It was a normal Monday evening and I met up with my friend how I usually do. However, instead of playing video games we had decided to go out and explore an old abandoned building near one of our houses. We had been there before in the past so we knew our way around pretty well.
Once we got there we snuck in through a broken window which was at one point was blocked by a piece of plywood. There was some light that allowed us to see and navigate through. Security sometimes surveils the building so we had to be cautious. Once we made it inside we began to walk around and explore different parts of the building. We saw mostly trash and graffiti but nothing out of the ordinary.
When looking around my buddy said he heard a door close. I hadn't heard anything though so I told him that his mind could be messing with him and he should just relax. We did stay on the lookout though for other people as we did not want to confront anyone else. We finally got to a stairwell that leads to the basement of the building. I went ahead first and as I was walking down the stairs I felt a hand touch my shoulder. I quickly turned around to see if it was my buddy only to find him several steps behind me.
He asked me "What's wrong?"
I communicated to him that I felt something touch my shoulder and that I thought he was trying to get my attention. He denied it was him and showed me he couldn't reach me from where he was on the staircase. At the time, I dismissed my experience and just concluded that it was my imagination. When we finally reached the bottom of the staircase we continued our exploration while joking around about past events in high school. As we made our way through a series of rooms we reached a long hallway that had giant pipes that ran along the side of it. They were orange and bright which was the most unusual color in the whole building. At this point, we had been at the building for a while and thought about taking a picture to post on our social media accounts. I suggested that he should go first since he's more photogenic than I am. Once we found the ideal angle for the picture, we went ahead and took it. Once the picture was captured I took a look at it and noticed a dark shadow next to my friend. I was puzzled at first wondering if it was my shadow only that I had not seen anything like it before I took the photo and would have noticed if my shadow was in the frame. At this point, my friend noticed something was up and asked to take a look at the photo. I watched as face grew wary as he stared at the photo. I asked him what he thought it was and he was just as confused as I. Fear began to seep in and we began to feel a sense of dread.
I asked him, "You think it's a ghost?"
He nodded. At this point, I began to worry about our well being and no longer felt safe where we were. I suggested we head out immediately. Before he could answer a feeling of disgust swept the hallway and before he could answer I already started heading towards the stairwell. Everything after that moment went by so fast. Before we knew it, we were in my car and my mind was all but a blur. We sat in the car silent only to look at each other with a sense of relief. At this point, I suggested we get something to eat to take our mind off the whole incident which he agreed to.
Since then neither of us has really talked about the incident although I plan on bringing it up with him soon. I cannot help but keep looking at the picture I took as I am confident that what I caught is a picture of a paranormal entity.
Thank you for reading my story and I was hoping to hear about what people might think it is. I appreciate all the help and support in advance!
I obviously want to believe this is real, but I failed to realize how convincing some of these "ghost apps" can be. It is not unreasonable that there is an app with some kind of algorithm that can superimpose a double of someone, distort it, and preserve the grain so that it looks authentic. No offense, just healthy skepticism:)