What is the hungry ghost month? Qing Ming Day falls on the 3rd day of the 3th month in Chinese Lunar calendar or to be exact on the 104th day after the winter solstice. This festival usually occurs during the first week of the month of April of the Gregorian Calender. It's a Chinese tradition to celebrate the visit and depart of the dead on this date itself. And for anyone who is not aware of this, are advised not to roam the streets. It's a strict rule, in which we believe nothing latches on to you and follow you home if you're unlucky. Eerie as it may seem... Do you believe it?
So here is where my story begins... Lesson learnt. Never go out on a hungry ghost month. NEVER!
I had to move to my granny's house due to college, and them being so conservative and restrictive to many things, I don't get to do much nor hang out with my friends I've met in college. Heck- They've labeled my friends robbers due to a recent break in and thinking I was either wasting too much time or trying to get myself laid with friends. So, it becomes a norm I stay out in college from early until late evening to get some college work done, then head home by 8pm via the bus. Due to these events I don't quite enjoy staying with them. Trust me, my grandparents are the real horror to the ears when it comes to living with them.
Anyhow, on that particular ghostly day, I headed out to college as usual by bus, ignoring my granny's warning to stay in the house. I'd rather save my sanity and get college work done, so out I went at 9 a.m. In the morning with some necessities like my jacket because the air conditioning in college can be freezing, and some simple Japanese packed lunch I made. (because they hate anything to do with Japanese, just to irritate them in revenge) With much relief and everything within comfort's reach, I did as much studying and finished up all my assignments within that day.
Regarding the school, the college encompasses a whole block of shop lots to itself and labeled each lot from Block A to Block F, they broke down the walls so the whole building is connected without having the students to climb up and down the stairs to get to the other lot. So getting to the labs and all was pretty easy. I normally get my assignments done in Block F's study room. Lots of table and silence to myself. So to access to the other buildings, I didn't need to climb much stairs to get to the other labs.
One of my assignments required the computer lab in Block A, so I left some of my stuff in the study room's locker and headed to the computer lab. Along my way on the third floor, there weren't many students that time, given it was a study week. The place was pretty quiet given a few of the labs were already open for use, and some students noisily running- wait, running? I turned around to see who it was, but there was no one. Hmm... Ignoring what I heard, I walked on.
After I reached the lab, before me was the stairs to my left, the large pillar in the middle and the lab on my right. As I walked closer, a boy materialized out of no where from the lab and jogged behind the pillar towards the stairs. I didn't see much details of the boy, curious to who it was... But he never got to the stairs at all. Is this guy hiding behind the pillar? And given there wasn't any other rooms next to the stairs on that particular floor itself out of sight, I waited to see if he'd pop out. He didn't come out, so I went around. There was no one there! Who is that guy? Hmm... So I ignored and headed into the lab and started on my assignment.
Few hours later, it was already six something in the evening, and I was about close to done. I always have my headphones on to listen to my own set of music while working, despite being the only one in the lab at that moment. All of a sudden, there was this running figure again that ran from behind me towards the lab door. The moment I looked up, the figure slowly disappeared. Huh? Again the running boy. But this time... Wow... Okay! Time to pack up and head home since my work is done for the day. And so I did.
I related the story to my other college mates, and to my surprise, similar things happened to them too but in the other labs. He was harmless, so all they heard was footsteps and him running around the college since the college isn't badly haunted... Right?
The running boy was one of the college's students. He died in front of the college in a car accident when he rushed to college to hand in his assignments. One of the lecturers who has been teaching for a while told us this, because he was one of his bright students.