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  I stayed in room 224 at the Howard Johnson Inn in Mystic and was awakened by a ''chachacha'' sound directly above my head around 12:30 am. I awoke expecting to see someone standing above me, and no one was there thankfully.
Submitted by Victoria


On Saturday evening of October 10th, 2009 my wife and I had dinner at an inn in Mystic, Connecticut. We arrived at 6:30 pm and were seated upstairs in a small room that had three tables and a fireplace. We were seated at a table for two next to the fireplace, and I was facing the doorway that led into the room. It seemed to me that the room was a former bedroom in the oldest part of the building. Seated at the table, with my back against the wall, I could see a portion of the hall beyond the doorway that led to a restroom to the left, a double swinging door for the staff to access the kitchen below downstairs was opposite the room entryway. To the right, the hallway led to the narrow stairway down to the second level. My wife excused herself to go to the restroom about 7:00 pm.
Alone at the table, I simply watched the staff coming and going through the double doors out in the hallway. Much to my surprise, in between this hustle bustle, I saw a very young girl, dressed in period clothing from 1750 to 1850 rush by the doorway and towards the restroom. Her dress was ''milky'' white, not quite full length, short-sleeves and rather plain, perhaps not what a child would sleep in back in those days. She was about four to six years old. She had brown hair, not quite shoulder length that curled inward toward her neckline. She moved very quickly as if she was in a rush to get somewhere. It all happened within the flash of a second or two, at most. I knew immediately this was a spirit. It had a three dimensional quality, but I could clearly see it was not a normal living child. I knew I had ''seen a ghost''. Prior to our going to the inn, we were at our boat located in the Mystic River Marina. My wife had mentioned we were going to this particular inn for dinner, and one of our fellow boaters mentioned to her that the inn was reportedly haunted, but my wife never mentioned it to me.

When my wife returned from the restroom, she was, to say the least, very surprised when I described to her what I had seen while she was away from the table. She then told me that our fellow boaters were telling her of hauntings here. Our waitress overheard our conversation and was quite taken back herself. I described the little girl I saw to her, and she immediately had another staff member come to our table to have me describe what I had witnessed to her. Upon completing my description, the staff person said ''oh you met Aida. '' I explained to her the girl never looked at me because she was in a rush when passing by the doorway heading toward the restroom. It was indeed a fleeting glance, but I got enough of an undisturbed look at ''Aida'' that it was an unmistakable sighting of a spiritual entity. Of this, I have no doubt in my mind.

After dinner, the staff invited me to explore other parts of the inn where customers do not normally move about, yet there was nothing of significance to report. I am not, by any means, a paranormal explorer, not do I even know much about paranormal activity. However, I sure know what I saw on Saturday evening around 7:00 pm. There is no mistaking it in my mind that it was indeed the ''ghost'' of a young girl that appeared to me. Now my question to you folks is: has anyone else ever reported to you, or are there any legends of a young girl living at the inn during the 18th or early 19th century that you may know of, which would lead you to believe there is the spirit of a young girl residing in this inn in Mystic? The wait staff was very busy and did not have time to elaborate on ''Aida'', and I did not press the issue.
Submitted by Brien

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