I woke up for someone standing next to my bed. For real.
It’s an Airbnb with two rooms rented out: us in one, another couple in the next. The guy from the next room got confused when returning from a nightly toilet run, took the wrong turn and somehow ended up standing next to me when I was asleep.
If you’ve never had to wake up for a stranger standing next to you and trying to recognise your shape in the dark, well, it doesn’t feel very good.
Those nightmares when aliens gather around your bed while you’re asleep and paralysed, and then all sorts of shit happens.
The all sorts of shit in this case was mostly, someone with an Italian accent saying “Fuck I’m sorry I’m so sorry sorry I’m sorry” and rushing out of the room.
Which is all my girlfriend could remember of the next morning: some weird mumbled Italian swearing.
It might very well have been me.