I'm a Security Officer. However, I will not mention the company I work for. I don't feel it would be appropriate to do so. For the sake of the story though it was a hospital. That's all I can say about the facility I was assigned too on that peculiar night.
As a Security Officer, I have no more authority than you do as a common citizen. What I do you can do. The only difference I guess is that a Security Officer gets paid for it. My job is to protect lives and property in accordance with the clients procedures. I keep alert. I use my senses when on patrol. Eyes, ears, and a nose for trouble. When I come across something out of the ordinary I always try to make a visual identification of the person or thing in question before contacting the authorities and or writing a report; for the exception of field notes. Most of the time, it is something like a coffee pot left on, a light burned out or a light left on, an occasional rodent out for a late bite, or maybe some kids that should not be on the property. But on the night of August 26th, I could only speculate what was going on, I couldn't say for sure who or what it was that I heard that night. My report of the incident was professional. This however will be more like a true story.
I was on third shift patrolling the terrace level. I just got done with my patrol and was about to proceed to the elevator. It was about 4am I'd say. As I was checking an exit door nearby, I heard the faint sound of a conversation. It sounded like a group of men shouting out instructions to one another as if it was a high stress situation. It sounded like orders being given at a construction site. The only construction area though was in the old wing. It wasn't too far away from where I was at.
"That's strange," I thought. "No one that I know of is even down here." There was no one in the old wing. I was just there. Maintenance wouldn't arrive for at least another hour and I had no incoming calls on the company cell. I was puzzled. "Who could be down here at this hour," I thought as I proceeded on another patrol of the terrace. I checked everywhere including the old wing and the mechanical room, but there was no one there. Everything was normal and or quiet. The area where I first heard the conversation was now a dead silence. I then proceeded to the various nurses stations located on the floors above.
"Is everything ok," I asked.
"Everything is ok," they said. "We will call you if we need you." I received the same response from the nurses station right above the area where I heard the conversation taking place. I thought that maybe the sound of a conversation above had travelled down through the pipes and or system of vents. I checked outside at and near the entrances to the terrace level, but nobody was around. I actually did that first before reporting at each of the nurse stations. There was nothing going on that would account for what I heard.
I did another patrol of the terrace level about a half hour later at approximately. 4:45am and heard the faint sound of clanging metal. I checked each of the mechanical rooms, the maintenance department, and the old wing, but everything checked out. I could not find the source of the sound. Anyways all this running around caused me to run late. I was not a bit happy about it.
The only thing I can think of was that I heard the sound of a conversation traveling through the vents and or water pipes. The sound of which would have become distorted by the time it reached me. This might account for what sounded like men hollering at one another. As far as the faint clanging sound I heard, it's hard to tell. It's an old building. It's bound to groan a bit. I did file a report on the incident, but I didn't indicate anything other than not being able to locate the sounds I heard. I'm sure that went over well.
An officer did tell me when I was first assigned to this site that there were strange things happening on the terrace level. Like returning minutes later to find lights on that had just been turned off, locked doors found wide open and strange light sources. I haven't witnessed any of that weird stuff. No one's ever told me anything like that. Anyways I just thought it was his way to make a new guard feel uneasy. Although I have seen elevators open and close when there is no one in them. I've been meaning to bring that up to maintenance. It's nothing worth reporting though. Honestly I'm more concerned about the living than I am about a few resident ghosts for that matter.
I hope you enjoyed this. I feel a bit of common sense reasoning makes for a better ghost story. I'll chime in if something else happens worth mentioning. Please be sensible in your responses. Thanks!