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He was in a dark room, with a small sliver of light from gas lights from the ceiling, defining book cases lining the edges of the room.
“Hello?” he called out, the reverb of his voice eaten by the bookcases “Hello?” He called again. And just
as he was about to call out a third time, he heard the frantic beat of footsteps coming towards him. A girl with unruly blonde hair and eyes that oozed insanity came storming through the main door first, her coat trailing behind her like a cape. A boy around Andy s’ age followed. He wasn’t the greatest athlete Andy had ever seen, being as skinny as he was and having long hair that kept getting in his eyes, he looked like that sort who would spent most of his free time on the computer than playing sports. Finally a slightly smaller boy charged in. He looked fairly similar to a squirrel. It was clear to Andy that this was all of them, seeing as they forced the doors they had just come through shut and locked them. Once they were sure the door was locked, the girl took a minute to look around the room they had just entered. She looked around every nook and cranny, with such caution it made Andy nervous, until she came across him.
“Hello?” She asked, walking in closer, between the two bookcases that were concealing him. “What’s
“I’m Andy” He said, walking out of his shadow “What was that?” “That?” the taller boy asked, hitting the door with his fist, taunting whatever was behind it “That’ll be
gone soon, especially now we can’t see it”
“How do you mean?” Andy asked. “Just stop thinking about it, and it’ll go away” the girl said, maternally. “So who are you?” He asked. “I’m Elsa” said the girl “And that’s Jared” she said, referring to the taller boy. “And I’m Lloyd” said the squirrel. “Where am I? How did I get here?” “You’re in the Library” Jared replied, as Elsa made her way to the door on the opposite side of the room,
taking a lock picking kit out of her pocket.
“Is that it? The Library?” Andy asked, in disbelief. “Well, we don’t really know. The only people we’ve come across in here are each other, so we don’t really
know if it has another name” Lloyd said, walking towards the door Elsa was trying to open and pulling a device out of his pocket.
“So how did you get here?” Jared asked Andy, as they heard a clunking of tumblers coming from the
“What? You’re asking me?” Andy exclaimed. “Well you could have told me you’d fixed that!” Elsa cried from the other side of the room. “I was going to tell you but between the fighting and the running I didn’t have much time” Lloyd replied,
heading back to Andy and Jared. Jared replied.
“Well none of us can remember what we were doing before we got here, or where we lived or anything” “Hey, I can remember something s” Lloyd said as he approached. “Well yeah, but they weren’t as precise as we’d wanted” Elsa said from the other side of the room. “Elsa needs you to check the door” Lloyd said to Jared. “What can you remember?” Andy asked. “I can remember living in London” Lloyd said, his eyes fogging up.
“Yeah, but he can’t remember what time, or what he was doing...” Elsa said, passing Jared as she made
her way back to Andy and Lloyd.
“And do you have any idea what you’re doing now?” Andy asked Elsa. “Yeah, course I do” Elsa said, looking around for an explanation “We’re trying to get through that door” “Yeah, but why?” Andy asked, persistently. “One thing at a time, Andy” Elsa said. “It’s safe, we can go through!” Jared called from his side of the room.
Elsa lead the other two through the winding bookcases to the doorway. It lead on to a echoingly cold, circular hall.
“Why do we need to get here?” Andy asked. “Oh, well it was just an occupant of our time, really” Elsa said, sharing an in joke through her eyes with
“What? You mean we spent all this time trying to get here and it was just to kill time!?” Lloyd cried. “I was joking” Elsa said, quite patronizingly.
Lloyd slouched, embarrassed.
“No, I really brought us here because there’s supposedly a computer here” Elsa said, looking around in
awe “somewhere” she then whispered, with her back to the boys.
“So where is it?” Lloyd asked, breaking the awe filled silence. “I don’t know” Elsa replied, in a low, yet high voice.
The lights began to flicker.
“I think the power down’s coming” Jared said, looking over at the lights that lined the circular room. “What’s a power down?” Andy asked, blinking more, trying to adjust to the changing light. “It’s when the power goes down” Lloyd said, obviously. “Well yeah, I got that, but what is it?” “Just sit down Andy” Elsa said as she sat down “We’ll answer your questions when the lights come back
up. Now just sit down don’t talk, and stay completely still”
“Why?” Andy asked, his sentence laced with fear, and sitting down, frantically. “You don’t want to be caught by whatever lurches in the dark” Elsa said, as the other two sat down.
And just as Andy could see them all sitting down, the lights instantly cut out, leaving them in a soundless, sightless hell.