As a young boy, aged 8 or 9 it's pretty fair to say that I had a vivid imagination. Perhaps ideas rolled around in my head that a "normal" kid wouldn't have thought of and I was pretty much a day dreamer.
At night, when I'd go to bed I'd fall asleep within minutes. I wasn't a heavy sleeper as you'll find out.
I'm not too sure when it all started as I'm now a 24 year old man and it was many years ago but around the age of 8 I started to wake up in the middle of the night. My 2 brothers slept in the same room as me but never seemed to wake so I always wondered why I was the only person to be woken by whatever this was.
Anyway, to get to the point, one night I woke up, I'm not sure of the time but it was pitch dark, I couldn't see a thing in the room, so I turned over and tried to get back to sleep. Nevertheless, I tossed and turned for a few minutes (normally I slept with my face to the wall) until when I turned I noticed a boy sitting on the end of the bed in blue and white striped pajamas. He was about the same age and staring at me, smiling.
When I think back now, he wasn't threatening, he just sat there with his hand on the bed beside me, as if to say "come over!" but as a child it's much more frightening and so I just remember turning over and looking away. By the time I turned back round he was gone, although I did have to muster up the courage to turn round and check.
After these experiences (I'm sure these experiences had happened long before this but this was the first significant one that I remember.)
I'd rush into my mum and dads room and stand there, frozen to the spot until they'd sense me and wake up. Then, I'd sleep in their bed for maybe a half hour before they'd make me go back to my own bed. I guess I'd fall asleep after that and wake in the morning thinking nothing of it. I was also never afraid to go to bed, despite this being a re-occurring incident.
I'm sure I probably came across more but two other characters stood out. One who I seen more frequently than the other was a man, comical looking now but back in the early 90's when I was a child he was more like a Hell's angel, which I'm sure you'll agree is a pretty scary picture for a child.
Although I felt he paid no attention to me, I still look back now and feel that he was so unapproachable. He'd dress in dark pants (perhaps jeans or leathers, I'm not sure) a black leather waistcoat but his distinguishing feature was his rather large Mohawk, very punk-esque looking. He was probably the person I seen the most of as he still sticks in my mind today.
But by no means did he scare me the most. That title had to go to a man, a man who I only encountered once.
One night as I slept in bed, my dad woke me shuffling about at the top of the stairs. The layout of the beds had been changed and my bed was at another corner of the room as my mum thought it might help me sleep a little better and "keep my imagination at bay" if the light from the window was directly facing me (why she thought this I don't know, but mother knows best) The door was slightly open so a slither of light was getting through into our room.
My brother got out of bed to use the bathroom when all of a sudden appeared a frail man, sitting in some kind of chair (The chair wasn't mine, I'd never seen it before). He wore blue, that's all I remember and he had a light grey beard that almost grew down into a point.
I looked at him for what felt like forever, he stared back, I think I was frozen; he'd unsettled and frightened me so much that I jumped straight out of bed and ran out of the room. I never told my parents.
That was probably the last incident, well, that I remember anyway. I guess I'm doubting whether it was real or not because my parents always used to tell me I was imagining it or they'd tell me I was half sleeping but I know what I saw. And despite my mum being a skeptic, she always did say that I looked like I'd seen a ghost every night I'd appear in her room frightened.
I never thought much of it until I came on this site yesterday and signed up, but people are much more open minded here and it's good to get their opinions on it, it'll help me relate to it better, no doubt. I'm so unsure about it but I know what I saw.
Who thinks it is and who thinks it isn't?