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The story begins with main character (unsure of their sex, but it's only one person) driving down a road, surrounded by farmland, maybe some trees and things. They go off track, not sure if its in the car or walking, but they come across a house.

Now I can't really recall what happens at the house, nothing bad, I believe they meet a woman and maybe some kids.

They leave the place and go on their way, all good and normal. Later on they decide to go back to the house, but they can't find it. There is nothing there, just an empty field, maybe some small remnants of ruins of a house, fencing etc. But otherwise, nothing.

I am not sure if the story explains what happens, but I was left with the impression that it was some kind of temporary time travel tied to the area, rather than a ghostly house. Kind of reminds me of the Versailles time slip.

I read this between 1997-2007. It was in a book of short stories, scifi, paranormal and/or horror stories. I live in Australia, though I doubt its relevant. I am not sure what country it is set in, nor the time period/s. Not much detail I know, but hopefully it gets me something.

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    Unsure of the sex of the character thus "they'. And I believe it was presented as fiction, though I have read a book that has such stories presented as real life experiences. I don't think I am mixing these up though, as I was happy to find this story fairly soon after reading the non-fiction book. – Bekah Evie Bel Oct 29 '15 at 8:09
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    Perhaps "he/she" is better than "they" because the latter might lead posters to think there were more than one protagonist. – Sredni Vashtar Oct 29 '15 at 11:29
  • @SredniVashtar "They" has been a singular non-gendered pronoun in the English language for well over half a millennium. – Lexible Oct 30 '15 at 20:34
  • @user14111 All natural languages are ambiguous. Equating that inherent ambiguity with "misleading" is itself misleading. The fact that the OP IDed the character as singular and proceeded to use "they" is unambiguous. Unless you are tacitly (dare I say misleadingly) arguing that "they" can only be misleading when used as a singular non-gendered pronoun. – Lexible Oct 31 '15 at 19:20
  • My statement was not ambiguous in and of itself, I established a single "main character" and continued with "they" - only an assumption that I was mistaken with "main character" is what made it ambiguous. Which is an assumption on the part of the reader, not ambiguity within the statement. But since that ambiguity exists for some readers, clarification became necessary, which is fine. I chose the parenthetical statement over Srednis suggestion, because it was easier to do while typing one handed with a 7week old in my other arm haha. – Bekah Evie Bel Nov 1 '15 at 1:02

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