A certain incident in summer

It happened almost a month ago, when my cousin was visiting.

The house we lived in for 20+ years was originally a bungalow duplex that was modified to add rooms and annexes for the growing family. Eventually, people moved on in their lives, and certain rooms were left unoccupied. It was on that unoccupied room that it happened.

As it was a spare room, it was decided that my visiting cousin can use the room to sleep in while she was with us, but since from stories in our family that certain unexplained phenomenon seem to happen there, she adamantly refused to sleep there alone. I volunteered to accompany her, after all, we planned on watching anime (Durarara!!) until late into the night anyway.

The room was in the back of the house, and we were pretty much separated from the rest of the household. Suits us just fine, was what I was thinking at that time, for we tend to get really loud when watching anime.

Around midnight, at the peak of the Dollars arc, a voice called out from the doorway. We didn’t see anything as the only light was coming from the display screen of the laptop (and even if the door was behind the display screen, everything is dark beyond the light source). It was a decidedly female voice, and rather melodious and gentle, but there was a hint of annoyance in there. She (the voice) was scolding us for staying up late. It was not a simple statement of ‘go to sleep it’s late‘ but rather a full length lecture. I answered to pacify her but when I turned on the flashlight and swung it in the direction of the dorrway, there was no one there. We did not think much of it at that time (as we were all hung up on the series) and assumed that it’s just one of our aunts. Though frankly, at that time, I was wondering which family member it was as the voice, though familiar, I cannot pinpoint exactly who it was.

The next morning, I asked around as to who it was who lectured us, but no one in the family admitted to it. All of them had very solid alibi (they were already asleep). When I mentioned it, my cousin was even more frightened into staying in that room. That room has a reputation after all.

And so, that incident of the mysterious voice was added to the family lore of ghost stories. Our family’s collection of mysterious and ghostly tales is formidable, after all. If I have the time, perhaps I’ll post some of those stories here


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