Thanks to Amy from West Virginia for this story!
Amy grew up with her grandparents in an old coal mining town. Her grandfather built the house with his own hands using leftover wood from the church. Amy’s grandfather passed away before she was born, but she heard plenty of stories about him. A coal miner, he had also been a heavy smoker and had a reputation for being a curmudgeon. Amy never felt her grandfather’s presence in the house while growing up, nor did she experience anything paranormal or out of the ordinary.
However, something strange did happen on the day of her grandfather’s death. Unknown to Amy’s grandmother at the time, he had been crushed between two mining machines. It was a terrible accident.
Amy’s grandmother was home alone when suddenly the back door flew open. The gust of wind tore the curtains down in the living room. When it reached the other side of the house, the front door opened inward, as if someone had pulled it open from the inside. Then the wind exited the house and everything was still again. Later, Amy’s grandmother discovered that this incident had occurred at the time of her husband’s death.
Amy still lives in her childhood home. Things were fine until she did some major remodeling to modernize the place. Every so often, a great wind blows through the house. She has checked it out and there are no sources for these drafts. She has also occasionally seen a shadow. She is unsure whether the apparition’s presence makes her feel uncomfortable because of a vibe that it is giving off or if it is because of the background knowledge that she has about her grandfather. Both Amy and her husband have sensed the spirit. Sometimes the wind leaves the scent of tobacco in its wake, but no one in the house smokes.
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