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Chapter 4

"When I was young," Victoria began slowly, "Things seemed to happen all of the time like glasses breaking, mirrors cracking and light bulbs popping when I was around. Things started getting really scary when I was using the microwave and it caught fire. Sparks were shooting everywhere; I was afraid I would catch the house, or myself, on fire. That is when I started avoiding appliances, even telephones because they would melt when I used them. My parents thought we had a ghost in the house because there was no other explanation for the strange events. My father called in an electrician to see if we had a short or an overload on the wires in the house. The electrician couldn't find anything wrong with the wiring. Of course we're talking about this very house. As you know, there haven't been any of these odd occurrences since you've lived here, but they were pretty common when I was your age.

My mother finally took me to see a child psychologist, Dr. Anne Marlow. She suspected that I might have been causing the strange occurrences in the house. I had told her about the awful visions I had, including one similar to yours. I used to see a little girl in this room when I was about twelve years old. She would stand near my bed and just stare at me. I was really frightened out of my wits, but I couldn't seem to move when that little girl was around. It was like I was glued to the bed.

I told the psychologist about my dreams, visions and how I seemed to cause disasters in the kitchen and melt the telephones. The psychologist wrote down everything I said and then called in my mother at the end of our session. She told my mother that what was happening was normal for some teenagers, especially girls. Poltergeists, or ghosts, seemed to be active when there is a young teenager in the house. The ghosts were usually not the problem; it was my mind causing the problems and that I probably had some sort of telekinesis. This meant that I could cause something to happen, even when I wasn't thinking about it, like the telephone melting.

The thought that I could cause disaster to happen when I wasn't even thinking about it really frightened me. I was afraid I was going to hurt someone unintentionally. When my mother asked what could be done, to stop these things from happening, the doctor prescribed some mild sedatives for me. She said they would help me sleep and keep me calmer. My mother thought this was a great idea but I didn't like the idea of taking any medicine. What I thought didn't matter though. My parents were determined to make the strange happenings in the house come to an end.

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