There are people who believe in ghosts and
there are people who don't. I myself was a
skeptic a few years ago. All that changed
when I had a paranormal experience one
fateful Sunday just a year ago.
I had gone to Malacca with my three
friends. Ali, Alex and Bishek, during the
school holidays. we went to a quiet village
and a relative of my friend's had made us
welcome and offered us the use of one his
rooms. The village was a far cry from the
city where we lived. There was no hustle
and tussle of the rat-race found in the city.
the days moved at a leisurely pace and we
had lots of fun fishing in the river and
climbing trees to pluck rambutans and
mangoes. It seemed that life in the village
was absolutely carefree.
One day, Ali claimed that he had heard that
there was a haunted house at the outskirts
of the village. He said that the house was
very old and was in a badly ruined condition
but none of the villagers would go near it.
We thought that Ali was just pulling our legs
when our host, Mahmud, stepped in. We
asked Mahmud if there was such a house
and he assured us that indeed there was. he
also advised to stay away from the haunted
house. He seemed to be in earnest but we
brushed aside his admonitions. None
among the four of us at that time believed
in the existence of ghosts and we attributed
such tales to overworked human
imagination and folklore.
That night, Alex suggested that we go to the
presumed haunted house and prove to the
rest of the superstitious villagers once and
for all that there was no such thing as
ghosts. We readily agreed to this plan and
we made our way to the house in question.
When we reached the dilapidated house,
we felt an eerie chill, yet not even a gentle
breeze was blowing. We flashed our
torchlights and made our way to the house.
The house had no door and we boldly
walked in. There were still bits and pieces of
old furniture strewn all over the floor and
there were cobwebs hanging on the walls
and ceilings. Insects and birds had built
their nests inside the house. we smiled at
this sight for this is an excellent example
where the tiniest of God's creatures had
made this place their home when man in his
false superstition had abandoned.
Just then, we heard a terrifying scream. We
had goosebumps and felt our hairs standing
on ends. We looked at one another n fright.
Then, a light formed in the middle of the
room and a ghostly apparition appeared
right before our eyes. The face was that o
the ugliest woman we had ever seen. Her
face had long line of open scars and we
could see maggots and worms oozing out
from the open scabs. She was floating in the
air and her feet were not visible.
For a few seconds, we were dumbstruck
and then in unison we fled from the house
as fast as our legs could carry. We ran all
the way to Mahmud's house and stopped to
catch our breath only we have locked
ourselves in our room.
The next day, all of us were down with a
high fever. Mahmud called the doctor and
we were each given an injection and
prescribed a course of medicine. We were
bedridden for three days. When we had
recovered, we told Mahmud what had
happened. He smiled and said that he had
guessed as much as it was odd that all four
of us should be taken ill at the same time.
He told us that certain things cannot be
proven scientifically but that does not mean
that they are not true.
I cannot argue with that now.
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