Recently I was asked by a friend if I had any ghost stories. I had forgotten about this experience and thought where it is so close to Halloween I would relay it here. About a decade ago I was away with 2 friends for a girl's weekend at the beach. A family member owns a condo there and had kindly agreed to let us use it for a few days.
One of the nights there, we were sitting in the living room drinking wine and talking about events from our childhood. We had been out earlier in the evening and were winding down the day after hitting the beach and a few bars. Myself and a girlfriend, Amy, decided to play a joke on my other friend, Susan. Off of the main living area was a half bathroom. Susan was sitting in a chair with her back to the bathroom. One of us would get up to walk into the kitchen and would turn the water on in the bathroom. Then sit back down. Yes, I admit it. We were terrible for doing this.
Each time Susan would hear the water running, she would get up from her chair and question us about it. We denied knowing how the water had mysteriously gotten turned on. At one point I said out loud, "If there is a ghost in here, move that lamp." There was a floor lamp located next to the sofa in the living room. After a few times of us pulling this prank, Susan got up, got her shoes on, and was going to leave. We finally told her it was us messing with her. I felt horrible because she was clearly scared.
After apologizing profusely to Susan, the three of us went into the kitchen to get some wine. The kitchen is fairly small but has a cut out that allows you to look into the living room area. As I was apologizing to Susan, who had her back to the living room, I hugged her. As I faced the living room something caught my eye. The lamp (I get chills just typing this) that I asked to be moved if there was a ghost in there, was now rocking back and forth by itself! Now the only one somewhat scared was me. I had received my just desserts.
As we still had a few days left to our vacation, I did not mention it to either of my friends. I waited until we left and were traveling back to the Tampa area before I brought that up. I was clearly the only one that noticed the lamp moving. Thankfully Susan has long since forgiven me but I will never mess around like that again. Lesson learned.