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Possession Of A Friend


In our town there is local lore about a cemetery that is supposedly haunted and people avoid visiting it at night, I didn't know if it was real or not but my mom who was a skeptic believed that the place was a little weird because when she was returning home from work, she was walking that day as the weather was pleasant and the area is neither desolate nor dangerous, she thought she encountered a ghost. She heard someone call her name in a voice barely above a whisper behind her, there were people on the road but no one whom she knew, the voice repeated and she believed it was a spirit.

My mom is an immensely practical woman who doesn't believe in anything unscientific (she's a doctor) and she was quite shook up after the incident. After I spoke of it to my friends we decided to do a ghost hunt and see if we could see anything. I asked Aakanksha, a close friend of mine if she wanted to accompany me, she is very much interested in the occult and readily agreed. So it was decided that we visit the graveyard at an hour close to midnight, we had asked other friends in our group but no one was interested so it was just us two girls. Looking back it was a rather foolish decision but we didn't figure it at that time.

It was in July of '11 that we visited the cemetery at night. It had been raining the whole day and the sudden bursts of showers had completely de-peopled the streets. It wasn't raining at that time but we still carried a single umbrella as a precaution against getting caught in the downpour. It was 11:30 and it was pretty dark, there is no security guard or anything at the gates and the lock was pretty rusty. We hit it with a brick that was lying nearby and it came off, although it made a racket. The ground was muddy because of the rain and there was a danger of slipping so we tread carefully, I had never been in a cemetery before so I thought it was quite beautiful.

There were rows of tombstones all over the place, it was silent and the air was really cool. There were a few statuettes of angels, some weeping; carved out of stone yet their expressions hauntingly real. Aakanksha said that she felt that there was something wrong, she could feel eyes staring at her. I ignored her and walked around, looking at the gravestones, some were really old. She said she felt safer with her back against the wall, I had crouched to take a look at a statue when I felt the first indication that something was odd.

My hair was waist-length at that time and I clearly felt someone tugging at it lightly. I whipped around to see who it was, but I didn't see anyone behind me and Aakanksha was at a considerable distance from me. I thought it might have been the wind and carried on looking when she came towards me and insisted that we leave right away, the look on her face was one of a person being terrified and it scared me too. We went out of the place as fast as we could, both of us are sure that we heard someone walking behind us. When we reached the gates, I glanced behind one last time as the place really is beautiful when I saw a shadow leap behind a tombstone.

I stared at the spot for some more time until my friend called for me, she pointed to some footsteps exiting the gates of the cemetery, there were three sets, two were ours and the third belonged to a different person. When we came to the place there were no footprints, the place was a little wet and there were only our prints as we entered, the third one clearly was inexplicable and we hurried away to our home, constantly looking behind our shoulders as if we had a twitch.

Aakanksha stayed at my place for the night and when we reached home she immediately went to sleep, complaining of a headache. I was surprised as both of us are really talkative and usually talk until we fall asleep. I decided to sleep as well, I had been tired and I dozed off in a few minutes. I don't know how long I slept, but someone was shaking me and I woke up startled. Aakanksha was shaking me roughly and staring at me with a look of utter hatred. I still remember it and it gives me the creeps, her bottle-green eyes looked directly into my brown ones as if she wanted to seriously harm me, her hair disheveled and her hand painfully wrenching mine. I screamed and tired pulling my arm away, I repeatedly kept on asking her why was she doing that without any answer. She just stared at me with that hateful look, my screams woke my sister up and she came in to my room. With her help I succeeded in pulling my arm away from Aakanksha's grasp and yelled "What is wrong with you?" She got up and pushed me, I fell down which was surprising as she is merely 5'2 while I'm nearly 5'9.

My sister and I were very much afraid by now and tried to pin her. She was stronger than both of us it seemed, there was nobody else at home. I thought she was possessed, a result of our nocturnal wanderings, my sister's a doctor as well and she thought Aakanksha was ill not possessed and wanted to call mom. I don't know what happened, I had started to cry by then but as suddenly as it had started it stopped. Aakanksha sat down and held her head in her arms, she asked why had she woken up at such an ungodly hour and why was I crying. We told her what happened and she said she didn't remember doing anything, my sister wanted an explanation of it all and we recounted the visit to her. She was appalled and called us "crazy" and went to bed after advising us to say a prayer before sleeping. I didn't know who or what possessed her that time, but whatever it was, it scared the hell out of us.

We pass by the cemetery but haven't heard any voice or anything. Nearly two years passed after the incident but I still can't forget Aakanksha's look, I'm sorry if this had been a long narrative but I wanted it to be detailed. Any inputs would be greatly appreciated.

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ishan (1 stories) (32 posts)
3 years ago (2015-05-12)
Really don't mean any disrespect neither am I expressing any doubt in your story, just curious. I just happened to go through the previous comments. You mentioned that your father passed away when you were 8. While in one of your other stories, you mentioned you were 3. Just asking.
Regarding the story, it sure was creepy as hell. I had an almost same experience, later it turned out to be a prank though. But I can understand the feeling or chills the incident must have given you back then. 😜
Dip1904 (115 posts)
3 years ago (2014-11-11)
impressive. By your accounts, I wouldn't be surprised if you become a ghost hunter (a paranormal activities investigator) . Consider that path too, my friend... May be in course of time you might be able to save many tortured souls.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-21)
I'm sorry, I forgot to look at your profile to see that you had other stories. I will look at them now.
curiousDevu (10 stories) (45 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-21)
[at] geeta,
We did experience certain singular events after this visit, this was one of our early encounters with the other side of the grave. I have posted many of them, take A look if you feel like.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-21)
Thanks for replying back. I'm sorry about your father passing. As for the incident, you are right that when we are actually living the event, we tend not to thing of the logical explanations.

Sorry, I just have one more question. Did you or your friend experience anything after that incident? I ask because usually after something like this a person can be more open to the paranormal.
curiousDevu (10 stories) (45 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-21)
[at] Emily,
Thanks. She could have been sleepwalking, but she doesn't have any history of it and we have slept in the same room many times, so if she did sleepwalk, I would have known.
curiousDevu (10 stories) (45 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-21)
[at] Geeta,
So many questions, well here are your answers. Mom didn't actually see anyone, she just heard someone whisper her name. She remembers it quite well, it was when she was passing by the cemetery. As for my friend's headache, Aakanksha had a headache after reaching home. I discussed this incident with my sister, and not with anyone else as we would probably be grounded for going out at such late hours. Like I mentioned, mom being a doctor works late into the night at times so she wasn't home. My father died when I was 8, so it was just me, Diane (my sis) and Aakanksha at home.
Regarding the third person at the cemetery, your observations seem plausible, but the thing is when you venture at night looking for ghosts and see anything out of the ordinary, you just don't think of a normal explanation. I guess you are right, it could have been a living person.
Hope that answers your queries.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-21)
It must have freaked you about your friend. Like your sister said, I would say the prayer once in awhile just for good measure.

Now to your story, I have a few questions. You said that your mother had an encounter with a spirit. Was it want she was passing the cemetery or was it on just a random street? Also, did your mother actually see a spirit or just someone whispering her name? As for your I encounter, did your friend have the headache while walking home or after getting to the house? Where were your parents at the time? Did you discuss this with your family and friend after this incident happen? What did they have to say about this?

Here is my theory about what the shadow hiding behind the tombstone and the third set of footprints. Could it have been a third person that came to scare you? You said it yourself that it made a lot of noise when you broke the lock. Someone could have heard the noise and decided to come and check it and saw you and your friend going into the cemetery and decided to see what you guys were going and/or decided to scare you. When you turned around after leave the cemetery s/he decided to jump behind the tombstone to hide. That's my theory but I'm not suggesting what you went though is not real.

As for what happened to your friend, it could be a possibility that a hateful ghost followed you home and processed your friend. I think coming from India, you should have know to take some measures to clean yourself after visiting a cemetery like taking a shower and saying a prayer to ward anything bad.
elnoraemily (11 stories) (1051 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-20)
You are a great writer. Very good with details. She could have been sleepwalking, but I would have been extremely frightened either way!
zombie_killer_of_india (35 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-18)
Exceptionbly good account. I have started to like your stories.
What possesed your friend seems to have entered your house. But rather weird of such a graveyard, Please give me its address, I want to visit it personally.
Keep posting,
Well wisher z_k_o_i
Sceptic-Ari (2 stories) (604 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-18)
Dear curiousDevu,

Thanks for being so sporting ❤
And warm wishes...err...rather cooler wishes to your mother since summer is approaching.

So the Queen's English is your mother tongue then! Then you must be having that accent too that I so fancy!

Forgive me if I alienate in my comments from the story...

curiousDevu (10 stories) (45 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-18)
[at] Ari,
Thanks for the rather flattering words. I have no objection to you expressing your skepticism regarding my narratives, I take all the stories here with a grain of salt myself. I can only say that what I have written is true.
And regarding my impeccable English, that is because of the fact that I have a British mother.
Me ❤
Sceptic-Ari (2 stories) (604 posts)
5 years ago (2013-03-17)
Dear curiousDevu,

Ye to kehna hi padega ki aap likhti bahuta achchhaa hain aur aapki angrezi laajawab hai!

Par... 🤔


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