The architect’s key
There was once a man named Edward who was so ingeniously wealthy he designed and built his own perfect house. He lived in it for many years until he eventually passed away. A new family soon came to live in the house, but whenever they went into the basement – where Edward’s personal study had been – they would get the feeling that someone was watching them. One day, the father of the new family decided to fix up one of his old jackets, which every tailor in town had told him was beyond repair. So, he went down to the old study, lay his jacket on a chair, then tried to see if there was anything in the old desk that could help him mend it. But the drawers were all locked and he couldn’t find a key anywhere. The next morning, he came back down to find the key on the desk, all of the drawers open, and his jacket completely fixed.
The lake inside the house
A young bachelor at the beginning of his career became very successful very quickly. So, he bought himself his first house. One morning he awoke to the sound of running water. He rushed to the bathroom and saw that the bathtub tap was running on full blast. He was perturbed by this, as he lived all alone. A week later it happened again, only this time it wasn’t just one tap, but all of the taps in the house. The young man called a repairman to fix the pipes and the water damage. But the pipes weren’t broken. The repairman – a local – had a scared look on his face. “What’s wrong?” the bachelor asked. “The woman who lived here before you,” said the repairman, “she drowned in that bathtub.”
The child in Room 213
An executive went on a business trip for her company. When she arrived at the hotel, she got the keycard for her room, 213, and went straight up. She was exhausted and she couldn’t wait to sit down. But her keycard for room 213 didn’t work. She went down to complain to the front desk and promptly got a new card. That one didn’t work either! Just as she was storming off to go back to the lobby, the door to her room creaked open. A little boy had opened the door and he was standing in the dark. She went to the front desk again. “There’s another family in my room,” she said to the man. “No, that’s impossible,” he said. “No one has checked in but you.”