This occurrence happened earlier this year, I meant to post it in this thread but have honestly been too lazy
Time: Early March, Alaska, roughly 1:30AM.
Conditions: Early spring, completely dark out, had just gone through another melt so snow was very minimal on the back deck.
Location: My home, daughter was with her mother for her custody period. Master bedroom, which is rather large, has a walk in closet and bathroom on
one end, bed on the opposite side, wood floors and a deck attached to a sliding patio door on the left hand side (relative to position in bed).
Miscellaneous info: I am a relatively light sleeper, comes from being a parent I guess, and used to waking up to the odd work call about a
network/system failure. The back deck is wooden planking, and fenced with a integrated fence/door on one side. The door has blackout blinds that
pull open from either side, and completely obscure vision when closed. They are closed during the night, as they are most times we are not using the
deck. The door itself is a sliding patio door that opens right to left, so to open it you would need to stand on the right side and slide it to the
I was asleep, and had been for a while, when I woke up because I heard footsteps crossing the back deck towards my patio door. The sound was even
measured and came across relatively heavy, as if by booted feet. I reached out with my right hand to my nightstand and grabbed a hold of my handgun
and trained it on the patio door. As I slowly sat up in bed, both hands secured and acquiring a bleary eyed sight picture I heard one more, seemingly
lighter, squeak on the deck. After that it was silent. I held my position for a solid half a minute, adrenaline had me fairly awake by this point,
before I slipped out of bed and slowly approached the door from the left side, and reached out with my left hand to slide open the blind and see
outside. Nothing was visible, so I moved to the right side and opened the blind further with my right hand still at the ready. Again, nothing
outside. I flicked on the deck light and there was no sign of any intrusion, no foot prints that I could see in the relatively thin layer of snow,
and no sign of intrusion at the gate.
After a few moments of examination I turned off the light and closed the blind. I went back to my nightstand and secured the firearm, and then
decided to use the bathroom since I was up. I can't tell you how long I was in there, but it wasn't long as I only needed to urinate. This is where
the core of the event happened. I had just finished drying my hands and had turned to step out of the bathroom. At this point the bed is directly
ahead, the door to the bedroom is to the direct left, and the patio door to the right of the bed, midways between the walls.
As I stepped out I noticed the room seemed darker. I have a single nightlight on the wall between the bathroom and closet, which would locate it to
the immediate right as you step out of the bathroom. It provides enough light for me to see in emergencies, or for my daughter to see if she needs to
get me. Again though the light seemed dimmer. Honestly the best word to describe it would be suppressed. As if the light was being shrunk back and
dimmed. Or how if you stare at a single spot long enough the area around it seems to get darker, it was that kind of effect. I couldn't see the
light from under the door to the hallway either, which is left on again in case my daughter needs to come get me.
As my mind began to register this I saw a shadow, roughly my height, 5'11", move from left to right across the room. Noticeable enough that I tracked
its movement with my whole head, not just my eyes. It moved relatively quickly, crossing the room as if taking large strides, though I didn't see
anything like feet. I will not say it was "humanoid shaped" but more of just a grainy shadow, no discernable arms or legs.
The shadow again moved from the doorway from the left and at a rough diagonal across the room to the patio door, crossing through it. I blinked a
couple of times after, and the room seemed normal again. The light level was normal, and the nothing was disturbed. I shivered, and when I ran my
hands down my arms they were covered in goose bumps, I was definitely colder than I was a moment ago.
I waited a few minutes, looked outside again, and upstairs, but nothing was out of the ordinary, so I went to bed.
Strange events, and the first I've had in this house beyond an occasional knock or bump, which could easily be anything normal. This was the first
"paranormal" event in it. The house is relatively new, only 9 years old as of when I purchased it, as the second owner.
edit on 31-7-2013 by
UnmitigatedDisaster because: (no reason given)