And then, I woke up suddenly. I thought I heard some sound. I sat up and then I jumped out quickly from the bed at midnight. I looked around. It was all dark. There was a little streak of light from the street light. The room seemed quite empty. I felt lonely. The feeling of fear crept in on my back. I felt a sudden chill. My legs began to tremble slowly. It was strange. I wanted to call some one, but I did not have courage to.
All of a sudden, I noticed that there is some one sitting in the corner of the room. The outline suggested that it was a man. I could not see the face clearly. But he had two hands and two long legs. He was not so good to look at, though he was not ugly. A little movement was apparent. I realized that it was an unearthly human being like creature. I wondered how he could come in as I had (bolted) locked the room from inside before sleeping. I stopped to guess that and looked up more carefully.
I approached him slowly and noiselessly, without moving my eye off him. He was still steady and unmoved. I went very close to the corner of the room. There was no body there. I was even more frightened now. I moved to the door and switched on the wall lamp. The room was bright and I looked around carefully and with half courage. I found no one.
I could not stop myself from shouting. I shouted aah ! Ma ! and shrieked. My nerves were quite tight and I was not knowing what I should do. My face and my cheeks were trembling and I could feel the blood rush to my face.
I heard the sounds of my people coming in. I looked up opening my eyes. They asked me what had happened. I mentioned that I saw some one in the corner. They looked the room and bathroom. The windows were closed. So they concluded that I was hallucinating. They gave me a glass of water. I drank it and my head cooled down and became steadier. I reflected back on what all happened. I realized that loneliness leads to mental hallucination.