This is the time of year for ghost stories. Everybody has one, whether it was a loved one who appeared after they passed who comforted you or just a great story your big brother told around the campfire. I have a ghost story, of a sort.
Monday I was sleeping next to my wife. About a half an hour before her alarm went off, I was awakened. Completely awake. That’s important. I opened my eyes and saw my wife standing in front of me. This is unusual because she usually sleeps to the alarm. I said to her, “What’s wrong, Honey?”
This is where things get weird. She replied that I need to stop waking her up. A normal reply at our house except for one thing. The voice came from my wife, sleeping behind me! I reached out to touch the image in front of me and it slowly dissolved. I looked behind me and my wife was sleeping soundly on the other side of the bed. I touched her leg and she grumbled at me.
Now, I’ve studied the occult for years. I know about doppelgängers and ghosts people claim to see, but never have I heard of one appearing in the same room as the living person it copied. There wasn’t five feet between the apparition and my sleeping wife. It didn’t dissolve until I touched it, after my wife spoke. It made no attempt to speak to me.
Later, I got up and started an internet search. I’ve found nothing like this. The closest thing was a couple of people claiming spotting doppelgängers, but they were miles away from the original. People reported stories about seeing themselves. Common superstition claims that seeing your doppelgänger is a sign of impending death. The deal is, I didn’t see myself, I saw my wife. The stories don’t cover that.
I could have turned this into a story. After all, it’s what writers do. I’m not so sure, this time. I am curious, has any one experienced something like this?