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Last boot camp story:
I mentioned in an earlier post of a medical battalion at boot camp that housed all those with medical related injuries. One of the barracks was the
overflow barracks that was used for when too many people where in the battalion but did not have enough space in their own platoon barracks to house
them. The following is when I served as a fire watch while spending the night in the overflow barracks.
It was relatively early in the night, no later than 1 a.m., when I was woken up for my shift. After about twenty minutes into the shift the other
fire watch and I are standing close to the drill instructor's office being extremely bored. We start passing the time by telling each other the
stories we have heard from others that have stayed the night here. The only one worth mentioning is that recruits would often see someone sitting in
the back of the squad bay in a chair( there was a cluster of chairs and desk thrown in a pile blocking the back hatch). After we finish our "story
time" the other fire watch decides to go the head.
After a few minutes of standing there, in the dark, by myself, I decide to go into the head to see what was keeping him. In the head, looking from
the door way into the head, I see the other fire watch standing silently. I manage to mutter one syllable before his arms starting flailing
frantically for me to be quiet. Dumbfounded, I walked over to him to "express myself". As I get closer to him I get the "someone is here"
feelling and just stop in my tracks while starring at the other fire watch not willing to look around. At this point he has been starring into the
area that leads to the showers and has not taken his eyes off of that spot. He then looks at me with eyes wide open and points at the benches that
lead into the showers.
We both stand there in awe at we see. It was a shadow person in full gear, sitting on the bench with its head angled towards the floor. Just imagine
a person wearing full clothing, i.e. boots, uniform, "war gear", and is completely void of any distinctions other than there was no skin or face.
It was just a black mass in the shape of a person AND in full gear. I will never forget seeing these types of "ghosts", they are so... unique.
After a few minutes of standing in the darkness of the head, with only the light from the moon shinning through the windows to illuminate the area I
told the other fire watch that nobody is every going to believe what we are seeing. That jerk of a fire watch did not even acknowledge my comment,
probably because he was in shock, but still, he could said something in return. Anyways, I stare for a few more seconds before I actually need to use
the head so I notify the other fire watch and make my way over to the pissers. While conducting my "business" I hear some footsteps in the back of
the head and then the other fire watch comes around the corner to join me at the urinals. I glanced at him while he came around the corner and then
basically ignored him as he came up the urinal to my left. I just remember thinking how nobody would ever believe what we saw and then wanting to
discuss it with the other fire watch. I decide to make a few jokes about how even dead people need a shower now and then and let a little chuckle.
After the other fire watch did not comment, AGAIN (that bastard), I looked at him to tell him basically, "You know what GUY....", but that is all I
got out of my mouth before I realized who was standing next me. Then like a flood, everything was rushing through my head of all of the
inconsistencies that just took place.
I heard the footsteps in the back of the head right when this "person" came around the corner, this "person" never made a sound (not when walking,
and not even when undoing his pants to piss), and the fact that when I glanced over at "it" coming around the corner I did not see a face (I thought
it was due to the poor lighting at first). So here I am, standing less than a foot next to this shadow person. By the way, I stopped peeing when I
realized what was standing next to me
. While literally starring at this shadow person, looking it up and down, I hear the other fire watch
making his way to the front of the head. Right before he comes around the corner he begins saying how the shadow person walked into the showers(no
lighting in there) and he followed in after it with his flash light but it disappeared into thin air... this is the moment when we make eye contact
with me still standing at the pisser.
There was a non spoken, HOLY MOTHER LOVING ESKIMO POPSICLE WHAT THE FUDGE IS GOING ON, moment. We could tell by looking into each others eyes that we
were both screaming on the inside even though everything was "dead" silent. At end of this short moment of realizing what was happening the shadow
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