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(WARNING: general horror)

Sometimes the things that scare us most aren't works of fiction. More often than you would think they are the things that we have lived through. I'll share with you, whether you choose to believe me or not, one of those tales.

It was summer the first time it had happened. I was home alone that night. I was watching a favored show when the noise started. It was so soft and subtle at first that I hadn't really noticed it. It wasn't until the commercial break that I heard that soft tapping more fully.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

I still remember the way it sounded. It seemed to echo off the walls in that dark room before finding me again. I naturally thought I had just scared myself into hearing it. After all it was a scary program I had been watching. I still felt terribly uneasy but I shoved the feeling aside when the show had started again.

I didn't notice the noise again for the rest of the airing. By the end of the program I was content again and comfortable. I could feel sleep starting to seep into me. It was late. I could tell just by the inky blackness that was cradling me. I gave the TV one last smile before shutting it off.

My bed was impossibly comfortable that night. It was perfectly warm as the blanket gave the weight of safety. I could feel my body growing more and more relaxed as I settled in more. My eyes felt heavy as they adjusted to the darkness around me. I closed them slowly and let myself start to drift off into sleep.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

I remember for a brief moment not really understanding what I had just heard. It was such a soft familiar noise. Slowly though it dawned upon my foggy brain that the noise was the same as it had been before.

My eyes snapped open more out of surprised fear than anything else. I felt my heart leap into my chest and for a long moment that was all I could hear. Each loud fearful drum of it rang in my ears. My body stiffened reflexively as my eyes scanned the room. It was a half moon out but it didn't leave much light to help me see. Instead it worked to cast odd shadows across the room. The small trinkets on my dresser made impossibly large foes as I watched the darkness. It felt so heavy now. That once comfortable weight that had kept me before was now gone.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

This time I knew it couldn't have been my imagination. No. This time I could more clearly hear it in the wall above my head. My eyes shot up to gaze at the blank space. I felt sick as I tried to calm myself. Each nerve so frayed from the fear that I couldn't even manage to move more than I had.

What in the hell was that noise? It had sounded again, like someone softly knocking on the wall. If I had lived in an apartment at the time it would have been nothing but...this was the second story of the house. I sat in silent fear as my eyes passed over the room one more time. Nothing was there.

A cold damp sweat had started to form over my pale skin as I listened closer.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

This time it sounded closer to me. I could feel a dull ache in my body from keeping my muscles tensed for so long. I couldn't move though. It had sounded like it was inside the wall further down now. Unfortunately enough for me that soft sound was followed by another. I could hear something move. The noise was similar to the sound of someone shuffling along the floor. However it didn't come from the room but instead inside the wall.

I know what you're thinking. I thought the same thing too. It had to be something like the pipes right? I had thought so too. The relief that washed over me as that thought held me was comforting. I had just been scaring myself. I had smiled to myself as I closed my eyes again. The fear had finally ebbed some.

I could feel that perfect comfort starting to pull me back into sleep. The sheets were so soft on my skin and the room was perfectly cool. My mind was starting to fall away into the all too familiar darkness of sleep. Even the cool hand on my cheek was so very nice.
I was in the mood for something scary so here it is. This is partially truth and partially fiction. Question isn't if you believe it was there. It's there whether you believe in it or not. This was a little gift for my dear friend, :iconhopelesslyabandoned:.

Sleep tight,
l1k3gh0sts

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DeddoorenjiOni Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I just watched the video you made of it :3 Both are amazing 
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist
:D Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. I love anything scary so this was a lot of fun.
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DeddoorenjiOni Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
You're welcome! :D I recently have tried taking a scary approach to my little thing too.ever since I did a little bit of voice acting on creepy pastas, I been obsessed to the bone for it.
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Hard to get rid of that addiction for sure. Lol. It's just so much fun!
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DeddoorenjiOni Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
My all time favorite creepy pasta is The Harbinger Experiment narrated by KingSpook :P
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist
I've not heard that one. I'll have to have to listen to it soon. :) I'm always happy to find new narrators and stories.
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DeddoorenjiOni Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I have done some narrating too haha granted my channel is dead atm because of current schedules in my life and I only made around 4 videos just starting out :P
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vanessacheng Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I CAN RELATE TO THIS STORY! Back then when I was younger, I used to live in an apartment with two floors with my parents. My room was upstairs, but every time I got into my bed during the night, the moment my head hit the pillow and the lights were turned off-there was always those noises in the stairway. Like...footsteps. And I knew it couldn't possibly be my parents because I always slept a few hours later than them, and they definitely were not good at walking in the dark. So there I was, wide eyed in bed, hopelessly trying to convince myself it was nothing but some pipe noises that my brain would confuse with footsteps. It's really no wonder I was always dead tired during the day. xD
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist
I know the feeling. T^T It's terrible to be afraid to go to sleep. I've had a few things happen to me that kept me up till dawn. I know not everyone will believe me and all but I tell my stories anyway. I will admit that it is interesting though. I'm always as excited as I am scared most of the time. I'm working on another story. Something that is a complete work of fiction. :) i hope it will turn out well.
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Yoko-tan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
so did she die, then, or was it a friendly monster? :iconconfusedplz:
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist
I left it a little open ended. I find that the best and sometimes scariest ending is to leave you wondering what happened. They could have woken up from a bad dream or something could have pulled them into everlasting darkness. It could have been a friend coming home late or the soft touch of something unseen that hides in the walls watching the person. Point is not knowing and letting your fears get the best of you. :) Sorry, totally a horror junkie. Lol. *shot*
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kittycommunism Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, scary! D: You got me!!!
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you so much! I'm glad (in a not creepy way. Lol.). I was even a little surprised myself with how well this turned out. I really appreciate the feedback! :tighthug:
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KittyLove657 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
O_o I'm so scared in a good way right now... the last sentence *shivers* was so freaken' creepy! :iconscaredplz:
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Ok. I'm a dork. Lol. Sorry. I replied to the wrong comment. Haha cause I'm a genius! T^T I'm glad you like this so much! I love stories like this. In all honesty I've had some weird things happen that I use as story inspiration. I've had something tug on me when I was trying to fall to sleep. Not so much fun in the moment but good material. :nod: :D
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KittyLove657 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One time. when I was asleep I felt something kiss my cheek... and my parents where asleep O_o
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
That is absolutely horrible. o^o As crazy as it sounds, I've always had stuff like that happen. I'm a total skeptic and all but I believe there are things out there like this.
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KittyLove657 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't say I'm crazy but...it felt relaxing and soothing in a nice way
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
You're not. I get it. You'll know if it's threatening usually. 
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KittyLove657 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cause earlier I was hearing a noise going like tip-tap tip-tap
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
o.o Well that would make this much more unsettling. :nod: I'm usually one of those people that gets scared when I can't see what is there. Monsters can be fun but noises. I hate noises. Lol.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Another interesting piece! :D

Although, I must say, in the paragraph about the bed being impossibly comfortable.......It makes me wanna go back to bed. :lmao:

But in all seriousness, I liked this piece. :D
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Lol. Well I'm glad. I love horror but I'm only a beginner in writing it still. T^T I love the stuff though. :D I'm glad that part made you feel that way. All about the false sense of security. Lol.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, I know what ya' mean. :nod:

And haha, yeah. :XD:
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
It's hard for me to find people who like it as much as myself usually. Sorry, I'm a little sleep deprived and that makes me a tad hyper.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, I actually don't really like "horror." (Simply because of the fact I'm a scaredy cat. LOL!) But I don't mind reading it every once and again. :nod:

And lol, don't apologize. It's all good. :aww:
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Lol nice. I tend to spend a lot of my time on the genre. Can't help myself. Since I was 5 I was pretty well obsessed with it. I always find it hard to find authors who write it well. Some of them have great ideas but it doesn't translate well when they put it to paper. I'm trying to get better at that sort of stuff myself.

Glad to know my insanity hasn't really scared anyone just yet. Lol.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aah, I see. :nod: Well, I'm definitely looking forward to your next pieces as a guy who really focuses on the literature side of art. :nod:

:lmao: No, you're fine. :XD: I didn't even know why you were apologize.
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I'll surely have some up soon. I'm working on a few things though at the moment so it will be slow going for a little while. I have had a great idea for the story I'm on now. I just have to make sure I execute it properly. I one of those people who likes making a mess load of work for themselves. T^T Torture. Lol.

Because usually I'm pretty mellow and now I'm bouncing off the walls. Lol. I'm just excited to finally get to do the give away. That and my meds have kicked in fully. Sometimes they wire me a little. (Long term health issue.)
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flickster2103 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was reading this in the dark...
O.O
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm sorry if it was unnerving. Although it makes me glad it was. Lol. I like this one pretty well.
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flickster2103 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have this stupid habit of crying when something scary happens. The scarier something is, the harder I cry.
I was bawling my eyes out at the end. :)
It's a good story.
One of my favourites so far actually.
I like it how you stretched the suspense and then at the end you went BOOM. (although I spaced out for a few seconds before I really understood what was happening *moment of realisation. That's just me though)
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you so much! You are far too kind! I'm glad you liked it. Sorry for making you cry though. o^o I love horror stuff and this is something that was floating around in my head. :) Sometimes it's the simple things that are scary.
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LeaCyberStrider Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The last sentence made me scream.
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Not that I'm glad it made you scream...or...how do I put this? Lol.
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LeaCyberStrider Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean ^^; horror writers speak a different language >:3
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Lol. Indeed. Fear is our joy in the strangest of ways. :) Lol.
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l1k3gh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm glad! I was worried that it didn't carry the kind of weight I intended. :iconletmehugyouplz:
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LeaCyberStrider Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It certainly did!! Don't you worry!
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