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The Ankle Grabber


This happened to me when I was in high school, between 1999-2001. My family and I rented a home that was converted into two apartments. My brother and I shared the one-bedroom upper, and I took the back bedroom.

I had just gotten into bed one night, and was settling in, when all of a sudden, it felt like something wrapped a hand around my ankle and yanked, really hard. I let out a scream and sat up in bed, only to find no one in my room. I tried to write it off as the folded laundry on the end of the bed, falling on my legs, but upon examining the pile, I found that it was leaning to one side, but not enough to simulate someone grabbing my ankle. The experience freaked me out pretty bad.

I experienced other minor things in that upstairs apartment. Sometimes at night, I thought I heard someone coming up the stairs, but upon getting up and checking, there was no one there, and my brother, who was a sleepwalker as a child, was still in bed, in the same position I had left him in when I put him to bed.

There was a door in my bedroom leading outside to a wooden fire escape. I would sometimes hear something tapping on the glass. There are trees that hang over that deck, so I would get up to see if it was something like that, but the branches were too high to reach the door, and there was no evidence of a person or animal being up there.

My family and I promptly left that house in 2002.

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FallenAngel218 (3 stories) (2 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-21)
Great idea, girlie. I know it's an old farmhouse, at least over 100 years. I may have to look into that place now!
princess123 (7 stories) (186 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-10)
Good story, and I never have my feet out the bed because I am scared that might happen!

Princess123 x ❤
Tirada (9 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-09)
Im sure it was quite a scary experience, but from your story, the presence doesn't sound too ominous; more mischievous than anything, however, who ever would want to stick around to see if it does turn out to be something awful?

I would have totally screamed too had that happened to me lol 😊
Ghostluver (4 stories) (123 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-09)
the title was cute. ❤ but the story was scary! 😨 when I was little I thought the same thing choluteca did. But now that I am a pre teen. I don't. And like what girlie said: have a nice haunt! 😆
LRAWR (8 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-07)
wow I hate that!
I freak out when someone even comes near on grabbing my feet or ankles at night or in the pool.
So I understand your fear pretty well.
😭 😭
Ibid (14 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-07)
I like the title. A common phenomenon and fear. Someone said: " A clear conscience is a soft pillow." Fetal position is usually comforting, affording safety from all the unknown. A great deal of faith is as well.
Cholulteca (148 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-07)
Scary! That's one of my biggest fears as a child... Having "something" grabbing me by my legs... I used to jump out of bed so no one can grab me (from under the bed of course)...that and the's so Universal those things that sometimes makes me wonder if there won't be any true associated to these fears... 😕
girlie (15 stories) (426 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-07)
You need to look into the history of the house if you can. Maybe someone died in a fire there that's why you heard the tapping on the glass near the fire escape.
GIRLIE ❤ *have a nice haunt*

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