Volume 1 – The Phantom School
I was feeling very tired.
I was standing in the corner of a classroom, heavily breathing. My arms were full of blood, and I was in intense pain. My chest and face was hurting very badly. My eyes couldn’t focus on anything for a while. I could only hear the sounds of my own body. I had very little energy, and I was hardly standing on my feet. I couldn’t remember what happened in the recent minutes, and how I found myself in here.
In about a minute, my vision started to clear up, and I could see everything.
There were some blood marks on the walls and the floor, some of them resembling the shapes of hands and bodies; although a lot of them were amorphous.
The two dead bodies were still there, one on the ground and one still hanging from the ceiling. Perhaps the dormitory had transformed back into it’s classroom form while I was unaware of my surroundings.
With a more detailed inspection of the scenery, I noticed Idil laying on the ground on the opposite corner of the classroom. Her uniform was pretty beaten up, and her body was covered in blood as well. Her body was standing very still.
My mind was full of worrisome thoughts. It… It couldn’t be…
“Idil!” I cried.
There was no response. She didn’t move the slightest bit. I kept yelling until I gathered my strength to walk again. I slowly started to walk towards her, but stumbled and fell on the floor. Instead of standing up again, I started to crawl towards her.
“No… This isn’t happening…” I was telling myself. “You are not okay, you are hallucinating…”
I noticed open wounds on her arms, shoulders and chest as I got closer. I reached her and shook her slowly.
Yet, still no response. I tried to check her impulse, but I couldn’t feel anything with my wounded hands.
How… How could I let this happen to her? We had promised to protect each other no matter what, yet… that was her situation.
I put my head on her chest, crying.
“I am sorry… I am sorry, it was my mistake… I’m sorry I let you down… I couldn’t keep my promise… I didn’t listen to you… It was my mistake…”
No matter what I did, it wouldn’t matter anymore.
At that moment, I heard something. The dead adult body on the floor started speaking again. I stood up, and started listening to it.
“Don’t ever do something I don’t want you to do again.” he said.
“Mr. Kenan? Is… Is that you?” I said.
“Yes, how lucky you are…” he replied. “When I tell you to do something or not, you can be sure that I have a good damn reason for it!”
He was angry with me, understandably.
“I’m sorry I let you all down…” I said. “I thought I could learn somet-”
“Was it worth it?” he replied. “If it was worth it, I would personally tell you to do it. I just wanted you to stay out of danger zones and find a damn note, yet you screwed such a simple task up! Why won’t you control yourself? She is laying there in her own blood because of you!”
He stopped talking, and continued in a calmer voice.
“I know how hard it is to stand against the manipulative power of ‘the community’, but you have to understand. If we didn’t reach you in time to push ‘the community’ out of this room, you would have killed her!”
I hoped that I understood the last sentence correctly.
“What? She is alive!? I can’t remember what happened in here…” I said.
“Oh? Then it is better if you don’t know. Just take good care of her from now on.” he replied.
“No, please tell me, I have to know! I don’t understand!” I yelled.
“You won’t listen to me, will you… If you need to learn more about it, I will tell you; but you won’t like it. So I want you to promise something: stop overthinking about the past and keep your eyes on your task.” he told me.
“I promise.” I said.
“Huh… When you were trapped in here, we couldn’t protect you against the presence of ‘the community’. While we engaged in a fight for the control of this classroom, they managed to take over control of your physical bodies. Yes, that’s how powerful they are right now. You and Idil started attacking each other, and you almost killed each other in a brutal fight. This was the unfortunate way they decided to execute you. Luckily for you, we managed to push ‘the community’ away from the room before something worse happened. It was then you regained your control over your body, and become conscious again.”
“I… I couldn’t do that! I thought I was powerful enough to resist…” I said.
“It wasn’t you who attacked her. You were possessed.” he replied. “Stop overthinking about it, you still have a task to accomplish.”
While we were talking, Idil slowly got up and sat near the wall. She then looked up and noticed me.
“You are alive!” I said in excitement.
She immediately got up and ran further away from me.
“What’s wrong? It is okay, calm down!” I told her.
“I don’t believe you.” she replied. “I will kill you if you get any closer to me.”
“I know it is my fault… I’m sorry! I’m sorry I let you down and I couldn’t keep my promise! But it is over!” I said.
“You can’t decieve me any further.” she replied. Just then, the body on the ground spoke again.
“Calm down Idil, you are out of the danger zone now. The manipulators have been defeated, for now.” Mr. Kenan said.
“There is no way I can believe either of you.” she said. “I won’t be joining your stupid community! If you make a wrong move, you are dead.”
“So are you!” I said, in a daring voice this time. “If the community was still here, we would’ve killed each other by now! They are no longer playing with us, they just want us dead! The only reason we are still alive is the presence of Mr. Kenan’s alliance! It is over, stop being aggressive…”
Idil didn’t instantly reply. She thought about it for a while.
“It is so hard to know the truth…” she said, and started crying. “Why? What did I do wrong? Why is this happening to me?”
“It is okay, we are safe.” I said.
“For now.” Mr. Kenan added. “Please resolve your emotional confusion and get going, before ‘the community’ strikes back. Even I’m underpowered against their full force.”
I slowly stepped towards Idil. She stepped back at first, but then stopped and let me approach. I slowly approached her, and with a burst of trust and joy, we hugged each other.
“I’m about to cry.” Mr. Kenan said, but it felt like he was just mocking us. “Get underway, we have lost more than enough time already.”
We ran out of the classroom, back into the hallway. We were heading towards teachers’ room, just before Mr. Kenan stopped us.
“Actually, come back here. You may have made a great discovery.”