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The Chair

 

It's been awhile since I've had to submit a story for this page, but recently things have been happening in my family's lives.

Now, in other posts I've talked about how I've been haunted in the past, and you'd think by now I'd be used to it, until my grandmother decides to go to a garage sale that had spiritual bad news written all over it.

Well it's been a few years so some things have changed. For one, my wife and I now own a house in town, and we added a dog into our family, a German Shepherd / Rottweiler mix who is insanely large. For future references in this story, I'll refer to her as Hannah. My son is also older, just graduating from 1st grade, but we had a bad tragedy happen when we lost our daughter 2 years ago as a stillbirth from genetic abnormalities. Because of that incident I had lost my pagan faith, but my wife still kept hers.

Now that we have the small backstory out of the way, let's dive into the incident. Around 9 months ago, my grandmother (the same with the demonically haunted house from my previous stories) buys some hideous chair that looked like it was from the early 1900's. Of course my grandmother has NO psychic awareness, and decides it'd be an awesome idea to bring it and put it in her real estate office. My mother (who has probably 5x the psychic awareness I have) works at the real estate office as well, and immediately upon seeing it demanded it be taken out. Her words were it was creepy and "not right", so my grandmother looked for a solution.

Queue the wife, who falls in love with the chair and secretly has it brought to the house by my grandpa. I have no idea this thing is there, and was at work when it was brought over. I get home later and don't even notice this chair in the corner of our house. I literally was oblivious to it being there all day. The wife goes to bed and so does our son as he had school the next day.

It's about midnight and I'm laying on the couch watching anime on Hulu with Hannah laying on the floor in front of me. Suddenly I feel really uneasy, and Hannah must've as well as her face darted over to the chair, and it was at this moment I finally noticed this thing sitting in the corner. The only way I can describe how I felt after seeing this was like a mouse being cornered. Nothing happened but I knew something was there, my senses told me something was sitting there.

St this point I decide I'm not staying downstairs, so I get up and throw the bread sticks I was eating earlier into the trash in the kitchen. I take Hannah outside to have her go to the bathroom before bed. We head upstairs and she crawls onto her bed next to ours.

We lay for about 15 minutes and she starts pacing around the room panting. My wife tells me to take her back outside, so we walk down the stairs, and in the living room are those bread sticks I threw away. They were just laying in the middle of the floor. Hannah and I just stared at them, and she never once tried to eat them. I picked them up and threw them away in the kitchen again.

We go out the front door this time, and she just paces around the yard. She then starts growling at the living room window, and inside we see a man standing there and we run inside, and when we go into the living room the person is gone. Laying on the floor are those bread sticks again. We attempt to sleep and I leave the bread sticks on the floor. Hannah slept in our bed, afraid to lay in her own.

The next morning, Hannah and I go downstairs before my wife and son wake up, the bread sticks are gone, and the chair is flipped upside down in the middle of the kitchen (2 rooms over from the living room). I set it back to where it originally set, and when my wife woke up I told her what had happened and that we should get rid of the chair. For some reason my wife got viciously mad and yelled that it was beautiful and there's nothing wrong with it. This was very odd, because my wife is just as, if not more, spiritually aware than I am.

A few weeks go by and nothing too unusual happens. Then we have another weird night, this time loud banging and footsteps around our stairs, enough that it woke my wife up, but she didn't seem interested and would blow off any attempt at investigating what in the world was going on. This is the same wife that dealt with seeing ghosts hanging at our former apartment and pounding from the basement.

Finally I couldn't take it, and while at a pagan shop in Huron, OH I secretly bought some black salt and holy water. I found a rudimentary banishing spell online and performed it while she was at work.

So far it seems to have died down, but I don't have faith anymore so it has me worried that what I did won't last long. The chair is still in our living room, guess I'll just have to wait and see.

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Bibliothecarius (5 stories) (745 posts)
+1
6 months ago (2017-06-14)
Greetings, Krom.

I know what it is like to lose faith; you have the reassurance that you're being forthright about it with yourself and with YGS. I have no idea what the tragedy you endured feels like (I was too young to comprehend my mother's loss of my sister), so I extend my honest sympathies to all of you.

The events surrounding the acquisition of the chair are peculiar; the phenomena you've experienced may have been triggered by a variety of factors. However, I keep returning to the man you and your dog saw through the living room window, "we see a man standing there." Since you have given no description of your impressions of this manifestation, it's very difficult to know how to respond to why he seems to have such a hold over your wife's sympathies, yet behaves in an aggressive manner towards you.

I would like to state clearly that I shall take a purely objective, psychological stance with this paragraph. Consider for a moment that faith, rituals, religions, prayers, incantations, exorcisms, superstitions, wards, and lucky charms all function in a similar manner, in that they give the believer/practitioner/owner a focal point for his or her attention (willpower, hope, need, etc.). Each of these systems of knowledge, ritualized behaviors, or objects of power fulfills a simple need to provide direction for the human being who is in unpleasant circumstances. I would suggest that your self-doubt, predicated upon your acknowledgment of your lack of faith, is the dangerous element in the equation. You purchased the necessary items to perform the ritual, then followed the directions. Your current state of disbelief in a practice which once gave you comfort does not necessitate disbelief in yourself as the owner of your home and the protector of your family.

Please follow up on your initial foray into cleansing the chair by taking a look at the ritual Rook's page. It is well-designed in that the primary requirement is the desire to make a positive change in your home environment. If you perform it for no other reason, Rook's method is straightforward enough that you may view it as a reinforcement of your first endeavor. Trust in your own strength to do this, both for your own peace of mind and for the protection of your family. When you needed help before, you sought therapy: an excellent decision. I do hope that your family continues to visit the therapist when you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed for a theraputic antidote to unnecessary pressure. In both the realm of spiritual events and psychological wellbeing, a pro-active stance will boost your confidence in making sensible decisions.

Best,
Biblio.
BeautInside (2 stories) (186 posts)
 
6 months ago (2017-06-14)
Hi Krom,

First of all, I am very sorry for your loss. I am glad to know that you are overcoming that tragedy but I'd like to suggest to keep some random appointments with your psychiatrist. No, not because I think you are not sane (even though I don't know you I believe you are a completly sane person 😊) but because after having a nervous breakdown usually more will follow even if it takes months or years. In my humble opinion, keeping a follow up with your psychiatrist will not do you any harm and will help you to not break down so deeply in the future.

Now, on to the chair. Based on your encounter (s) and Hanna's reaction I really do believe that there is na entity attached to it. And by its attittude I think it is trying to seek your attention, by moving the bread sticks it also (like other members suggested) looks to me that maybe it is from a time when food wasn't abundant and had to be spared and never wasted (actually at present times it can't be wasted either). Rook's cleansing method makes wonders, believe me.

You say you lost your faith, but somehow you reached out to it... Are you sure you completly lost your faith? 😉
You know, after a tragedy we try to find something or someone to blame. In your case, I think you blamed the higher power; the source of your faith because you couldn't understand why... And it's hard to understan why... But still you reached out to it, and it's a good thing! Sometimes, only somethimes, there is no one and nothing to blame...

Truly wish the very best to you and your family! ❤
Krom1987 (4 stories) (11 posts)
+2
6 months ago (2017-06-12)
Well I'm a sucker for letting my wife have her way. I mean it hasn't done anything harmful, which is a nice change of pace from previous homes. Just is kind of creepy, but if it's willing to just mind its own business, (if the semi-cleansing didn't work), I will most likely leave it be. But the moment I feel any hostility it's getting chopped up and fire pit lol
shelbyloree (5 stories) (285 posts)
 
6 months ago (2017-06-12)
Your wife may remind Mr. Chair of someone he knew, which is why she doesn't seem to want it gone.

I guess you could try the following:

1) wait around for your wife to see the problem, which may be never, then fix the chair together.

2) cleanse the chair yourself.

3) get rid of the chair and take the heat from that.

*It could be a 'boomerang' item, though, and it could end up right back in your living room no matter how many times you get rid of it. This will probably also tick off your wife, although if she let's it go the first time, alls well. If she goes rummaging through the dumpster for it, I guess set another place at the table for Mr. Chair.
trentinray (2 stories) (63 posts)
+1
6 months ago (2017-06-11)
After reading your story I got the thought, what if this guy lost everything in his life, financially and/or loved ones, and he just clung to this chair because it was the last of his cherished possessions. If he lost his wife he may very well project love toward your wife and negativity toward you. Of course all of that is just my rambling thoughts that bounce around my head, but maybe this guy isn't so much on the evil side as much but on the hurt/lost side.

I agree with Rook, you should try his cleansing. I wish you the best and I send my love to you and your family. ❤
-trentinray
rookdygin (24 stories) (4358 posts)
+4
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
Krom,

The Empath in me 'feels' the truth of your words... The Father in me understands the love you have for your Wife and Family (including the fur baby). Having been through a 40 week still birth... I still 'hurt' from that and its been 22 years. This, to me anyway, does not seem to be about that.

From your past experiences its sounds as if you are reasonably sure this chair has an attachment, and this attachment is intelligent, both of which may very well be possible. If the spirit attached to the chair manages to give off a peaceful/calming 'vibe' to your wife THAT may help to explain her vehement outburst.

You may have 'Lost your Faith' as you put it. However all that is really needed is Faith in Yourself, a Love of your Family and a desire to protect them. Speak to this spirit let it (him?) know that his chair no longer is in 'his' home. Explain that the household is yours and while you have nothing against him it may be better if he moved towards the light... Or the 'pull' he may feel from Loved ones that miss him.

Tweed made an interesting point concerning the bread sticks... Waste not want not... As they used to say.

If you really wish to try something, something non-faith based then have a look at my profile... There you will find a Cleansing/Shielding method you may find useful.

Ask any questions you may have and please keep us posted.

Respectfully,

Rook
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
+3
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
And yes, as Augusta mentioned, as devastating as a miscarriage is, it in no one compares to losing a baby at birth 😭
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
Krom - I have to apologize for misspelling your name throughout my comment. Sorry about that 😊
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
+4
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
There was a story on here a few years ago where the young woman had miscarried and kept seeing a female child she and her husband (boyfriend?) believed to be their baby.

There have also been many stories on here concerning haunted objects, one in particular that comes to mind is about a painting. We actually asked Martin to create a category for them.

When I read Krom's story, my perception of it was he didn't understand why his wife didn't feel what he did about this chair and eventually became upset with her due to her attitude about the chair. We all know one person can sense something, be it a haunted object, a presence, a deceitful person, etc and others may be completely oblivious to it.

There is nothing in this story that made me believe the loss of their baby has anything to do with Kron's feelings about the chair. I also don't think he was projecting his feelings about the loss of their baby onto the chair.

Having had several miscarriages, I blamed myself. No one else.
Krom1987 (4 stories) (11 posts)
+4
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
Thank you all for the feedback from my story. I guess I didn't delve too deep into the situation with losing our daughter. Basically we both went to a psychiatrist after it all happened, and more so because I had a nervous breakdown after it happened. In fact it cost me my job I had at that time. My number 1 priority after we lost her was to keep my family together, but after going to see our psychiatrist, he was more concerned about my state of mind after it. It took about half a year to finally re-center myself. And I don't resent my wife or think this post is about some abstract psychological manifestation of grief. We moved on with our lives and I was actually hoping to get some insight on possible ways to make sure this odd object stays "calm?". I guess due to losing my faith, I feel like anything I do to stop the paranormal activity is going to be temporary. Usually my wife would perform a banishment or blessing but she's protective of this random item.

From previous stories I myself have been haunted almost my entire life, and same with the wife. But this one seemed different, just because of her possessiveness to the chair. I don't like to use the word "possession" because of how it sounds, but she is a firm believer in the paranormal. As am I, which confounds me as to why she refuses to even acknowledge the odd things happening.

As for the history of the chair, I have no idea about any of it. I even tried to have my grandmother give me the address of where she bought it in town so I can at least inquire about its history.

Trust me when I say though, I've dealt with so much paranormal in my life, I'm rarely surprised by anything. This was just something new, as I can't get my wife to help me cleanse this. Though I'd like to secretly get rid of the chair, that usually doesn't stop the attachment (if there is one).

But thank you all for your condolences. Trust me when I say we have moved on and we love our son and our 120 lbs "puppy" Hannah.
AugustaM (2 stories) (429 posts)
+2
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
I think Tweed's assessment was very insightful but perhaps a little harsh (no offense intended towards you, Tweed, I promise). I miscarried a baby when I was 21 at five months... Never been pregnant since - I know a still birth is different... Every additional month you spend expecting that little life gets you that much more intent on it and in love with it - it was ten years before I told anyone about my experience. My mother too has suffered through multiple miscarriages and one still birth... It runs in the family. Losing a baby is damn difficult, it breaks your heart and colors your entire world with grief. You never forget it but life does move forward and so do you, whether you like it or not... Even though it almost feels like a betrayal to start again, you do and that is a good thing.

That's why I don't feel that it is entirely impossible that this is a haunting. Also the reactions of Krom's mother and his dog - ostensibly, neither of them would have been as effected by the loss of the baby. Could be it's just a perfect storm - i.e. The negative energy created by the grief in your home since that loss gave whatever is tied to that chair just the energy it needed to manifest. That's where I really do agree with Tweed. And I think seeing to the happiness and wellbeing of your family as Tweed suggested will do the most good. You mentioned a loss of faith in your religion then combat this thing using what you do believe in - your love for your wife, son and Hannah. A family therapist might help. Also, make a big effort to do as many things as a family as possible to strengthen those bonds - it's summer so there are always lots of affordable options (ones that Hannah can take part in too) and first graders get a kick out of the simplest things (love them). And make time for regular date nights with your wife - maybe try to get away for a weekend or two just the two of you to rediscover the happiness in each other. If your family is what you believe in, use that love and positivity to cleanse your home - put up pictures of your family wherever you can and little art projects your son has created - the more the merrier!

And I have to say, Krom - thank you for being an awesome dog parent!
Tweed (23 stories) (2043 posts)
 
6 months ago (2017-06-09)
Never mind the chair, what's with the bread sticks? Food wastage is just what's needed in times such as these.

This is not the first time a ghost has retrieved something from a bin. Think about it from an historical point of view. Food was scarce, life was cheap, war, poverty, get the picture?
Just because something is old, or is not to your taste, does not an evil/haunted object make.

I don't think the chair has anything to do with why you're really here.

I suggest you seek help from a professional, as you may be struggling with the loss of your daughter. Grief manifests itself in peculiar ways. There's a lot about your narrative which suggests the chair has nothing to do with anything. I also got the impression you harbour a secret resentment to your wife. The chair merely validates an unspoken void. This doesn't make you an awful person. But it does suggest you could benefit from talking to someone.

Sure there are many people on here who jump at the chance to tackle a haunted object submission. No doubt these folk will help you out here. But I think you know it was never really about the chair. I wish you all the best. But I don't believe this forum is in your best interest in this matter.
spiritwaiting (34 stories) (805 posts)
 
6 months ago (2017-06-08)
Krom,

Thank you for sharing this.

Creepy! To say the least, but it sent me back to a mirror my middle son had recieved from a friend as they were moving.

I got an initial creepy feeling from it, and from there all kinds of activity started going on.

So I believe you should try to find a way of getting rid of it, especially if your mother was adament about getting it out of her workplace, and now your wife is oblivious to what's going on.

It seems from what you've written its focusing on you, maybe your more sensitive to this particular entity.

And I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby girl. She lives on in your hearts!

Sincerely
Spiritwaiting
Spockie (7 stories) (157 posts)
+1
6 months ago (2017-06-08)
Well, I would definitely find a way to get rid of the chair if you are uncomfortable having it around. Where there is a will, there is a way.
RCRuskin (7 stories) (254 posts)
+1
6 months ago (2017-06-08)
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. May her Memory be Eternal. I'm also sorry to hear of the loss of your faith. Sometimes, life does not give us what we want, but what we should have. Though we may not know or think we need it at the time.

So much for cold comfort there...

Do you know anything of the provenance of the chair? It's history of ownership? I'm curious who he is.

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