Thanks to my Aunt Raven for this story!
Vito lived with his wife, Madeline, and baby son, Victor, in a courtyard apartment on Barnes Avenue in the Bronx. Their next door neighbor, George, was a nice, elderly gentleman. Vito and Madeline weren’t particularly close with George and didn’t know much about him. All they really knew was that he lived alone and had been a widower for many years.
Vito didn’t have much interest in the paranormal, so he didn’t believe in ghosts. Then he had a strange experience that he couldn’t explain. One night in 1964, Vito was awoken by a cold breeze blowing through his bedroom. Perhaps his wife had forgotten to shut the windows before coming to bed. He decided to get up to check the house. That’s when he saw the woman standing on the other side of the room by his son’s crib. She was wearing a long, white, old-fashioned dress and had her hair tied up in a bun. The old woman looked as if she belonged to another era and had just stepped out of a black and white photograph.
“What are you doing? Get away from him!” shouted Vito.
The woman turned to look at Vito. She lifted her hand and Vito sank back down on the edge of the bed. She spoke to him in a calm manner. “No, it’s okay. I just stopped for a moment, but I’m in the wrong place.” After saying this, she turned around and disappeared through the wall.
Vito rubbed his face. He looked over at Madeline, who had slept through the whole event. He got up to check his son. Victor was fine. Like his mother, he had been undisturbed by the stranger’s appearance. Thinking that he must have been dreaming, Vito went to the bathroom and splashed water on his face. Then he went back to bed.
The next day, they found out that their neighbor, George, had passed away during the night. Raven is a few years younger than her brother, so this happened before she was born. She wonders if the ghostly woman who appeared to her father that night was George’s wife coming to get him.
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