When I was around eight years old, my parents started to feel more comfortable about leaving us home alone for short periods of time. On this particular night, my mom was leaving to pick up my older sister and her friends from marching band practice.

I was elated that I was going to have the house to myself for at least 20 minutes, so I decided to make the most of this time and take a bubble bath. (I totally needed a day off from my stressful eight-year-old life)

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I was relaxing in the bathtub, surrounded by bubbles and the scent of lavender when my serenity was interrupted by the sound of footsteps coming from somewhere in the house. My blood ran cold, and my heart started to race. I could feel my face growing pale and cold despite the hot temperature of the water.

I called out to see if perhaps my mom had come home early, but there was no answer.

Then I heard the footsteps coming up the stairs, my heart beating faster with every loud and distinct step. I began to think an intruder had broken into our house. In an attempt to hide myself, I went under the water of the bath, thinking that I could camouflage myself in the bubbles. I could still hear the heavy footsteps coming up the stairs, even underwater.

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Suddenly, the footsteps stopped. I sat straight up in the bathtub, wiping the bubbles from my face, only to see through squinted eyes that the bathroom door was being opened.

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I froze in place, my heart beating so loud that I could hear it in my ears. Tears began to sting my eyes and I couldn’t catch my breath. I felt the strong presence of someone standing in the bathroom with me.

I stood up, quickly pulled the plug on the drain, and ran downstairs in my towel. I sat on the couch, shaking and soaking wet waiting for my mom to get home.

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Sorry I wasn't able to get a post up for you guys on Friday, things just got a little hectic. I'll be posting today and tomorrow to make up for it.

-xx Lenny