A few months ago, Arthur and I started talking about buying a house. After we spent our original down payment on IVF, it’s taken us awhile and a few breaks that went our way, but we’re starting to look a bit with the hope of finding something in the fall or early next spring. As we were brainstorming questions to ask a potential seller, I looked at Arthur somewhat sheepishly.
“Do you think it would be completely weird if I asked if they had ever seen or heard…anything strange over the years they lived there?”
Arthur gave me a quizzical look. “Like ghosts,” I clarified, slightly embarrassed.
Arthur considered for a moment. “No…” he finally said.
“Well,” I hedged, “I don’t like being startled. And I do think there are phenomena we don’t understand or can’t explain sometimes. I don’t know that it’s anything that won’t eventually be explained, but I just want to cover all my bases.”
I have a sort of love/hate relationship with scary. As a tween, one of my favorite books was Horror at the Haunted House by Peg Kehret (spoiler/content note: it has an infant loss plot point). I also had – and still have – a highly overactive imagination and frequent nightmares. I read several books by Betty Ren Wright that scared the heck out of me, read a couple of “real life” ghost books that did the same, reached Steven King in high school and after reading one or two of those, promptly quit dabbling at all in horror. Eighteen years after reading the King books, I still have nightmares specific to those novels. That being said, I’m a total sucker for a good creepy story. Even when I know it’s bad for me, I can’t help reading them occasionally.
I don’t really believe in ghosts, or at least, I don’t believe in ghosts during the day when the sun is shining. However, if we are purchasing a house to live in for a long time, I have zero desire to discover any sort of…quirkiness once the purchase is final.
So, even though I suspect I’m going to get a few odd looks, I think I’m going to ask.
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