Being an ardent fan of horror/thriller/mystery genre, I have always enjoyed the thrill they provide and the scares such movies/novels create. Little did I know I would end up experiencing it practically one day.
Sometime back, I had been on a trip to North East, Shillong to be more specific. We booked a guest house after much research and negotiation for our stay. I had in fact been dreaming about staying in it even before we started for our trip. It was a beautiful property with cozy rooms. But all this changed once I reached the place.
We reached the property around 7:30 in the evening, when almost half of the city shuts down. By 8:30 it completely shuts down considering the night temperatures of around 9-11°C. It was pretty dark and chilly by the time we reached. As we entered, we found 2 women, girls to be more precise in the local traditional dress at the desk who escorted us to our room. To my surprise the room was a little away from the main guest house with 2-3 pet dogs around and literally no people at all. Only our room was occupied and apart from the 2 help girls, there was no one around. Anyway, I was happy that I was given the room I had very much requested for instead of the random ones they usually give.
But it was after I entered it that my feelings changed. My first instinct somehow was to run away from there. The room was pretty, cozy and completely wood made. It had a lavish washroom, the size almost close to that of the room and even a wooden fireplace. It had an overlooking balcony from where we could see the rest of the property on one end and complete darkness on the other. What bothered me more was that the shelves as well as the fireplace were locked and hidden. The entire look felt eerie. It felt as though the place held secrets and that scared me more.
This carried my thoughts into the conversation that I initially had with the house owner about that room. Actually, though the guesthouse had 6 rooms, only 5 of them were usually arranged for guests. But because I really was interested in the 6th, I had to request the owner for it for which I was told that the room is locked for visitors because the owners daughter often stays there when she comes for a visit. So I asked them if it was available during my stay and to arrange for it. The owner thought for a while and then said yes. I regretted my request later.
It somehow gave me chills, I was pretty sure I would find someone in the closet or the washtub for the negative vibes I felt. It felt like the darkest dark night. I couldn’t sleep all night. I just waited for the night to end and the sunlight to come in. I remember my husband waking up early and opening all the windows for the light to enter and it was then that I felt at ease.
The most scariest night of my life had ended. But wait, I had to spend another one there !!. 😳