Now you may be wondering why I'm posting these together, but the stories are quite short and are nothing spectacular. Anyway, the stories are from several family members of mine who swear that these encounters were real.
The first one is quite boring. My grandparents were on holiday in a beach in England (I can't remember what one) and saw a couple walking along the coast. They were dressed in 'Edwardian' clothing and were laughing and talking to one-another. My grandparents said that one second they were there, and when they looked back they completely vanished. Well, there's the first one.
Our next story is from my Uncle (grandparent's son in law). Him, my auntie and cousins live in a town called Aberystwyth, in Wales. Now, as you know, Wales is home to a few mountains. My uncle said he was climbing a mountain with a few friends. They were all attached to each other with a rope, so no-one got left behind. The weather turned nasty, clouds closing down and snow falling so vision was impossible. The mountaineers were now lost. As all seemed hopeless, one of my uncle's friends began to move. They all walked on and eventually came out safely at the foot of the mountain. The friend that lead them to safety said that a hand pulled and guided him. But... There was no-one there...
So, our next story is from my grandparents friends, who are old like them. I was told this at dinner the other day, when my mum began talking about her sisters encounter (below). My grandparent's friends are a husband and wife, and this encounter happened to the husband about 20 years ago. They were on holiday in England, and were staying at a hotel next to a moor. I can't remember the name of the place, but it had the word 'Moor' in it. He didn't describe the hotel very much, but it sounded small, in which they stayed in the upstairs room. It was in the middle of the night, that he woke up to find the bathroom door open. This didn't seem odd, as his wife probably went to the toilet. However, in the darkness he saw a figure in a black cloak, with only their face visible. At first he thought it was the wife, but she was in bed next to him. The figure then walked away and vanished.
I thought this was just one of those funny dream things, until what he told me next. He was in the area 2 years later, where he was talking to a women. He told her that he once stayed in the hotel next to the moor. The women began saying that she also stayed there once in the same room... And you can kind of guess the rest.
The last story is my favorite. This is from my Auntie who lives in Aberystwyth. Her job as a nurse required her to go through country lanes in a car to get there. At one point, there is a forest where an old abandoned mine is said to be. My auntie was driving back home late one evening, when she drove past the stretch of trees. Standing on the side of the road was a man dressed in old mining clothes, standing as though wanting to hitch-hike. She drove past the man, thinking nothing of it. All was well, until she felt something moving in the back of the car. She said she nearly crashed, and was terrified all the way home. Upon arrival, my uncle knew what had happened by the look on her face. Apparently, this is a rare but known occurrence in the surrounding area.
Well, there you go! Hope you enjoyed them. I'll just remind you that they all swear by these stories.