I have always been interested in the paranormal and all things that go bump in the night from a very young age. My parents would never encourage my inquisitive nature and constant questions regarding spirits and weird dreams whilst growing up.
Hailing from a pretty conservative background, my mother has always discouraged my obsession with dark and sinister innuendos. For example when I was still at University, I had become friends with a fellow student who was very much into Wiccanism and eventually got very involved in Gothism, which at first excited me and then I soon had to break off ties with my buddy, much to my parents relief.
Which brings me to the point of this post. I had just finished University and moved to a different city for work reasons. I had secured a job at a telecommunications company on the outskirts of a busy suburb in Gauteng. Our offices were made up of two floors which was sort of a call center kind of environment which was encased in large glass windows over looking the busy highway.
Working on the second floor of the building, I would often use the bathroom right at the back end of our office which was sometimes very dark as no sunlight would reach this area of the building and the florescent lighting would always be faulty, even though it would constantly get replaced with new filaments. I chose to use this particular bathroom because it was quiet, very clean and private and it had 4 stalls which hardly anyone would use regularly except for a handful of female staff.
So one morning I get to work after being stuck in peak hour traffic and need to use the bathroom urgently. I remember just leaving my lunch bag on my desk and racing towards the bathroom. I went into the last stall on the right of the bathroom and carefully placed my cell phone and ID card (work entry card) on the wall behind the toilet and went about my business. I then walked out the stall and went to the basin to wash up and head back to my desk to start off my day.
As I walked out the door, I realised that I had forgotten my cell phone and key card in the stall. Still standing outside the door, I immediately went back inside to retrieve my stuff. Upon entering the bathroom I saw a lady standing at the far end at the basin next to the one I had just used. She was just standing there with the hot water tap running, looking down. I greeted her as I thought that she may have been in a different stall to me and just didn't notice that it was occupied because I was in such a desperate hurry.
What I found weird was that she didn't acknowledge me when I greeted her and I had not recognised her as a staff member and furthermore, it was way too early for a customer or visitor to be at our offices. So, thinking she was terribly rude, I proceeded to retrieve my key card and cell phone from the stall and was on my way out when I saw that she was still standing with her head hung over the basin. She looked troubled and it concerned me.
So, I greeted her again and asked if she was ok. I got no response yet again. So feeling a bit awkward I didn't say anything else and sort of stood there for a few seconds, in all this time noticing that the mirror above the basin she was at was misting up. So, being the inquisitive person that I was, asked again, "Are you ok? Are you not getting burned?" And again no response.
Really ticked off at this point, I stormed out of the bathroom and went to a fellow colleague whose desk was the closest to the bathroom door. I reiterated the story to her and together we both went back to the bathroom to see if this mysteriously rude woman needed any help. Now bare in mind, it took me all of a few minutes after exiting the bathroom to going back in there with my colleague. So I pushed open the door, which made a weird scraping noise on the tiles, only to find that the woman had disappeared. So finding this extremely odd by this time, my colleague and I looked into all 4 stalls but she was gone.
Now here's the thing, this bathroom had only one entrance and you needed to exit from the same door, but in order to get out you would need to walk to the other end of the large office area to exit the building in full view of the entire office. I was standing at my colleagues desk and NO ONE had exited the bathroom and neither did we hear the door open or close creating that scraping noise.
Naturally I was freaked out but my colleague thought I was just messing with her and that I had just made it up. I refused to accept that this was a figment of my very vivid imagination and went directly to our security office and asked the security guard to play back the footage from that area. So he did and much to my dismay, I had been the only one to use that bathroom since the building opened for the day.
I know that what I saw was real. As real as I sit here and reiterate this experience. For obvious reasons, my colleagues found no truth in my experience. I have only seen her once since that first encounter. It was a few months after, that I had dreamt of her. The dream was crystal clear and she introduced herself as Lady "V" and thanked me kindly for taking notice of her as no one has ever paid much attention to her before. I remember waking up and the name Lady "V" resounding in my head.
For whatever reason, I chose not to share this dream with anyone until today. Who was she? Where did she come from? And why me? I felt no malice or negativity from her. I would love to hear what you guys have to share regarding what this encounter could have been? It has been 7 years since that first encounter with Lady "V" and to this day I still wonder due to these unanswered questions.
I look forward to all your comments, advice and yes, even your honest opinions, as I am open to everything.
Thank you for reading my first post and I have many more experiences to share in the future.
I agree that your experience sounds like a residual haunting. From your description, she sounds very sad. That emotion could have provided the energy needed to create a recording.