I was alarmed when I opened my eyes. When did I sleep off? My journal was still beside me but the bed side lamp was off .I started getting up but I couldn’t. It was like a heavy bag was on my chest. I struggled to get up and shout but I couldn’t and no sound came out of my mouth. I struggled harder and finally got up I felt light as if I could fly.
I stood up on my bed and looked around; the whole room was very dark. The windows were open but the moonlight wasn’t penetrating into the room. I found that strange. I turned to put on the bedside lamp and screamed. I was starring at my own body still lying on the bed. My eyes were open and looking directly at me. I tried to scream again but no sound came out. My body on the bed stirred and the mouth opened.
In a flash, I jumped out of the bed and ran across the room to switch on the light. I couldn’t feel my heart pounding. I felt that I must be dreaming until my body got up from the bed and started walking towards me. I wanted to run again but I couldn’t. My feet were glued to the floor somehow. This couldn’t be happening to me. When my body approached me, it was smiling It was like looking in the mirror. My large brown eyes starred back at me “Are you scared?” It asked “I am dreaming”, I said in a voice I couldn’t hear but my body apparently did “No. You are not .You are only experiencing what you should have a long time ago”. “You are me”
My body laughed. It was a carefree, sing song sound that was very familiar. It belonged to me. “You haven’t noticed?” It asked, “You are the spirit and I am the body” “What?!” “Take a look at the mirror Lisa”, It walked towards my wardrobe and I followed suit like I was under some kind of trance. It opened my wardrobe to reveal the mirror that was nailed to the door on the side. It smiled and pointed at the mirror. ‘Take a look” My legs were wobbling as I walked to the mirror. As I stood before it, I closed my eyes and whispered, God help me! What on earth would I see? An animal? A monster? I opened my eyes. The mirror showed me nothing. I touched the mirror but I didn’t see my hand. “What is going on?”
I cried out and slammed the door of my wardrobe shut, “Can someone tell me what is happening to me?” “Come on Lisa. Don’t get hysterical”, my body sat on the bedroom sofa, “Didn’t you hear me? You are a spirit. Spirits are invisible. You and I know that you like reading so you must have come across something like this. I know I have”, it smiled, “And like you said, you are me so we are one but separated for a while”. “No”, I closed my ears with my hands; I am not listening to this anymore” “Suit yourself”, my body walked back into the room and laid on the bed. “It’s almost dawn”, it said in a sleepy voice, “In a few minutes, you and I would be one again. Understand this Lisa, you have the power to leave your body and come back to it .You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want when you are what you are now. A spirit. Invisible”. “And you? I mean….. My body?” I didn’t know what the right thing to say was.
“Well”, it propped itself on an elbow, “You see when you leave your body, most of you goes with the spirit. The good part of you that is leaving behind the other part of you. This makes the body and the spirit rather different. The spirit is willing but the body is weak”, it smiled, “Should have been the other way round though” Why is this happening to me and why? I thought, I was too tired of asking questions. I still had my night gown on and that was what the figure on the bed wore too. A pink silk night gown. My favorite. “Your questions would be answered tomorrow night Lisa’, it smiled and closed its eyes Suddenly, a mysterious wind whistled its way into the room and dragged me towards the bed. I was too stunned to cry out.