The following is a ghost story from a friend of mine. I am represented by the letters KP and he is represented by the letters KM.
KP: Okay, go ahead and tell me about the time you saw a ghost.
KM: So, I was in first grade… I was wasted. No, I’m just kidding. I was in first grade, and it was like that after school thing where none of the parents wanted to pick us up, so we’d all just chill. And, there was like a- I was hanging out with a fifth grader I thought was so cool- I was like Oh my God, y’know, and he was like “Oh my God, like let’s go into the gym when there’s no one in there, and it’s like the lights are off.” And I was like, “yeahhh, like let’s go into the gym.” And so, we went in there, and the lights are off, and we’re just like fucking around, and I was like, “ooh, like I feel so like … rebellious… mehhhh.” And… so, I got up on the stage ’cause our gym also had a stage- it was like a multi-purpose room- and… I was like.. “ohhhh! I wanna get up on stage where the principal stands,” like I’m making fun of- and then I look inwards at the stage and it’s like pitch black, and there’s like- ’cause there’s no light. And- when I looked in, I saw… the like-like this image of… a woman… and she was like- crying. I could hear her too, like… crying. She had her arms outstretched and she was just slowly walking towards me, with her arms like this… and I saw it, and I stood there for about 5 seconds ’cause I was just like frozen and then I said – “okay, we’re getting out of here,” booked off the stage as I was running across the room, I remember looking back and still seeing her. And then, when I got to the door, I looked back one final time and she was gone, and I pushed outside, and there was daylight, and I was like – couldn’t breathe- and I was like “Oh my God.” And everyone came outside and was like, “what’s wrong?” and I was like “y’all,” like, “I don’t know what the hell I just saw, but huhdehmeh,” and they were like, “whaat?” and I just was like- it was- and I couldn’t sleep for like two weeks… so… yeah.
KP: Have you had any similar experiences since then?
KM: No, not with ghosts
The informant is a 20-year-old sophomore at USC. We were sitting in a room of friends and we were all hanging out and relaxing. He had told me about this ghost story before, so I asked if I could record it for this project and he agreed. Again, we were with friends, so everyone felt a little creeped out by the end, but we were all fine.
I think it was super interesting to collect this data from a friend. As we talked about in class, hearing ghost stories from your friends makes the stories a lot more believable and realistic. Because the informant is my friend, I do believe this story. The woman he mentioned did kind of have a lot of similarities to La Llorona, and when I asked him about that, the informant did mention that it felt somewhat familiar.