14. The mysterious face in the photo.
“This happened about 6 years or so ago when I was in high school. Near the end of the fall before Christmas break when there were a lot of projects due the school had an ‘art night’ for students with art/music/drama classes that needed extra time to prepare for their big projects. It was half intense study-time and half everyone just spending time together talking or goofing off. It would last from about 7pm to about 1am or 2am depending on how tired the teachers got.
By this time it was about midnight and most people were either done with their work or given up for the night so a lot of people were just talking, or working on their own things. A couple of the photography students were just taking pictures for fun and developing the film (yeah, they used film for the class). Most of these photos were your typical stupid high school kid photos of girls making stupid faces at the camera that they would of course put in the yearbook because they were also in charge of that. Suddenly there are two loud sharp screams from the dark room and two girls come running out babbling nonsense and crying. We all try to figure out what is happening and the teacher comes in to calm them down too.
They explain that they were developing the photos and one of them had a ‘ghost’ in it. Of course, we’re all curious so we go to the dark room to check it out. The teacher pulls the photo out of the chemicals (I’m not a photographer, don’t know much about the process) and sees a picture of them that they had taken while running around in the “Old Hill Building” as it was called, an old stone building with a couple classrooms and a big storage basement (also the oldest school building still in use in the state, of which the school district bragged about for some reason). The two girls are leaning against the banister to the second floor. Behind them, seemingly out of nothing is very clearly another girl’s face, mouth open, staring at the camera, fading out to the rough shape of a body (Edited for accuracy. They weren’t making kissy faces after all now that I see the original again).