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Over the years of living in the condo building I have heard the owl sound again but I never answered back. Very strange. I no longer live in that community.
Submitted by Alice

       Categories: indians, condo, man

From January 1991 until March 1996 I lived in a haunted apartment unit on the south border of Bradenton, in a town called Tallevast. The whole time I lived there, I was plagued by the strong presence and actions of spirits in the apartment. At the outset I will state that I think of myself as a devoted realist, and not swayed by superstition or ideas with no basis in fact; science, earthy logic, and common sense are my tools for explaining strange happenings.
Being a college student, I spent a lot of time studying in the apartment alone, and after a few months there, I started to feel a strong presence, like a pressure and stillness in the air. It was like the feeling one gets when someone unseen is nearby and watching you.

The presences didn't disturb me at first, since I was familiar with such happenings when I lived in Pinellas Park growing up, and I am generally of an open mind concerning unseen forces in the world. One day, as I sat at my oak desk in the small converted closet office at the back of the apartment near the kitchen, I suddenly felt the air pressure in the room rise, like it does when someone is standing near you in a small space. In fact, the presence was so strong, that I turned around and addressed what I thought of as a spirit or spirits. I always called these beings 'spirits', since it's closer to what I believe they are, that is, a shade or the coherence personal energies that is sometime left behind when a human dies. I wanted to go on with my day undisturbed, so I said to the presence that I knew it was there, and that it was welcome. Maybe that was a mistake, but the minor past experiences I had had with other spirits in my childhood informed me that these beings or energies (I do not like the term ‘ghost’; it conjures a cartoon image of a autonomous, bilious white sheet in my mind) were harmless and seemed just to want to be acknowledged.

Some months later, however, these presences manifested themselves in more physical and frightening ways. One night my wife and I had just turned out the lights in our bedroom and were settling in for sleep, when we felt a slow, gentle tugging at the bottom of the sheet near our feet. At first I thought maybe it was just something like the sheet being too tight and tucked in, so I ignored it. Then I felt it again, and as I sat up and turned on the light, my wife too sat up and turned to me saying she felt something pulling at the bottom of the sheet. We had both felt it. We sat awake a few minutes waiting for it to happen again, but nothing did. We turned out the light and waited, and in a few minutes the slow tugging began again. This time when we turned on the lights, I wanted to get the bottom of things. I went to the foot of the bed, looked at the sheet to see if anything was there, pulling on it. There was nothing. I even looked under the bed for anything that might have caused this strange pulling. Again, there was nothing. This happened at least two other nights while we lived there.

On other nights, in the same bed when the lights were off, it would feel like someone touched me on top of the sheet on my arm. It was just a touch, almost like someone trying to get my attention. For the most part I reacted calmly, acknowledging to myself that this spirit was there, but that it would not harm me. I felt that all it wanted was attention, to be recognized. I thought of it as simply a harmless, mischievous spirit.

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