Khiara (four)

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How many hours has it been? I haven't moved for a long time. I think maybe it's time for the timer to go off but it's not like I can ask. So I wait.


Spoiler alert, it wasn't time for the timer to go off. I feel like I'm going insane, but of course how do I know I'm not already insane? Maybe that's why I'm here.

The timer goes off, finally, and yet still I'm scared to move. The other girl immediately moves to scratch her nose.

"I was so itchy," she exclaims, just as The Teacher and The Principal walk into the room, two strange creatures that seem to be made of light following close behind them.

"You may move," says The Principal in the vague direction of where I'm sitting.

Immediately, I feel my tense muscles begin to loosen, as if my some strange magic was keeping me sitting still that whole time. To be honest, I think it was just sheer will power. I didn't know I could hold still for so long, but I did it. I'm kind of proud.

"I am sure you are aware of two strange looking beings in the room," says The Teacher. "This is Hasina and Laurie. They are two of many Helpers you will encounter. You can talk to them, but as of right now they cannot talk with you - but they can show you around, and if you need them all you need to do is call," she says, "and they will be there."

"K," The Principal gestures towards me (I guess that's my name?), "Hassina will lead you." The Helper named Hassina turns a lovely shade of light purple.

"U," says The Teacher, "Laurie will lead you." Laurie becomes bright white.

For some reason, my mind sorts them into two different categories; human and not human.

As if sensing my thoughts, both The Principal and Teacher look over at me, and their calm façades break for just a second. They look at each other, and then back to me, and The Principal, in his pinstripe suit, shrugs.

He actually shrugs!

"You may exit the room now, until tomorrow. Hassina and Laurie will bring you to your room."

And so we follow the Helpers up into the loft, down one of three hallways that branch off of the stairs, and to our quarters. They leave us there, going back down the hall and down into the schoolroom.

There are six five beds in here; two bunk beds and a double bed. I look to U, who looks back at me with a smirk. "Wanna play rock paper scissors to see who gets the bigger bed?" she asks.

"You can have it," I say.

Her face falls. "Listen," she says. "I know this might seem weird, but I'm trying to be your friend."

"I'm sorry." It comes out as a hoarse whisper. "I'm just so confused. I'd like to be your friend. We can play rock paper scissors, if you want, but I really don't mind if you want to take the double."

"How about I take it tonight and you can take it tomorrow?" says U.

I smile a bit at that. "Yeah," I agree, sitting down on one of the bottom bunks. "That sounds good to me."


"K!" U's shouting at me. "Wake up. You're having a nightmare."

I force my eyes open, and she's hovering right over me, panic written across her pretty features.

"Shit," I mumble, "m'sorry."

My heart is beating wildly in my chest, and I feel rather dizzy.

"Nono," she says, "I had one too. A bad one. I woke up, and you were having one too, so I just...didn't want to let you sleep through it. It sucks."

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