2/11/10

Bring Your Dog to Work: A Ghost Story

I used to work in a haunted office. I can hear the snickers now, but it is true. I don’t consider myself the most sensitive person as far as that kind of thing goes. I remember, years ago when I was living with my cousin in his turn-of-the-century brownstone, coming home to find him pale and trembling on the couch. I laughed when he told me he had seen a ghost.

The ghostly activity began in the office shortly after the company owners purchased the renovated historic home. Typically footsteps could be heard pacing in the reception area in the later hours of the day. Things would disappear and then reappear in strange places. Door knobs would turn but no one would be on the other side. The accountant’s ten-key calculator would make calculations on the paper tape overnight. Because the strange occurrences were more prevalent at night, employees did not like to remain after hours. Even me, the non-believer.

One evening, I needed to be at the office to work extra hours on an important project. I intended to stay until about nine o’clock but didn’t relish the thought that I would be alone so I brought Chase along for protection. My office was on the second floor so I locked the employee entrance behind me and set the alarm for the doors. Upstairs, Chase seemed determined to inspect every office and every garbage can so I locked him in with me. He curled up on the floor beside me and went to sleep for approximately forty-five minutes. Suddenly, his head popped up and he stared intently at the door. Tail wagging, he approached the door and bent down, tail in the air, trying to peer underneath the base. I called him back but he wouldn’t settle down. He approached the door again and refused to listen to me. My dog was completely focused on what was on the other side of that door.

I decided to call it a night and turned off my computer. The switch for the downstairs reception light was on the second floor which meant that I would be walking down the stairs in the dark. Firmly clutching Chase’s leash, I turned off the light and then scolded myself for not leaving any lights on in another office below. The darkness was inky black as I hesitantly felt the first step with my practical three-inch heel sandal. I pushed Chase ahead of me and gripped the banister. We made our way slowly down the stairs. On the third step from the bottom, Chase froze. Then he slowly started to wag his tail at an invisible something in front of us. My heart was racing as I not-so-gently nudged him forward. He refused to budge and began to wag his tail more rapidly. As panic began to set in, I moved around him and pulled his leash from the safety of the floor, forcing him to comply. I walked quickly toward the back door, relieved at the small sliver of light from the outside parking lot. I locked up the building and retreated to my car, deciding once and for all that I would never bring my dog to work with me again!

8 comments:

Kimminita said...

Hi Sarah,

Glad that swap-bot brought me to your blog. I love a good ghost story!

Coleen Franks said...

Hi Sarah, I'm following you from the Swap-bot blogger swap. Gotta a tip for you on house plants. I started with cactus cuz I kept killing everything else. Just don't water them much and they like sun. Need little care. Now I have a big garden and thumb's gotten greener. Looking forward to reading your blog more. Would you follow mine? I'm also on facebook, my fan page is vintageterrace2. Blessings on your day.

Doublesided said...

Hello!!
Im now following your blog after being assigned you in the swapbot blog swap. Thankfully its early morning because if I'd read that ghost story at night I'd never be able to sleep! LOL! Can't wait to read more.
Doublesided on swapbot.

Lady Rose said...

This is Lady Rose from Swap-bot and I love dogs. Keep up the good work and i wil also follow you.

Felicity said...

Hi Sarah,
I'm FelicityLingle from swap-bot and i'm following you now.

Jenthewen said...

Hi Sarah
I'm following you from the swap-bot swap 'Be my blog follower', have a good day!

Jenthewen

Loles said...

Hello Sarah!!! I'm solsuny from swap-bot and now i'm following your blog!!
Love the ghost story!!
Have a nice day

lil Me said...

Hi Sarah,
I am now following your blog from Swap-Bot! Great story!