All Alone



Do you ever get that feeling that something isn’t right? What was that noise you heard just now? Was it in a dream or was it real? It sounded like an engine. A deep, throaty engine that you recognise and have heard many times. You sit up in bed and see that it is nearly three in the morning. You tilt your heard and listen, ears straining for that familiar, dread sound. You hear nothing. Perhaps the engine has been killed and that vehicle is sat outside now. Am I say in the pool of darkness cast by a fence, alert and watching your house. That knotted sensation is quick to take hold of your stomach as you slowly emerge from the bed. You move carefully feeling as if the rustle of the duvet or your bare feet on the floor will make a sound that I can hear. You know it is foolish for my hearing is not that sharp, but you are placed on tenterhooks and accordingly move in the same way. You make your way to the window where the curtains are drawn. You feel like flinging them back in one sudden motion hoping to make me jump. You see an image of my face pressed against the window, devilish leer prominent and unnerving. Carefully you move the curtain a fraction and peer through the gap. Your range of vision is limited and you cannot see everything but my vehicle does not appear to be there. Am I watching those curtains which I used to gently pull apart once upon a time? Or am I prowling about the outside of your house, looking for an open window or an unlocked door? You have held your breath, not daring to breathe, your drumming heart loud and roaring in your ears and you wonder if you mistook that sound for the one of my car engine but you know what you heard. Perhaps I had just driven past? How many times have you seen an anthracite black Mercedes from the corner of your eye as you have walked to the shops, headed to a bar or emerged from work? Your heart leaps every time you see one and your eyes dart to the registration plate to ascertain whether it is my car. Of course, I might have changed cars now. You do not know for sure. You want to drive past where I live and ascertain which vehicle I drive so that you can keep an eye out for it, but you fear that I may see you doing this and derive satisfaction from your appearance. Something does not feel right. You experience this sensation often these days. The hairs on your neck stand up as you feel that you are being watched. When you are about to emerge from your office building you stand behind the glass and chrome scanning the plaza outside for any sign that I am stood there. You think you have spotted me twice but then I departed, evidently alert to your perception. Once you walked leisurely from your place of work to the car park but now you scurry, hoping not to be spotted and hoping that your car has not been tampered with. Your eyes follow the same drill. They flash over the windows to ensure they have not been smashed. You look to the windscreen wiper to see if a hate-filled note lies tucked beneath one of the blades. There have been several although they are always printed so you were never able to demonstrate they were from me (you wouldn’t be able to anyway – I have them printed on a lieutenant’s PC not my own, I am no amateur). Your eyes look over the external bodywork for signs of scratches, dents and lights smashed before you check the exhaust and tyres. You never get in without ensuring nobody is lurking in the back seat and once in you lock the doors automatically and then allow yourself to breathe.

Something does not feel right. It is the same sensation as when you walk anywhere alone. Your steps are hurried, furtive glances cast over your shoulder, alleyways scrutinised, walking by the kerb, away from gates and hedges. You cross the road when a shadowy figure walks towards you. Often you have someone accompany you but it is not always possible. You pull the curtain aside a little so your range of vision is increased. You can see all to the left of your house but nothing appears to be amiss. You look to the road but you cannot see any vehicle but then again I might be parked around the corner and now stood in the shadow of a tree watching your pale face peering out. You look to your mobile ‘phone, always charged and ready and consider calling the police, but what would you tell them? You think you heard my car engine? They have been out once this week and although they are always polite you gain the impression that the officers are beginning to think that you are hearing and seeing things. You can tell. Their polite reassurances do not entirely mask the resigned tones with which they speak. Should you call the police? It might be sensible. Even if I am watching, the arrival of a patrol car should send me slinking away and what about if I am caught lurking outside at this time? That would be good. Then again, perhaps you should wait until you have some concrete evidence, until you see me and then you should call. You do not want the police labelling you a time waster, but something does not feel right.

You shift your position so you can look to the right and silently curse a kink in the curtain as it is obscuring your view. You will need to push it aside and this will surely alert me to your presence. With trembling hand, you move the curtain and then crane forward so you can look over the garden. With experienced ease you let your eyes drift over the garden, the wall and the fence, looking for shapes that do not belong. Your eyes stop on something in the corner of the garden, where the wall and fence meet, a pool of shadow. Is there a figure there? You stare, eyes adjusting to the darkness and wait. You feel light-headed as you stare trying to see if that inky shape is me or just the imagination that these days seems to be out of control. No, you cannot see anybody. Your eyes scan the garden again from your lofty vantage point but you see nothing. What if I am underneath the window, tight against the front door and hidden from view? What if I have gone around the rear of the house? You did lock the side gate didn’t you? You cannot remember. You think you did but you have so many repeated checks before retiring at night that it has become something of a blur. All gates need to be checked, windows closed and locked with keys removed – even during summer you endure the heat rather than keep your windows open. Door handles are tested twice and twice more. French doors pulled and pushed to ensure they are secure. It is a nightly ritual but a necessary one. A friend suggested a dog but who would look after him whilst you were at work. You once felt safe here, especially when I lived here with you, but no longer and moving, in the current market is not an option. Maybe a lodger would be answer? The money would be welcome and so would the company, but this is your home and you resent being forced into these steps by my lingering presence.

Every day when you return from work you sweep the house making sure there has been no entry during the day. You look for anything that has been moved or is out of place which denotes whether a listening device or camera might have been placed in your living room or bedroom. You were pleased you changed the locks straight away when everything went wrong. You ought to have the place professionally swept. You used to wander about the house naked but no longer, you even feel uncomfortable standing in the shower, nervously glancing upwards looking for the winking red light denoting that a camera has been placed on a shelf and you are being watched. Nowhere feels safe from me now. Your sleep is fractured and this had led to you struggling to gauge whether your fears are real or imagined. There are too many withheld calls still, the empty texts from unknown numbers and strange voicemails left at work. You know I am still out there somewhere and you have no idea what I might do.

You can see nobody outside and consider whether you ought to check the rear but you really need to sleep. You lower yourself and sit on the edge of the bed, listening for something, anything. You are met by just the blanketing silence. No throbbing engine, no footsteps on the drive outside, no creeping advance up the stairs, no shattered glass, no jemmied door. You continue to look outside but nothing is moving. Maybe it was a dream? No, you definitely heard that distinctive growl of the engine but maybe it was further away or someone else with the same vehicle. That is possible isn’t it? Your breathing slows and you begin to convince yourself that it was another false alarm. Still, you have that feeling that something doesn’t feel right. You feel as if I have been near. Your eyes shoot to the wardrobe, mind suddenly filled with the thought that I am inside it, peering through the slats and amusing myself at your fearful expression. You try to shake the thought but you cannot. A sudden ball of anger forms inside of you and with a cry you jump up and fling the wardrobe doors open and drive your hands into the clothing inside, you push and pull but find only dresses and tops, suits and jumpers carefully hung up. I am not there. You close the doors and run back into bed, jumping into it, like a frightened child who has to run from door to bed so the monsters under the bed do not grab her ankles. Once in that bed, you are in a cocoon of safety. You pull the duvet over your head and lie there, curled up tight in a ball, cursing me and breathing hard.

Eventually you emerge, face warm from breathing under the duvet and you are grateful for the cold air of your room. You lie back and allow yourself to gradually uncoil, ears still listening out for a sound but there comes none. You glance at the clock and see it is now 3-15 am and you really ought to sleep. You roll on to your side and adjust the pillow, praying that slumber visits you soon. If only that feeling that something is not right would leave you.

Morning arrives and you emerge from bed bleary eyed but thankful that you have at least slept. You attend to your usual routine in the bathroom before dressing and heading down the stairs ready to prepare some breakfast. As you descend the stairs you halt as you see something is lying on the mat underneath the letterbox in the front door. It is square and plastic. It is only 7am and the post man has not yet been although you did not hear anybody put anything through the letter box. You slowly pace down the stairs as that sensation of something being wrong engulfs you. You see it is a CD case that has been deposited. That is not right. Nobody has borrowed any of your CDs. Something is definitely not right. With churning stomach and laboured breath, hammering heart and rising nausea you pick up the CD and turn it over to read the cover.

The Police: Every Breath You Take

That was one of your favourite songs wasn’t it?

Until I told you what the lyrics really meant.

14 thoughts on “All Alone

  1. brokenrainbow says:

    I remember this. I remember that first summer when things went south and I walked away. I had fortified the house in every way possible. It was a particularly hot summer and my home became a sauna as I refused to open any windows (even the second story ones). I was terrified to walk outside during the day let alone night time hours. Fast forward a couple of years as things have changed. My windows are not covered up and I walk outside without looking over my shoulder. However I will admit when I travel to his part of town, my heartbeat does increase.

    In my quiet times, I have reflected on this connection we have. I now understand it is the narcissistic relationship. Although I have anxiety about running into him, I still feel our future is forever entwined. I still feel my last breath will be taken with him physically by my side.

    I have had a rough few weeks since I read about Alex. I believe that was October 14. I was triggered by HG’s response to me when he replied “I do what is necessary to achieve what I need.” I had asked him if he experienced chronic pain would he still do that to a girlfriend. (I have no idea how to index like K). I took a break from the blog as I was triggered by memories of my ex’s behaviour towards my chronic pain. At the same time I started remembering memories from my childhood. Memories that have been repressed for many years. It has been a rough couple of weeks with emotional thinking taking over. I broke one of HG’s rules for true NC and I looked at his social media. While I am grateful there are no pictures of any women, there were a few comments regarding myself. Most of them were inconsequential but there were comments about my BPD diagnosis. Surprisingly there were comments that I have taken my own life. I know I should not be surprised as it was a pity play on poor him but it has affected me. It knocked my socks off and I am unsure of how to feel or react.

    Sorry I have gone off topic but I needed to talk to someone. I feel so alone right now. I have no one to talk to about this and my friends and family do not understand me. He isolated me from all my friends and most of my family, I have no one.

    1. Presque Vu says:

      brokenrainbow you are not alone, you have us all here. When the struggling gets intense – post here – or what I found REALLY helpful listen to HG’s Youtube! Maybe to get back on form… you need to consult with HG to stop the emotional thinking. But you are not alone, we walk this path with you.

      1. brokenrainbow says:

        Presque Vu
        Thank you for telling me I am not alone. I guess what I meant was I am alone in person. I miss companionship and affection. It can be quite lonely without having human touch in your life. I also find it helpful to listen to HG on YouTube. I will consult with HG when I can afford it.

    2. K says:

      Hello brokenrainbow
      I am very sorry that you have no one. That is awful and I understand how that feels very well. I am No Contact with my biological family, except the occasional text with my sister (empath), and I don’t talk to my friends about my NPD experience or feelings because most people don’t understand or care. It can be very frustrating and lonely at times.

      narcsite is a great place to share your thoughts and feelings because most people here understand how you feel and you are not alone on the site. Go off topic anytime. I think it is crappy that he used you for a pity play; it just shows how low they will go for fuel.

      Ice Cold With Alex triggered quite a few readers.

      Q. If you had chronic physical pain issues that affected you on a daily basis; would you still do this to a girlfriend?

      A. Narcissists cannot feel emotional empathy so, even though they themselves* may experience chronic pain on a daily basis, they are not wired to recognize/acknowledge your pain. They are preoccupied with their needs only.

      HG Tudor
      JUNE 8, 2017 AT 16:05
      I feel neither guilt or remorse. Hurting others does not trouble me in any way, indeed the reaction from those who are hurt fuels me.

      Type: a lack of support and you sicken me in the search function on the upper right; those articles will explain their lack of emotional empathy really well.

      *I’ll be damned, themselves is an empathic pronoun

      1. brokenrainbow says:

        Thank you for the links. I found them informative. I do not discuss my ex with my friends and family either. They don’t understand so I decided there was no point.

        I have a lot of serious chronic health problems which my ex was aware of when we met. I count myself fortunate that I did not have significant health concerns during the time I spent with him. I am facing another major surgery in the next while. I am positive if I was still with my ex, he would not help me in any form and would make it all about him. Thank heavens I made the choice to leave a few months back. I would rather be alone while I am recovering as I can recover in peace instead of walking on egg shells.

      2. brokenrainbow says:

        I thought I had replied to you but I think I forgot to press send before I shut my laptop off. I am sorry you are NC with your family. I am sure that is not easy. Loneliness is definitely a part of my life now and it is really getting to me. One can sometimes forget how important human touch and affection is.
        I do not appreciate he used me for a pity play but I am realizing that is what he does. He also posted BPD and NPD are closely linked (which makes sense as they are both cluster b’s) and I am a narcissist. I admit, I chuckled when I read that.
        I read the links you had posted. Thanks K!
        The posts helped me understand about their lack of emotional empathy. My ex put me through the ringer regarding my chronic pain issues. I believe it was a combination of him wanting fuel from me and his lack of emotional empathy. I am grateful I am not with him anymore as my health is deteriorating and I know he would not be there for me.

  2. Kelly says:

    Oh my gosh!! Perfect beginning part in a scary movie!! Really! Someone needs to put this in a movie!!

    I was wondering how you knew we look for the license plate- and then I realized, you probably look for our plates too! The cameras – I bet you know we do that because you’ve seen us searching the ceiling for where it could be when you’re actually watching us from your hidden camera!

    Love it! Scary.

    1. Kelly says:

      PS: Great ending too with The Police, Every Breath You Take. Very stellar, Mr Tudor, enjoyably creepy!

      1. Kelly says:

        Ok, PSS: do you really spell tires with a y? and curb as kirb?-how did we come up with the c for that word?! but should be kurb with a u not i, right?, like urban.

  3. MB says:

    I like a throaty Mercedes AMG. Nice choice! Creepy story, though. Happy Halloween everybody!!!!

  4. GONE says:

    Dear HG- What’s astounding to me is you know every single emotion like you are right here! I have been NC now for 23 days and he hasn’t contacted me for 53 days after finding out about his cheating. Is it possible maybe just maybe your kind will have been so pissed and angry that I never cross into a sphere of contact again? I mean without me having to turn my cheek?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No, even if you have a robust no contact regime, there is always a risk you will enter the sixth sphere.

  5. Twilight says:

    I didn’t need to be reminded of what that song really means.

    1. Sophia says:


      Ditto! I loved that song. Now it plays in my head and it sounds like a narc anthem. 😁 I miss when it sounded like a romantic man singing about unrequited love.

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