Knoch Scary Story’s #3
March 3, 2022
Growing up I lived in the middle of the woods. No neighbors for about a mile on each side and we owned 60 acres of forest then a swamp after that. So basically I lived in the middle of nowhere. One summer when I was about 14 I was out in the middle of the woods playing with my dog when I kept feeling something hit my elbow. I’d go to throw Hailey’s ball and the bump would make me throw it almost straight up. Assuming it was just me bumping it on trees or something I ignored it. After the fourth or fifth time of it happening I thought…well this sucks I’ll just go home. Walking back I felt uneasy but I knew I was just freaking myself out because we were alone. About an hour later Hailey and I are at home on the couch when the garage door opens and he starts barking, barking, barking. I hopped up to go let in my Mom or Dad, even though they were home really early. I peered through the peephole and saw the door was still shut and no one was in the garage. Quieting Hailey down I opened the door slowly and called out for my dad. Nothing… No response at all so I go out to check the door and it’s still locked. Okay… sure. Weird but oh well. Hailey heard it too so at least I know I’m not crazy.
About 20 minutes later I heard the door open again and this time Hailey starts growling like crazy. I quiet him down again and just assume its the wind or something making noise even though by this point my heart is racing. I hear footsteps come up the stairs and think, “Oh jeez, Dad really is home this time,” and hop up and run to the door. It started to jiggle so I ran faster to let him in. I peeped through the hole and even though my hand was loosely around the jiggling handle there was no one on the other side of the door. Terrified, I hid on the couch with all the lights on. Hailey was still growling.
About an hour after that I started to feel a little better even though I was still terrified. Then I heard the door handle jiggle again. This time it was Hailey jiggling it because he needed to go outside and the only way outside was through the garage. Fantastic. I literally sprinted with him to the kennel and as I was standing there I decided to ask this “thing” questions to make myself feel better because I knew it wouldn’t answer me. Thinking about what to ask for, my eyes were drawn to the huge heavy oak door on the kennel. It was always open because it was too heavy for me to move easily. I said, “Ok ghost! If you’re real you’ll shut this heavy door!” Nothing… a minute goes by…nothing. Hailey was still sniffing around. I turned around to yell at him to hurry up and then from behind me I heard ‘click’. I whipped around and saw the giant door had swung shut and latched. Okay….clearly it was just the wind. It wasn’t really windy but… it was the wind, for sure. It had to be. I proceed, “Ok ghost that was the wind, if you’re REALLY real you’ll open this massive door back up!” Nothing. I relaxed a bit and then squatted down with my head in on my knees reminiscing about how lame I just was being scared when I hear ‘click clack’. The door was now wide open. Hailey was done so we booked it back into the house locking every door in the house.
For the next 4 hours I heard the footsteps on the stairs and the door handle jiggling every few minutes, until finally around 11pm my dad walked in and yelled at me for wasting electricity.
I never told him or my mom about it until about 4 months later when my dad came in from hunting after dark. He looked shaken and I asked him what was wrong… He said he aimed at two deer but missed both completely because it felt as if something was hitting his elbow and making him shoot way above the deer. That’s when I told him everything.