A child’s mind can be a wondrous place. With their innocent imaginations, they can come up with some amazingly creative things that adults never could.
But sometimes, that imagination can be so original that it frightens adults.
Like this adorable little girl named Ruby—who, at just three years old, is either the greatest horror genre writer since Stephen King or haunted by demons.
In what seems to be a page from a children’s magazine or school publication, kids were asked to draw and describe their “make-believe pals.”
Surely they expected the answers to be cute and colorful. But Ruby’s “friend” is straight-up bone-chilling.
Everything about Ruby’s “imaginary mum Grateful” is unsettling.
“Her yellow eyelashes mean she can see in the dark—she only comes to see me at night-time,” Ruby writes.
Despite that creepy appearance, Grateful seems to have some kind of hold on the toddler: “It scares me sometimes, but I always want her to come back.”
“She has two babies in her belly,” she adds.
Probably the most cryptic part of her description is this riddle-like final line: “She’s 14, but can never have a birthday.”
What does that mean?!
The photo went viral after it was tweeted by actress Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation, Santa Clarita Diet) which has been shared over 16,000 times.
“Ruby, you have a ghost,” Morales wrote. “This is straight up terrifying.”
The internet agreed, Ruby is being haunted.
"She's 14 but she can never have a birthday" is maybe the most horrifying phrase I've ever heard
— Stuart (@stuwhen) May 28, 2018
— dryfitsocks (@suzytwoteeth) May 28, 2018
That's ok, I never wanted to sleep again anyway
— Sarah Kav (@scousey) May 28, 2018
— 🏳️🌈 Dick Clark 🏳️🌈 (@TheSpartanLives) May 28, 2018
While other users recounted their own creepy child stories:
My young brother had an imaginary friend named “Jane”, he used to go to the kitchen at night to talk to her, one night I went to see what “they” were talking and he was saying “no Jane, I cant give you a knife to hurt my family” he was 3 years old!
— Nathália Urban (@FairyS) May 28, 2018
Last week at my work a 5 y/o girl stopped dead in her tracks looking absolutely terrified and said she saw a “tall man with long black hair and long black coat” in our spare room but he disappeared
— Ms. Chanandler Bong (@caroline_leyla) May 28, 2018
And one Twitter user even did his own artwork of Grateful:
— WILL EAT FOR FOOD (@kemiroart) May 29, 2018
Maybe Grateful really is imaginary, and Ruby is just a precocious child with an overactive, yet bizarre, imagination.
But when you go to sleep tonight, just remember that Grateful might still be watching you through those yellow eyelashes.