Luci and her husband were moving from Oregon to Ohio in 2003 when they encountered something they never expected to see, and now never expect to be without.
“We were severely sleep deprived and on the evening of day two I began to notice something very odd,” Lucy said. At first, she thought she may be hallucinating, but later realized she was not. “I was seeing amorphous, floating, black, cloaked and hooded figures skimming about six inches to a foot off the ground.”
Some of the beings were standing still, but most seemed to be “heading somewhere definite,” Luci said. Some of the shadow people were traveling as fast as the truck her husband drove.
“I saw them here and there every few minutes and I couldn't help but feel disturbed,” she said. “Though I was quite tired, I felt wide awake and everything else I saw looked completely normal.”
As they drove east, the sightings continued, almost like Luci was catching a glimpse of another highway in another realm.
“I was amazed every time I saw another shadow figure,” she said. “Several passed over the highway crossing our path as we drove. For the few hours when this happened, I saw them through dusk, dark, and into the next morning.”
Luci and her husband stopped for a rest that morning after an encounter that was too close to be comfortable.
“Towards dawn one shadow figure passed right through the cab of our moving truck,” Luci said. “I clearly saw the drape of the folds of the encompassing cloak, though the face and head were hidden deep in a cowl. I couldn't help but gasp and pull away, too stunned to worry about how crazy my actions might seem to my husband.”
But he noticed her jump, and Luci was surprised that he knew why.
“He turned and looked at me and said, ‘You saw it too?’” she said. “I was astonished. But at last we were able to compare notes and it seemed we were seeing the same thing. What's more, we were seeing the exact same figures at the exact same time.”
They began pointing out the cloaked, hooded shadow people as they drove, slightly relieved they weren’t going crazy.
“Neither of us had been ingesting any substances or drinking anything but coffee, so these mutual ‘hallucinations’ were perplexing,” Luci said.
“All we could guess was that the lull of the truck engine over hundreds of miles and both of us being sleep deprived made it easier to see beings that were perhaps of the astral plane.”
It was then they began to get nervous.
“When two people start seeing figures of death seemingly everywhere, they might worry for their longevity all of a sudden,” she said. “We pulled off to stop at a motel shortly after we admitted to one another that we were seeing these things.”
The couple arrived in Ohio safely and has lived there since – but their drive through the astral plane seemed to open a door that has remained open for them.
“Since then, my husband and I have both seen these beings a couple of times a year usually just ‘passing through’ our yard or house,” Luci said. “They ignore us for the most part, though once I chased one down and put my hands right through it.”
When Luci’s hands sank into the chest of the shadow person, she felt an “odd, chilled, deep vibration” ripple through her.
“The shadow person stopped when I did this and I got the distinct impression that his kind are not used to being seen, let alone chased down and poked,” Luci said. “But, apparently, they can see us well enough, and ‘feel’ us, too.”
Copyright 2007 by Jason Offutt
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