By: Ariel Roberts
I grew up in a two-story house in the woods and I have always felt scared in it at night. I felt as if something or someone was at the bottom of the stares, watching me. The stairs are placed in the middle of the house, and it made it horrifying for me to go from one side of the house to the other late at night. However, I always assumed that I freaking out over nothing.
When my older sister left for college, I moved into her old bedroom, and things became weirder. When my bedroom door is open, it looks onto the stairs, and late at night I would always feel as if someone was standing in the doorway, watching me. My cats would often suddenly wake up from sleeping on my bed and stare at the door, as if they too, thought someone was there. This common occurrence freaked me out, so I made it a habit to close my door whenever I was sleeping. Not only that, if I ever left my closet doors open, I would feel as if someone was standing over me, watching me in my sleep. I could never feel comfortable in my own room, and would often go to sleep with the TV on.
One day, my older sister suddenly told me, “Oh, by the way, your bedroom has a ghost in it.” I looked at her in shock, then told her about the weird feelings I had. She said she had the same feelings. My younger sister jumped in, saying, “I’ve seen a ghost by the stairs.” I thought it was just my overactive imagination, but to find out that my family members also believed ghosts were in the house made me feel better.
Over the years I’ve come to accept the ghost or ghosts in my room. We don’t know how many ghosts are in the house, but we’ve decided that the one by the stairs and the one associated with my closet are female. Nothing bad has happened besides feeling as if I’m being watched or a few things being moved in my room, such a pair of scissors suddenly appearing after I searched my entire room for them. However, even as an adult, I never feel completely comfortable as long as my bedroom or closet door is open at night.
While cleaning my closet this past summer, I discovered that when my sister was in my room she had carved an inverted pentagram and a symbol that was made popular by the film, The Blair Witch Project. I instantly messaged her on Facebook asking her what the hell this was. She told me that she had put those in the closest for the ghost. My sister had never before mentioned that she thought it was associated with the closet, like I had. This shocked me to no end, and I decided to try to please the ghost by changing the symbols. While in general, Pentagrams are considered evil, originally it was the inverted pentagram that was bad, not a regular one. So, I took a sharpie and drew a heartagram over the inverted pentagram (which is technically not a real symbol, but I thought it might work), a regular pentagram, and I used the Blair Witch symbol as the “fire” part of the circle of Chinese elements. I thought that all of these combined might allow the ghost to finally be at rest. After doing so, I felt oddly calm in my room, but maybe this was just my mind using what I had done as a way to bring myself peace. I came back to Ann Arbor a few days later, so I have no idea whether or not it truly worked. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see when I go home for break.