My mind was reeling as I stood frozen where I was. There was another human here? If it weren't for the tone of her voice, I'd say she was trying to escape as well, but the smugness wasn't hidden.
As I turned, I was met with a... peculiar woman. She wore beige and yellow colours, which blended into her long hair. Also, she seemed to be a young adult, and one that could be considered to be quite pretty, were it not for the smirk she had on her face. Then I saw her eyes. They were so similar to that of the monsters', that there couldn't be any other possibility. This was the woman behind the creatures.
"You know, I've seen plenty of people pass these tests, but I think you're one of the best. Using the table itself to cut the ropes? Truly inspired. It not often I have to come down here and stop candidates from escaping myself."
I was kind of confused at all of this. "What's going on? Who are you? What tests are you talking about?"
The woman's smile only grew bigger at this, as she mockingly said, "Why, the ones you just took part in of course! Honestly, I thought you were supposed to be the clever one."
It's only at this point that the truth dawned on me. It was yet another game to her. I was never really going to escape. She just wanted to see how fast the prey could run. What an idiot I had been.
"Don't worry darling, it happens to the best of us. Look on the bright side. You didn't end up with the same fate as that other girl. Eve, wasn't it?"
Hearing that name, my blood seemed to set itself on fire. How dare she kill off all of my friends and then make a scandalous comment like that! Eve died trying to escape, like the rest of us. Nothing more, nothing less. I tried to calm down, refusing to look at her Backpfeifengesicht for a bit.
"Don't say her name. After all you've done, you have no right." I mumbled, glaring at her through my hair, not wanting to look at her completely.
She looked up from her hands when hearing this. "Hmm? I have no right?" She half gasped, before returning the sly look to her face. "My, aren't you a clever child! Working out all of that already. Yes, I was right about you."
She strode towards me, until she stood but a few paces away. "Well, to confirm your suspicions, I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Sabrina Valdran and, yes, I am the one who created these 'creatures', as you would view them. You see, I used to be a student here myself, back when it was open. But then, something happened. The Headmaster got himself murdered or something, and the school got closed down. But, I didn't have anyone at home; school life was all I had. So, I stayed. Everyone else left though, so I had to create some more friends for me."
Smirking, she gestured around the empty room, for some reason. "I call them the Muschiato. They keep me company and protect our sanctity from any... unwanted guests. Like you and you're friends for example. I know everything about this building, so I've had the feeling that they were planning on demolishing it for a while. That suspicion was confirmed when those policemen came in, trying to search for trouble."
There was so much information to comprehend. But, above it all, she just seemed like a deranged woman. Who's willing to kill people to protect everything she has. I can kind of relate, but I don't think I'd really want to kill anyone for what I have. "Wait, but if you've killed all of my friends, why am I still alive?"
"Well, because you're special of course!"
That really didn't help to clear anything up. "Special?"
"Well of course! You don't think I'd bring you into my living quarters if you weren't special, did you?" She started circling around, almost inspecting me. "Yes, i've my eye on you, since the lot of you arrived. You seemed... different from the others. And now, you've passed my tests. You found the key, escaped all of my friends and even got pretty darn close to escaping here too. Plus, the way you think reminds me of myself when I was 16. I'm not going to waste all that by just killing you!"
I flinched involuntarily from her gaze and said quietly, "So, what's going to happen to me then?"
Now this was obviously the question she had been anticipating. "You're going to join us. You didn't think I could create life out of nothing, did you? Goodness, no! Whenever a group enters the school, there's often one who survives and is willing to do pretty much anything to leave. That's the sort of determination I like in my friends. So, when one remains, they are brought into a room like this and transformed into one of my Muschiato. Oh dear, but it doesn't seem like you're as special. How idiotic of me! Don't worry dear, you're going to be one of my best friends."
My blood ran cold. This was a fate worse than death - to be tuned into one of them! And I would most likely have to kill anyone else who comes into the building, just like the rest of the monsters. I stood up straight, in an act of retaliation. "And what if I would rather be killed than join you and your 'friends', hmm?"
"Oh honey," she mockingly cooed, her eyes loosing any emotion they had before. "You don't have a choice."
Clapping her hands twice, all of the doors around the walls swung open and the Muschiato began to file in, in a manner not unlike soldiers. They just continued to enter, creating a think wall around the edge of the room, so that even if I wanted to fight and escape, I'd have no chance. The pure scale of them frightened me immensely. Just be many had she transformed?!
"Don't worry, they won't kill you. I've ordered them only to contain you, so you don't get any clever ideas." She winked at me, as I'd she was expecting me to try something clever. Of course, I didn't have any ideas left. There was nothing more I could do.
I had only one more question. "What did you do with my friends?"
"You know, I'm so glad you asked me that question. I was beginning to think I wouldn't have a reason to show you these." And with another clap, she got a few of the begins to bring the tubes forward.
A hand went over my mouth as I saw what was really in them. They weren't monsters, no.
They were the bodies of those I called friends.