The couple found a flat on top of a garage on a nice quiet road. The main house was empty as the owners were from overseas and only used it in December for holidays. From the beginning, Kris says, whenever we were outside we always had a feeling like we were being watched. We also had two cats that behaved very nervously all the time we stayed there.
One evening, Kris was at home alone waiting for her boyfriend to get back from surfing when she heard a strange, high-pitched screaming sound from the valley right next to her house. Let me explain the set up of our street quickly, says Kris. It had houses only on the one side, and on the other was a forest valley. So I heard the screaming coming from the forest.
Thinking the screaming might be coming from a hurt animal, Kris took a flashlight and found a makeshift path into the bushes. She got halfway down the slope when she was overcome with a very eerie feeling. Too scared to go on, she turned back. Within a few minutes, the screaming stopped.
After the couple was in the apartment for six months, Kriss boyfriend had to go away to work on his degree, leaving Kris alone in the flat for four nights of the week. She took a waitressing job at a restaurant down the street as she could walk there in a few minutes. Wilderness is safe to walk around at night, she says, even if you are a girl. My dad, however, made me phone him when I was walking home, just so he knew I got there safely every night.
One night Kris was talking to him and was almost at the steps that led up to her flat when she heard a deep growling from the bush next to her. Terrified, she ran up the stairs and into the house, locking the door behind her.
Kris began to notice that every night her cats would just sit and stare at the front door. Our flat was all open plan, one big room, with only the bathroom being separate, Kris explains. Our bed was situated behind the bathroom wall, so the front door was not visible from there, but the cats would sit in the middle of the room a few meters from the bed and just stare at the door, with all their fur standing up for hours on end.
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