The Calling

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Author’s Note : This happened to a close friend of mine when she was younger

I have a large family and back when I was young, me and my sisters would all be cramped up in 1 large room and my brothers in another. My parents would be in another room across the long corridor.

One particular night when I was probably around 12 years old, something peculiar happened which I could remember until today. Because I stayed in a small town, I recalled how people would retire to bed early unlike now where people would stay until the wee hours in the morning.

That night, I suddenly woke up. Feeling strange, I did not bother much and continued sleeping. As I was starting to doze off again, I heard someone calling my name. My initial reaction was to reply back. So I sat up and said “HA?!” loudly. I thought it was probably one of my brothers as I looked around and saw all my sisters were still fast asleep. I could remember hearing clearly that the calling was from outside the room so I waited for a while for some response. However, no one replied to my answer. Probably my over active imagination, so I lied back down to sleep and concentrated on sleeping again.

Then I heard it again. It sounded like a loud whisper. The first time when I heard someone calling my name, I might have thought that I imagined it. But the second time was a loud whisper. Immediately I knew something was wrong. I did not reply this round and forced myself to sleep. How you may ask that I knew something was wrong. Well, the thing was if any of my family members did call me, they would have walked into the room as we had a no-lock-doors policy.

The next day, I asked everyone in the house if anyone called me in the middle of the night but no one admitted to it. However, the strange calling did not happen again anymore.

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