I've lived for over ten years in the same apartment. It's one unit in a four unit building, and a lot of other people have come and gone during my time here. A few years ago, an older fellow lived next door to me. I believe he was a Vietnam vet, and he was a bit of a hermit. He worked up at the American Legion, but, other than that, he didn't leave his apartment often, and never had visitors. Whenever I saw him, I always said hi and tried to talk to him, but he was a quiet, introverted fellow. Days would go by without him leaving his apartment or getting his mail, and I said to several people, including my landlady, that it worried me that he might pass away over there, and no one would know.
That's exactly what happened. A few days before Christmas, one of my other neighbors knocked on the door and told me that they'd found the fellow's body in the apartment. He'd died of a massive heart attack either three or four days before he was found, and had been in the apartment all that time. Honestly, I found it more deeply sad than creepy, that this poor man died alone next door, and it took that long for someone to miss him.
Within the past six months, I've had some strange experiences in my own apartment. Now, I'm a born skeptic, not one to freak out easily. However, some of these incidents are impossible to explain. Franklin, my cat, on certain nights between 11:30 and midnight, will wake up from a dead sleep and pace through the apartment, sniffing the air, almost distraught over something he senses or smells. I have a really good nose, and I have never smelled anything. The first time he did it, I actually believed that the building might be on fire because he was so agitated. This happens on a fairly regular basis, always at the same time of evening. I could dismiss this because, well, cats are weird and they do strange things.
Often, I catch glimpses of something dark out of the corner of my eye. When I turn, there's nothing there. Again, this is highly dismissable, and no kind of proof.
One night, though, there was some kind of bright yellowy light in my hallway. No lights coming in from the windows could reflect there. The light hung in the air for a moment, and then moved up the hall. The cats also saw the light. When I went down the hall, I saw nothing to explain it.
There's been a recent development that I can in no way explain. I have a heavy insulated drape hanging at my back patio door in the living room. On three occasions in the past couple of months, this curtain has moved or riffled as though someone were walking between the curtain and the door. It's been a cold winter, so the door and no windows were open. I was sitting right next to the door, both cats were accounted for, and there was no one else in the apartment. I can't rationalize this away. Can anyone else?
And I've had the feeling that someone is here many many times. It's hard to describe, just the sensation of someone being in the room with me.
Now, although the curtain thing startles me when it happens, and it can be a little unsettling to see someone or something regularly out of the corner of your eye that's not actually there, I'm not afraid of whatever may be here. It's not a menacing sensation at all, not scary, just strange.
What do you guys think? Do you believe in ghosts? Because I'm really starting to think that my apartment is haunted.