Hi Tammy 😁.I Thank you for your comment. This was a story which botherd me sometime but I never brought it up. To tell you all the truth I kind of was hoping it was my imagination 😆.There were to very close people who died. It was my uncle and a family friend. The Family friend is always treated like a family member and we even call them aunt and uncle! But I don't remeber when they died. Was it after or before I seen the shadow I'm not sure. Thanks for commenting here. I always like to listen to you. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
FRAWIN (guest)
15 years ago (2008-07-28)
Hello Chris. If it had been a stationary shadow then I would say it was a little boy's overactive imagination but by the way you describe your interaction with it-it definitely wasn't your imagination. I will have to concur with Kim and Tammy's assessment.
Yep Chris, it would appear that you spooked a spook. Thanks for sharing your story, I really enjoyed it. Take care my friend.

Biemaster (7 stories) (192 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-28)
Hi ChrisB and thanks for sharing your story! Its a long time I have not heard from you and I am indeed happy by reading one of your wonderful story again!

I agree with " the experts" 😁 😆
That I don't think "it" was your imagination. As your sister also said that she felt a little weird down there makes me say that there is definitely something down there! Have you found out the history of the house or of the land which is under the house? There might be something hidden in the history... Did you or any of your family members have any experience there? Please keep us updated and thanks!

KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-28)
It is often that children can see, feel and sense energies that adults often can not, This is possibly why you were able to see the entity.

While I do not feel that the entity would of or wanted to provoke any harm or fear from you, thus the reason it first ran to hide before you did, I think it was definitly coaught off guard when it realized that you could see it.

Do you still live in the same home? Where there other occurances there either by you or other family members?

God Bless!
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
15 years ago (2008-07-28)
Hi my dearest Chris. I think that darkness casts shadows that may and will appear menacing to the eyes of a little boy. So, based on what I just said, NO, I don't think the shadow of an object would have interacted with you in any way! I don't think it would have turned to face you and then run out of your sight. For obvious reasons, I believe it was caught off guard and attempted to hide not because you caught it snicking around.

I believe it intentionally hid not wishing to hurt you. For some unexplained reason (so don't bother asking why) I think the shadow knew that when a little boy runs up a dark staircase in panic, it will end up hurting itself. It left in the hope of avoiding such an incident.

Tell me something, was there a recent death in the family?

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