Another Life

"Do you believe there's life after death?"

16-year-old, Cecilia Woods only wanted to live her life normally like everyone else. However, she is unable to do so because of the tragic accident which happened to her 2 years ago. She had lost both of her parents - even her life. Miraculously, she revived and was granted special abilities which allows her to see and hear things that normal people can't. We're not the only ones living in this world and Cecilia knows it. With her abilities, it's now her task to banish the Unwanted Souls and prevent the darkness from devouring the world.


2. BranchWood Academy

"Come on in and introduce yourself"

"I-I'm Cecilia Woods. I, uhh, me and my aunt moved here from Pennsylvania." I said, trying to keep my voice steady and calm. "I don't really like.. sports and umm, I love.. muffins." Wow, that sounded dumb. I wonder why I'd even said that? Probably just trying to be soft and girly for the first impression. "Interesting." The teacher finally spoke, ending my not-so-well introduction, which was good actually. I sighed in relief. 

"Please, take a seat."

      I walked towards the seat closest to the window. Everyone's eyes were on me, trailing my every move - it made me felt uneasy; I'm not sure if I'm welcomed here. I could hear them whispering to one another. Just forget it.. it's your first day, Cecilia. Don't ruin it.. I kept telling myself over and over again. I'm the one who wanted a new beginning, a new start.. a new life. Hopefully it'll turn out well. As I sat on my seat, I gave out another sigh; a sigh of frustration. This was going to be tough but I'll have to endure it for my own sake.

Hmmph, that's weird. This place is kinda cold for some reason. There's no air-conditioner though. I looked around; everyone seemed comfortable. Am I the only one feeling chilly here? Now, that doesn't seem right.. not at all. Perhaps there's a new air-conditioner product which can't be seen. Well, now I'm just talking nonsense. Who would ever want to invent an invisible air-conditioner? Slowly, I turned my head to the left..... (gulpARGHHH! I squealed and jumped out from my seat. They're here, just down below at the field staring at me through the window. I squeezed my eyes shut. Please go away.. please go away.. Please leave me alone.

"Is everything alright, Miss Woods?" I heard the teacher's voice. "Miss Woods?" It took me awhile to answer. When I opened my eyes and turned to face the whole classroom, I decided to say "Sorry, I just thought I saw a spider." I gave the teacher my most charming smile yet, hoping he was convinced. "Very well, then." He cleared his throat (Yess! Nailed it!). "Return to your seat, I'm sure the spider's gone now."


Urghhh.. I can't concentrate in this condition. "Go away," I kept my voice low. "Please help me," said the wailing soul. "There's nothing I can do," I hissed. I'm not being rude but that's the truth; I.. CAN'T help them. Although I wanted to but I just can't. I don't have supernatural powers which would allow me to escort them to the other life. (It would be pretty cool if I did though.)

"But you could see us. Then, you must be the one who'll be able to take us home."

"No, I'm not. I don't even know where 'home' is,' I explained.


"Like I said, I don't know. Now, leave me alone." If someone were to see me, they might think I'm crazy. Normal people can't see these souls - only I could. I'm not really a fond of talking to souls, sometimes they're just really irritating. They won't stop bothering you and they'll show up anytime anywhere, wherever you go. Some of them (the Lost Souls) can be a bit pushy and that irritates me even more. They just won't stop. 

"Please.." Once again. This is getting annoying.. I turned to face the soul, which was floating in mid air right next to me. "I can't help you. Or them," I motioned to the other souls roaming around the field. "Now, just go aw -"

"Hey." The boy sitting next to me greeted, also keeping his voice low so we won't get caught. Great timing kid. I looked at him; hmmm, not bad. He's pretty good-looking but what caught my attention was his eyes - his mysterious dark grey eyes. However, I have this strange feeling that I probably should stay away from him. He looks like bad news but despite his charming appearances, I began to doubt my 'theory'. He was beautifully sculpted with square cheekbones, his gorgeous autumn colored hair, his skin is a bit tanned, he's probably an athlete.. ooooh and those mouthwatering muscles; he's like a character from a storybook. I couldn't help but stare. "I'm Cillian," he continued.

"Umm.. I'm Cecilia."

"I know," he smiled. My heart started racing. Dup dap dup dap.. This was like my first time talking to a guy. I've never been social able before because I was always afraid and always ended up locking myself inside my room, which explains why I don't have many friends.. oh wait, I don't have any. I've always wanted to have a relationship, a normal relationship where I could hangout with him from time to time without running off screaming and yelling 'Go away' or hold hands without feeling the need to hide.. but I doubt anyone would ever want to date a girl like me. I can't just walk up to a guy and say, "Hey, I can see things you can't see, for example, there's a floating guy right above your head and a crooked young lady just beside you. Since I'm interesting, why not be my date?" That would pretty straight-forward and.. stupid. I could pretend to be a normal girl in the beginning but in the end, it'll never work out.

"Nice to meet you, Cecilia and welcome to BranchWood Academy." He reached my hand for a handshake, gave me another heart-melting smile and then, he turned away. 

How am I supposed to live? They say 'love is life', that's not true but I would like to experience it on my own. I wanted to know what it feels like to have someone who is everything to you; your life and your world. I wanted to experience lost and love. I've experienced pain, now where's the love? I need my aid. Why is life so unfair? 

Hmm? Was someone crying ? I heard sobbing. Uhh, great. The souls are back. I put my arm horizontally on the edge of the table and placed my forehead down onto my arm. Just go with the flow, Cecilia.. just go with the flow.

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