Location: Arlington, Massachusetts
Date of Encounter: January 8, 2011
I live in Arlington, Massachusetts, in an apartment building a few blocks from the Mystic Lakes. My husband and I moved there on Halloween 2008. On January 8, 2011, my husband came home from work at around 11:30 PM. He decided to cook himself some pasta for a late dinner. I was in the bedroom. I could hear him moving around the kitchen. I went in the kitchen and he asked me where the colander was. I retrieved it from the bottom cabinet and gave it to him, he placed it in the sink and he poured the uncooked pasta into the boiling pot. I left the kitchen and went back to the bedroom. He came into the bedroom a minute or two later and sat down and talked to me for a few minutes. He later told me that our cat, Riley, had bolted out of her litter box in the kitchen as if she were "spooked" and ran into the other room before he had come into the bedroom to talk to me. He didn't think anything of it at the time, even though she had never done that before, because he was busy cooking. He then went back into the kitchen to check on his pasta.
He started to call to me from the kitchen, but I could not make out what he was saying except for the word "cabinets." After calling back and forth for a minute I got up and went into the kitchen. I said I couldn't hear what he was saying and asked what he wanted. He asked me, "Did you open the cabinets?" I asked him what he was talking about and he replied all the top cabinets in the kitchen (eight altogether) were open when he came back into the kitchen to check on his pasta. I told him that I could not have opened the cabinets as I was either in the bedroom or with him in the kitchen. That was when he told me about the cat's odd behavior. This is the first time I documented an occurrence in my home, but it is not the first time something odd has happened. That was just the most dramatic. The only other "concrete" happenings I can remember are my husband seeing a shadow under the door walking past our bedroom and the cat and I were both in the room with him. The other occurrence was when I was taking a shower a shadow had passed behind the shower curtain, even though the bathroom door was shut and it was nighttime. The shadow was very large and moved fairly quickly.