I've always had rather strange, almost paranormal encounters. I'm not exactly sure why, but it's been a thing in my family for decades. When I first turned 6 years old, I had my first sleep over with my older cousin, Alex. Alex was 11, and I was 6, so you can imagine his disdain when I would be around him the entire day. My abuela would always worn me when I would come over to stay by Alex, or someone else who would be able to protect me. I was young, but this often confused me. What was the importance of me being protected in a house I practically grew up in? Over time, she would be more adamant when it came to that rule, and I often heard her mumbling under her breath "The man is here" That freaked me out. So, on this occasion, my Abuela had to leave the house while I stayed over, and just as always she told me to never stray from Alex's side. No matter what. I could hear the panic in her voice as she said this. I kept that promise all day, and stayed next to Alex. Night came, and Alex put me to bed before promptly laying down himself. I fell asleep instantly. During the middle of the night I woke up. I desperately needed to use the bathroom. I knew that Alex was irritable during night, so I just decided to quietly sneak away to use the bathroom as quickly as possible. There was no harm in that, right? I softly walked around the house, feeling my way around. Everything looked so dark and different without the lights. Or Alex...At this point, I was straight up terrified, so I just decided to run back to Alex's room. Until I felt the cold touch of something run through my hair. I whirled around, but as I had suspected, nothing was there. It could have been the wild imagination of a child, but somehow, I had doubted it. I looked down at the ground, hoping it just might have been a cold bug. And then I noticed how very long and thin my shadow was, stretched across the floor. Though, the shadow was moving oddly, almost try to contort itself upwards...trying to reach me... I ran back to Alex's room, and didn't sleep a wink. When Abuela came back, she looked at me with great panic and said "You saw him didn't you?! You saw the man!"