I cannot tell you how much all of your support has meant to us over the past few days. Faye feels so good knowing that people are constantly asking about her health. And I feel like a few of your suggestions have literally saved her life. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
I don’t even know where to begin. So much has happened in the last 2 ½ days.
The sedatives and anti-anxiety meds the doctor gave to Faye work during the day, and she has been less stressed. However, at night, her behavior is still highly unusual. I have taken the overwhelming consensus of Redditors seriously:
I went out and purchased a bunch of child-proofing materials for the house to prevent Faye from harming herself or going outside while sleepwalking (I could not afford a bunch of cameras, sorry, I’m a teacher). I bought these knob covers that little kids (and hopefully sleepwalkers) are too stupid to figure out, outlet covers in case she tries to jam anything into them, and I hid the kitchen knives. I also brought in a spiritual healer after very carefully searching for one. It is my opinion that 99% of them are frauds and huxters, but this woman did not charge us anything, and she was recommended by close family. She is the daughter of a Shoshone tribal elder.
We also had Faye take a pregnancy test, as recommended by many Redditors.
The woman said it was a good idea. Good news – not pregnant. And the woman stood in the bathroom with her like a prison guard so she couldn’t fuck with the test. We then thanked the woman and she left.
That night, we attached a little jingle bell (from Faye’s Christmas-themed lingerie) to a hair scrunchie and put it around her ankle. I’m such a light sleeper there’s no way she’d be able to get out of bed without waking me.
Faye fell asleep really fast due to the meds, out like a light in a few minutes. I lay in bed thinking about the “5” she wrote on the window in her sleep a few nights earlier and reasoned that it meant 5AM, and not 5 days, as some Redditors had speculated. This makes sense because she’s been getting up at that time to sleepwalk every night for four nights now. Since the 5 was written backward, facing the backyard, I reasoned that it was a signal to whoever/whatever was out there – she was going to try to let it inside.
I eventually fell asleep, and I had a fucking horrifying dream.
Something came into the house, through the sliding glass door to the yard, and walked up the stairs and into our bedroom.
It sat at the edge of our bed, rubbing Faye’s foot and staring at us. It was completely wreathed in shadow; I couldn’t see it at all except for a silhouette, just like the video I posted about what I saw a few nights earlier. I woke up soaked in sweat and couldn’t fall back asleep for a while.
5AM rolled around, and the reliable little jingle bell woke me right up. In her sleep, Faye did something she’s never done before – she stood up on the bed, rigid as a board, and stared out the window. I shouldn’t really say “stared” because her eyes were closed, but she was alert. Watching, listening. She remained there like a statue for at least five minutes (I also didn’t move, I just watched). Then, she slowly raised her hand and started waving at someone outside. My skin crawled when she did that. She definitely knew someone was there, even with her eyes shut.
Faye then stepped off the bed and darted to the bedroom door, trying to get out into the hallway, but the childproof knob cover stopped her. She couldn’t figure it out in her sleep.
She did another thing she’s never done while sleepwalking: she got extremely angry and started pulling on the cover.
She shrieked and growled like a trapped animal. After about 30 seconds of this, she woke herself up. She started crying really hard and told me that in her nightmares, she had seen a man without a face, walking through the halls of our home, whispering her name and looking for her. I sat up and talked with her for an hour, and then we went back to sleep.
When I woke up again, it was around 10AM, and Faye was gone. The bedroom window was open. As I walked downstairs, I saw her in the backyard, reading. Every single window in the entire house was open, and it was like 55 degrees outside. She told me the smell of the sage made her nauseous, and she wanted to get it out of the house. I couldn’t smell anything.
I suggested that we go to the church downtown today to speak with a priest (she’s Catholic), but she refused, so I had my buddy K (who is a very, very devout Catholic) come over with some holy water and his crucifix. Apparently, K told his priest what was going on, and the guy very reluctantly blessed the water and told us to call him. Faye was irritated that I’d done this without her permission and waited outside while K set up a few little crosses and his big crucifix around the house. Faye refused to have any holy water put on her; she kept saying “I’m freezing, don’t you dare.” She’s going to be super pissed when she finds out I put that shit in her shampoo and conditioner bottles.
She was in a really nasty mood all morning, but after we went out for lunch, she was feeling better, and agreed to film the interview video and answer questions from Redditors.
While filming, I noticed that she wasn’t wearing her engagement ring, and realized she hadn’t been wearing it in several days.
I asked her where it was, and she said it was in our luggage (which we’ve now only partially unpacked). Later, when I checked, it wasn’t there. I’m worried about this for a few reasons. I will post the video as soon as she watches and approves it. She’s self-conscious. Expect it within a few days. I’ve finally begun moving some more of the photos from the cabin onto my laptop too. I cannot bring myself to listen to those voice recordings yet.
Since this is getting overlong, flash forward to last night: I got up at about 1AM to pee, and I knocked the bell scrunchie off the bed. Faye had taken it off and was gone. I got angry and scared at the same time. I found her sitting on the stairs, looking down into the dark, spreading her arms open like she was trying to get a child to climb the staircase for its first time. She was smiling with her eyes closed. As I usually do, I gently got her up and walked her back to bed.
When I laid down next to her, she leaned over, and with her eyes still closed, said “They’re gonna kill you” and then licked my face.
I called her parents today to arrange a flight back to Colorado – they’re paying for it. Her mom, Laura, admitted to me that something had happened to Faye as a child at the cabin. That is where her sleep disturbances started when she was five. I have had enough, and they can tell. They spoke with the ranger at Pikes Peak again, and he’s arranging for me to meet with him and his buddies from their tribe who knows the entire history of the area, and all of the hauntings that other visitors have reported.
Faye will be staying with my two best friends, R and J, and J’s fiancée, A. I’ve known all three of them since high school, and they are completely informed about all these events. They will guard her with their lives.
In short, I’m going back to the cabin – alone.
I’ll update soon, but no matter what happens, I’m not going to drag this out any further on NoSleep. I’ve polluted this place enough with my problems.
EDIT: Folks, I won’t be at the cabin alone. I’m meeting the ranger and his friends there. His two friends are from his tribe (Nation? sorry I don’t know the correct terminology), and they are healers. They know all about Pikes Peak and the ongoing situation. I’m not going out easy.
UPDATE: Dropped Faye off at my friends’ place. They’ll take care of her. Heading to the airport now. No idea when I’ll get back on. Will try tonight if I’m not too tired after landing.
UPDATE 4/26 MIDNIGHT, COLORADO: I’m at Faye’s parents. Exhausted. Talked to her parents extensively. Got word from my friends – Faye started feeling really ill, wanted to go home. They’ve moved the whole posse over to our house, which has been saged/blessed/protected/covered in holy water and crucifixes, and she is allegedly doing much better now. Richard and Jason and Jason’s fiancee Alison are all sleeping over for a few nights to ensure Faye is alright. Heading to the cabin tomorrow morning to meet the ranger.
UPDATE 4/26, 9:45AM, COLORADO: Leaving in one hour to go to the cabin. Sorry for typo, I said it was the 27th by accident
UPDATE 4/26, 5:15PM: Spotty bullshit wifi, snowing like crazy up here. Met with the ranger, investigated the cabin. Nothing unusual inside except a lamp shade removed from a lamp, which he claims was not like that when he came in here a few days ago. His friends will be here tomorrow morning.
I’m alone for tonight. I went outside for just a minute when it was still light to grab some things from the truck, and heard two voices.
Making short videos with my phone. Will try to upload.
UPDATE 4/27, 9:12PM: So much has gone down. I am so terrified and sleep-deprived. I’m writing a huge post right now with everything that’s happened. I will post it tomorrow morning because I know I can’t finish it tonight. I’m going to fall asleep in my chair. Sorry to keep you waiting.