I got the weirdest thing in the mail the other day. I've been kind of hesitant to talk about it because I had to check it out first, but as far as I can tell it's nothing nefarious, just strange.
I got home from work the other day and saw a package sitting on our stoop. I had been waiting on a package, so I was expecting to open it and find a bunch of art supplies I had ordered. Instead, the box was full of packing peanuts and a wooden box that had an envelope sitting on top. I had never seen anything packaged like that before, but I'd never ordered anything from this particular company before, either. I opened the envelope, thinking it would contain a packing slip, but it was a letter that started out "Dear Kelly." OK, then, maybe it was a very friendly art supply company.
The letter was long and kind of hard to read because the handwriting was very cramped, but I figured out right away it wasn't a packing slip of any kind. It was from a guy named Tom, and it said he didn't know me, but he needed to warn me, and he'd been given my name. He said he needed to relieve himself of a terrible burden and turn away from his memories of "this terrible woman." It also said that fate had its reasons for wanted me to hear the story. It didn't make a lot of sense, but it sounded like a warning. I thought I'd been the recipient of some kind of chain mail, but it didn't tell me to pass anything on. Like I said, it was weird.
I immediately started to document everything I did from that point on for Twitter, because if I'm going to wind up with a human organ, a box of bees, or anthrax I want people who know me to know how it went down. There are too many people who'd think I was up to shenanigans were I to be found dead with something like that on me. The next step was to actually open the box, which I was hesitant to do. I was home alone! The box look like it had been left over from some kind of old industrial use and it didn't give me a clue of what it was and it could have had anything in it!
I managed to pry it open (and it wasn't bees, thank goodness) and it was full of old newspaper packing. Underneath that was an old book with a burn or stain on the cover, a metal thing with symbols on it, and a missing poster of some kid I'd never heard of.
I was grateful it wasn't anything disgusting or dangerous in there, but still...WTF? The newspapers didn't give any info away, because it was just classified ads that didn't seem to be specific to one place, and the book was all scribbled in and full of newspaper clippings.
I didn't really know what to do with all this. I mean, I've always wanted to get a package in the mail that had some kind of mystery in it, but I had always thought it would be something Indiana Jones-esque where I'd have to grab my passport and fly to some other place to solve a mystery. This was more like someone with a weird nephew who had gone nuts needed to get rid of evidence! Still, though, I was intrigued. Tom had evidently known someone I knew, so why not send it to me, right? I still got my cool mystery box from an unknown sender, so I was kind of digging it, creepy or not!
I finally managed to read the book, which turned out to be a journal of some kid who evidently thought he was either haunted by a ghost, or possessed by something. The newspaper clippings were obits, apparently from the same family of people, but I still haven't put it all together yet. I guess it could be a joke of some kind, but it's really freaking elaborate, and I don't know anyone who'd go to that much trouble to play a prank on me. I'm still trying to go through everything and see if I can figure out what's going on. I haven't gotten anything else from Tom, so maybe this is it? We'll see!
I'll let you know if I figure anything else out about this!