Did you hear anything strange in the apartment before you left?
I got home to cook dinner at about 5pm and you were already gone.
Sorry Janet, I wanted to get an early start on my cases. I should be home before 2. And no, didn’t hear anything. But then again, I was so tired I could’ve slept through anything short of ww3. Besides, mum always said I was the heavy sleeper out of the two of us.
Can you tell where it came from?
It was intermittent and it sounded like it was in the ceiling and walls. It’s not windy. I checked the pipes, the ones I could see anyway. Nothing wrong as far as I can tell.
I asked our neighbors and they said they heard it but they thought it was the usual noise in the air vents.
No big deal, I guess. I’m just trying to write my research essay.
Could it have been 412 or 414 above us? That Ms Ricketts likes exercising and skipping rope indoors. But not at this time, I guess.
You’re supposed to research your own place of residence, right? I thought you were gonna write it at the library?
I suppose it is an old apartment block. Could just be the structure creaking.
Yeah, have to but something’s wrong with the network on campus.
Can you still hear it?
If so, call Mr Olson or even just report it to security.
Only a few times since you left. Maybe it’s nothing.
There it was again. It’s definitely not the water pipes. It’s up high and in the walls. And it doesn’t sound like it’s next door thumping around.
I’ll call Mr Olson.
Btw, I tried calling.
Yeah, I’m fine. Just a bit annoyed cos I’m trying to do my assignment amongst other things. Mr Olson is gonna send maintenance up tomorrow to take a look.
Sorry, my cell died. Have too much on, kept on forgetting. I’ll charge it soon.
Ok. Call if you need anything.
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To answer your query, the following articles/books may be found in archives concerning the history of your apartment block and site. Publishing dates in brackets. Only hardcopies are available. Come see me on campus tomorrow.
Wilson Family Orchards 1850-1900 (Jan 1902)
Wilson Estate Sold to Morgan Family (Apr 1923)
Morgan Family Defaults (Apr 1933)
New Bank Opens on Wilson St (May 1935)
Wilson Veterans Hospital Architectural Plans (Nov 1944)
Wilson Veterans Hospital Opens (Mar 1946)
Wilson Psychiatric Ward Opens (Feb 1960)
Wilson Psychiatric Ward Under Investigation of Malpractice (Apr 1963)
Illegal Experiments Conducted at Psychiatric Hospital (May 1963)
Veterans Hospital Closes (Oct 1967)
New Apartment Block on Wilson Site (Aug 1969)
Wilson Apartments Architectural Plans (Nov 1969)
Wilson Apartments On Sale (Sep 1972)
Unexplained Disturbances at Newton Heights Apartments (Apr 1973)
History of the Wilson Estate 1850-1975 (May 1977)
Stuff this essay, I’m tired. I’m going to bed soon.
Dinner is in the fridge.
I’m about to log off and there it is again.
I bet you it’s a stupid fat rat in the ventilation.
Code 3, 211S at:
75 Wilson St
Silent alarm activated manually.
Apartment security unit not responding.
Code 3, MULTIPLE 415s at:
Apts 121, 113, 204, 300…
75 Wilson St
Multiple reports of unspecified disturbances.
Apartment security unit not responding, presumed incapacitated.
I’m trying to call you on your cell and landline.
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