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His Name Is Vic

 

Where to start? The beginning of course is always the best place. That being so, unfortunately, you'll have to bear with me to find out how I eventually came to know that his name is Vic. And yes, Vic is a ghost.

As I have never kept a journal, I can only give approximate dates regarding my experiences with this harmless but persistent soul.

I first became aware of Vic during the latter half of 2004. I'm pretty sure about that time period as I had two kittens at the time, a black female (Dixie) and a white male with ginger markings (Toby). Sadly, Dixie is no longer with us but Toby is still doing well, despite his age.

The two cats used to lie on my bed when I retired for the night and watched the TV in my bedroom. One night, it would have been at approximately 21:00, Dixie jumped off the bed and hid behind the oval standing mirror in the corner of my room. I could see her eyes, large as saucers, following something to my husband's closet. Toby stayed on the bed but stared in that direction as well. I don't know whether it was Dixie's reaction which gave me chills but nevertheless I did have a rather uncomfortable feeling. It only lasted a minute or so and Dixie jumped back on the bed. This behavior repeated itself a few times but not every night.

As time progressed, I started hearing noises in my husband's closet; the distinct sound of somebody scratching around looking for something. I was always made aware of this by the jangling of belt buckles. My husband has a rail attached to the inside of one of the doors where he keeps his belts. This usually happened round about 02:00 to 03:30 - yes I know, don't say it. In fact my body clock is set that way. I am always awake at approximately that time. I go to bed early, remember? So no, Vic seldom woke me up, I was already awake. My husband never, ever heard him.

Eventually Vic became too noisy for my liking and I told him to tone things down a bit. I also asked him what he was looking for but of course, no reply.

Here I am going to fast forward a few years. Things carried on in the same manner. Vic did keep things reasonably quiet most of the time but whenever the belts jangled too loudly I would remonstrate with him. I must say he was pretty obedient.

Before I forget, I have to mention that when Vic paid his visits I used to see orbs at my bathroom window. The bathroom is just to the right of the bed and you can clearly see the window. The orbs were a pale orange colour and moved from right to left and back, intermingling with each other and then separating. This was not caused by street lights as my bathroom window faces the courtyard and no light whatsoever shines in there. If these were not in fact orbs, I don't have another explanation for this phenomenon. Perhaps one of the readers will have an alternative explanation. Strangely enough, the orbs eventually stopped appearing after two or three years.

Moving forward. At one time my husband used to do a fair amount of travelling for business reasons and would often spend a night, or longer, away from home, depending on where he had to travel to. I specifically remember that this was a Tuesday night. Strange that I remember the day but have no idea of the date. I also know that on this occasion I was not awake but woke up when I thought my husband was coming to bed. He was following his usual routine of removing his shirt next to the bed. I said "hi", being half asleep, until it hit me OMG Brian isn't at home tonight! First thought to cross my mind? I'm being burgled, again, and I'm all alone. I actually saw this person removing a T-shirt, copycat version of my husband. Except of course that my husband doesn't wear T-shirts during the week when he has clients to see.

I was terrified virtually out of my mind. I decided to simply lie still and see what happened. After all there was nothing I could do, except to hope that this burglar would do the same as the last one, i.e. Tie me up, steal us blind and disappear. But why did he remove his shirt?

The "burglar" then moved to my husband's cupboard, started rummaging around, belts jangling. The relief I felt is indescribable. THIS WAS MY GHOST! I was angry and relieved at the same time. He came out from behind the cupboard door and started to walk towards the bedroom door to take his leave. I wasn't having any of it. I said to him: "Who are you and what do you want?" His reaction was totally unexpected. I'll try to explain it to the best of my ability. He turned and faced me in total shock. I don't think he realized that I was aware of his presence. Before this he had not been paying any attention to me at all. He opened his mouth and pointed at it with his finger, then waved his hand in front of his mouth. In other words, he was either telling me not to talk to him or that he could not talk to me. I hope I have explained that adequately. I then told him that he had given me the fright of my life and that I'd thought he was a burglar. I also said: "Don't ever let me see you again. If you insist on coming here please be quiet and remain invisible." He then turned to leave but before leaving he bent down as if to tie a shoe lace. As soon as he was gone I sat up in bed and I saw my cat Toby sitting exactly where Vic had bent down. It would seem that he was petting the cat and said cat was not at all unhappy about it.

Vic was as solid as any human being I have ever seen. He was tall and slim, very dark hair, dark eyes. I would estimate his age at early to mid-forties. A good looking guy!

I have a species of Asparagus Fern growing in my garden. It grows like a weed, it's all over. A few mornings after my showdown with Vic, when I went back to my bedroom to wake my husband up I noticed a small branch of this fern on my bedside table. I asked my husband whether he had for some reason put it there and naturally he denied it. Of course I believed him. Why on earth would he go out in the garden during the night simply to put that on my bedside table? His opinion was even more ridiculous - he suggested it might be the cat. I think it was there courtesy of Vic as a peace offering.

Time went by. Vic became noisy again and I chastised him. One morning my reading glasses were nowhere to be found. I leave them in one of two places - my study desk or my dressing table. Fortunately, I still had my old ones so I used them but that was highly unsatisfactory. I turned the house upside down looking for my glasses. My husband helped me move the bed, take the mattress off, remove all bedding, the works. They were nowhere to be found. I begged Vic to replace them. Of course I didn't know his name but he knew I was talking to him. I asked him on a number of occasions. I eventually decided that I would simply have to get a new pair when lo and behold, while making my bed one morning there were the missing spectacles, neatly folded under my bedside table. Believe me they were not there before, it would have been impossible to miss them. Besides I do vacuum my house regularly and you can see under the table very clearly without even bending down. Anyway, I thanked Vic and asked him not to do it again. He obeyed.

This is where either Vic deviated from his normal routine or there was another presence in the house. Sometimes after Vic had come and gone from the bedroom I would hear what sounded like the TV or a radio on in the lounge. It often sounded like someone reading the news, at other times it sounded like a quiz show. I also heard muffled voices coming from that area of the house. I'm not 100% sure that Vic was responsible.

On a few occasions I would feel what I thought was my husband getting into bed. He moves around quite a lot to get comfortable, so when I felt no further movement I would open my eyes and look at his side of the bed and there would be nobody there. Vic? He mimicked my husband before.

One night I was particularly spooked. I was lying in bed on my left side, on the left side of the bed, which is where I always sleep. I was awake and I felt what I thought was my husband getting into bed. What was strange was that I could hear the TV on in the lounge and the house seemed very light. I asked Brian whether the TV was still on. I got the reply: "Yes it is." So I replied "well go and turn it off". No movement. Extremely annoyed I jumped out of bed to go and do it myself when I noticed that there was nobody in bed with me. Husband still in lounge, watching TV. I lost it again: "My bed is off limits to you. Do you understand? Don't ever again come anywhere near my bed." Vic? I can only assume so. Needless to say the only time I ever again felt anybody getting into the bed it was indeed my husband.

Also this is the first time a spirit, or ghost, has ever spoken to me aloud. I have heard my name called on numerous occasions but have never received an audible reply to any question I have asked them.

I only saw Vic once again. It was around 18:30 and I decided to have a bath. As luck would have it my bathroom light had blown so I kept the bathroom door open and my bedroom light on, which gave me plenty of light to see by. I didn't need that much light anyway. I was out of the bath and standing on the mat drying myself with a towel when Vic strolled past the bathroom on his way from the closet. He didn't even notice me.

So this is where I reach the end of life with Vic. There was in fact another incident but that can be told separately. I'm not sure that the culprit was Vic on that occasion.

The last time I had any interaction with Vic was approximately three months ago. His visits had gradually become fewer. On this particular early morning, yes again the dreaded 02:00 to 03:00 time period, when I was again awake and not awoken by him, I heard him doing his usual thing in the closet. This time I spoke to him telepathically. I once again told him that there was nothing in my husband's closet for him to find. I told him that he had loved ones waiting for him and he was wasting precious time hanging around here. I then said to him "look you've known me for years now, you know my name, I think it's time you told me yours". Imagine my surprise when a very distinct voice came into my mind. "My name is Vic."

I was elated! I said "Vic we both know it's time for you to go where you belong."

My husband's closet is now eerily silent. After 13 years that takes quite some getting used to!

I know that this account is incredibly long but I have tried to keep it as short as possible. If I have been vague on any aspect, please feel free to pose your questions.

Melda

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Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2018-01-01)
ajonverge - Thanks for the good wishes for the new year and please accept same from me.

You and Rex-T are making me nervous with the cricket talk! Normally I don't mind who wins but now I'm on edge 😟

Regards, Melda
ajonverge (5 stories) (65 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2018-01-01)
Melda: Wishing you & family a very happy and prosperous 2018. Hope you had fun at new years. I can't wait for the india south africa cricket tour to begin. Would be eagerly awaiting your insights as well when the season starts. All in good humour. Anyway, just thought of dropping a line wishing a happy new year. Stay blessed.
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
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1 month ago (2017-12-16)
Manafon - Thanks for your reply.

The orbs are actually quite fascinating. Interesting that you experienced the same phenomenon.

Apparently orange orbs signify protection, safety, comfort. That's what google says anyway! Strangely enough, Tweed did ask whether I thought that Vic might be a protective spirit. He might have been looking after me for a while? That's a good thought. I did in fact go through a few tough times.

The ones you saw at your client's house were possibly also there in a protective capacity. Just the thought of it is comforting 😊

Regards, Melda
Manafon1 (5 stories) (538 posts)
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1 month ago (2017-12-16)
Hi Melda - I thought I would answer you here instead of on Mandee's account. Please don't think I thought you were trying to debunk my theory on the apparition of Dusty. I just wanted to make sure what I was trying to convey was clear.

I did read the account of your ghost Vic and enjoyed it very much. It provides another great example of an apparition not being able to speak when it seems to want to. I have read of many, many cases where an apparition seems frustrated when it seems to suddenly realize that it doesn't have the ability to speak. Of course there are, rarer, cases where apparitions do indeed speak. It all seems to come down to ability. Maybe for some spirits the ability to transmit the spoken word is easier than for others. It also seems likely that "speaking" apparitions are almost certainly telepathic. The voice transmitted "mind to mind" with no need of a larynx.

I did have a comment about the orange orbs you witnessed intermingling and separating by your bathroom window. At a customers house my wife and I used to stay at regularly, I saw on multiple occasions a similar phenomenon. We stayed in the master bedroom which had a long hallway lined with mirror fronted closets that led to a bathroom. Usually in the middle of the night these little orange orbs would appear and do exactly what you described. They seemed to be in the bathroom and they would make brief forays into the little hallway. They would cast reflections in the mirrors.

After these orbs appeared on several occasions I started closing the bathroom door at night and then never saw them again. I think the orbs I saw were associated with our customer's father who had just died. Seems quite possible that your orbs were connected to Vic. Really cool to find another person who has seen these flitting little orbs.
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
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1 month ago (2017-12-08)
Tweed - Sorry, I forgot to respond to your comment about the thread being confusing. Coming in on the tail end it must be horribly confusing πŸ˜†

It started off on this thread, with the suggestion that Vic was searching for a treasure map to go hunting for the Kruger millions, then it continued on "Biter" by EmmalineTexas and eventually found its way back here again. Now I don't know whether we're going to hunt for the Kruger millions or if we're off to go searching for sunken galleons 😁

Crazy stuff that just occasionally happens on YGS.

Regards, Melda
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
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1 month ago (2017-12-08)
Tweed - How nice to hear from you. You have been silent for far too long!

You raise a very interesting point about protective spirits. I don't know whether I could describe Vic as such but from the contact that I had with him over the years and the "feeling" he exuded, I would definitely describe him as a good guy. He actually ignored me most of the time and concentrated on my husband's closet. I also believe he was responsible for a few more activities, like the TV or radio sounds coming from the lounge plus another incident (which I didn't mention).

I did give him a telling off every now and then, as you would have read in my account but there was definitely nothing nasty about him.

As far as beliefs regarding protective spirits in Africa are concerned, there would be a number. The native South African tribes of course tend to call on their ancestors. There are probably more tribal beliefs but the white community tends to follow western beliefs.

As far as I personally am concerned, yes I do ask for protection around my house and I do say words to the effect that "if you're good you can stay, if you're bad you're not welcome". I've done that for years because as I child I was terrified of these entities that seemed to latch on to me. In retrospect, they were probably not all bad but to a child a ghost is a very scary thing!

Now don't do your disappearing trick again 😊

Regards, Melda
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
 
1 month ago (2017-12-08)
T-Rex - Now, now, I don't mind you borrowing Rex-T's PC on occasion, that's fine. But! Don't try to pull the wool over my eyes. I know you emptied my pool, I could hear sounds of thunder and splashing. I thought we were having a huge storm, which turned out not to be the case. It was definitely not lady-glow and her cougars.

By the way, thanks for clearing the city of criminals. The downward trend of criminal activities in the area has been reported on the local news. If only I could notify the media of the true situation but I don't think anybody will believe me. I'll send for you again soon.

By the way, I should be calling you uncle - I wasn't even a glimmer in the eye of my stone age ancestors when you first put in an appearance 😁

Stone age love, Melda
Tweed (23 stories) (2070 posts)
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1 month ago (2017-12-08)
Hi Melda,

Are there any entities in your culture whose role it is to protect women? Or have you ever said a prayer of protection or meditation or some such which might evoke a protective spirit?
I ask because this reminded me somewhat of your encounter with the young boy in that both gave you comfort.
I don't mean to imply that Vic is anything other than a human ghost, rather there seems to be something about your home or you specifically which enables protective spirits to find their way in. A good thing I should think. 😊

Thanks for sharing and nice work piecing together Vic!

PS this thread is confusing.
Rex-T (3 stories) (108 posts)
 
1 month ago (2017-12-08)
Aunty Melda and Jubeele,

While Rex-T is having a 'seniors nap' I've pinched his PC to reply to your postings, 6 days ago.

Firstly, I'm now Eco friendly, I only eat 'bad guys' and will eat ghost nachos only in an emergency, like propelling the Black Sparrow.

Aunty Melda, I did not empty your pool but I did see a glowing lady leading a pack of cougars in that direction.

I love playing 'fetch the tree' so don't forget to bring Emmaline as well.

I've got to go as I can hear Rex-T growling. Looks like its back to the serious stuff.

Big T
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
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2 months ago (2017-12-04)
Fergie - Thanks for commenting. You know I always love hearing from you!

Yes well Vic has been and gone and I've become accustomed to life without him, just as I grew accustomed to life with him 😊 I'm very happy for his sake that he has now moved on. I only hope he hasn't starting haunting elsewhere - I want him to be at peace.

What he was searching for in the cupboard only he knew. I asked him but of course no response. Then again, he wasn't open to any conversation. Truth to tell, neither was I actually, although I asked a few questions and tried to tell him to cross over.

I think we would all like to hear from you now and then. I'm sure you've got something new to share πŸ˜†

Regards, Melda
Fergie (38 stories) (1130 posts)
+1
2 months ago (2017-12-04)
Hi Melda,
Thanks for the heads-up my friend, or I would have missed your fascinating, detailed account.

Well Vic certainly wasn't a residual haunt. I have heard many times, here on YGS, and other places, that renovations tend to stir up spirits. I guess yours was no exception.
At least you had the satisfaction of knowing he was a charming, good looking gentleman. (Lucky you!)

It would be really interesting to know what Vic was searching for, if anything. Maybe he was just noisy in putting away his belt, etc?

I loved reading your narrative, as well as the humorous comments 😁

I hope you have still many more accounts, stored up in your memory, just waiting to be written.
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
T-Rex won't be spending much time in my garden if we take to the seas 😁 Our next move will have to be to board the Black Sparrow. I would suggest we board her at the Cape Town docks and leave T-Rex to guard her together with the ghostly crew.

I share Jack Sparrow's love of the oceans but I would prefer not to have him along - he'll probably keep the treasure for himself!

Regards, Melda
Jubeele (9 stories) (471 posts)
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2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Eh Rex-T...How shall I put this delicately about your T-Rex...?

Ghost Peppers + beans + chilli + Big-T = BIG TROUBLE.

Perhaps it's best that Big-T pushes (and not pull) The Black Pearl to avoid an "ill wind" from the tail end, or is that astern? 🀣
Rex-T (3 stories) (108 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Val & lady-glow

As long as we feed T-Rex some of those nachos with some sweet chili sauce he can push the Black Pearl very quickly. I'm looking forward to hearing "Arrrgh - Release the Rex!"

T-Rex now knows that to keep the lady of the manor happy (Melda) he will have to get around on his tippy-toes and he's not allowed to eat any of our furry friends.

Rex-T
Jubeele (9 stories) (471 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Lady-glow - oh wow, you got us a real pirate ship! Talk about connections - truly, you're the International Woman of Mystery. BTW, your ACME superhero suit that glows in the dark looks simply awesome.

Melda, ever the perfect hostess, has made her famous SA casserole, bobotie for us. I've added in my apricot and apple chutney into the mix. Goes well with yellow saffron rice. My Dragonette Linglong is keeping the food warm with her dragonfire.

I've got all the cabins cleansed, linens freshened, hammocks fastened. Who wants the top bunk? All aboard "The Black Pearl", me hearties <brandishes her feather sword>...
valkricry (39 stories) (2786 posts) mod
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Oh! The images you conjured, lady-glow!πŸ˜† Too funny!
Ah! Clever things from the Manor? We should be well equipped,then!
How long do you think it'll take us to sail to SA (being Big T powered)?
lady-glow (9 stories) (1702 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Jubeele:
Jack Sparrow has agreed to lend us 'The Black Pearl' including the crew and all her contents.β›΅

I wonder if Big-T would be able to pull the ship and if Melda wouldn't mind the beast trampling on her garden. πŸ˜•
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Jubeele - Interestinger and interestinger, eh? Fact or fiction? By all means may the treasure ghost hunting team prevail!

Regards, Melda
Jubeele (9 stories) (471 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-12-01)
Melda, you're our Hostess with the Mostess of the Ghostess!

South Africa is an amazing place. I hope the map from Vic is accurate. I get lost even with GPS. I did do some research and found that there are many other hidden treasures here in SA:
Http://www.ancestors.co.za/hidden-treasures-in-south-africa/
Http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/treasure-legends/59356-south-african-boer-war-krugers-hidden-millions.html

I'm hear that babygoatpuller is coming along with the clever things she found in Val's Trespauze Manor. Maybe lady-glow can borrow a thaumaturgy compass from Jack Sparrow? πŸ˜‰
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-30)
Ha ha! Welcome to sunny South Africa 😊

Oh the map, lemon juice works wonders!

Jubeele I managed to make out a vague outline of a tree, which I assume is the ghost gum tree. Unfortunately, my husband can't see it πŸ˜†

Regards, Melda
Rex-T (3 stories) (108 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-30)
No worries Emma, bring Emmaline along.

I've experienced both sides of Ridgebacks when fixing phones. The stop, go no further (scary side) and the now you are my friend side (You ignore them and they keep bumping into you until you give them a pat).

I think their loyalty to family is very strong.

Rex-T
EmmalineTexas (10 stories) (148 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-30)
Rex-T - Emmaline says yes. Since it's SA shouldn't we bring her if we're headed into the rough? They're lion dogs. ❀ Love that little girl. P.S. She was 32 lbs when we found her and had probably 300 ticks on her. Sat patiently while we got rid of them. She's good with T-Rexes and goats.
Emma
Rex-T (3 stories) (108 posts)
+1
2 months ago (2017-11-30)
Hi intrepid hunters, just a few quick responses before it gets serious again.

Babygoatpuller, Welcome aboard. I'll tell T-Rex to wait for you. I know he won't eat goats - he thinks they are little people with funny personalities, attitude and their own language.

Val, there is one member of the expedition that won't need a rocket pack. All T-Rex will need is some of those red hot ghost nacho's.

Lady-glow, don't bring Johnny D (T-Rex would eat his dogs) but Captain Jack Sparrow would be helpful as he does have experience with Pirate Treasure Maps. I reckon that's where we start.

Emma, I know your Emmaline loves you, even if you have borrowed her name. I could address you as Emma and if I need to talk to Emmaline I will call her by her full name. Is this arrangement OK?

Melda, my mum told me once, that it was better to make a pain of oneself seeking permission, than being surprised when you turn up unannounced. I've cleaned this quote up a bit.

Rex-T
Jubeele (9 stories) (471 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-30)
Emma, Val & babygoatpuller, we're waiting for you at Melda's!

Ok folks, I've managed to get the ghost writing to appear on the map. As Emma suggested, I used a little spray of lemon juice. I also had a gentle application of dragonfire from Linglong, my baby Dragonette.

Don't worry, Melda, she's housetrained and strictly vegetarian these days. She only flames Trolls on command from the mods. Sorry about the asparagus fern though, she got hungry and wanted a snack. Anyway, here's what I found:
Http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=254916&d=1332398752

Melda, I asked Rex-T to plant a lovely white Ghost Gum tree in the bald spot left behind in your garden. T-Rex even thumped down the earth around it with his tail. It should look wonderfully ghostly under the moonlight! ❀
Melda (9 stories) (796 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Rex-T - Short memory, what? I thought it was all arranged that we'll be doing the treasure hunt in SA. Be prepared for that treasure to be protected by many ghosts from days gone by, perhaps including the great man himself!

Regards, Melda
EmmalineTexas (10 stories) (148 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Jubeele ❀ Thank you, it sounds delicious. My husband has a serious pot sticker addiction.
Jubeele (9 stories) (471 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Hi Melda & Emma, as requested, here's Jubeele's Special Dipping Sauce (for pot-stickers) :
ΒΌ cup water, ΒΌ tsp chicken stock powder, Β½ tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, Β½ tbsp rice wine vinegar (or balsalmic vinegar). Vary the proportions to your tastebuds. My husband pours it over his dumplings and then drinks up the rest. I rarely have any leftovers, no matter how much I make!
Rex-T (3 stories) (108 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Oh noooooo lady-glow. That is one of the most disturbingly funny you-tube clips I've seen so far.

If I put one of those suits on, T-Rex would either eat me, mother me or worse. These outcomes are not remotely appealing.

Bugs did get suited up in a Tassie Devil suit with long eye lashes and a big bear trap for a mouth (with lipstick). I'll just have the suit thanks.

I've got some ideas on where to start but we first need permission from Melda.

Great having you on board, we need someone that glows in the dark.
EmmalineTexas (10 stories) (148 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Uh oh, my Sometimers has kicked in. Rex-T, the struggle is real My proofing and eyesight are shot. Btw, I can happily answer to Enna 😁. My rescued Rhodesian Ridgeback knows I stole her name. She was so pathetic when we found her that I gave her a pretty name. Now she's pretty and it suits her.
EmmalineTexas (10 stories) (148 posts)
 
2 months ago (2017-11-29)
Jubeele, would you mind sharing your sauce for pot stickers with me? My recipe is slightly meh 😁 I can trading you an awesome empanada recipe. Great if you like mango or ground beef if you like savory empanadas,

Thanks,
Emma

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