Now, since the last time I've submitted stories, I've still had episodes of sleep paralysis/hypnagogia. It's gotten a lot better though, I've managed to calm myself down just by taking deep breaths and thinking about how its all been explained by science, and that I'll be perfectly safe. I Hope that's helpful to some of you, if you're experiencing the same things.
I've recently had a very messed up sleeping schedule. Finals will do that to you! I'm often awake at the early hours of the morning, when the sun is just beginning to come out. Perhaps because of the placement of my room in my house, it always has a bluish tinge as the sun is coming up. My story takes place at one of those times. I woke up around five AM, or six maybe. The time isn't very important just know that my room was bright enough to see everything clearly, but still not daytime-bright. I rolled around my bed some, and thought about how I wanted to go back to sleep, how I was going to pass my next final, and mundane things like that. And then, I felt the familiar paranoia sneaking into my thoughts. "Oh no," I thought. "How can this possibly happen when it's light out?!" I tried to get my brain to be quiet, but it didn't work. I felt myself stiffening up in fear again, and to hear the strange screaming wind I always hear in these episodes. And then, I saw a weird dog-thing.
To be honest, it wasn't really a dog. It was an upright-standing thing, that had the face of a dog, or deer, but flat, like a human's. Try to imagine a dog's features on a human face. It had antler horns, and was impossibly tall. Very long torso, very, very, very long arms. Because I was lying on my bed looking upward at it, I didn't see its feet, but proportionally I felt its legs should have extended far below my floor. It was a strange navy blue color, and the texture of the skin looked like it was made of gauze, or some thin, flaking paper mache. Its limbs and body were all coiling and writhing, like a piece of string would if you kept twisting it. Each part of it twisted separately from the others, and it bobbed up and down, like a particularly grotesque dance.
It stared straight ahead, bobbing and weaving. I just kept hoping for it to be over. I'm sure you all can guess what happens next then. It looks at me and reaches out a hand, kind of a giant crab-claw looking thing. I close my eyes, but can feel it's getting closer to me. And then, I feel a strange sensation around my stomach, and in my mind, I can see the thing's claw puncturing in the 'darkness,' with white light coming out of the hole. My eyes fly open, and of course everything goes back to normal.
To me, the strangest part is this: White seems a fairly symbolic color. Why did I see the claw reaching out of a totally blank, white space?
I suppose I just have interesting hallucinations, though I'm very interested in hearing other people's takes on it too!