Until now the only people I've told this to are my husband and my eldest daughter. The reason is I don't want to watch peoples faces as they squirm to hide their disbelief and try to think of something kind to say. I wouldn't believe it if it were told to me.
I was going to make the title 'This Happened' because when I think about what happened that afternoon, something in my mind tries to tell me it just can't have. Please, will someone who reads this account help me understand it? I'm sorry if I ramble.
It's mid summer, it's a small village primary school surrounded by fields in the heart of the English countryside, it's 5.30pm, it's been hot all day. All the kids and the teachers have gone home.
The main body of the school is a stone building, approximately 100 years old. A more modern part (1970's) is long and narrow, one level only, divided into four large class rooms, with a staffroom in the middle where the entrance door is. The classrooms are 'open plan', separated only by low walls and little bays with sinks for painting equipment. It's a long way, but you can walk the length of this block uninterrupted literally through all the four classrooms and art bays. No doors or high walls. You can see all the way from one end to the other if you stand to one side.
With me? This matters, because I need you to believe me when I tell you I KNOW I was alone in that block. It's easy to see and hear anyone else. At this time of day it's silent in there. You could hear a pin drop.
I'm a teaching assistant, it's just me and the elderly caretaker onsite now. He is in the main building, mopping. The doors and windows are all locked and it's nearly time he let me out and closed up for the night. Our usual routine.
I've been at one end of the block washing paint brushes and I need to go to the other end before I leave as I've left my phone down there. I'm cheerful and relaxed. Probably singing to myself. I walk the length of the block. Lets say I start from class room 1, through no. 2, past the staff room, then start through no. 3. I glance to my right into no. 3 class and I see the carpeted area is a mess. The kids have left some toys/lunchboxes/cardboard models/class equipment strewn about. I could see some bits had been kicked under the coat rack. This carpet area is about 18' x 20'.
Now here we go... I remember sighing, and thinking 'Oh, that's not good, after I grab my phone I'll quickly gather these things up'. I didn't break my stride. I walked into no. 4 class, picked up my phone, turned around and walked straight back to no. 3. This would be, in honest real time, about 20 SECONDS between seeing the bits on the floor and returning.
In front of me now - four or five feet away in the middle of the carpet - I see all the objects which had been scattered about are now in a tall pile. I'm tingling writing this. They were balanced very precariously but very skilfully one on top of the other, largest at the bottom, smallest at the top. Including the stuff from under the coat racks. Three or four tiniest counting blocks, and a couple of dice were balancing at the very top. I suppose the whole pile was between 2/3 feet high.
I swear there was no one around but me. There was no time for someone to have done this. The place was utterly silent the whole time. It was still sunny, there were no strange noises, or thunder claps or anything. Just this pile in front of me now. From nowhere. No time. No sound.
I remember stopping and looking at it for a moment. I didn't touch it, or step near it. Then I just walked away. I clearly remember that I sort of laughed and shook my head as I walked away. It seems amazing to me now that I didn't scream and run like a lunatic, but I remember I felt no fear at the time. I could turn my back on it and just walk calmly away even though I was alone in the building. I feel fear now, thinking about it!
For info: I'm easily spooked, but that day I wasn't scared. In the past I've been told I'm 'open' to the paranormal, and I should embrace it. I've had a few frightening 'odd' experiences, and I don't want to be 'open'. It scares the crap out of me!
Anyway - This Happened. Can anyone tell me WHAT happened? It's helped to write this down.
Thanks for reading.