About 3 months ago my boss' mother passed away. She was living in a house adjoined to his. I live in the same neighbourhood and we work closely at his office.
His is a small business and I love working there. The office is a remodelled house that now has my small desk area, a conference room, two offices, and a storage room, work room, break room, and copy room. Much of the time I'm alone in the whole house with enough to keep me busy. I keep thinking I hear voices around, but there's too much that could be causing that naturally that I just dismiss it. We're right on a busy street and the insulation is absolutely terrible. I could be hearing some kid across the street or the echo of someone's randomly loud radio. No telling, so it could be anything and I don't give it credence. "Debunked", as the saying goes.
A few weeks after his mother passed (she was 93); he brought in this old pendulum clock. It can use a cleaning, and the pendulum doesn't swing now. It works just fine; just the pendulum is left in for decoration. It's not an antique or anything, at least that's what he told me when I asked about it. The chimes work fine, it ticks quietly away, and the gears are all quiet. The funky thing about it, and why he's trying to fix it, is that it chimes at the wrong times. It chimes ten some-odd minutes ahead of the time it keeps. I figured, no big deal, this is just a funky broken clock. I never got weird vibes from it, except when it chimed, and the chime is creepy just because it's old-style and you never know when it's coming.
Here's the issue. I only picked up on it in this last week. It only chimes when my boss is in.
Now he doesn't have to wind it; its battery powered now. The insides were replaced years ago to make it run without winding. I'm in the office from 8:30 - 5:00 three times a week and I can promise I'd have hit the ceiling if that thing had chimed from his office when I was the only one in! Nothing comes from that clock when he's gone except for the normal ticking. I've even taken a peek at the mechanism, and even when he's gone, the chime is clearly supposed to be on. I've never touched the mechanism, but it does have a little screw you can turn to switch the chime off. It's always on, but it doesn't chime unless my boss is in the office.
He's been in two days now and I've heard it chime (if you'll excuse the obvious expression) like clockwork once he comes in. I've tried to catch him working on it, but it's never even been moved.