Dream ~ The Black-Eyed Child ~ April 2014
The tale I tell is true. All names have been changed, to protect the innocent.
My best friend flew me out on holiday to be with her and her family in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK from April 11 – April 27, 2014. On my first night there, Joan’s son Lloyd informed me he was having nightmares. I felt horrible for this 8 year old soul. Being a night owl I have rarely fallen asleep before 2 am. That first night, I heard footsteps on the landing as soon as the household settled in for the night.
I felt like someone was outside my door and wanted in. They walked harder with each step. I could hear them go from my room to Lloyd’s. At one point I swung open the door to see if he were sleep walking. No one was there, I went to sleep. The stomping on the landing continued. No dreams this night.
The following day Lloyd informed me, he had had another nightmare and didn’t want to sleep in his room without a light on. I told Joan about the footsteps on the landing. She informed me the land they live on is old pastures and the only thing that could haunt the place would be a cow. All the homes are new, and they are the first occupants making it utterly ‘their’ home! The funny thing is – I didn’t feel like it was a ‘ghost.’ I’ve felt souls who are stuck here and haunt places, this didn’t feel like someone that had died. It felt like someone alive ~ it didn’t make sense!
Again as soon as the family fell into dreamtime, I was wide awake and playing on facebook. The footsteps came out of the bathroom and I could hear them walk to my door – it was like they were standing at my closed door, stomping their feet. I thought to myself, “Who are you!?” Silence. No response. I felt like they stood there, as soon as I thought to get up and swing open the door, I could hear the stomping go away from my door. At one point, I opened the door to see if it was Lloyd sleep walking, no one was there. I felt like someone was laughing at me. The footsteps came and went until I turned off my light to meet the sandman.
I WAS SLEEPING IN MY ROOM AT JOAN’S. I WOKE UP (IN THE DREAM) AND LOOKED AROUND THE ROOM THINKING, “I JUST WENT TO SLEEP AND I AM AWAKE!” GRRRR. SOMETHING TOLD ME TO GO CHECK ON LLOYD, I GOT UP AND OPENED THE DOOR. ENTERING THE HALL, I NOTICED THE HOUSE WAS DARK. I FELT NERVOUS. THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS SHOULD BE ON, AS WELL AS LLOYD’S NIGHT LIGHT SHOULD BE ILLUMINATING FROM HIS DOOR.
I WALKED TO LLOYD’S ROOM TO TURN HIS LIGHT ON. ON THE WALL TO MY RIGHT IS A LIFESIZE POSTER OF YODA AND ON THE DOOR, TO MY LEFT IS A LIFESIZE POSTER OF A STORM TROOPER, I SMILED AT THEM. IT WAS PITCH BLACK IN THE ROOM, I FELT UNEASY. I FELT SOMEONE WAS WATCHING ME AND NOT DIGGIN’ ME ENTERING THE BOYS ROOM. I REACHED FOR THE LIGHT, AS I DID A CHILD’S VOICE YELLED: “GET OUT!! THIS IS MY ROOM!!”
I TRIED TO SEE INTO THE DARKNESS. I WATCHED THE STUFFED ANIMALS COME TO LIFE – GETTING BIGGER WITH EACH SECOND. THERE WAS A CURLY-HAIRED KID IN THERE! HE LOOKED LIKE A MIXED BREED OF SOME SORT AND HE WAS ANGRY! HE YELLED: “THESE ARE MY THINGS!!! GET OUT!!! THIS IS MY ROOM!!!!”
I REACHED FOR THE LIGHT AGAIN AND THIS TIME, LLOYD’S STUFFED POKEMON ~ TURTWIG BEGAN TO GROW – IT’S JAWS OPENING AND CLOSING COMING AT ME. THE CHILD’S SMILE BEAMED. I WAS SOOO SCARED. I FELT TERRIFIED. I CONTINUED TO TRY FOR THE LIGHT – IT WOULDN’T TURN ON. HE LAUGHED AND AGAIN REMINDED ME THIS WAS HIS ROOM AND HIS THINGS!!! I NOTICED JOAN’S STUFFED BUNNY – GEORGIE WAS ON THE MINI-SOFA, HE WAS BIGGER THAN NORMAL AND SHAKING. HE WAS TERRIFIED OF THIS KID. I DECIDED TO LOOK THE CHILD IN IT’S EYES AND THAT’S WHEN MY HEART FROZE. THIS CHILDS EYES WERE BLACK! SOLID BLACK, NO IRIS, NO WHITES. LOOKED LIKE ONE BIG PUPIL. THIS MADE ME SCREAM AND I HEARD HIS LAUGHTER AS I WOKE MYSELF UP!
I awoke sweaty and scared out of my wits. I needed to talk to my other BFF, Doc the Elf. I was in England and he was in America! Grrrrrr. I got up, checked that Lloyd’s light was still on and went back to sleep. I fell right back to sleep and the dream continued, right where I left it. Oh man!
I WAS BACK IN LLOYD’S DOORWAY, THE BLACK-EYED CHILD GIGGLED AND CONTINUED TO INFORM ME THIS WAS HIS PLACE AND I NEEDED TO LEAVE. I WATCHED AS THE ARMY OF STUFFED ANIMALS ANIMATED AND ENLARGED THEMSELVES. THEY BEGAN TO COME AT ME, THE CHILD WATCHING WITH THE BIGGEST SMILE ON HIS FACE – I NEVER SAW HIS TEETH – ONLY THE WEIRD COLOUR OF HIS SKIN AGAINST HIS DARK CURLS AND THE BLACKNESS OF HIS EYES.
I YELLED AT HIM, INFORMING HIM THIS WAS NOT HIS HOUSE AND HE WAS NOT WELCOME HERE. TURTWIG’S JAWS CAME CLOSER – SNAPPING HIS SHARP BEAKLIKE MOUTH AT ME. HE LOOKED HURT AND UPSET THAT I WAS YELLING AT HIM! GOOD!! I CONTINUED TO YELL FOR HIM TO LEAVE LLOYD AND THE HOUSE ALONE!!! GEORGIE ON THE SOFA TREMBLED, HE WAS AS SCARED AS I WAS.
THE BLACK-EYED KID FLOATED UP TO THE CEILING SURROUNDED BY STUFFED ANIMALS AND FLEW AT ME. I WOKE UP QUIETLY SCREAMING.
The following night I had the same dream, with the exact same interruption between and returning to where it left off! I got pissed. Lloyd again had had nightmares and asked if he could sleep in my room with me. I agreed. I told Joan and her hubbie Eddie about my dreams. Their eyes grew wide as I reiterated the nightmares. I described the child to them. Joan knew exactly who the Black-eyed Child was, a bully Lloyd knew at school named Alex. The child in my dreams matched the child in real life to a T. A mean, rude, asshole of a child, who was bullying Lloyd in school and now on the Astral Plane.
I did what I needed to do to keep that evil child away from my beloved Lloyd while he sleeps, until my return home to discuss business with The Elf. Lloyd eventually went back to his room, and the stomping on the landing ceased!!! Upon my return to the colonies (the USA), I told Doc the Elf the description of the bully, he was upset! He told me to look into the Black-Eyed Children Phenomenon.
This is what I found:
The rest of my stay in England was nightmare free for both myself and Lloyd! Yay! The night light stays on and the Black-Eyed bully will never bother anyone again!!!