This is not your average ghost tale as while it was happening I did not know that I was indeed talking to and taunting what turned out to be my proof of the afterlife. This is indeed a true story and I swear by it on the souls of all those that I love that have passed before me. It happened over 25 years ago when I was a student at a prep-school in Rome while my father was working with N.A.T.O. I can remember every detail as clearly as it happened yesterday which I am grateful for, as it gave me the realization that we are in fact responsible for our actions in this life eventually. I am not saying I am a religious person but I am now because of this experience a spiritual one.
The school, Notre Dame International, was in fact a boarding school and the occurrence happened at 10:00pm.one night and lasted for a full 2 - 3 minutes as opposed to a quick glance of a shadow out of the corner of one's eye. I know the exact time because this was the time of "lights out" when we were all supposed to be back in our own rooms and hunkered down for the night.
I was already in bed and waiting for my roommate to come back from shootin' the breeze with the guys next door to us. The lights in our room were out, as the name of the time at hand implies, but the hallway lights were left on until later for the prefect to conduct his rounds. A few seconds after I had turned off the lights to our room and lay in bed, what I thought was my roommate Mike showed up standing at the door to our room silhouetted by the lights in the hall. The weird thing was that he just stood there for a full 30 seconds or more not saying anything or even moving. I figured he was just goofing around as usual so I told him he better get in his bed before the prefect came around and gives us problems. Nothing, no response at all, so I told him again with a little stronger emphasis to get his butt in the room. Still no response so this time I made the motion to get out of bed to confront him if he wanted to play games and it was at this time this "figure" entered the room by walking slowly and came to a stop after about 6 feet. Again another 30 seconds or so passed so I asked what the hell had gotten into him.
By this time this roomy of mine was only about 10 feet away from bed and just stood there motionless looking directly in my direction and still clearly defined by the lights of the hallway. By this time I was getting annoyed with this game so I got out of bed and as I did so the "figure" which I still thought to be my friend turned and walked behind one of our large clothes wardrobe and was no longer in sight.
Thinking I was about to be ambushed by Mikey I slinked along the far side of the wall with pillow in hand ready to beat the crap out of him for making me play this stupid game. Eventually I made it to the light switch and flipped it on expecting a frontal attack of some sort but nothing happened, there was nobody there.
After checking in the wardrobe obviously and finding no one I was actually confused if anything until it dawned on me what had just occurred. While I was sitting on my bed literally scratching my head trying to comprehend the magnitude of what I had just experienced Mike walked into the room and told me to turn off the lights quick before the prefect made his rounds.