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I just stood there in front of it, not knowing what to do next. What if somebody was inside? What if somebody weird came out? What was this door doing here in the first place? «So I knocked on the door softly, very softly. It was hardly a knock at all, but it came out sounding really loud —maybe because the hallway was dead quiet. Anyway, no response. I waited ten seconds, and during those ten seconds, I was just frozen. I hadn't the slightest idea what I was going to do. Then I heard this muffled noise.
I didn't know what to do. Then, for some reason, I decided to take a look around. I was really scared, but I was also feeling really put out. «What I was thinking was that something was wrong with the basic functions of the hotel. Mechanically or structurally or something. And that meant more hassle from the management and no holidays and all sorts of annoying stuff. So, the more I thought about these things, the more annoyed I got. My annoyance got bigger than my fear. And that's how I decided to, you know, just have a look around.
He spoke very gently. ' And let me tell you, this manager is not the type to speak gently. He's ready to fly off the handle at any second. » She now sat silent. «And you haven't heard anybody talk about something like this? Weird experiences, or strange happenings, or any-thing mysterious? » She thought it over and shook her head. «No, not that I'm aware of. But there really is something funny about the place. The way the manager reacted when I told him what happened and all those hush-hush conversations going on all the time.