Recently my parents have decided to get the basement carpeted. You might remember this basement from another story I submitted about hearing footsteps on the concrete and having paint can knocked over by an unknown object. I assume that the ghost might be at it again. With all the workers going down into the basement to take measurements and do other things, I'm not surprised. I've been avoiding the basement as best as I can, but it appears this ghost has gotten more daring since the last time.
Thursday the tenth of December I woke up, shut my alarm off for school, and went to look in the mirror. The only thing that was bothering me at the time was the terrible dream I had just woken up from. Something about murder, you know how the nightmares usually go. I blinked and rubbed my neck, seeing lines on my neck, possibly blood? I went straight to the bathroom, wet a Kleenex, and rubbed at the two lines hoping they'd disappear. To my disappointment, they didn't and I leaned closer to the mirror to get a better look as my contacts were not yet in. I made out two long scratch marks across my neck, a bright red but I felt no pain.
I can't remember a time when I woke up and had self-inflicted marks on my body. This just wasn't me, to give myself scratch marks precisely on my neck. I could remember my dream still as I wasn't fully awake yet; I could remember that I never touched my neck in the dream, thus possibly scratching my neck in real life.
I have a dog that I let sleep on my bed some nights. She's a rather thin German shepherd, however, she manages to somehow take up the whole bed (my mattress is a twin). This was my first thought, that the dog somehow scratched me in my sleep. It was quickly shot down when I remembered that I slept without the dog last night. That narrowed it down to a ghost. I consulted some friends at school later that day for their opinions, but the most they could offer was a "Weird..." or a "Huh." Great help, right?
I chose to brush it off; perhaps there was a logical explanation for it all that I just wasn't thinking of. I went to bed Thursday night with no thought in my head about ghosts or anything else.
Friday morning I avoided the mirror. I got ready without looking in the mirror, that is, until I went to put in my contacts. The scratch marks on my neck still hadn't faded and were as vibrant red as before. I got my left contact lenses in when I saw bright red peeking out from under my chin. I lifted my head up curiously and saw four new scratch marks under my chin. This night I had slept with the dog, but this meant nothing to me at this point. The dream I had was about losing someone close to me, nightmarish like before. This was odd for me as I rarely have bad dreams; most likely they mean nothing to me and have no message behind them. This time it made me wonder what was going on. The basement ghost was all I could think about.
The problem is I've never really gotten bad dreams before with any of my other ghost experiences. I'm pretty sure that the scratches on my neck had to do with something paranormal, as there was just no other explanation. Since then I haven't had any other problems with scratches on my neck. I made sure to get a picture of the scratch marks on Saturday just in case, if you want to see them I can post them. I should also mention that the workers were done installing carpet in our basement on Saturday. The scratches are still on my neck, but faded and barely visible. Your ideas?