The Ghosts of Stephen's Branch
True Ghost Story
I once lived, for a short time, in a haunted
house. Many readers may be skeptical of this "story" but I assure
you that it is true. I have been fascinated with ghosts and the unknown since
I was a child. True, a clear explanation of just what ghosts are isn't easy to
come up with, but the answer to whether or not ghosts are real can be found.
I was doing odd jobs for a retired couple.
They had a house up for sale and needed some maintenance work done around the
place. The couple made an offer to me to exchange some work for living in the
house rent free. I was asked to tear down and remove an old barn, cut some
trees, clear the weeds and keep the grass cut.
The house was a three story including the
attic that had been converted into two bedrooms. The stairs ascended through
all three floors. My wife and I wondered why the house had stood vacant for so
long. We were told that no one had lived in the house for years. The owners of
the house lived in a smaller place. Why didn't they live in the better one?
One night, shortly after we moved in, we were
laying in bed when I heard some sounds coming from downstairs. It sounded like
a party was going on. Music was playing. It was old fashioned Big Band type
music and sounded as though it were from the 1940's. I could hear a lot of
voices talking. Suddenly there were two voices that got louder. A man and a
woman were arguing. Even though I could not make out the actual words that
were being said somehow I knew that they were arguing.
I asked my wife is she could her anything.
When she said "yes" it sent chills down my spine. I asked her to
tell me what she was hearing. She described to me the very same thing that I
myself had heard!
We got out of bed and I turned on the light.
We could still hear the sounds from downstairs. As we went down the steps we
turned the lights on as soon as we came to the switches. When we got to the
second floor landing the sounds stopped.
We looked in all the rooms downstairs and
were talking about what had happened when the sounds stated up once again.
This time they seemed to be coming from upstairs. We decided to get our
daughter from her room and all sleep downstairs for the night.
Several days later I was talking to an old
man who had lived in the area for most of his life. I asked him if there were
any strange stories to do with the house. I didn't tell him about my
experience yet. He said that a long time ago there had been a murder in the
house. He didn't remember the details of what had happened.
It wasn't long before the owners of the house
asked us to move out. When I asked for an explanation they only said that they
didn't think it was a good idea for anyone to live there. I think they heard
about my conversation with the old man - they did know each other.
I may never know what happened in that house
sometime long ago but I am convinced that there was a ghostly presence there.
Both of us were wide awake and heard the very same things that night. Take it
from me, Ghosts are Real!
About the Author
About The Author: Copyright 2006 David Slone.
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