#4 – A Night in a Castle

Oct 4, 2019

Day 4 – Topic: Haunted Happenings

I’ve always wanted to spend a night in the castle. I can’t tell you why, but castles were always something that was… mystical. They are a piece of history, built thousand years ago. Some of them hosted emperors and kings. They all have a magical aura in my eyes. I wanted to walk the halls of one alone, spend a night there and… suck in the energy so to speak. Luckily for me, I live in a country that is just overflown with them, so my dream wasn’t so impossible. 

I don’t know what particularly pushed me to do it on that exact day, but when I woke up, I googled around and chose from the list of to an English speaking person unpronounceable castles and called the local warden. Surprisingly, he agreed without any hesitation and I was given several dates to choose from. I picked up one at random that happened to be the next Saturday. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited I almost couldn’t think straight. Once I calmed myself down, I prepared a list of what I needed to take with and later, I decided to read up on the history of the castle. 

When the day came, I had everything ready in my car. I was to come in the evening, but I could hardly think during the day. I departed an hour earlier than I originally intended because I just couldn’t help myself. When I arrived, I used the time I had to look around. It was beautiful. I felt the energy already. I sat down on a bench, overlooking the castle in the setting sun. It was probably at that time that I finally believed it was happening. 

I took in the moment for several minutes and when the visitors started leaving, I slowly moved towards the entrance. I stopped before the giant door, took a deep breath and knocked. I could hear the sound echoing through the walls behind. I got goosebumps. The warden opened and we greeted each other. We talked a little and he gave me a private tour of the castle. After that, he lead me to one of the giant rooms and left me be. When he closed the door, it was total silence. I looked around and felt the energy. It was everything I have ever dreamed of, but much better, because it was actually happening. 

At first, I walked around the castle followed only by the echo of my footsteps. I heard the wind blowing through the walls. I felt the energy of the place. It was like it was speaking to me. It was a strange feeling and I had butterflies in my stomach. The moon appeared in the sky. Full moon, shining brightly. It was almost spooky.

As the night went on, I returned to the room and prepared to go to bed. The castle was filled with various noises as if the whole building was designed to make you scared. I closed my eyes and my imagination was filled with pictures of medieval knights and kings feasting, jousting and regaling. Suddenly, however, these images took on a dark turn. I saw killings, torture and blood. My eyes sprung open, but the terrible noises were still in my ears. 

I said a few words aloud just to overshout my imagination. It worked only partially. The sounds were quieter, but they were still there. When I looked out of the window I thought I saw something in the shimmering light. I blinked, but still saw it. I took a deep breath and told myself aloud that nothing is happening, but it sounded false. I was beginning to get scared. I closed the eyes again and nothing was happening for a while. 

Suddenly, a bang filled the room. I jumped up and looked around. Something was on the ground that wasn’t there before. The wind must have knocked something down from a wall. My heart was racing. The wind was howling through the stone walls. I felt cold, like something was siphoning the heat from me. I layed back down, closed my eyes, but I couldn’t sleep. My mind was racing. I started hearing noises, banging on the walls. The chairs started slowly moving, making screeching noises as they went. I jumped up again and wanted to leave the room, leave the castle and never return. I run out of the room, looking behind my shoulder and suddenly everything went black. 

I woke up in a hospital the next day. Apparently, I banged my head on something when I was running and lost consciousness. At least that’s what they told me. I am not so sure what I believe. I have not visited any castles since and I will never sleep in one again. I am done with that.