Two more of us had dtrippedThere were only two of us left. How could this have happened?! Now, not only have there been five deaths, but we didn't even get the key. And, considering that the monster had been chasing us from that direction, it would probably be suicide to go back that way. Instead, we had no choice but to continue onward, into a section of the school which we'd yet to explore.
The first room we walked into, Rani collapsed on the floor, sobbing. Most of what she said, I was unable to decipher, but there were a few words I got. "My fault... The riddle... The boys... Dead!" She let out in choked sobs. I stood by the door awkwardly, not sure what to do or say. Whenever Rani or I cried when we were kids, it was always Mama who would look after us, so, while the heirloom had helped earlier, I think we were past that stage now. Especially since I think Rani dropped hers when we were running a while ago. So, what do you do when someone breaks down? Do you hug them? Do you talk to them slowly? Do you just stand at the side awkwardly until they feel better?
Currently I was doing the third option and it wasn’t working so far. Sighing, I finally decided to speak. “It’s not your fault you know.” Clearly, Rani wasn’t expecting me to talk as she was jolted out of the dark world her mind had created for her. “You and I both know we would have come here, with or without you. And before you say you should have tried harder to stop us, we probably wouldn’t have listened. The only difference it would have made would be that you would be the only one alive right now, at home waiting for us to return. And just because you came up with an idea which didn’t go completely to plan doesn’t mean that
Freddie and Jacob’s deaths are on your hands. We both knew that once Freddie tripped, Jacob wasn’t going to survive either. He loved him too much for that. But, we need to hurry, you know? Someone has to get out and, at the moment, that can only be the two of us.”
Rani simply stared at me for a while, possibly confused as to how I knew everything she was thinking and was going to say. But, that’s one of the ‘perks’ of being a twin. I know
everything she thinks and feels, while she knows the same for me.
Finally, she gathered herself together and stood up. "Okay," she said quietly, but in a calmer, more coherent manner. "We need to go. But, where exactly are we going? I don't particularly want to run the way we came from, but we need to have somewhere to go." She had a point. Where could we go without being attacked?
"Well, it isn't really much, but the Library seems to be protected against those things. Eve died just outside the doorway, remember? So, I propose we go back there. At least, until either of us get any other ideas. Currently, we're sitting ducks, so it's better than nothing."
She nodded thoughtfully at this, weighing up the pros and cons of the situation. "Fine," she said. And off we went again.
These corridors were getting slightly boring now. Despite the ever-present fear that the monster would return, I continued to look at the walls, adorned with random school awards and pictures of old teachers. The two of us had found a good pace now - quick enough that we weren't far from our destination, but not quick enough that we would only be able to hear the sound of our footsteps against the stone floor, in case something appeared.
I could see by the look in Rani's eyes that she hasn't completely let go of her guilt, but there was nothing more I could really say to change that. It's always been the case with my sister, though - you can assure her of something all you want, but if she really believes something, there's no way she will let it go. She physically can't, as much as she would like to. Plus, at the moment, it seemed as though that fear and guilt she held was the drive she was using to reach our end goal: to get out of this nightmare of a school.
I cast my mind back to Freddie and Jacob, who we left behind at least an hour ago. Was there any chance they were still alive? We didn't see them get killed by the-
No, I couldn't think like that. It was those sorts of sentimental thoughts that one holds onto in a time of despair and, after all we've been through, neither one of us could afford it.
But, shouldn't we have reached the library by now? We probably hadn't been in here for that Iong, but, nevertheless, we had quickly been forced to memorise where certain areas were. The library was, of course, no different, what with it seemingly being the only haven we had at the moment. Yet, the corridors seemed to blend into each other and I was pretty sure I'd seen the portraits of 'Headmaster Quinten Harrington' and 'Headmistress Genovefa Winchester' a few times already.
I slowed down, receiving a confused look from my twin. "Um, Isa? We kind of need to hurry, don't we? I'd quite like to make it out alive." Apparently she hasn't made the same deductions to the situation as I had. For once becoming bored of my surroundings has paid off.
"I don't think the library is there anymore." The confusing morphed fairly quickly into alarm, as the safe walls Rani had built around herself crumbled down.
"W-What do you mean, 'not there anymore'?! It can't have just sprouted legs and moved!" Personally, I wouldn't have been surprised if it had. There have been a lot of strange things happening in this place and the idea of a walking library definitely wasn't the weirdest.
"Well, either it's moved, or we've been going in the wrong direction for the last 20 or so minutes." She turned a deathly white at the idea and it became clear she had the same thought as I had.
If the one area in the building that was safe could be blocked off, what's to say we actually had any chance of escaping in the first place? It was highly likely at this point that we had all been pawns in this horrific place, watched by the creature until it decided on the time and place of each of our deaths.
Unable to hold back the memories anymore, they all came flooding back, flooding to the front of my mind. Jacob and Freddie huddled together in that empty hallway; Eve following her instincts to her death; Amelia becoming impaled in that splattered scarlet room; the blood flowing steadily out of Emily as her breathing became more shallow. Now I could see why Rani had become darkened so much by her mind.
'What do we do now?'
It seemed like each one of us had asked that question so many times over the period we'd spent here, yet I don't think any of our answers had been correct. Yes, we'd made multiple plans and carried most of them out, but it seems as though none of them have actually worked. Now, it was down to just two of us and we didn't even have a key. How successful we'd been.
I looked over once again at Rani and for once, she didn't look panicked. Or worried in any sense, actually. She looked... stronger, somehow. It was as if we'd changed positions: I was the one breaking down, and she was the one picking up the pieces.
"Come on, Isa. Don't give up now. We've come too far for you to give up now." I just nodded and tried to collect myself, in the hopes there would be an escape soon. This was like a war, which we'd walked into, and now we were the other side. There could be no white flag waving for us.
Then, I spotted it. The wonderful, terrible object that was the key. We'd been through so much to find it and lost everything, all for a single copper key. I remember there being an aura around it, though that could have been my mind overdramacising the moment. It seemed slightly stupid to be honest, yet it was such a profound moment that I couldn't do anything. Honestly, I don't even think I believed we'd find it; the goal had seemed so far away that it barely even existed.
Rani had noticed I was distracted from the goal of finding the library and followed my gaze. She put her hand over her mouth, as I could only just hear her utter the words, "Oh my Lord... It's actually here..." Tentatively, she slowly walked towards it and reached out.
However like everything else in this school, it wasn't entirely what it seemed. For, when Rani came into contact with the key, a huge electric shock surged through the metal and up her arm. Suddenly, a blinding light covered the room for a split second, before going black.
During this came one noise I never wanted to hear in my life; the sickening scream that came from my twin, as her body lit up like an x-ray. It took a few minutes, but when my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I saw the slightly burnt body of my other half, clutching onto the now stone cold key.
As footsteps came racing down the corridor behind me, I had no choice but to grab the key and run through the other door, leaving the body of my now deceased sister where it lay.