January 2006 Page 14
by Darlene Whitney
I was bartending at an elegant restaurant called the CliffHanger in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. It was well known for its beautiful view of the cities below and a place for skiers and visitors to stop on their way up the mountain range to the resorts. I was the only person in the restaurant, other than the cooks in the kitchen on the other side of the building.
We were due to open for lunch in less than 15 minutes when this couple, a man and a woman, walked in. They were both wearing sunglasses and seemed to be tourists. Even though I was still setting up the bar, I offered them a cocktail. The man gave me their order and upon serving them, I went back to my job. They quietly sat there, looking straight ahead, not saying a single word. Not to me or to each other. I thought this was odd, but kept on working, occasionally glancing their way to see if they were close to needing a refill.
All of a sudden, the woman lifted her sunglasses as if to read something on the back wall of the bar and then slowly lowered them. I was shocked and amazed at what I saw! She had large almond-shaped eyes with no white at all, they were completely black! At first I thought I was seeing things, but as they finished their drinks and suddenly got up to leave, I knew I had had a close encounter with someone, or something, from another world. Although nothing was said, telepathically or otherwise (at least nothing that I was aware of) I wasn't frightened or alarmed, but actually felt very serene.
I don't know what their purpose was for coming there or if it was just a stopping off place on the way to their final destination, but it was a truly bizarre encounter! Oddly enough, not too long after their visit, my boss, the owner of the restaurant, who often spent nights in the apartment upstairs, committed suicide and the restaurant closed down. Coincidence or not, we'll never know. But to me, it was truly a mysterious encounter that I will never forget.
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