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A Shady Character

 

August, 1991. I'm staying with Dave, Buddi, and Dave's mother at their home in Avon Lake, a little town about twelve miles east of Lorain. I'd been evicted from 1444 Broadway for nonpayment, which I didn't pay because the new owner wanted to (A) raise the rent, (B) tack on utilities, but (C) didn't want to fix anything; by this point, I had no running water.

I had a job coming up in Cleveland, a live-in position, which started on the eighth of September-until it opened up, I'd stay with my friends. Dave and I had wound up on each other's doorsteps in the past, so this was nothing new.

We thought we'd left the weirdness behind us in Lorain, until we started noticing things coming up missing, small items, which would turn up in plain sight later. The three of us slept in the rec area of the basement, and were awakened a couple of times by the tv coming on by itself. Dave's dog and cat would often act as if trying to get the attention of an unseen fourth person; Dave's mother rarely came down there, we thought because of the stairs.

One Sunday morning, I was awakened by the scent of coffee brewing. Looking over at the bed from the couch where I slept, I could see that Dave was already up, and probably in the kitchen, and Buddi was stirring.

I'd just put on my glasses when I heard Buddi scream. I whirled in her direction, and I could see she was pointing at the foot of the stairs. There, directly below the brightly lit ceiling fixture, was the form of a man, looking as if made of darkness itself. It was three-dimensional, and opaque, standing upright, facing her. I yelled, and it turned toward me, and-FLIPPED- sideways, like that woman in the Star Trek episode, so that I could barely see it on edge. Then it vanished.

As it disappeared, the dryer, which was in the next room, came on by itself.

Dave came charging down the stairs (all this was a few seconds) to comfort his wife, as we both described to him what we'd seen-he said he'd sometimes seen "something moving" in that spot, that wouldn't be there when he'd turn his full gaze upon it.

We tried to tell his mother about it, but she refused to discuss it, saying we were making it up to scare her.

Still, she wouldn't go down in the basement by herself.

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DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-07-10)
Alandhopewell: those little critters are scary, and extremely aggressive too! It's creepier to me that they burrow instead of hanging out in outside webs like most other spiders. I feel like any hole I step near in my backyard could be a secret hideout of fully-trained ninja assassin spiders.
alandhopewell (28 stories) (138 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-07-05)
Speaking of wolf spiders, on a camping trip we ran across one the size of a grown man's hand.
adsouza (guest)
 
5 years ago (2012-06-29)
That was hilarious Lou! Been on and off lately, but somehow I manage to find the good ones.
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
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5 years ago (2012-06-28)
OMG Lou!...Now there's an image to make you want to dig your own eyes out! 😆...Oh, crap, I'm never gonn'a stop laughing at that 😆 😆
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
+4
5 years ago (2012-06-28)
DA,
As much as I would like to give you the honor, you are not the first woman to tell me they were left thinking of me when they were force to encounter something hairy and nasty.:0 Thank you for the comic relief, and I am sure we will be hearing from you in the comment section soon.;)

Lou
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Shas - not bad enough you were thinking you had a ghost in the shower with you, but you find it's a wolf spider. And then to beat it all, you end up thinking about the folks here? Somehow you will never end up showering "alone" again 😆
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
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5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Sir Lou,

It's been a minute, hasn't it? I THOUGHT I felt like I had an audience the last time I took a shower...😆 Oh, I have another short story for you:

So I was minding my own business, wearing nothing but what my momma gave me, taking a lovely cool shower in this ridiculously hot weather, when I felt that feeling. You know the one. "Someone's watching me." I freeze, mid-scrub with my noggin all shampoo-y, and a cold chill of terror overwashes me. Everything in me screams "don't look up!" And what's worse, my eyes are bad without my glasses. But against my will, my eyes turn upward slowly, my heart hammering in my chest... Only for me to see...

The ugliest, hairiest, nastiest and most evil-intending wolf spider.

NOPE. I nope'd myself right out of the shower and ran screaming, half-wrapped in a towel, begging my boyfriend to kill it. Kill it with fire.

And he did. Bless his soul, he killed it. Not with fire, but a shoe, and that will suffice. Needless to say, never a comfortable shower since. Somehow this all made me think of you. ❤
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Who? US? Yeah, right! 😆

Just trying to keep up with all the work I've been buried under these days. I'm finding less and less time time for ygs each day. See you around D/A.

Jav 😊
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
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5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Hey, DA.

What's shakin', lady? Shower spotters on duty.:)

Lou
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
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5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Hey Jav, not too shabby. A lot has changed and a lot has happened, but I'm hanging in there, you know how we do. I trust ya'll have been behaving yourselves without the 'fun police' on patrol. 😉 I hope you're well!
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Welcome back D/A, how's life in Southern California these days?

Jav 😊
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
+2
5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Thank you m'dear! I think it's time to take a break from taking a break. 😜
clever210 (3 stories) (189 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-06-28)
Welcome back DA! Nice to see you again. I agree. Seeing stuff in the day is the creepiest!
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
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5 years ago (2012-06-28)
That is one of the creepiest things. It always freaks me out when weird stuff happens in broad daylight. When we're kids we are generally taught that the monsters and spooks only come out at night... In reality, they come out whenever they feel like it. Sounds like the visitor was just as surprised to see Bobbi or to have been acknowledged as she was to see him.
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
 
5 years ago (2012-06-26)
DARKNESS: "My Mom's House 2" was published last week...We're doing a lot of editing trying to keep it under control 😆...Still catching up from vacation 😆
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-06-26)
alandhopewell: I have never really watched Star Trek so I am not to familiar with the lady in that, but I do understand how you seen the figure flip to be side on edge, strange indeed.
I was thinking along the lines of What Miracles mentioned and that being the electricity fuse/breaker box being stored down there. I have no doubt being so close to it that the influx of electricity in the sorrounding would have no doubt made it easier for whatever is residing there to manifest.

I was also thinking that there was probably a high electrical magnetic field down there as well this itself can sometimes cause an eerie feeling and unexplained occurences. This may also have something to do with the VCR lighting playing up aswell as you mentioned in your response?
Well at least something to think about anyway! 😊

Thanks for sharing another one with us here alandhopewell, always a good read!

Dan

** (Granny have I missed a story of yours? I hope not am going for a hunt! Lol) **
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
5 years ago (2012-06-25)
Lou - gotta get my "second wind" however I can 😉. Unfortunately, or maybe it's fortunately LOL, my whiteout is now in a pen 😆
alandhopewell (28 stories) (138 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-06-25)
JAV- He was 3-D, rounded, until he "flipped"; then, he was flat, and turned so that he was edge-on.

LOU- That had always been my experience, until 1444, where the Christmas lights would come on, and other electrical devices would get weird.

GRANNY- I live in Texas these days, in a small town called Whitney, around 2000 folks, midway between Dallas and Waco.

MIRACLES- Yes, the breaker box was down there
In the basement. AFAIK, this apparition never appeared anywhere else, or with that complete a form; Dave said he'd get that "corner-of-the-eye-" type thing there sometimes.

I just thought of something that happened prior to this, by a week or so-we'd been in bed for a couple hours, when we were awakened by a flashing blue light, from the TV area. For some reason, the LED numbers on the VCR were blinking bright enough to read by.
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
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5 years ago (2012-06-25)
Miracles,

Everything is going to be alright... Put the top back on the Whiteout.

;) Lou
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
5 years ago (2012-06-25)
Lou - how is it I can enjoy reading a story, make my comments, and forget the things that you later point out? Then I sit here at my desk and go, "Oh, yeah, I knew that." Geesh... 😢
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-06-25)
Do you mean he was a flat image facing front and turned pencil-thin when he turned sideways? I'm trying to get the image in my mind of what you mean. Was he like a cardboard cut-out type of image, that when turned sideways became thin?

Jav
LouSlips (10 stories) (979 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-06-25)
Alanh,

Strange that electrical things would come on when activity occurred, I have always thought that spirits used energy from electical devices and therefore, drew power, or made them turn off...?

Lou
Jesus_soldier (3 stories) (416 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-06-25)
I haven't watched star trek in years, can barely remember episodes. That line you said was still funny though 😆. Yes, I have a weird sense of humor. I enjoyed the story.

Thank you for sharing 😊
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
 
5 years ago (2012-06-24)
alandhopewell: It's funny, I thought of my Mom, too, when I read this 😆...Ohio is a spooky state, and I'm curious whether you still live there?...

Like Miracles, I enjoy your stories, too... Hope you have more 😊...Thank you for posting!
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
5 years ago (2012-06-24)
alandhopewell - seems to me like the "man" in the basement might have been getting his energy from the electric in the basement. Was the breaker/fuse box down there too? Did anyone ever see him anywhere else in the home?

The was a discussion just recently on granny's "My Mom's House 2" about moms in denial 😉. We can add Dave's mom to that list 😊 because obviously she "knew" something was up with the basement.

I always enjoy reading your stories, Alan.

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