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A bronzer - strange experience at backpackers

以下、本当にあった怖い話です。

After leaving a damn flat, where the freaking "master" didn't return my bond ($320), I moved to a backpackers in North Melbourne. I was completely happy to move to the "North", which has fancy architecture, from "South"bank. (It sounds like Korean peninsula, doesn't it? lol) I spent like 2 weeks at the backpackers and shared a room that has 2 bunkbeds with a total bogan. She looked 57 years old at first sight. Many tatoos, messy hair, damaged and dirty clothes and stuff. I thought she was defnitely a junkie. She was laughing, farting, burping, and talking to herself all day. I was really scared. Fortunately, she didn't do anything against me. Furthermore, she gave me a bronzer. "Hey, I got it yesterday but it's too dark for my skin (yes, she was white). If you want it, just keep it." said she. It was actually too dark for me, a 21-year old healthy asian girl, as well, but I thought she was not as crazy as I expected. 

 

One day, I found medicine that looked like she used. I googled its name and it turned out that it is used for schizophrenia in Japan. I have a lot of knowledge about mental illnesses since my major is psychology (tecqnically it's called "college of contemporary psychology" so I study film studies more than psychology or philosophy yet I still enjoy them as well) at university. I was scared again because there was a possibility that she might have thought I was an enermy. (so-called persecution mania) But I was too scared to go to reception and ask to change my room. So I spent the rest of my days in the same room until checked out. 

 

A few days later, I found a document from court and it said she wanted to change her name. There was also her family register. At that moment I felt like I was also paranoid because I was so enthusiastic to know about her. I googled about her name, and thre was an article about her past. She was a real murderer. She killed someone 8 years ago. It was not a one-man crime, but I was shocked. For a while after, she wouldn't come back to our room. A random old man came to our room and he packed her stuff into a suit case. He was her father. I had no idea what happened to her, but since then I didn't meet her again.....