There Was A Stranger At The Door- A True Story

If I had forgotten to lock my front door, I would have had an unexpected Friday night visitor.
There Was a Stranger at The Door- a True Story
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It was Friday night at around 11 pm. I was surfing the web on my PC while listening to a rock radio show on the headphones. Whenever I make a late night audition using the headphones I try to keep the volume at a relatively low level so, even if the show’s playlist which included new tracks from great metal bands like Paradise Lost and Lacrimosa was basically asking me to turn the volume up, I resisted the temptation because I am aware of the damage that listening to loud music on the headphones can do to the ears, therefore

I could also hear any potential sounds that might have occurred outside.

While I was listening and fully enjoying a new Lacrimosa tune full of Gothic melancholy, I could hear some noise on the corridor outside. I didn’t pay too much attention to it for about a minute, but the noise wouldn’t stop and it seemed as someone was right at my door, so I had to interrupt my audition, and as soon as I took the phones off my ears, I was shocked to realize that there was indeed someone at my door, trying to open it, probably with a key!

Fortunately the door was locked, but that person was persevering in the attempt to open it at any cost, so I went on the hallway, looked on the peep hole and saw a bald man, probably in his fifties, which I was quite sure that I hadn’t seen before. He seemed a little confused, he probably couldn’t understand why the door wouldn’t open, so I said to him in a loud voice:

“What are you doing here? What do you want?”

He muttered something which I couldn’t understand very well as he was definitely surprised to hear my voice. I had the impression that he had told me his name; anyway, I realized that he had no evil intentions. He had probably enjoyed several drinks at a pub in the town, and he was at least tipsy, if not drunk, and he had simply lost his way in that maze of alcohol.

“You’re at the wrong address,” I shouted at him, “you don’t live here!”

The bald guy realized that he had made quite a big mistake and he was quite embarrassed, so he apologized to me. I accepted his apologies and he moved on in his search for his true home. I hope that he found it and, after waking up with a terrible hangover, he said to himself that he would drink more responsibly from now on so that he wouldn’t forget again where he lived.

That was my short, but my thrilling Friday night adventure. If there’s a lesson I have learnt, it is a very simple, but which I should never neglect, and so should anybody else: Always keep your front door locked because you never know who might try to enter your house, and you might find yourself in the company of some truly unwanted guests!

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  • abhi_bangal  03-09-2017
    This is a great story, Sebastian. I was also thrilled to read the entire experience. I mean I didn't understand when I started and when I finished. There are very few articles, honestly, that I read from start to finish. And this was surely one of them. Why this attracted me more is because there was some curiosity as you stated that you were shocked to see someone trying to enter your house. Indeed this can be terrible, especially if you are caught unaware of this. And secondly, I liked the way you gave a message at the end - always keep the front door locked. I am sure people will understand the depth of the seriousness, or might have to play hosts to someone indeed you won't want.
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  • Sebastian Onciu  30-08-2017
    My intention was to render an accurate account of the thrilling moments I went through last Friday, but this could also be the starting point of a work of fiction, so I might do that in the nearby future. I'm glad you enjoyed my little true story, thank you for reading it!
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  • jithinsajeev  30-08-2017
    This was scary, You wrote it in a way, I was so involved in and expected more. :) . Glad that he realised his mistake even in that tipsy mind. yes, we should sure be more responsible and careful specially in Towns, where such cases can happen. Thank you for sharing this :)... Keep writing
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