Another story from the hotel now. And another ghost sighting! The other ghost sightings I’ve told you about I can smell you sceptics having some kind of fit. “But you could have been asleep!” or “How drunk were you?” in suitably whiny fucking voices.
So just for you, here’s one experience I shared. During the day. At work...
It was a regular day at the hotel, back in the time I was working in the kitchen. The kitchen at the hotel was up a short flight of stairs separated from the restaurant by a pair of large swinging doors, and a particularly active (paranormally speaking) part of the hotel. There were sightings of shadowy figures (not by me, a cleaner was talking to mum and stepped aside to let ‘somebody’ past her) and one occasion I recall, I went up there to collect a CD a friend wanted to borrow. It was a short distance to the CD player and the ultra violet light of the insect zappers meant I didn’t need the lights on. As I walked to pick up the CD I heard a pair of hard soled shoes following behind me. I was wearing trainers and the footsteps were at a different pace to mine. I thought twice about turning around, I can tell you. Nobody there of course, and after a minute or so trying and failing to recreate the noise I gave up.
Where were we? So I’m in the kitchen working with a colleague (Linda) and on this particular day I was washing the dishes and Linda was on main courses. She had just prepared a meal and to let the waitress know the food was ready she shouted the standard “Meals away!” The food was set onto the pass through that divided the kitchen into the large cooking area and smaller waitress area and she went about her business of preparing the next meals.
After a minute or so, the meal was still sitting there, going cold. It wasn’t a particularly busy day, so I gave a slightly louder shout, hoping my voice would carry further, before getting stuck back into the dishes. Another minute passed and the food was still sitting there. I turn to Linda, and we shake our heads in disbelief that nobody has come to collect the food, when we hear the sound of the doors opening.
“Finally!” Linda says.
The distinctive sound of footsteps echoes upstairs and we both go back to whatever we’re doing, Linda the next meal, and me, more dishes (fucking yay). I turned just in time to see a stockinged leg in a plain flat black shoe disappear around the corner as I picked up the next dish out of the sink. After washing it the waitress still hasn’t appeared. I turned round to see Linda give an exasperated shrug, so I walked around the corner to “politely request that the waitperson exercise a little haste*”. I poked my head back around the corner, mouth agape. Linda mirrored my gormless expression.
“Is there nobody there?”
“Did you hear somebody come upstairs?” I replied, answering a question with a question, because I’m a tricky wanker.
After a minute of asking each other questions back and forth like an homage to Abbot and Costello routine, we both confirmed that: yes, we heard the doors open; yes, we heard footsteps; no, there’s nobody there.
The waitress finally appeared and rather than wanting to know what the Christ had taken her so long, we were both desperate to find out if she’d opened the doors come, upstairs, then gone back for something. She said that she hadn’t heard us shouting because she had to check a guest in at the reception. The reception where she had been for the past few minutes.
Wide awake. Corroborated by another witness. There. Told you.
*hurry the fucking fuck up.
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Have you ever had an experience you can't explain? Let me know in the comments! As before, I’d like this to be a serious discussion, so no jokes, memes, etc. And (I really shouldn’t have to tell you this) please be respectful of others!
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