It has been a few years since I last submitted a story to this website. However, in 2016, I had a personal experience that I feel is worth sharing.
This incident occurred in the spring / summer of 2016 while I was on vacation from work, visiting my mother, my grandmother, my sister, and her boyfriend in New York. The group of us had been out to eat, and we headed back to my mother's apartment afterward. On the car ride home, my sister and her boyfriend had an argument, and after we arrived, he walked off to calm down and clear his head. My mother was upset that her boyfriend had walked off, and went to go find him.
Now, picture this: My mother's apartment has a single staircase that leads up from the front door to the main floor of the apartment itself. After she left the apartment, my grandmother became worried and was standing at the top of the stairs looking down. I was standing next to her, maybe two feet away. My sister was with her baby in the living room, which was maybe only five total feet away from the top of the staircase.
As we are all standing there, I distinctly heard what sounded like my mother's voice calling out, "MOM!" The voice sounded as if it was in distress. My grandmother heard it too, because when it happened, she looked at me with genuine fear in her eyes. I immediately sprinted down the stairs, and walked outside to see what was going on, thinking that something was happening. As I walked around outside the apartment, I saw that no one was there. My mother was no where in sight, and there was not one single person around. I found this very odd.
A short time later, I found my mom probably about a quarter mile away down the road, having a conversation with my sister's boyfriend. Everything was fine, and the three of us went back to my mother's apartment. I asked her if she ever yelled out "MOM!" at any point in time when she left the apartment, and she told me she did not.
I asked my sister if she had heard what myself and my grandmother both heard after we were all back at the apartment. My sister said she did not hear anything, yet she was standing literally one to two feet away from me when I heard the voice yelling. My grandmother confirmed what I had heard, and told me she was scared because when she heard it, she thought something was wrong.
I was outside that apartment within seconds. There was no one there. Additionally, the voice sounded like it was coming from the bottom of the stairs, and not outside. There was no one at the bottom of the stairs at the time, since my mom had already left the apartment. To this day, I cannot rationally explain the voice yelling out "MOM!", or who did it. There was no television playing, and no radio playing at the time. This happened in the middle of the day as well. I think about that incident often, because it really kind of creeps me out to be honest! Any input is appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.