Several summers ago, my husband and I went to bed late, around 1:00am. A few hours later, we were awakened by a loud crash. It sounded like shattering glass, but different - and louder.
My cat has always preferred drinking water from my glass instead of from her own water bowl, so I just knew that she’d knocked over the glass of water I’d brought to bed and it had shattered on the concrete floor.
Within a couple of seconds of hearing the crash, I was sitting upright in bed and had switched on the lamp on my nightstand. The glass, still full of water, was sitting on my nightstand. I looked across the room - the cat was fast asleep in her bed atop my dresser.
Still sitting in bed, my husband and I looked around the room, checking for broken windows or any other obvious source of the noise. Then I glanced down at the covers we’d been sleeping under. The bed was littered with small items: coins, guitar picks, receipts and bits of paper.
I realized that these were actually the contents of the tray my husband kept on his nightstand, on the opposite side of the bed; he would regularly empty his pockets and put the change and other items from his pockets onto the tray before getting ready for bed.
I glanced at his nightstand. The tray was missing.
I looked again at my own nightstand, and then I saw it: the tray was lying in the floor on my side of the bed, along with the remainder of its contents that hadn’t been scattered across us as we slept.
The tray had somehow been launched from its place on my husband’s nightstand, leaving a trail of its contents across the bed, before it hit the wall on the other side of the room. The crash that woke us up was caused by a ceramic dish from the tray, full of change, hitting the wall and then the concrete floor.
About 20 seconds had passed since the noise woke us. As soon as we realized what had happened, my husband jumped out of bed, grabbed his handgun and cleared the house. Nothing was amiss, and he found no one else in the house.
Needless to say, we slept with the lights on for the rest of the night.