It was the middle of the night. I woke up to a dog barking but not a normal bark. It was a bark that sounded like it was in fear or trying to defend itself. I heard it like it was right on the other side of the wall but it just didn’t make sense. Maybe it was just a dream. I was too scared to look out the window. I closed my eyes. I think. Did I even open them? Nothing is making sense but it’s happening so fast. I was lying on my side with my back towards my door. I was struck with terror when I felt pressure on my side as if I was covered in a 100 pound blanket. I couldn’t breath. I couldn’t move. I could feel breathing on my ear and a man say “don’t move”. I was terrified. All my doors are locked how is this happening? I think that’s when my eyes really opened. I knew it couldn’t be true and it took everything in me to turn onto my back and when I did there was nothing. Why do nightmares have to feel so real?