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At about the age of 10, I moved from one haunted house to another haunted house. This story takes place in the second one. A little background on the house first: The house was once a hotel at which people would travel to by rail, then stay at before a horse and cart would take them out to the Waitomo Caves. However, as travel became more functional, it became more unnecessary, and so was split up. The portion I lived in (approx 2/3 of the original structure) was moved about 2km down the road, and both were converted into houses.

The house that I spent my formative years in was haunted by multiple entities. Some friendly, some merely shadows, and others who made me or my family uncomfortable. This particular one was more, I guess, curious than anything else.

The Lounge and living area was a large room, with the fireplace and television at one end, and the dining area at the other. We had the area divided by putting a couch and chair in about the middle of the room.

One evening, I was watching the TV alone (the rest of the family being out, or in the case of my father, working on something in the shed) when I felt my father come in and pause behind the chair to see what I was watching, as was his custom. "Yeah, nothing's on" I told him as I flicked through the channels for him. He didn't respond, and so I turned around. I blushed to myself when I realized I'd been talking to thin air.

A few years later, when my siblings and I had moved out, I came home for a weekend, just to spend time with my parents and the four-legged members of the family. I was watching TV once more as I felt my father do his usual step up and pause to see what was on. I made a comment about how I was watching the only thing worth seeing, and turned to see what he was up to. Again, there was no-one there.

The second time it happened though, I wasn't at all surprised to see no-one there. In fact, I was mildly amused by it. It's a pleasant thing to know there's a benign ghost who stops by for a quick "what're you watching?"

More recently (late 2007, at an approximation) I was down visiting my parents (and pets) again. Eventually, both of them had retired to bed and left me to my devices. Again, I felt someone step up behind me, as though to see what was on. I didn't even turn around. Just said "Hi", smiled, and kept on watching.

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succubiluv (1 stories) (365 posts)
13 years ago (2008-11-20)
Good change-of-pace story. Shows again that not all spirits have a Freddy Kruger complex.
Did I spell Kruger right--hmmm. Anyway...
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-13)
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

It's true, not all ghosts are out there to get you but still, even the slightest sound which cannot be explained is enough to send chills down your spine.

Looking forward to some more experiences from your visits home.
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-11)
Although I agree that not all 'spirits' are negative or evil, they can still certainly scare the socks off of a person!

I am glad this was not a bad experience for you.
Thanks for sharing your story with us!

God Bless!
SchizoSephy (74 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-11)
Templar is right. There are good spirits out there. I ran into one once as I was sleeping on my couch. It was a woman in a wedding dress. I didn't detect any malevolence about her, but I got scared anyway... Then again. I get jump when I here someone knock on the door.
henry16 (1 stories) (43 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-11)
it sounds like a curious ghost that could of had the same custom as your dad does (standing behind to see what's on the television)
he doesn't sound like a threat. 😁
templer_knight (1 stories) (14 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-10)
Too many people seem to have negative perceptions of spirits. There are kindly ones out there (even if they do startle people simply by letting them know of their existence).

The house has a lot of entities, and that incidence is one of the few that has repeatedly manifested itself in some form. Hopefully, I will encounter it again when (sometimes I think IF) I stay at my parents place again.
twisterdude994 (4 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-10)
seems like you made freinds with a ghost well done not very many people are friends with ghosts
Elahie (3 stories) (28 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-10)
good story but I hated it because I wasn't scared 😕 no offence lol, I'm just like that ^^
addam (3 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-10)
good story, I think maybe the ghost there really likes you being there and was happy to have you home again.
❤ ❤
DemonSora (69 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-09)
ya some ghost wants friends, and their also friendly, well some 😆! !
Grox6 (2 stories) (51 posts)
13 years ago (2008-06-09)
Interesting story. And I believe you. Maybe the ghost does that because he/she wants a friend. 😊

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