Reader Submission: The Thing at the Door


“I was in high school at the time, and my younger cousin was in middle school. I had been staying over at her house a lot because I lived across town from my school and her home was only a block away from it.

In the middle of the afternoon, we were watching court TV and I had to go to the bathroom so I left my cousin sitting on the couch and went down the hall to the bathroom. While I was sitting there doing my business, the bottom of the door (opposite the hinges) looked like it was being pushed in from the outside. ‘Knock it off, Sally’ I called to my cousin, laughing. ‘You’re gonna break the door!’ We often did dumb things like bang on doors and leap out at each other so this was normal fun.

By this time, the wood was really bending and I could see about a half inch of the inside of the door. I figured I would whip open the door and catch her in the act. When the door started to go back to normal, I ripped it open. There was no one there.

I ran up the hall to the living room, and my cousin was still sitting there. I checked her pulse to see if maybe she had just been really fast about it and was trying to be sneaky. It was normal. After she stared at me like I was crazy, I finally asked her if she had been pushing on the bathroom door. She said no and we both just stared down the hall for a while.”

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