Why I Don’t Turn Around in the Shower

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It’s been about 3 months since I moved into my new apartment on the third floor of a friends friend’s complex. It was way cheaper than anything else on the market that a second year college student like myself could afford. Plus I figured a change in scenery from my roommate playing Soft core animated porno games and listening to loud annoying techno music was due.

Though the previous owner apparently vanished into thin air without anyone realizing. None the less, I settled in pretty fine, the only problem was that the water wasn’t working yet, so I had to go to a bath house for a couple weeks. A couple weeks seems long, I know, but they said it had something to do with an internal backup, like there was so much gunk from SOMETHING that it was backing the whole entire system up in my apartment. I figured whoever lived here before just decided to turn the sink and anything else into their own personal garbage disposal. Would kinda make the small but noticeable smell in the apartment make sense.

Anyway, fast forward a couple weeks, and it’s all fixed. Finally I got to use a shower in my own privacy, you’d be surprised how nice that feels after two weeks of feeling socially awkward and insecure. After a long day on campus I decided it was time for a nice, hot, steamy shower and then some TV, and maybe Pizza if I was feeling it.

I turned on the faucet half expecting something to ooze out thinking they hadn’t completely fixed it, but it all turned on just fine. It was actually a pretty nice bathroom, nice size, the colors didn’t look like puke, I honestly don’t understand why so many people think yellow and green in a bathroom look nice. Was also pretty clean, the only thing I noticed was, while I was in the shower I noticed something that looked like it was painted over. Whoever did it didn’t do a good job, because it was chipping off and it didn’t match the color scheme of the rest of the bathroom. Curious as I am, I chipped it off to reveal in a small sketch “Dottun au rd” At least, that’s what I thought it said, it was really steamy in the bathroom and the sketch wasn’t deep.

I thought it was a road or some place someone sketched into the wall accidentally then tried to cover up so they wouldn’t get in trouble. After some of the steam in the shower went away I looked back at it to realize it said “Don’t turn around”. You know how in stupid horror movies, they tell you to NOT do something and instinctively, you do it? I’m no better, because as soon as I read it correctly a cold chill came over me, which made me turn around. I thought I had just left a window open in the bathroom, and didn’t think anything of it. That is, until the next day.

I got back into the shower, took a glance at the writing and did my normal routine. Until, I felt something staring at me. I figured it was just normal paranoia of living alone for the first time, and shrugged it off. But as I continued showering I felt it draw closer in a sense. I turned around quickly, and nothing was there, to my surprise.

I thought maybe it could have been a peeping tom or something, being a girl and all that happens sometimes, right? I felt really strange when I got out of the shower so I just fell asleep, I actually slept in and missed classes. So I figured I’d just stay home and explore. Nothing really interesting caught my eye. I found a playboy under the bed though, which made me chuckle and remember my old roommate. Then I wandered over the the closet in the hallway. There was, a broom, mop, other cleaning supplies. I turned the light on to get a better view, maybe find some accidental left goodies. I was always nosy. Again though, with that faint but surely there smell, but it was stronger in here. and there was some red on the bottom of the walls. I figured and animal had died, or it was a cleaning chemical that stained the wall, on closer inspection I noticed a sketch again.

This time it said “If you turn around three times it takes you” and then along the flooring of the wall it said “help” a few times. I thought my friend was playing a joke on me and came in here before I moved in and did this, because he knew I didn’t get scared easily. It left me creeped out but I didn’t pay it a lot of mind. Until I got back in the shower.

Again I felt like I was being watched and I was SURE I seen a face behind me out of the corner of my eye at one point, but that writing in the closet left me feeling a bit more than creeped out at this point, and I refused to turn around. I quickly got out of the shower and called my friend about the sketches and red stuff, and the past tenant. He said he didn’t know anything, at all about anything. He said the only thing he knew was his friend mentioned that someone on the second floor said she heard footsteps, and the shower turn on early in the morning. Along with what she though sounded like a faint whimper. Okay, now I was living my own personal horror story.

After I hung up I heard something that sent chills down my spine, the shower turned on. I bolted out of the apartment as fast as I could, and came back to my old dorm room where, luckily no one had roomed with my old roommate yet. I still have nightmares about it, and I still feel like someone is watching me when I shower, but I never dare to turn around. I no longer wonder what was clogging the pipes in the apartment.

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  • A
    Commented on December 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I liked it! Probably because i can relate >_> i hate that feeling,.. lol

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  • Commented on March 6, 2015 at 4:03 am

    For some strange reason bathrooms kinda creepy me out in general. SO I can relate.

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  • Commented on May 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I can completely relate, since I always watch scary movies & reading creepy stuff when I am in the shower & i close my eyes & then rub them to get the water out of them I expect to see something or someone. Every single time unless I really try not to think about it but I always have the feeling that one of these days I’m going to see something that I’m expecting from the top of the shower curtain or that little space between the wall & the curtain.

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  • carli b girl
    Commented on December 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t either this was a good story my dad walked up behind me I turned around and had a heart attack

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  • Commented on April 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I like this story! But I think I would make it a little bit longer

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  • Commented on May 13, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I can relate…
    I HATE bathrooms…
    There’s just that certain CREEPY aura about them. O.O

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  • Ivy
    Commented on May 14, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I can relate bathrooms creep me out i always feel like someone is watching me in the shower.

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  • CAKE
    Commented on October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    [spoiler] I was in the pipes and was watching him XDXD

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  • Commented on July 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I liked it I would have liked to know what it was though and what would have happened if they turned around.

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  • Commented on October 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    there were so many typos, & i kinda was hoping for a creepier ending. but still good.

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  • Slendy's proxy
    Commented on March 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I can relate

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  • Commented on May 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I always lean against the side wall of my shower; no surprises that way

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  • Commented on May 25, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Happy AF I don’t have windows in my bathroom!!

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  • Commented on June 21, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I can relate to the whole story

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  • Commented on July 20, 2015 at 3:10 am

    I can relate completely with littletrippyhippie. I have to have music on when I shower.

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  • logan harris
    Commented on August 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I get so creeped out in the shower that i dont even close my eyes so I can relate

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  • Commented on November 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I know the feels! Nice pasta :3

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  • Commented on December 9, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I relate t0 this pasta s0 much since I always feel like I am fucking being watched by s0mething

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  • Commented on December 21, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Well, this was actually really good. I do get that feeling when I shower, so I guess I like it cause I can totally relate! It sent a huge chill up my spine. Just guessing what was clogging the pipes kept me on my toes. Great job, I expect to read more from the author soon. Keep up the great work!

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  • Commented on October 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    CAKE; Thats not scary, thats not scary at all. lol

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  • Commented on June 11, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Ah, I remember the classic “murder in the shower” scene in a movie I watched….. Maybe this is what you were talking about~

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  • Commented on June 22, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I can definitely relate to this pasta. Very creepy.

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  • Commented on August 28, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I relate to this. I love your writing though, great job

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