Thankfully, it wasn’t Hyeonju. Well, it wasn’t human either. We freaked out over some doll, although very realistic one.
“You’ll pay... you’ll pay...” the doll was nonstop whispering, giving me the chills.
“Damn! Back off, stupid doll,” I hissed, breaking its wooden arm. “First deadly traps, now creepy dolls? Jeez, is he even here, or is it another misleading?”
“Remember the rules?” Heejun asked and showed us the door at the end of the room. “Follow the signs.”
On the other side was a sign indeed, pointing toward the door next to it:
Clients, deliverymen, pretty girls.
“And he’s a pervert too,” I stated.
“Let’s go,” Youjin said. “We’re clients after all.”
We went into a dark tunnel. It was creepy, but at least there weren’t any traps. Again I was so desperate, that nothing scared me. Even when I felt something touching my ankle.
“Stop playing around, Heejun-ah,” I said, seeing another sign, thanks to my flashlight.
“It wasn’t me!” Heejun outraged. “Is every prank my fault?”
“To be honest, yes. Because it’s always you who’s scaring us.”
“But I’m in front of you, hyung.”
I shivered and slowly pointed my flashlight to the ground. In the midway I saw one more sign:
Watch your feet~
And I saw snakes. REAL, ALIVE SNAKES. I gasped in a high tone. Everyone stopped, looking at me.
“Is it because of lights?” Heejun whispered. “Because you’re really pale, Jihunnie-hyung.”
“Take a look and you’ll turn pale too!” I muttered, frozen.
They gasped too and froze. But, as we all weren’t moving, then how we could get out of here?
“Any ideas?” I groaned. The snake, that was around my ankle earlier, now was on my calf.
“Do you think he meant that?” Inseong whispered. “That we’ll be ‘lost forever’... then we’ll die!?”
“We’re following the signs though!” I said. “We would be ‘lost forever’ if we didn’t! This looks for me like another FUNNY trap.”
“I’ll try something,” Youjin said, keeping his eyes on snakes. “But you’ll have to move quick.”
“Understood,” I said. “But can you tell me what will you do? You know, just in case I would die, if I would be too slow.”
“I’ll switch on the stronger light. It may distract them and you’ll be free. For a second...”
“That’s good enough. I’m ready.”
The rest of the members moved back, Youjin reached out his phone toward my legs and as he switched on the stronger light, I jumped violently, when snakes started to attack aggressively. I threw myself at Youjin and we fell on the ground. However, we weren’t safe yet. Snakes were still attacking and few of them jumped on us. I kicked them, but one of them grazed my right calf. I hissed with anger and kicked them with left leg.
“Move, move, MOVE!” I shrieked, pushing everyone forwards.
When we were finally safe and out of the tunnel, we fell down, breathing heavily.
“MERRY CHRISTMAS!” we heard suddenly and some creepy Santa Claus attacked us. I punched him right away, probably because of high adrenaline level. Santa Claus’s doll dropped the knife and fell on his back, shattering. This time the doll was made of glass, so if we were about to destroy it as it was above us, we would get hurt.
And about being hurt...
“Ah!” I groaned, when we were getting up. I staggered and caught Youjin’s arm, but in the end I fell on my butt.
“Right! Your leg!” Youjin shouted with panic and checked it.
My calf was already purple. Youjin quickly tighten his bandana above the injury.
“It doesn’t surprise me that they were poisonous...” I growled. “I’ll kill this man, when we meet him...”
“Don’t joke!” Inseong was as pale as me. “You... you may die because of the poison!”
“I’m not dead yet...” I muttered and got up with the help of Seungjun and Heejun. “If he’s reasonable enough, he must have an antidote.”
“I have this weird feeling that he’s NOT reasonable!” Inseong panicked. “He –”
“Hey, calm down!” Youjin grabbed Inseong’s arm. “First, calm down. We’ll find him.”
Seungjun took me on his back and we moved to another door with a sign:
Congratulations! Now you’re just a step away from our meeting! Only pretty girls under 50 kilo are allowed. Others should wait for my appearance.
“This is comforting,” I admitted. “Let’s go!”
“But the sign says –”
“You really think he’ll appear? We could wait days and in the meanwhile I’ll die, so we don’t have a choice.”
“Why is the ‘step away’ underlined?” Heejun asked worried.
“Don’t think too much and go.”
I regretted that we didn’t listen to Heejun’s thoughts. When we went into another tunnel, suddenly the floor opened, showing an endless hole. Youjin, Inseong, and Heejun slid down.
“NO!” I shrieked with hoarse voice.
There was dreadful silence. Seungjun froze. In my eyes gathered the tears.
“Aaah, hyung, you’re kicking me in the face!” I heard suddenly Heejun’s voice.
“Shut up and climb! You’re digging your nails into my leg!” Inseong outraged.
I gasped and patted Seungjun to help them. I sat down and leaned out toward the hole.
They were alive! Thank God... But I saw that Youjin was trembling, as he was holding the edge of the trapdoor.
“Hurry,” I groaned, patting impatiently Seungjun’s back.
He caught Youjin’s hands and started pulling him up. But in the meantime Inseong began losing the grip, with Heejun now clung to his waist. I reached out to them, but they were too far away. I looked ahead, searching for clues. Suddenly I saw something like a lever and the sign, but I couldn’t read it from this distance.
“Throw me,” I said.
“What!?” Youjin gasped, as he was safe beside Seungjun.
“Hurry! I can rescue them from the other side.”
They hesitated for a second, but they saw my glare. When I landed awkwardly on the other side, I jumped right away to the lever, reading the sign:
You had a long life, my friend! But it ends here.
I pulled the lever and at the same time something pricked me in the back, and I lost consciousness.