Today's post is going to cover one of the single most unique and baffling cases I have ever encountered. If the following has happened to anyone else I've never read or heard about it (though I'd certainly like to). I even tried just googling "paranormal rectangle" but nothing marginally relevant came up. Really, I have no framework, no way to compare this story with other phenomena using anything other then the vaguest commonalities. Just read for yourself and you'll see what I mean!
Earlier in this month of May my sister suggested that I ask my mother about something highly strange that had recently happened to her that was unlike anything any of us had ever heard of, let alone experienced. My sister gave me the basic information, about how our mother had seen a floating white rectangle in the neighbor's backyard. This information alone was incredibly peculiar and without obvious explanation but I figured that given time along with the full story I'd come to a satisfactory theory.
Man, was I ever wrong!
As it goes my mother was sitting out on the back patio sometime between three and five in the afternoon, same as she always does, relaxing and watching the birds. Her chair of choice faces east towards the neighbor's, allowing for a pretty clear view of their backyard despite the myriad shrubs and trees (not that my mother is particularly interested in our neighbors, this just happens to be the best place for the chair). Well, as she was sitting there looking towards their backyard she noticed an odd presence along the opposite fence chain, the one furthest from her on the other side of their backyard. It was a rectangle. A floating white rectangle with rounded edges hovering between the neighbor's patio and their fence. She could see both the top and the bottom of it, see the empty air beneath it as it lazed about around two feet in the air. The object had a texture too "like a poster board with a sheet draped over it", only the bottom didn't drape the way an actual sheet would if stuck over a board. The size was probably comparable to a poster board as well. It was seen by my mother drifting along the length of the patio and, upon reaching the end of said patio abruptly vanishing.
Weird, right? Well, it gets even stranger because my sister has seen a similar object in the vicinity of the same neighbor's backyard. Her encounter occurred about a year ago as she too was sitting in our parents' backyard during the middle of the afternoon and happened to look up and see what she thought was a man in a white t-shirt crouched over in the narrow alley between their immediate neighbor's fence and another fence. But that white t-shirt was also all she could make out. No skin, hair, nothing. Now, in that part of the yard there are plants that could obstruct certain details so she didn't think much of it at the time. Curious that maybe this was someone working on one of the fences she went to go see who this stranger was tromping through their backyard (you can't access the alleyway without first passing through my parents' backyard). Only, when she gets to the fence nobody is there. Mind you this alley is maybe a foot and half in width, not super easy to maneuver around in and with no point of entry other then my parents' yard or the neighbor's two doors down (which you would see if someone had made it down there).
Many I'm sure would be quick to dismiss both of the above as a case of mistaken identity. Maybe someone was out there with a poster board, someone that my mother failed to see. The neighbors do own a white dog and maybe some trick of the light caused the animal to look so peculiar and perhaps some man did manage to get away from my sister despite having nowhere to run and nowhere to hide (which would be in itself somewhat bizarre). Barring these theories though, what then? Let's examine some common themes. Both women described seeing a white object with cloth-like texture and movement. Both women say they saw this thing during the day and both times it was seen along the boundaries of their neighbor's backyard. The white drapery brings to mind the stereotypical Halloween sheet ghost or those fraudulent old séance photographs with the trail of "ectoplasm" spilling out of the medium's mouth, but I don't know of any example where such a ghost has been seen in earnest. The daylight thing doesn't necessarily mean much, although the fairy my mother saw was also seen during the afternoon. Perhaps these objects are related to that somehow? To me though the most interesting factor in all this is the things affinity for our neighbor's fence. Or perhaps it's not an affinity. Maybe it's somehow anchored to that place and the fence is simply the closest thing to freedom it can achieve. Which then makes me wonder what's going on next door.
It's also worth noting that up until I really started to think on it, our first impression ("our" being my mother, sister, and I) was to blame the former neighbors because they seemed like the type to get drunk and do something foolish like play around with a spirit board. However, this is admittedly little more then catty speculation although, to be fair, one of them was a raging alcoholic. Maybe they opened the wound for these new people to rub salt in.
See, for most of my life that backyard has been incredibly innocuous. It's only in the past year that any sort of high strangess has been witnessed out there, at least by my family. And my family is outside a lot. If this had been going on for longer then the past year surely someone would have noticed something before now. So, what has changed in the last year? My best guess would be the neighbors themselves. Granted they've actually been in that house for a couple of years but in that time frame I have noticed a few things happening over there that to me have the potential to create great amounts of spiritual energy and if I had to put forward my best hypothesis it would be that whatever is in the backyard is the physical manifestation of abuse and neglect. See, there's this woman over there all the time. I don't think she lives there but she's there constantly. She's skinny. Too skinny, the way a drug addict or someone with an eating disorder might be. She once locked her young son out of the house during a snow storm and the whole neighborhood could hear the boy scream in distress. I know CPS has been over there. Clearly something is not right. I personally suspect drug abuse. So yeah, between the addiction or mental illness and the parental neglect there's no way some negative energy hasn't been built up. A sort of depressed poltergeist then, as I don't get the impression that whatever is in the backyard is malicious. Just trapped. Like how an addict or an abused child might feel. Or maybe this is a preexisting being attracted to human suffering . Of course we also have no idea what's happened, if anything, inside that house. There could be a lot more to this phenomenon then just a floating rectangle.
As I stated at the beginning, there's little to go off of in terms of comparable events so the theories are numerous, open ended and while writing this out has given me time to come closer to a working theory I'm still left with more questions then answers.