The following story was told to a friend by one of his co-workers.
This is their story:
Growing up, Damian and his best friend would always play basketball in the old, abandoned lot next to his house. The lot, which had once been the site of a large mansion, was now nothing more than a concrete foundation and an old basketball hoop that the neighborhood kids would use during their free time.
Those who grew up in the area used to tell stories about the house that had stood there. According to these stories, it had belonged to a wealthy family and had once been the largest house on the street. The house had burned down several years prior and there had been rumors that someone had actually perished in the fire.
As with other stories that kid’s tell, Damian and his friend had passed the stories off as nothing more than local urban legends.
One day, Damian’s friend came over to his house with a Ouija board in hand. The two began to play with it and after awhile started a conversation with the board.
They asked the board if it could identify who they were speaking to. The board spelled out "Ethel".
Naturally they wanted to know to know more about Ethel but all they could get was that she had died in a fire.
Damian later did some investigating of his own at the local library. While going through old newspaper articles, he found something that caught his eye. It was an article about the mansion that had burned to the ground on the lot next to his house. Apparently the fire had happened while the family was away on vacation. Sadly, the family’s maid had stayed behind and had thus perished in the fire.
The maid’s name was Ethel.
From that day forward, they would speak to Ethel through the board daily and she would tell them details about her life. Eventually, as kids are wont to do, they grew tired of the board and stopped playing.
One day, sometime after, Damian’s mom came to pick him up from school. On the ride home, she asked him if he happened to know a woman by the name of Ethel.
Curious, Damian replied, "No, why do you ask?"
His mom explained that a woman by the name of Ethel had called the house several times asking for Damian. He was a bit shocked and told his mom about the board and the maid. They both dismissed it as nothing more than a coincidence and forgot all about it.
Later one evening, Damian was home alone when the phone rang. He went to pick it up and noticed something strange about the caller id. The number on the caller id was listed as unknown but the name Ethel appeared on the screen.
A chill went down his spine.
Rather than answer it, he let the phone continue to ring.
From that day forward the phone would ring daily. Each time the caller id would list Ethel as the caller. Eventually it became a running joke amongst the family. The phone would ring and someone would immediately say, "Ethel’s calling again!".
The family never answered any of Ethel’s calls and eventually they stopped.
To this day Damian wonders what Ethel might have said had he ever answered.
Then again, maybe it’s best he’ll never know.
Who was behind the strange calls? Was it a prank? A coincidence? Or was it really Ethel calling from beyond the grave? We will never know.