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My Dear Friend

D.A. Taren, NY, USA
October 2010

In all my life I have never, ever had a paranormal experience. I do believe in the paranormal and I believe that there are spirits that still wander this earth even after they have passed away . . . but I suppose that because I still had a little doubt, my friend decided to make his appearance.

About five years ago, one of my best friends passed away; his name was David. David was a loving soul and someone that would always be by your side. I suppose that was why I was so shocked when I heard of his death. I attended his funeral, of course, and I had the honor of giving the eulogy. Tears were shed, memories were shared, and my dear David would never be forgotten. It is now 2010 and only months ago I had the pleasure of seeing him again.

I was driving home from work at around 5 o'clock and for some reason the hairs at the back of my neck were standing straight up. I thought that maybe it was just because it was cold. Anyways, when I got home I was greeted by my trusted Akita, Aimi. She leapt up happily and when she licked my face, she ran down the hallway with her tail wagging. I thought that maybe she was getting one of her toys but she didn't come back. Whatever the reason, I got started on dinner and ate in silence. At around 9 o'clock I decided to go to bed.

I was brushing my teeth until I heard someone whisper my name. I froze up instantly but shook it off when I heard the wind whistling outside.

My bedroom door was closed and I heard Aimi bark. Startled, I pushed the door open and saw David standing there in front of her. She sat there, wagging her tail while David stood there smiling. My heart raced and for some reason I couldn't move. Then he looked up at me.

His hazel eyes shined brighter than they ever did. I thought I was dreaming. I felt my eyes burn and realized I was beginning to cry. I closed my eyes and hoped that maybe I was just seeing things. Then I felt a cold air beside me and a voice say, "I miss you so much." I felt something touch my cheek and I opened my eyes. I saw hazel eyes again before they disappeared forever. I was extremely light-headed and sunk to my knees. Aimi came over to me and comforted and I held on to her for a while. "I miss you too David," I whispered, long after he was gone for good.

The sight of my David was enough to make me a true believer. I've never experienced something so strong before. I hope you all believe my story. If you believe, you may be visited by the person you miss the most. A touch to the arm, a breath against your neck, or a kiss on the cheek may stay in your memory for a very long time.

D.A. Taren, NY, USA
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