Under The Dirt
He was shoveling dirt for over six hours. It was already evening time, and a mountain of red dirt covered his backyard. This was grueling labor.
He stopped to catch his breath because he was running out of energy. He dug deeper, searching for a buried treasure he knew was there. Digging, digging, digging until thunk! The sound of metal on metal. This would be the discovery of a lifetime.
The Simple Life
Harry Parker was born and bred in New York City. He was used to the fast city life of Brooklyn. A natural-born hustler, he knew how to thrive to survive.
He wanted to work hard and settle down by age thirty-five. His dreams were on the verge of coming through when he decided to move to Honolulu, Hawaii. This was his chance to make real money.
Harry’s company was opening up a new chapter in Honolulu, and they required him to manage the new branch. Of course, he was honored by request and agreed immediately.
The big move was more draining than he had thought. He had to arrange flights and everything with his dear wife, Tracy. She loved her husband and moved oceans for him. Little did she know what new changes were waiting on their arrival.
Harry immensely enjoyed his new life in Honolulu. It was exactly what he wanted and needed. He felt like he was on holiday every day, even while at the office.
Everything went off to a good start for the friendly couple. Tracy even found a job in a web writing company. They were finding the stability they needed. But this was going to be interrupted shortly by a bad occurrence over their home.
The friendly couple was getting used to island life. They enjoyed everything about their home except one thing. There was never any hot water. The cold water always worked, but the hot water pipe seemed to have a problem.
The couple, exasperated at DIY solutions, called a professional plumber. The Plumbing electrician was a master in his trade and said there was absolutely nothing wrong with the pipes. They told him that the water was red and that it was not expected.
Let’s Get Down To Business
Harry scratched his head. “Outside,” said Tracy pointing through the window with her eyes. Harry shook his head in agreement. He questioned the Plumber.
“I think we should check the yard,” he told the plumber. The plumber agreed that he couldn’t find a fault inside, so that could be an option. They didn’t know what they were going to find under the ground.
The excavation started at sunrise. He gathered his toolbox, shovel, and boots and headed for the backyard. He followed the pipework like a snake from the house to the backyard.
He had been digging all morning tirelessly. He took pride in his home and wanted to take care of the water maintenance. He was about to give up and thought that he was completely off-grid when his shovel struck something.
Metal On Metal
Did he find a pipe? He was tired and could be suffering from sunstroke or exhaustion. It was possible he imagined things.
Harry began clearing the soil around the metallic surface, thinking it was some sewage lid. He dug for a while, not knowing that what he’d’ find would leave him running for help. He searched again in the same spot. Clang! He had found a pipe at last. Excited, he continued digging profusely around to see the whole pipe connection.
An Unusual Discovery
Harry couldn’t wait to uncover his find. The more he dug, the less it looked like pipes and more like a metal lid. Could it be a manhole covering? He was confused but kept on digging.
Seeing the rising mound of soil outside, Tracy came to see her husband. She offered him some juice to drink and told him to take a break. She laughed and said it would be really amazing to find something other than the pipes down there.
At this point in time, Harry had been digging more than almost eight hours. It was almost evening, and there wasn’t much natural light left. How much further to uncovering this mystery?
He dug deeper and uncovered a large metal lid. This was not what he expected to find. He forgot all about his dirty water issues and was more interested in this new treasure under his home now.
Trying To Open It
Harry cleared the dirt around the lid. He took a deep breath as he wrapped his hands around its handle. He turned to his wife as if telling her there was nothing and heaved.
The lid didn’t budge. Tracy came to help, but they both threw in the towel after several attempts. As Harry sat, covered in dirt and sweat, an idea arose in his mind, throwing him to his feet.
A Great Idea
“I have an idea,” Harry said. “But you won’t like it.” “Tell me,” his wife grinned at the pile of dirt. “I’m’ bringing the Wrangler outback and using its rope to pull this thing open,” Harry said.
Tracy’s eyes widened, and she jumped up. “Let’s do it!” The couple brought their Jeep around, tying its bumper rope to the lid and reversing. Would the method work?
The Jeep’s tires spun as the SUV growled. A high-pitched ping rented the air, and the lid came off in an eruption of dirt and grass.
Harry raced out of the Jeep only to meet a cavernous hole staring at him. “I’ll’ get the flashlight,” Tracy exclaimed and disappeared. Soon enough, she returned with one. But what had they uncovered?
The metallic lid shone under Tracy’s flashlight. It was covered in rust, red dust, and thick cobweb, indicating it housed something old. Harry had heard many stories about hidden tunnels under houses. He didn’t think he’d ever encounter one.
Tracy directed her flashlight into the hole they had uncovered, and both took a step back with parted lips. They couldn’t believe what they had found.
What They Found
A metallic spiral staircase covered in the same cobwebs and rust from the lid stared back at Harry and Tracy. Harry tapped the first and second steps with his shovel to test their firmness and looked back at Tracy.
“I’m’ going in,” he said, suspecting he was about to descend into their neighborhood’s sewerage system. What he uncovered down there would result in the authorities swooping in.
He Goes In
What Harry descended into was a concrete-walled room covered in more cobwebs. It was clear no one had been down here for a long while.
There were tables, chairs, and sealed boxes labeled danger scattered around. High in one of the corners was a dripping pipe that was the cause of his shower trouble. Harry took a step back, finally realizing what he’d’ uncovered.
The Bomb Shelter
Harry called the authorities as soon as he got back up. He and Tracy had found a bomb shelter likely from the mid-20th century judging from the furniture Harry had seen.
The police flocked the Parkers residents throughout the week. They uncovered more rooms in the shelter, sharing that the Parker house had been built over a World War II military bomb shelter.
It’s’ All Yours
Of course, the Parkers were allowed to keep the shelter. As a thank you to the state, they donated the furniture inside it to the local museum.
But they weren’t the only family to find something otherworldly in their home because of their bathroom. The Kojimas’ discovery was enough to leave a person with nightmares.
Software developer Akira Kojima and his wife Yua had just moved into their new home in a small town in Massachusetts when they realized something was terribly wrong with the place.
Like the Parkers, Akira and Yua came from bustling New York City and wanted to find somewhere quiet to start a family finally. If only they knew what they were stepping into.
Starting A Family
After dating for a decade, the two finally tied the knot and were expecting their first child after a few months of trying to get pregnant.
Akira had always dreamed of raising his kids away from the city, and now that he was finally going to be a dad, he saw it as the perfect time to make a move.
We Need To Move
After a long conversation with Yua, Akira pulled up the many states he’d considered moving to. Among the top was Massachusetts, which Yua immediately gravitated toward.
Before the two knew it, they had already found a great house and were ready to begin their new lives as parents. But their lives were about to change.
The Humming, Scratching And Buzzing
For the longest while, Akira had been a fan of horror movies. He’d always wondered why families moved into haunted houses and not move out when they found out something was wrong with the place.
Well, he and Yua weren’t in their home for more than a week when they started hearing the sound in their bathroom. They brushed it off at first, hoping it wasn’t anything serious. They didn’t know how wrong they were.
Just Ignore It
The young couple continued living in their house, ignoring the humming and buzzing sounds in their bathroom. They had spent too much on the house and their move from New York to go away.
They decided to tough it out in the house until whatever was making the buzzing sound went away. But by the end of the first month, everything had gotten way worse.
It Gets Worse
The buzzing in the bathroom had gotten louder, and the shower’s water pressure was lower. The water was also constantly cold, prompting Akira to call in a plumber.
He made an appointment, and the plumber showed up early the following day. But even he talked about the constant buzzing in the bathroom. He stepped in, walking to the wall where the noise came from. He would uncover the mystery before them.
They Find Something
The plumber started by chipping away the bathroom wall. Slowly and slowly, the wall came off. But each piece of marble he chipped away seemed to increase the buzzing sound.
The plumber stopped midway, covered in dust and sweat. “I think I know what’s happening here,” he whispered as he threw his tools back into his bag. “I have a number you should call.”
He produced a card from his tool bag but asked Akira to come close to the wall before handing it over. He pointed at the cracks behind the marble he’d peeled off.
Amid the dry plaster was thick and sleek yellow fluid. “Liquid gold,” the plumber said. “It’s dangerously guarded, from the looks of things.”
Calling The Number
The plumber told the Kojimas he couldn’t fix their shower until the person on the card came and dealt with the source of the ‘liquid gold.’ He also warned Akira and Yua not to use the bathroom until they had the professional over.
Since it was still early in the morning, Akira called the number, and the professional came over. But she wasn’t who Akira was expecting her to be.
The professional, Lydia, was dressed as an exterminator. Even the truck she came in, a bright yellow SUV, was decorated with stickers that read exterminator.
But as she started talking to Akira and Yua, discussing the details of buying the house, it soon became apparent that she was much more than that. What had they gotten themselves into?
Nests And Hives
Lydia began spewing information about nests and hives and how, although beautiful in external, wild habitats, they could be pretty dangerous in places such as the Kojima house.
The second thing she did was quarantine the entire bathroom with plastic paper, ensuring each opening was covered. Afterward, she wore a bee keeper’s outfit and got to work.
Follow The Queen
It was then that Akira understood what was happening. It turns out a massive four feet tall bee hive thrived within their bathroom wall. Lydia quickly located the queen bee and moved it to her car.
Soon after, the rest of the hive cleared out, following their queen as she predicted they would. The Kojimas finally got rid of the constant buzzing in their bathroom. Now they live a happy life with their son Hiroto, who is two.
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.