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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Singing In The Night And Crying On The Elevator

Here are two tales from me to you. Do you believe that they are true?

Singing In The Night (Norway):

You know the sort of feeling when you wake up feeling as though "something" woke you? That the waking was too unnatural to simply be your own body telling you you've had enough sleep?
Eyes fly open, heart beats quickly...startled into a stillness that is as alert as some ancient instinct that we've mostly long forgotten.
I don't move a muscle. I quiet my breathing.
There is a woman's voice floating down the hallway. High and unusual. Singing steadily in a language I don't understand.
My body tenses and then relaxes and I tell myself "it's only your imagination...a fragment from a dream you just had..."
But a chill settles over my body despite the warmth in the room and I actually feel each individual hair on my arms standing on end and there is no pause in the singing from down the hall.

Crying on the Elevator (Sri Lanka):

There were two elevators in the elegant hotel. I could see by the bright red numbers changing rapidly on the panel on the wall that both were on their way to the floor I waiting on. One reached the main floor and I waited for the doors to open. They didn't. I heard pounding from inside so I leaned into the door and asked "Are you alright?" as I pressed the open door button on the outside. Nothing. The pounding continued along with frantic crying now. It sounded like a child and there was no comforting adult voice speaking reassurances so I assumed the child was alone. "It's ok, just hang on a second...the doors will open." The crying continued, broken and afraid. A man walked up to where I was waiting and I asked him "Do you hear that too?" He listened and said "Yes, that's very strange." While he waited with the elevator I ran to the front desk and explained "The elevator must be stuck, it's been on this floor for several minutes now but the doors won't open and there is someone screaming and crying inside it." The man behind the desk stared at me in disbelief but came with me to the where the other man was waiting still. "It's this elevator" I said pointing "Do you hear the crying?" The hotel worker pressed the button to open the door (as I had done several times to no avail), and for him the doors opened immediately. There was no one inside. The worker turned to me and smiled condescendingly as though I was just another demanding, hysterical customer to indulge. I shrugged awkwardly "I just thought I heard someone..." I said as he walked away. I turned to the man who had been waiting with me..."You did hear something right?" "Yes" he replied "that was definitely weird."

And it definitely was.

16 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

You are an excellent writer Colleen. Seriously good.

Briony said...

Wow Colleen these are awesome! You definitely have a gift my friend.

Briony said...

Oh I wanted to ask you...have you read the 'Hunger Games' Series? My boss suggested it to me yesterday and I picked the 3 books up. I started reading last night and couldn't put the first book down, I finished around 3am and wanted to start the next but new I needed to be responsible and go to bed. I can't wait to submerge myself into the story once again. If you haven't read it and you are looking for an easy and entertaining read I totally recommend you checking them out.

Lori said...

Yes I believe they are true...you tell them so well too..these things are freaky and unexplainable but they do happen. Hope you and yours had a nice Christmas...I thought of you. XX

Brian Miller said...

wow. i love these stories...i grew up with a graveyard in my back yard...once when only my cousin and i were home, he in one end of the house, i at the other...we each heard a female voice call us...we met in the hall...house was empty...watched a man walk up to a grave and disappear...tingles...

Alicia said...

Your writing art is very moving and incredible, my dear friend. I am so delighted to read your posts, and this one left me wondering how often we around the world have these occurrences in our lives. Wishing you abundant blessings and a New Year of peace & amazing globetrotting!

The Elegant Bohemian said...

Both stories were riveting, but the second one was the more eerie of the two. There are just so many things that happen to us that we can't explain. You write about it so well. You have the gift of being succinct...something I'm always trying to procure and hone. I love reading everything you write! ~Serene

TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Goodness, scary! Especially the first one. I've only had one strange encounter and that was enough for me. I'm a chicken!

Just Be Real said...

Oh my goodness Colleen you kept my interest on that last one especially. Awesome dear one. Happy New Year.

Colleen said...

Serene, thanks so much! I enjoy your writing too, I think you are excellent at it! You write with clarity and humor! And yes,, this world is full of the unexplainable!

BMC, Hehe! Glad you enjoyed them. I have had so many weird things happen around (?) me I could write a book.:)

JBR, happy happy new year my dear. I pray it is filled with healing and happiness for you. Hugs.

catholicofthule said...

One of my weirdest experiences: While sitting beside Lille Lungegårdsvann in Bergen with a boyfriend a seriously cold october night in the 90's, I hear a sound from the water. We then see a guy emerge from the water, dripping wet from head to toe. We had seen or heard no one going in. The man proceeded to walk past us looking at us as if we were insane! I don't believe it was preternatural, but definitely weird! I shall never forget it!

catholicofthule said...

Oh, and it was a freezing cold October night.

catholicofthule said...

Another time I found the beginning of a review of the Yellow Wallpaper - with absolutely atrocious spelling- on my laptop just days after I had seen a piece on the Yello Wallpaper on a BBC educational thing late at night. I still have no idea how it got there! Ah, well. I must spell really badly in my sleep.

Colleen said...

Kristin, that is beyond strange! What in the world could that guy in the water have been doing?! Crazy! Thanks for sharing your own strange experiences, it's always fascinating to hear what others have gone through!
Happy new year to you!

catholicofthule said...

Thanks, Colleen. And Happy New Year to you too!

Janet said...

Girl, those are definitely interesting stories. Did they truly happen to you?

I had a weird thing happen to me when I was in a hotel in China. I was in my bed falling asleep but not quite there yet when I felt something like hands around my neck squeezing. All of a sudden I realized that I couldn't move or speak. All I knew was that something was definitely holding my neck. I could still breath so I wasn't choking... yet but the feeling was definitely eerie as I couldn't see anybody in the room other than my roommate sleeping on the bed next to me. So I just started praying and as quickly as it came it left. To this day I believe it was some kind of an attack. Anyway whatever it was, it was weird!

Thanks for sharing your stories! There is so much in this world that we do not understand.