The house has been quite a buzz since the paranormal crew arrived. They setup a bunch of equipment in and around Anna’s room. For the most part, I stayed out of the way. I felt rather uncomfortable around them. Especially because they would always get excited every time I entered the room.
It only took two days before the evil presence made itself known to them. Although it didn’t appear in full form, it was there. I felt it even from where I sat downstairs. There arose quite a hubbub from Anna’s room and then footsteps came thundering down the stairs. Holding a handheld machine the whole crew was apparently trying to follow the presence.
“I don’t know what it was, we couldn’t see it, but it was there and now it’s heading down fast!” A young guy with red hair and a goatee exclaimed on the way down the stairs.
They herded through the living room, past me, and to the basement door.
“Did it go in the basement?” asked a burly dark-haired man, the leader of the crew.
“I’m pretty sure it did.” Replied the girl who was holding the machine. Then off the lot of them went down into the basement.
The next several days were filled with even more hustle and bustle than before. Following the presence into the basement, the paranormal crew figured out that there was a misplaced brick wall. Thinking that something was trapped behind it, (a lost soul perhaps?) they called in their construction expert to demolish the wall. What they found wasn’t what they expected. Or at least it wasn’t what I expected.
Behind the wall was… another wall. Within that cement wall there was a small wooden door with a handle, much like one you’d find enclosing dumbwaiter. It was halfway up the wall, right about the middle which made it seem even more like a dumbwaiter, but when they opened it there was no tray or little box attached to pulleys and rope. Instead, there was a dark tunnel.
Flashlights and lanterns were fetched and the crew ventured slowly and carefully into the darkness. I decided to follow at a short distance behind them. My heart was pounding with fear and anticipation of the unknown, but my curiosity was stronger.
The tunnel opened up just beyond the door, large enough so that we could walk standing up. It went straight ahead for what seemed like forever and then took a sharp turn to the left. A little further down it went back to the right and ended suddenly at another cement wall, with another square wooden door.
After some buzzing and discussion the crew finally decided to open it right then and there. Upon sliding the door up, it revealed a hallway, at floor level. If someone were walking in it, we’d see their feet, but right now it was dark and empty, looking quite abandoned.
The crew all piled into the hallway and took a look around. It appeared to be an old hospital of some kind.
“Hey I know what this place is!” the girl holding the machine blurted out. “When I was researching the area I saw some articles about a mental institution that got closed for lack of patients and funding. That was quite a few years ago and the city never figured out what to do with the building”
“You didn’t see any offbeat stories such as a rogue doctor or unmanageable patient did you?” the leader inquired.
“No not off-hand, but that sort of thing might come up with a little more digging.”
“All right,” he addressed the group now, “let’s go back and get our gear, we’re obviously going to need to scan this whole place. Leela, I want you to try to find more information.” Everyone nodded and headed back into the tunnel. I followed, not wanting to be alone in the creepy hallway.
It took a little while for all the equipment to be transferred through the tunnel and setup in the hospital hallway. Leela sat off to the side, now holding her laptop instead of that handheld thing and was busily typing away while the rest of the crew moved everything.
Just when the crew had finished setting up and were about to explore the hospital Leela exploded with excitement.
“Ah ha! There was a rogue doctor, a Dr. Sandobar. It must have been really covered up good though, because I only found 1 little article that mentions him. All it says is that he was let go due to some practices which did not fit within the hospital’s guidelines. That was only a few months before the hospital itself was closed.”
“Well, it’s not much, but it is something to keep in mind. The possibility of a patient or victim of this doctor haunting the halls is not too far-fetched.” The leader mused over Leela’s findings.
It took the crew until late that night to get the whole hospital scanned. Apparently they didn’t find anything interesting because they all had disappointed looks when they went off to bed. Only one guy stayed in the hallway to monitor the equipment. Mentally I gave him kudos, I sure wouldn’t stay there alone!
Quite frankly, I’m surprised that they didn’t at least have 2 people handling the night shift. After all, they knew what happened to the psychologist in Anna’s room.
I think they regretted their decision the next morning.