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August 2007
- Page 5

Doppelganger of Death
by Sherry

Our yearly tradition is to take our three girls to Sanibel Island in Florida. In July of 2006, we were enjoying our family vacation. We love the beach so much that even when it rains, we are out on the beach. On this particular day, we were looking for seashells, even though it was misting and a storm was starting to brew. My husband and our two oldest daughters (ages 15 and 8) decided to go back to the cottage to eat. Our 6 year old wanted to continue hunting for seashells. Well, as it happens with kids, as soon as they left, she decided that she wanted to catch up with them. Because they were only about 20 feet away, I called for them to wait on her. I made sure that they had her before I turned away to finish my seashell hunting.

I walked for about 10 more minutes until the weather started to turn really rough. The mist was heavier and the waves were churning. I have never seen such a rough sea. I turned back with a feeling of unexplained dread. I couldn't shake it. I looked out into the ocean and I swear I saw my 6 year old drowning in the waves. Now, I knew with absolute certainty that she was safe back in the cottage with her daddy and sisters, but yet there she was drowning in the rough seas.

I started into the water to try to help her. I was in a total state of panic. I was crying and absolutely hysterical. I knew that if I went in the water I would drown. But there I was going, even though I knew that it wasn't really my baby out there. I felt like something wanted me to go into the water so I would die. I had to fight the instinct to help her. Keep in mind that the thing in the water was the spitting image of her.

I took off running to the cottage, crying the entire time. My youngest greeted me at the door. I was never in my life so happy to see her. To this day I am convinced that the thing in the water was her doppelganger trying to lure me to my death. I know they say that you only can see your own double, but I wonder.... I hope I never have this happen again.

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