Paranormal Incident

When it comes to paranormal activity I am as skeptical as the next cynic, but I may be experiencing my first encounter.

In retrospect, I don’t know why we didn’t take a picture of the water.

Here is the story:

Yesterday, we decided to go to the movies to watch 21 Jump Street. (A hilarious movie, if anyone was wondering!) @EFidalgo12 walked into the apartment first then I followed. I felt as if I stepped in something wet, so I figured he must have spilled a drink while rushing to answer nature’s call. I walked around what I thought was a small spill and turned on the television. When I looked towards the wet spot, I was shocked to see our very own lake. (In order to avoid any confusion with the Great Lakes, I will name our body of water Lake Inferior!)

We were horrified because the last thing we wanted to deal with is a plumbing issue. After investigating the area, we discovered a major problem; there was absolutely no source for the water. The apartment was empty and locked, neither the bathroom sink nor the kitchen sink sprung a leak, and there wasn’t any leaks falling from the ceiling. We had a large pool of water, enough to fill a 20 ounce bottle, but it was located in the middle of the room. (There was only one logical explanation!)

Clearly, the water was coming from a small hole in the tiled floor. We grabbed a towel and quickly dried up Lake Inferior. Unfortunately for us, there was no hole. Either the water was the result of paranormal activity, or our landlord entered our apartment and spilled the water on the floor and ran out unnoticed. (We may never uncover the truth!)

Hunger set in and we decided to go for some takeout. For some reason, we wanted Chinese food. I must admit that Boston has the best Chinese food in the world and finding something decent in Los Angeles has been a challenge. The only place which even comes close is Panda Express, but we wanted to find a new location. Most of the establishments that we found so far do not offer combination plates. (Can you believe that? A Chinese restaurant without combination plates is like Cuba without cigars; it just doesn’t make sense!)

About a month ago, we drove by a restaurant which was a clear rip-off of Panda Express. I don’t remember the name, but it was something like Golden Express and the logo was an almost exact copy of the Panda Express logo. We decided to give the place a try and it turned out to be a great decision. Not only did they have combination plates, but the lady packed our plates with too much food and the price was reasonable. The best news is the food was absolutely delicious. (It is safe to say that we found a new Chinese spot!)

Before leaving for the restaurant, we decided to set up my laptop camera in order to record any suspicious activity. We were gone for about 20 minutes or so, but there was nothing to report. I don’t know if anyone had the pleasure of watching a video of an empty room, but we pretty much fast forwarded through the footage. Who knows, maybe one day one of us will be bored and we can sit through and watch the entire tape.

The mystery remains unsolved. Personally, I’m sticking with the landlord story. Hopefully, we will find out the truth soon. For now, the case is open!

Tomorrow, if I walk into the apartment after work and find the same pool of water, the search for the truth will intensify!

It’s time to get some sleep. (Ghosts don’t rape people during the night, right?)


Published by Peter Teixeira

First and foremost, I enjoy writing stories. I recently completed my first novel, and I successfully co-wrote a short film script, which won the grand prize in the words made easy competition.

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  1. Easy to de-dunk if it’s a ghost…..look around the area to see if there stained water marks on the floor, it could be a recurring thing. In Cali, earthquakes can leave hair line cracks in floor, naked to the human eye, but water gets through everything .

  2. Seriously Peter? Two guys (or dumbasses) walk into an apartment that was previously locked and find a puddle of water in the middle of the room with no leaks or drains nearby….

    What cheap riddle book did you get that from?!

    But I’m glad you found a good Chinese food spot! That’s exciting!!!

    1. The Chinese food makes this place feel more like home. The puddle was and will be a mystery until we either get the landlord to admit that she entered our apartment and spilled water, or until we see a ghost. Either way, it should be exciting!

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