This past February I wrote about Willy’s dream of the Shadow People. To summarize, he dreamt he looked outside the window of his high-rise condo into the night. Looking down at the alley behind a strip mall beneath, he saw dark shapes walking thru it. These shapes were completely black like silhouettes. One of these shapes stopped and seemed to look up back at him. It raised its arm and pointed directly at him. Willy realized the shadow person somehow knew he was watching them. He wasn’t supposed to be able to see them.
In his dream he left the window and returned to his bed to hide…when he awoke from his dream to the sound of rapping on his door. It was a subtle knock…tap…tap. Then it stopped. He didn’t answer the door. Who would knock on his door at such a late hour? Afterwards he inquired with those he knew if anybody had indeed knocked on his door that night, and no one did.
Willy has a friend named Larry who lives in this same high-rise condominium building. Larry is an older, unmarried retired guy. A year ago Larry met a woman named Ann who was an acquaintance of someone in this building. Larry flirted with Ann and asked her out for coffee.
Larry met with Ann the next day. He found out that Ann was homeless and living in her car. Feeling bad for her Larry did something that he would later regret. He told Ann that she could stay with him for a while, strictly platonic. He offered to help someone in need.
Once Ann moved in with Larry there were problems. Basically, Ann was volatile and sometimes even violent. She wouldn’t move out and Larry couldn’t bring himself to just throw her out on the streets. Ann had severe mood swings and when she was upset she got violent, attacking him or throwing things at him. Larry would often call the police to break up their fights. Larry’s initial concern for Ann turned into fear of her. He began to fear for his life, that one day she’d stick a knife in him. She had already tried to push Larry down a staircase.
Ann stayed with Larry for over a year when recently she attacked Larry and left him bloodied with a broken nose and a black eye. He called the police again and this time he pressed charges. He was given an order of protection against her. The police had to escort Ann to pick up her stuff at Larry’s condo. She was not allowed any contact with him unless the police was present. It seemed this situation had finally been resolved.
A week after Ann was gone, around 2 am on a Sunday night, there was a knock on Willy’s door. It awakened him. The knocking got louder and more insistent. Finally it sounded like someone was kicking the door hard. Willy assumed it was Ann…she had keys to the building’s common areas. Willy got along with Ann most of the time, but sometimes Ann tried to attack Willy too. He wanted nothing to do with her. He did not respond or open the door. The pounding stopped. Later Larry said he heard knocking on his door that same night and he didn’t open his door either.
Willy’s shadow people dream may have been a premonition of a near-future event potentially fraught with peril. Thinking back to his earlier dream Willy said it was almost like Ann was that shadow person wandering the streets at night and then seeking an encounter with him. Had Willy opened the door who knows what might have occurred?
Was this a prophecy by the shadow people? And to what point…should Willy have opened the door or not? Nobody knows where Ann has gone or what has become of her. Likely tormented with mental illness she may be wandering the streets at night. The homeless are like shadows…ignored, dismissed, and brushed aside. Ann has become a living shadow person.