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My Teen Daughter Started Talking in Her Sleep — What I Heard Made Me Follow Her to Find out the Awful Truth

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 18, 2024
12:11 P.M.

Secrets, sleep-talking, and mysterious items are all the things that had me following my daughter when she left the house. I was unaware that where she was going would open up five-year-old wounds I thought were dead and buried. Keep reading to hear my tale.

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My sordid story started with me noticing some strange behavior from my young daughter. I became even more concerned when she started talking in her sleep, saying the same thing over and over. Little did I know that the truth would leave me heartbroken!

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A woman reacting in shock | Source: Pexels

I'm a single mom, raising my teenage daughter, Emma, alone since my husband, Jack, died in a tragic car accident five years ago. We've managed to find a rhythm to our lives, but lately, something's been off.

I noticed recently that Emma started bringing home new things she said she "borrowed" from "friends." Things like new books, clothes, and even a laptop. Her explanations never quite added up, but I didn't press her.

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A young woman busy on a laptop | Source: Pexels

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I chalked it up to typical teenage behavior. Then, about a week ago, something stranger and most interesting happened. One night, I stayed up late to drink some water and heard Emma's voice coming from her room.

I opened the door, peeked inside, and saw her asleep. I was shocked when she suddenly started mumbling in her sleep. "Please… you always do… don't leave me… I won't tell her… it's our secret."

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A young girl sleeping | Source: Pexels

Each night, it continued; the same words, the same pleading tone. Concerned and confused, I decided to track her down one evening. When she left the house around 5 p.m., I followed her discreetly in my car. I kept thinking I should say something, but I needed to know what she was hiding.

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I hoped following her would explain all the items she kept bringing home and the mysterious night mutterings. She walked briskly through our neighborhood, arriving at a parking lot where she got into a car.

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A woman driving while wearing sunglasses | Source: Pexels

My heart nearly STOPPED when I saw who was in the driver's seat! It was my supposedly dead husband, Jack! I couldn't BELIEVE my eyes! "But HOW?!" I whispered to myself, unsure if my eyes were deceiving me.

Frozen in place, I couldn't move a muscle despite my wanting to rush to them. I watched as they drove off. My mind raced, trying to process what I'd seen. "How could Jack be alive? Why hadn't he come home? And why was Emma meeting him in secret?"

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A shocked woman sitting in her car looking at something | Source: Pexels

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Figuring they couldn't be far because Emma always made it home by six, I decided to track them down. My photographic memory helped me remember the make and license plate of Jack's car. Gathering my courage, I trailed them to a modest house on the outskirts of town.

Jack parked near a house, and they both got out. I held my breath but before I let it out, I saw a woman emerge from the house and hug Emma! The sight was like a punch to the gut. "What the hell!?" Who was she? What was going on?

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A car parked near a house | Source: Pexels

Before I could process things, the trio had gone inside. Unable to contain myself anymore, I got out of my car and approached the house. My hands were trembling as I knocked on the door. It was the woman who answered.

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Her face turned white as if she'd seen a ghost when she saw me! "Oh my God..." she stammered, looking stunned. "Where is my daughter? And my... husband?" I demanded firmly, my voice shaking with a mix of anger and confusion.

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A surprised woman answering the door | Source: Pexels

Before she could respond, Emma rushed and appeared at the door after hearing the commotion. Her eyes WIDE with panic. "Mom, please… I can explain…" she started before I cut her off. "Explain?!" I echoed, struggling to keep my composure.

"How is your father alive?" At that moment, Jack stepped into the doorway from behind the woman. He looked both shocked and resigned. "I can explain," he said softly. "You better start explaining, now," I snapped angrily but still confused.

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They invited me in, and we moved to the living room, the air thick with tension. I sat on the edge of the couch, my eyes darting between Jack, Emma, and the woman. Jack took a deep breath and let out a sigh before explaining what was going on.

"I didn't die. I had an accident and lost my memory. This woman, Susan, found me and took care of me."

"But why didn't you come back once you remembered?" I asked in disbelief, tears welling up in my eyes.

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An upset man being comforted by a woman while another looks on | Source: Freepik

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Jack paused, glancing at Susan before continuing. "Because when I eventually remembered this year, I had already fallen in love with Susan," he stated. "I didn't know how to face you, so I thought it was better if you believed I was dead."

"So you abandoned us?" I said, my voice cracking as tears welled up. "You let us think you were dead?" Jack's eyes also filled with tears. "I never meant to hurt you. I couldn't stay away from Emma. I found her and begged her to keep it a secret."

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An angry woman reacting to someone | Source: Pexels

Emotions were high all around as Emma burst into tears. "I didn't know what to do, Mom. I just wanted to see Dad," she insisted. "You lied to me. Both of you," I said, my heart breaking with hurt and anger. "You let me grieve for years!"

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Jack reached out, his voice desperate. "I'm SO sorry. I was a coward. But I couldn't stay away from her."

"You had a choice, and you chose to live a lie," I said, standing up.

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A teary-eyed woman | Source: Pexels

Jack's voice broke with desperation. "Please, don't take her away from me. I know I don't deserve it, but I want to be in her life."

"You don't deserve anything from us," I replied coldly. Turning to Susan, who had been watching silently, tears streaming down her face, I let her have my wrath. "And you… you knew he had a family, and you kept him from us," I said, my anger bubbling over.

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Susan sobbed. "I'm sorry. I love him. I didn't want to lose him."

"You've already taken enough from me. Both of you have," I said resolutely. I took Emma's hand, ready to leave. "Mom, please…" my daughter pleaded, her voice trembling. But I couldn't hear her over the pain I felt in my heart.

"We're leaving," I said softly. "He made his choice, and now I'm making mine!"

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A young girl crying | Source: Pexels

As we walked out, Jack called after us, his voice filled with anguish. "I'll NEVER stop trying to make it right!" I didn't look back as I heard footsteps following us out. The truth had shattered everything, but I knew I had to move forward for both of us.

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In the weeks that followed, the weight of the revelations bore down on us. Emma and I struggled to find a new normal. I tried to stay strong for her, but the betrayal cut deep. My emotions were a whirlwind of anger, sadness, and confusion.

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A mother and daughter bonding while baking | Source: Pexels

How could Jack have done this to us? Over time, my daughter stopped mumbling in her sleep now that the truth had been revealed. One evening, she broke down. "Mom, I miss Dad. I know he hurt us, but I miss him. What do we do?"

I pulled her close, my heart aching for her. "I don't know, sweetheart. But we'll figure it out together. We always do." Eventually, I decided that Jack could see Emma under strict conditions.

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A woman hugging an emotional teenage girl | Source: Pexels

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I realized I couldn't deny her the chance to have a relationship with her father, no matter how much it hurt me. But I had needed time and space to heal. Our lives began to stabilize. Emma started seeing Jack on weekends.

Although it was hard, I could see the happiness it brought her. She deserved that, at least. One day, Jack approached me after dropping Emma off. "Thank you," he said quietly. "For letting me be a part of her life."

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A man and woman talking | Source: Pexels

I nodded, my heart still heavy but a little less burdened. "She deserves to know her father. But you and I… we're done." Jack's eyes were filled with regret. "I understand. I'm so sorry for everything."

"I know," I replied, my voice steady. "But we have to move forward. For our daughter." As Jack walked away, I felt a strange sense of closure. The past would always haunt us, but we were finding our way, one step at a time. And that was enough.

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A man and woman talking | Source: Pexels

In the end, the truth shattered our world, but it also set us free. Emma and I grew stronger together, facing the future with resilience and hope. We learned that even in the face of betrayal, love, and forgiveness could pave the way to healing.

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While Emma's sleep issues were caused by a deep secret, in the following story, a woman's husband is captured walking at night in the a.m. hours. The truth behind his behavior led to a complete and unexpected change in his relationship.

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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