After the first time me, my sister and our best friend used the board, we didn't touch it for a while. We were all pretty overwhelmed with what had happened, and it took it's time to fully sink in. But after some time, me and my bestie started to feel an urge (if you can call it that) to test the board again. What if we could contact Juhani again? This time by choice, to ask him to contact us precisely, not just any random spirit.
A opportunity to use the board again came quickly. I went to have a sleepover with my friend, this time the two of us, and in no time we had the Ouija out again, curtains closed and candles ready to create the right atmosphere. We felt a bit giddy, but also cautious. This was no game, and we should be right to remember that; this time, I made my friend swear not to do anything rash like last time. Ready for some action, we put our fingers onto the planchette. Just like before, a sudden calm took over me, replacing the earlier giddiness and part nervousness. We started with the usual greeting, but this time, we asked to talk to Juhani, and if he was here with as.
The planchette moved steadily to greet us, confirming that it was indeed our old spirit friend on the other end. I can't very well remember what we asked of him, I think it was the usual, a bit boring questions. Suddenly, I happened to glance over to the candles burning next to the Ouija board, and breathed in sharply. I got my friend's attention and pointed to our atmospheric lights. We had put two different candlestick holders to provide us with enough light. The other was a small one, with single hanging cup for a little candle to inhabit; the other one was big and lavish, with three different holders for three candles. They had been burning steadily from the start, but now something had changed. In the big holder, all the candles were still as a picture. None of the flames were flickering like they usually do, but they were long and stood there like a stop-motion image when you pause a film. And in the holder with a singular candle, the flame was spinning and lashing all over the place! It did what no other flame had or has ever done in my days; it spun full circles and suddenly went fully horizontal, almost touching the wax surface, and slowly came back up.
Staring at the candles, the little one especially, with round eyes, we looked up at each other. We were speechless for a while. Then, my friend went on to talk to the board. I had no idea what she was going to say. Then she said it. "Juhani, are you the one playing with the candles?" she asked, giggling. I shot a warning glare to her. There she was again, playing a dangerous game. I suddenly felt unnerved. The planchette moved eagerly to 'Yes', way faster than it had before. The candle flickered and spun wildly at the same time. I can't remember what she asked after that, but the pointer moved faster and faster, and the faster and more eager it felt, the more nervous I started to feel. It didn't feel right for the spirit to be that eager to answer. I asked my friend if we could stop. And then the planchette moved again, quickly, to 'No'. I looked at it and then to my friend. "Now we stop!", I said. The planchette kept saying 'No', but no spirit would control me or tell me what to do. I looked at my friend with finality, and we said 'Goodbye'. The planchette went limp and didn't move again, and I removed it from the board, blowing out the candles.
We talked about our experience and the odd eagerness of the spirit in the end, before going to bed. After that, we didn't touch the board for a week or two. But then, my friend who is not good at keeping things to herself, told one of our classmates about the Ouija board and our escapades with it.
One day, my friend came up to me with this classmate of ours (who I wasn't that much familiar with, but who was a friend of my friend's), and asked if we three could use the board that night. I was a bit against it, but I couldn't say no - they would've just done it without me, and I thought it best for me to be there as well. So I said okay. That night, all three of us were in my friend's house, in her room again. This time we didn't have the light turned off but on, and I can't recall if there was any candles involved.
All was ready, but I felt something in me, something that said not to use the board. So I declined to participate, and instead, sat next to my friend's couch, leaning on it and sipping my cold drink in hand. All the time, I had this nagging feeling inside, but I couldn't understand what it was. My friend and our classmate started, greeting the possible spirits. First, nothing happened. Then, very slowly the planchette dragged itself to greet the two. I watched on with mild interest. They asked who it was, and the usual answer came - "Juhani". All was well, but then they went and did the thing I couldn't have imagined they would be (mind my language) stupid enough to do.
I was minding my own thoughts, when suddenly I heard their next question. "Is (insert name here) a lesbian...?" followed by a fit of giggles. All of a sudden, I was fully alert, and watched them with horrified expression. I leaned forward, giving a warning word to my friend; she knew that the spirits should be treated with proper respect, and asking a stupid question like that wouldn't be looked upon kindly! She brushed my words off, giggling madly with the other girl, pondering out loud whose sexual orientation to ask from next. I felt angry and nervous. I had a bad feeling about this, and it only intensified when I saw the board's reaction. First, all was still, but then the planchette started going through the letters. But it didn't give any reasonable answer, but random letters after another. But when I wrote them down, they had a sinister feel about them; like some unknown language, which you still can feel the meaning of, although you can't understand it. And then the board spelled, "Jyrki".
We all watched the board with wonder. My friend asked, that was 'Jyrki' the spirit's name, which it answered with 'Yes'. I didn't like how things were going, not at all, and asked if the two could just say "Goodbye" and be done with it. But the stubborn people they are, they refused, asking Jyrki some other questions - none of them more intelligent than the first one. But the board didn't give any real answers, just random gibberish. At that point, I demanded they to stop, and this time, they did as I asked.
We didn't use the board for weeks, even months after that. We didn't feel like it. It had been odd, how Juhani had suddenly been replaced with this Jyrki character, and I felt something wrong with the whole thing. And it felt more odd when all of a sudden, after couple of weeks, that classmate of ours came to us one morning at school, just to state that she didn't believe any of that Ouija stuff. We hadn't thought about the whole night in ages, nor talked about it (not with her, especially), but she suddenly felt the need to come straight to us and declare she didn't believe any of it and didn't want to have nothing to do with it anymore.
Something in me has asked since then; did something happen to her after the night? Had she seen something, heard something, that made her nervous? That made her come to us, so she could have closure? Who knows, but I suspect something like that might have happened.
That was the last time I used the board with my friend. Next time was with my sister, but that is another story for another time. Until then! Thank you for reading!