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Spoooookyyy
« on: March 25, 2016, 05:32:05 PM »
A few years ago, my sister-in-law and her family were living in #6 of a particular street address. The neighbours in #5 were unruly, loud, and destructive. They were also tenants rather than the owners, so there wasn't much that could be done about their treatment of the property.

About two years ago, my partner and I were babysitting his niece and nephew at #6. They were tearing up and down the driveway in the back yard on their bikes, playing "bike tag" and screaming a lot. The driveway has a gate on it, so they could only go as far as the gate, before turning around and racing back to the garage at the other end. My partner and I were sitting on the elevated deck parallel to the driveway and fence, watching them.

All of a sudden, a kid's head popped up over the fence. He said "hi!" and kept climbing until he was sitting on top of the fence. Now, this was an ordinary, Australian kid. He was kind of grubby, but it was summer and kids in summer are all kind of grubby. It's like a rule. If you're not filthy by the end of the day, you didn't do it right.

Our niece and nephew were about 3 and 4 at the time, so they weren't really interested in this older kid, who looked about 7 or so. They kept on screaming up and down on their bikes, and we kept an eye on them while talking to the kid.

"Did you just move in?" he asked, also watching the younger kids go tearing past.

"No, we're just babysitting today. Are you visiting the Delaneys?*" I asked him.

"Kind of, we're travellers," he said, and at that point, I noticed that there was an old-style, two-wheel aluminium caravan parked out past the shed, near the fence between the Delaney's place, and the house they back up to. It was pretty beat up, but properly parked and looked like it had been there a while. No truck attached, just the caravan and a post propping it up. The grass had grown long around the wheels where they couldn't mow it, so I reckon they'd been there a week or so. We kept making small talk, with me asking how long they planned to stay. The kid explained that he didn't know, that his mum liked the area, but his dad wasn't as keen. After a while, someone inside the Delaney house started screaming her head off about something, and he excused himself. Just like that, he popped over the fence and went into the house through the back porch. We didn't think anything of it, and forgot to even mention it to the sister-in-law when she got home. The next time we went to visit, the caravan was gone, so again, I didn't think to mention it.

Now, we have to fast forward about two years.

My sister-in-law and her family have moved out of that house, and bought #5 so that they can combine the two properties for redevelopment. They're going to build town houses and villas on the land, sell one, and rent the rest out. This has been in the works for about a year now, and they're in the process of drawing up papers for the official proposal. In the mean time, they've been renting out #5 to the Delaneys and #6 to a different family.

Yesterday, we met my partner's sister and her family at their mum's place for a Good Friday luncheon. After we ate, and everyone was enjoying their tea, the sister-in-law brought up the development plans. One thing led to another, and soon we were talking the Delaneys in #5, and how they're as much trouble as ever. Her husband joked that he wishes they'd just burn the place down and be done with it, that it would save them trouble with demolition and asbestos removal. We all had a laugh, but my partner took it a bit more seriously: "They've always been like that, though. Right? What can you do?"

"Nah, yeah. I suppose," the sister-in-law said, and just kind of shrugged. "They've just wrecked the place and I never know what's coming next."

At this point, I'm reminded of the kid on the fence, and I perked up a bit to say: "Like that time with the travellers that stayed with them, how'd that go?"

"I've always wondered the same, how long did they stay?" My partner joined in.

His sister and her husband both looked at us like we'd lost it, and at the same time said: "Travellers?"

So I recounted the story of the kid climbing over the fence, and my partner chimed in about the caravan being parked out back. His sister interrupted us all of a sudden.

"That's not possible," she said. "Lhia, there were never any travellers staying with them. They've never had anybody stay with them. And they couldn't have gotten a caravan back there even if they tried."

"Yeah, Lhia," her husband added, a bit more slowly. He was still looking pretty concerned, though. "They had to ask us to help them get that trampoline in, since they couldn't just drive it through."

"Why not?" asked my partner, looking exceedingly confused. "They could just take it up the driveway."

And that's when it dawned on me. The property for #5 is arranged oddly. Their "driveway" is a little loop in front, rather than a long drive that leads into the back like at #6. The house spans the full property on one side, and is fenced off, then grown in with huge palms on the #6 side. There's nowhere for them to bring a caravan through, and there's no alley or secondary access point. In short: the caravan could not physically have been put into that yard, and removed again, short of using a crane.

I explained this to my partner, who was looking more and more green the longer the conversation went on, and his sister just looked at us both and said: "... now I really hope they burn it down."





*name changed, obviously; the rest of this story is being retold with as little embellishment as possible (since I can't recall exact conversations word-for-word, and they'd be pretty boring because we danced around the "that's impossible!" bit for a good five minutes), but it would appear that we encountered a ghost two years back
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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 05:58:55 PM »
Wow that's crazy! I love stuff like that. The nearest I've experienced is hearing a man shouting in our living room, but my dad (the only man in our house) was in the office with me. TV and radio were off, none of our neighbors live close enough to be heard that loudly, and nobody was in the yard. My dad and I were sufficiently spooked.

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 06:04:08 PM »
The really spooky part is that it seemed totally normal until yesterday, and then little things stick out as weird.

The obvious one, about the caravan having no way to get in or out of the yard, is the big one. But also the kids: the niece and nephew are total hams and love showing off for strangers and bigger kids, but they completely ignored that little boy.

My sister-in-law now wants to get the property cleansed after they demolish the buildings, and her husband just said "why bother? We're not going to be living there, we just won't tell anyone."

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2016, 07:00:18 PM »
The ghost seems harmless, but that's still super creepy! Interesting though, that your niece and nephew didn't notice him, since kids seem to be more sensitive to seeing ghosts.

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2016, 07:38:34 PM »
Weird. Really weird that he referred to his family as "travellers."

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2016, 09:38:54 PM »
Oooooooo, I had goosebumps the entire time that I read that story!  That's the makings of a Hollywood script right there. lol

I agree with klbailey.  The comment about being "travellers" was super eerie!

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2016, 11:54:42 PM »
The ghost seems harmless, but that's still super creepy! Interesting though, that your niece and nephew didn't notice him, since kids seem to be more sensitive to seeing ghosts.

Indeed, he does. It's still a bit eerie, in hindsight.

As for the kids, that detail is weird no matter what, especially since both kids have done some uncanny things before. The nephew patted his mum on the belly last year and said "byebye, baby!" before skipping off. No one had told the kids she was pregnant, much less that she'd miscarried. They didn't want to upset them. And the niece has claimed to have night-time chats with her deceased great-grandmother (without knowing who she actually even is; she died before the niece had quite turned 4). The details of those chats are always a bit creepy. The niece didn't spend much time with her great-grandmother before she passed, so I can't tell how much she's osmosed from being around adults recalling Val's life, how much she's remembered on her own, and how much is down to something else.


Weird. Really weird that he referred to his family as "travellers."

Oooooooo, I had goosebumps the entire time that I read that story!  That's the makings of a Hollywood script right there. lol

I agree with klbailey.  The comment about being "travellers" was super eerie!

Ah. I don't know if it was evident enough, I probably should have capitalised it now that I'm thinking on it, but "Travellers" in Australia is similar in usage to the UK, so we assumed that meaning, given the caravan. They word specifically means a nomadic cultural group of Irish origin (as opposed to backpackers or tourists, implying someone just travelling short term).

Australia has had some population of Travellers since the 1800s; some eventually settled into one place or another, but a small number are still mobile, including recent immigrants.

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2016, 04:10:04 PM »
Weird. Really weird that he referred to his family as "travellers."

Oooooooo, I had goosebumps the entire time that I read that story!  That's the makings of a Hollywood script right there. lol

I agree with klbailey.  The comment about being "travellers" was super eerie!

Ah. I don't know if it was evident enough, I probably should have capitalised it now that I'm thinking on it, but "Travellers" in Australia is similar in usage to the UK, so we assumed that meaning, given the caravan. They word specifically means a nomadic cultural group of Irish origin (as opposed to backpackers or tourists, implying someone just travelling short term).

Australia has had some population of Travellers since the 1800s; some eventually settled into one place or another, but a small number are still mobile, including recent immigrants.


Oh!  Okay.  That makes sense and is way less creepy than what I was imagining. LOL

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2016, 04:40:43 PM »
This type of setting... Feels like the boy and his possible family was a set of spirits who feed off of negative energy. Good thing they moved on.

It would be really interesting to know of the history to that area. Something might have happened in the past.

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Re: Spoooookyyy
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2016, 05:59:44 PM »
Definitely spooky! I'd also definitely get the place cleansed, or at least put some sort of ward up, but that's just me and I'm paranoid about these things.

My friend's house has some nasty goings-on in it, like that time something growled at us from under her bed and both the dogs were downstairs. Not nice at all.
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2016, 06:43:35 PM »
Oh!  Okay.  That makes sense and is way less creepy than what I was imagining. LOL

What did you imagine? XD

Also, another thing I guess would make things clearer to someone in the know that I didn't elaborate on: the Delaney family's actual name is Irish (just not Delaney). So the fact that they knew a family of Travellers was less weird, too. "Settled" Irish aren't the same ethnic group, technically, but migrants that come from similar regions are often friendly with one another even several generations in.


This type of setting... Feels like the boy and his possible family was a set of spirits who feed off of negative energy. Good thing they moved on.

It would be really interesting to know of the history to that area. Something might have happened in the past.

That isn't something I'd considered, actually. I've been looking into Irish lore since then, given that he called his family Travellers, but haven't found anything about Travellers beyond the usual superstitions and stereotypes, I'm afraid. I'm not very well-versed in any of Ireland's lore beyond the basic concepts of some of the stories and critters (ie: carry iron in your pocket to ward off the fairies, don't pick up lost combs from the ground, don't walk into circles of mushrooms, and don't approach lone trees in fields by yourself), so I'm having a bit of a hard time of it.


Definitely spooky! I'd also definitely get the place cleansed, or at least put some sort of ward up, but that's just me and I'm paranoid about these things.

My friend's house has some nasty goings-on in it, like that time something growled at us from under her bed and both the dogs were downstairs. Not nice at all.

Creeeeepy! I'd have run straight out of that room.
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2016, 07:10:40 PM »
Definitely spooky! I'd also definitely get the place cleansed, or at least put some sort of ward up, but that's just me and I'm paranoid about these things.

My friend's house has some nasty goings-on in it, like that time something growled at us from under her bed and both the dogs were downstairs. Not nice at all.

Creeeeepy! I'd have run straight out of that room.

After my friend practically dived under the bed to see what it was and found nothing, we grabbed a dvd and left super-quick. The fact she has to sleep there freaks me out.

Not long before that, it was Halloween and we were hanging in her room getting ready, and she'd hoovered everything because there were going to be quite a few people staying that night, sleeping on the floor. I almost stepped on both a shard of glass and a broken pin. Creepy.
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2016, 07:37:56 PM »
Oh!  Okay.  That makes sense and is way less creepy than what I was imagining. LOL

What did you imagine? XD

LOL!  I imagined some sort of wandering spirit.  I also thought of Clark Kent being called the Traveler in Smallville.  So like, a combination of a wandering spirit and an alien. :lol:

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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2016, 10:05:00 AM »
I'm weird. I actually find the story pretty cool!
I really love when in retrospective, every detail makes it even more creepy  ^^;
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