I woke up early the next day to get ready for the start of Welcome Back Weekend. My room wasn’t one of the suites, so I had to use the hallway bathrooms. Gathering my things, I headed for the shower. My dorm room faced the stair landing, so that I could see people coming up or going down the stairs.
I was still feeling a bit drowsy, when I noticed a young woman descending the stairs in front of me. At first I thought her brown garment was a robe, but I quickly saw that it was actually a dress. She was swaying back and forth as she glided down the steps. “Gee, she’s going awfully slow!” I thought to myself. If I had been more in a hurry, I would have tried to pass her, but instead I kept up my steady pace.
She reached the third floor ahead of me, but continued going down. As my view turned the corner, I could see down into the next stairwell. She glanced up at me before continuing on her way. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I reached the end of the stairs a moment later and stood on the landing. An odd feeling made me look back.
She was gone! I couldn’t even see her going down the stairs anymore and she had only been a few feet ahead of me. She should have still been visible. I lingered there for a couple of minutes before heading to the bathroom.
“If I’m the only one on the fourth floor right now, then who was that?” I mumbled to myself. It was like she just appeared out of nowhere. The woman hadn’t made a sound. She had been wearing a long, dark-colored dress. Her hair had been pinned up in an old-fashioned manner. Staring into the bathroom mirror, it hit me. I had seen a ghost. More than that, I had just followed a ghost down the stairs.
I thought back to the words of Hans Holzer, a famous paranormal investigator. He said that ghosts were people too and that it was important to treat them as such. Be courteous, but honest about your expectations of sharing living space with them. Taking a deep breath, I looked into the mirror and said aloud, “Listen. You can’t keep popping up out of the woodwork like this. I have to live here. You know I can see you, but I won’t get much studying done if you keep spooking me like that.”
Thankfully after this incident, the rest of the students moved in and the ghosts were less noticeable. Even so, every night that I had to stay up late, I would repeat my entreaty asking the peaceful, but strong spirits of Marillac Hall to stay hidden so that I could do my homework. Fortunately, they were quite obliging spirits. Well, most of the time…