These events transpired within the last 48 hours - writing this story down so quickly is my way of preserving the accuracy of what happened.
To give you all some context, my cousin from Jersey City came up to Toronto to with his girlfriend, his mom and our aunt. (So for me, two aunts, my cousin and his girl). My cousin and the girlfriend stayed in an Airbnb for their trip which was three nights and 4 days. (My aunts stayed elsewhere). The house was 3 minutes away from my place and was in a quiet neighborhood just off of a very busy street near to Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto. Anyone who knows this area would be familiar with the pre war and some post war one level plus a basement homes that surround the area. Little stone bungalows amid large sprawling parks and greenery.
The first night, they invited myself, my boyfriend, my brother and another cousin over for drinks, games and to catch up. While they were out grabbing some supplies for the evening, myself and my cousin's girlfriend as well as my brother were in the kitchen talking. As I'm standing in the kitchen, out of the corner of my eye I see a leg of a person, kind of suspended in midair as if mid step. My heart started racing as I knew us three were the only ones in the house at the time. Just as I was about to say "did you guys see that?" the overhead light started flickering on and off. My brother and I just looked at each other and started laughing nervously. I don't recall if I said anything about the leg at that time as I didn't want to scare this girl that had to stay there overnight. It's worth noting that my brother seems to be sensitive to energies, I think unbeknownst to him. The night passes without further event and we all depart early in the morning, except for my brother who left a bit earlier for home.
The next morning I bring them coffee and breakfast and hang out with them for a couple hours. Despite it being a hot, bright sunny day, the house feels cold and dark. It is so oppressing that I can't stand to be in it. I suggest going to sit on the porch but my cousin and his girlfriend don't want to do this. My eyes keep darting to the hallway between the kitchen and bedrooms where I saw the apparition of the leg the night before. Nothing happens, per se, but it was just a general feeling of unease and darkness. There were parts of the house that I didn't like but again, I didn't want to scare them.
On the following day and their final day visiting, they planned to visit their other side of the family and then come and hang out with me and my boyfriend at our condo in the evening.
When they come over they seem sullen and withdrawn. It was a change from our usual bubbly, light hearted chatter and laughter. I asked them if they were okay and they said they were, that they were just tired. I tried hanging out with them but they were so quiet and not responding to my extremely funny jokes. I finally said, if maybe they were exhausted from all the family time we all had and the thought of driving back to Jersey in the morning had them more tired, that we can just not hang out tonight and I would see them off tomorrow. That's when my cousin asked me if I noticed anything wrong with the house.
I immediately knew what he meant but I asked him what was going on. He said that they didn't like the vibe of the home when they drove up. His girlfriend noted the neighborhood was very quiet with not a lot of people walking around. She specifically noted overgrown lawns creeped her out - this house didn't have it but other homes in the neighborhood did.
They also said the house was very dark and seemed 'angry'. They told me they never fought in their relationship but every night they were bickering and fighting leaving them more and more tired when they came to visit family. The girl said she was having a hard time sleeping the previous night and found herself walking around the house in the dark for no reason. They were extremely nervous to spend their final night in the home. My boyfriend and I told them they were more than welcome to spend the night with us and to leave from here to Jersey. They gratefully accepted and at around 2:30am I decide to go and help them pack and my boyfriend stayed back to pull out the sofa bed and prepare for their stay.
We get to the house and everything felt so still - both outside and inside. While they were packing their personal items I stayed in the kitchen clearing out the fridge. I didn't feel scared or on edge, just ready to help them get away from whatever was causing them so much distress in this house. The girl comes into the kitchen to get some items and right then I hear a faint scream. I immediately turn to her and ask if she heard that. She said no, but in my right ear it sounded exactly like a Demogorgon scream from stranger things. Demon like. I am one hundred percent sure of this - I know what I heard and even though it was faint, I was surprised no one else heard it. To further explain, it was like a scream from another dimension piercing into ours. Kind of like when you wake up from a dream but are still hearing things from the dream, if that makes sense.
We get everything together and lock up the house for the final time, as we are exiting I am telling whatever is in there to not follow us and they are not welcome where we are going.
On the way back home, we see a strange animal prancing across the street. It looked to be a shaved deer or something, but at 3 am at that time, it was pretty scary to see. My cousin felt like that was a sign that whatever was bothering them before was leaving them alone. I don't know what to think about that but the imagery was unsettling.
We stay up until 4am that morning going through what we all experienced - the guys come to the conclusion that whatever was there didn't like women as it was myself and the girlfriend that had the most experiences. She mentioned that their first day at the Airbnb she tried to put in the code to the home so many times. The door never opened for her - so she gave the code to my brother who put it in and the door immediately opened. This further solidified our theory that women were a target to this energy.
They left yesterday and I am so exhausted from everything we did this past weekend but especially the home. I tried to research the house and the street with no info coming up. At this point I don't think I would ever know the history of the house but I am sure something happened there. It could be anything from a murder or death on the property to simply the house absorbing angry energy from its occupants.
I also feel compelled to say that I believe the fear my cousin and his girlfriend experienced was real. He works for law enforcement and she works in the medical field - two occupations that entail high stress and life or death situations daily at times. To have them tell me that they did not want to spend another night there made me feel the situation was pretty extreme.
I spoke to my brother yesterday who told me that he felt that something was lurking in the home and watching them from the walls. He said the reason he kept leaving early was because he felt something didn't want him there. It was a very intense experience and if I ever find out more about the home I will update the story accordingly.
Thanks for your read and your insights! I did read the story you mentioned in your comment and there were some similarities, for sure! I don't know if me and my brother are particularly skilled at picking up energies, but the neighborhood did feel "off" for lack of a better description. That Saturday was hot, humid and sunny with not a cloud in the sky - there was a park down the street that was full of people enjoying the day, but it was silent. As if no one was there. Or maybe it was muted. There weren't too many people out and about on the sidewalks, but I always find that the case in these older neighborhoods.
You mention researching the area - what I will say is that these lands were taken from different tribes of the First Nations people, there is a known burial ground a few blocks south of the general location. I wouldn't be surprised if this has some affect on the land that these homes were built on.