I watched for a few chilly seconds as she combed her hair while staring at herself in mirror – showing not an ounce of recognition of someone else in the room.
“That damn thing,” I heard a groggy voice call out from behind me.
I literally jumped up into the air and screamed as loudly as I ever had in my entire life.
I gathered my bearings in an instant and spun around to see the shadow of my present day, elderly grandmother wobbling in the doorway to the hidden room.
I looked back around the room in a flash and saw no candle, no mirror and no younger version of my grandma combing her hair.
“That thing keeps acting up and riding around the house all night for no reason,” my grandma went on as she stumbled out of the doorway and back towards the prep room.
I tried to put things back together in my head for a moment, but couldn’t even get close. The room I was standing in was now just a dusty, empty room with a cold floor on my bare feet.
“Funny the thing found its way in there,” my grandma’s voice faded away as she walked away.
I followed my grandma out of the room.
“I have the chair stored in the old secret powder room so the ugly thing is out of sight most of the time and it must have decided to head back home after roaming around all night. I guess you had never actually been in there. Your grandpa loved it for drinks, but I had no use it for it so I never used it,” my grandma went on.