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By Heather

This happened to my mother when she was a young girl living with her family in an
old house in St. Alban's, VT.  The house was over 100 years old at the time.
My mother and her sister Michelle slept in the
basement which had been converted into a
bedroom for them.  They had twin beds that were
positioned against the same wall and, from
where they slept, they could see directly across to
the stairs leading up into the kichen.  My mother
says that many nights she woke up feeling "like
there was something there" and she'd look into
the stairwell to see a smokey blackish apparition
floating there in the doorway.  At times she said it
looked vaguely human and other times it was
kind of "blobbish" and sometimes she would see it turn slowly and it would go up
the stairs and vanish.  Being only 10 or so she'd get scared and cover her head
with the covers when she saw it.  She'd peek out every once in a while until she
didn't see it anymore and then she'd do something I don't think I would have had
the guts to do... she'd run up the very stairs that she saw the thing on to go sleep at
the foot of her parents' bed.  Why she'd want to go near where she just saw
something so freaky I'll never understand...
She never told anyone about the ghost.  She said she'd tried
explaining to her parents once when it first started happening
and they found her at the foot of the bed, but they dismissed the
ghost story and chalked it up to a child's imagination.  They
never asked her again and she knew they didn't believe her
anyway.  She'd just end up in their bed every once in awhile and
nobody thought much of it, but it happened frequently and my
mom was witness to it many times before they eventually moved
out of the house.

Well, one summer, my Aunt Michelle who used to share that
room with my mother came to visit.  We got on the subject of the
paranormal and I could tell mom wanted to talk about her
experiences in the St. Alban's house.  But before she got a chance to speak, my
Aunt asked my mother if she remembered the house in Vermont.  She asked, "Did
you ever see anything strange in the stairway down in that basement?"  My mom
said she instantly got goose
bumps and felt like crying.  One, for having validation
that it wasn't only her who saw the ghost and two, because it was just too creepy a
revelation.  My Aunt said it never really scared her, but that she'd see it from time
to time.  (Michelle was a
lot younger than my mother.)  They both agreed that,
looking back, they felt that the spirit was just watching over them and generally

The following year, my Uncle John confessed to having seen something in the
stairway as well.  He was up early one morning and, being the bratty little brother
that he was, he planned on going downstairs to wake my mother and Aunt up by
jumping on them and being a pain.  But he said that as he turned the corner and
started down the stairs he saw that black shadowy thing and skidded to a stop,
turned around, and went right back to his room.  He also never told anyone until
that day but spoke very matter of factly
, about seeing it.
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