“So you’re telling me that you have been trying to wake me up for over an hour?” I asked him setting down a cup of hot chocolate in front of him.
“Yeah,” he said still depressed.
I sat down next to him and placed a hand on his back.
“David, I understand that you care about me,” I said trying to reassure him. “It’s just…it’s just I didn’t want you to see me the way I was.”
“What do you mean by that?” he said looking over at me.
“What I mean is that I was thinking you would be over here later this afternoon,” I said.
“What makes you think that?” he asked me.
“Normally you would come over about mid-afternoon, not around lunch time,” I said.
Silence overcame the both of us.
The only thing I could do was be there for him until he felt better.
He slowly drank his hot chocolate.
“You want to play some Minecraft,” I said finally breaking the silence.
“Yeah,” he said.
Standing up, we walked to my room and logged onto my profile on my computer. Getting Minecraft up and running, I let him play for some time while I got my lunch.
Putting a frozen burger in the microwave and set it for a minute. As it was cooking, I felt light headed again and rested my head on the kitchen counter.
‘Not again,’ I thought to myself.
That’s when David called out.
“Tristain, can you help me with something?” he called out.
“Yeah, what do you need help with?” I managed to call back.
“I need help building a house,” he said.
“Ok,” I said as the buzzer went off signaling that my food was ready.
I looked up at the microwave, opened it up, took out my plate and flipped the burger, then put it back into the microwave for another minute and went to my room.
“What kind of house are you trying to build?” I asked him.
“A house that would have enough room for several rooms,” he said.
“I know a good layout,” I said taking the wireless mouse from him.
Spending some time at it, I gave him the basic layout of the house and gave the mouse back to him so he could finish building the house.
I got up and went back out to the kitchen to finish making my lunch. Bringing it into my room, I sat down next to him and helped him here and there in making his house.
It was around early evening when he was done.
Closing my laptop, I let it go into sleep mode. I grabbed my wallet and car keys and went to my car. Pressing the unlock button on the remote, I unlocked my car and got in.
‘Hopefully nothing bad happen,’ I thought to myself as I got into my car.
“How did you get here?” I asked him as I started the car.
Plugging in my Android phone into the auxiliary port, I got some music playing.
“My mom dropped me off,” he said.
I rolled down the window.
“Ok,” I said as I got the car going.
Playing the music off of my phone through the car stereo, we rode in silence as the music played. Driving the couple of blocked that was between my house and his house; I couldn’t help but think back to what had happened when he first arrived.
Turning into his driveway, I unlocked the car so he could get out.
“See ya later David,” I said as he got out.
“Bye Tristain,” he said as he got out.
Waiting for him to close the door and go inside, I switched songs on my phone to that of rock music and put my car into reverse and left.
I had gotten onto the main highway again when I felt light headed again.
Pulling over onto the side of the road, I put my car into park and turned on the emergency blinkers. With the hot air from outside not really helping, I managed to find the switch to raise the window and then proceeded to turn on my A/C, in which I hardly ever use my A/C since I keep my windows down whenever I drive.
Resting my head on my steering wheel, I left my car running.
‘What’s wrong with me,’ I thought to myself.
It wasn’t long before I heard something tap on my window. Looking up, I could tell that it was one of the local’s.
“You all right?” he asked as the window finished rolling down.
“I’m fine,” I said. “I’ve had a long day.”
“You have been sitting here for about fifteen minutes,” he said.
Looking over at the clock in my car, what he had said was true.
Looking back at him, I said, “Sorry if I concerned you. I needed a moment to rest my head before I headed home.”
“Go home and get some sleep,” he said.
“I will, thanks,” I said.
Looking out the passenger window, I saw the man go back to his family out on the beach.
With that I rolled up my window and turned off my emergency blinkers. I turned on my signal and pulled out onto the highway. At this point I was only a block away from my house.
Pulling into my driveway, turned off my car, took the key out of the ignition, and just sat there listening to my music play through the stereo. It had been some time when the remaining power in the car turned off. Unplugging the phone from the auxiliary cord, I got out of my car and went inside.
Going to my room, I turned on the power strip that I had for my television and all of my gaming systems. Grabbing the remote, I went to my bed and laid down. I flipped the channels until I found one of my favorite shows, a crime solving show. Luckily enough, it was one of those marathons. I laid on my bed watching the show for a couple of hours as I recovered from the day.
Finally getting up, I walked out of my room into the kitchen, that’s when I smelled that horrible stench that I smelled from the dream. Looking around, I couldn’t tell where it was coming from. I ended up having to leave the kitchen and went to the dining room, but the smell was still there. Going out the back door and onto the back porch, the smell wasn’t as strong, but I continued out towards the backyard where I finally dropped to my hands and knees coughing.
After a minute or so, I rolled over onto my back and lay there panting trying to catch my breath.
“Where the hell did the smell come from and why didn’t I smell it in my bedroom?” I said aloud.
After a few minute, I caught my breath; I got up and cautiously went to the back door. Oddly enough I couldn’t smell the stench anymore. I took the large step that differed from the porch and the ground. Getting to the back door, I placed my hand on the back door knob when I heard some laughter from behind me. Keeping my hand on the door handle, I turned around and looked at my backyard.
Turning to face the door again, I opened it and stopped just as I got inside.
“Hi there,” said the two boys together.
“How did the two of you get in here when I wasn’t looking?” I asked the two kids.
“The front door,” they said together.
“And who are the two of you exactly?” I asked them.
“I’m Lucas,” said the boy in the red and yellow shirt.
“And I’m Ness,” said the boy in the blue and yellow shirt.
“I thought the two of you were supposed to be video game characters,” I said.
“We are,” said Ness.
“How did you two end up here in the real world?” I asked them.
“Through your computer,” said Lucas.
“Then we followed you to your friend’s house,” said Ness.
“Let me get this straight,” I said closing the door. "The two of you came out of my computer followed me, waited a couple of hours then came in through the front door when I was out back coughing a storm due to some stench and try to scare me?”
“That just about sums it up,” said Lucas.
“I have no idea what the hell the two of you are up too, but leave me out of it,” I said walking into the kitchen.
“Don’t say we tried to warn you,” they said together.
“Warn me about what?” I said turning around.
They were gone.
“Where did they go?” I said aloud. “Whatever that stench was I smelled is really starting to mess with me.”
Trying to keep my mind off of it, I made some dinner and went back to my room to watch some more television.
With the marathon still going, I could enjoy some peace and quiet and not have to worry about anyone bothering for the rest of the evening.
Eventually I turned it to the news to see if anything new had come up about the creature that had been at the camp the day before. By what was going on, there were numerous reports about the creature appearing more frequently.
Switching to different news stations it was the same thing, report after report of people seeing the same creature yet in different locations throughout the island. Not really sure what to make of this, I could only watch as people tried to describe the creature.
Eventually it went back to the news station and had a number at the bottom of the screen about contacting the station about any information about the creature.
Saving the number on my phones memory, I turned off the television, got up and went into the kitchen to put my plate into the dishwasher.
Shortly after that, I got ready for bed.
Turning off the power strip that went to the television and the various game counsels I owned, I went to bed.
Falling asleep shortly after I laid down, I woke up again as Fox McCloud on the Final Destination map.
“What the hell is going on?” I said aloud in Fox’s voice.
Hearing the laughter again, I looked around the map.
“Show yourself,” I called out.
Seeing Ness and Lucas coming down to the platform, I couldn’t control my anger and dashed at them.
Lucas and Ness both dodged.
Pulling out my blaster, I fired three shots in quick succession in which all three hit Lucas in the chest.
“Lucas!” I heard Ness call out.
I turned to see Ness come to the ground.
Pointing my blaster over at Ness, I pulled the trigger and landed a laser on Ness’s shoulder.
Slowly walking towards him I continued to pull the trigger at Ness. With each hit he stumbled backwards. By the time he got to the edge of the ground he fell and only managed to save himself by grabbing the end of the ground.
Walking towards him, I pointed my blaster down at him, just before I pulled the trigger, I was grabbed from behind.
“What the hell are you doing!?” I called out as I stumbled backwards a little ways.
“Saving my friend,” he said angrily.
I managed to swing him to the ground and fired several shots into him. Walking over to where Ness was still hanging, I looked down and pointed my blaster at him.
“Please don’t~” he started.
Watching him let go, I watched as he fell off the world. I turned around and went over to where Lucas was laying, picked him up; I tossed him the side of the map and watched him fall off the world.
“Damn kids,” I said as I put my blaster away.
Not really sure what to do at this point, I sat down.
Shortly after I sat down the creature from before came down from the sky.
“You again,” I said pulling out my blaster.
Looking up, I saw the bodies of both Lucas and Ness come floating down.
“I thought I killed the two of you,” I said pointing my blaster at Lucas.
I fired a single shot at Lucas then at Ness.
Both of them which deflected the shot and sent it flying away from them.
“This is what you get for killing us,” they said together. “Now you must pay.”
They merged with the creature.
The creature grew stronger as they put their powers into the creature.
It swung its arm at me faster than I could dodge. Not getting any time to dodge, I was thrown across the map and out of the arena.
I awoke with a jolt. I looked around panting as I laid on the ground. I tried to move my body, but couldn’t, the only thing I could do was lay on the ground until I could move again.
Closing my eyes, I got my breathing under control and tried to think it through as best I could. Without any luck, I couldn’t come up with anything. The only thing I could do is go back to sleep.
Waking up as Fox again, I was strapped to a table in what seemed to be a concrete room. Looking around the room, I couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary, only a door, a ventilation shaft, and some monitoring equipment.
“You finally woke up,” said the mysterious voice.
“Who are you?” I called back.
“That is not important,” the voice said. “You have been out for some time; we were beginning to think that this was another failed experiment.”
“What do you mean failed experiment?” I called back.
The door opened.
A woman and a man in scientists clothing came through the door both having clipboard.
“You were one of several experiments that we have been studying for the last several years,” said the female scientist.
“Let’s get phase two of the operation started,” said the male scientist.
“Phase two?” I asked in somewhat of a panicked tone.
The female scientist came over and started unstrapping the straps.
“Settle down,” she said as she put me into a position where I couldn’t move. “It isn’t as bad as you think. In fact, you may already know what lies ahead.”
The male scientist came over with hand cuff and cuffed my left hand and put it behind my back then cuffed my right hand. Then he proceeded to take me off the table and push me towards the door.
Entering the long hallway, I noticed a door immediately to my left.
“You have been watching me this whole time?” I asked.
“That is correct,” said the male scientist.
“You’re just one of a handful to survive the first phase,” said the female scientist.
“Mind explaining this whole situation to me?” I asked them.
“All of the dreams you have had are all fake,” said the male scientist.
“What do you mean fake?” I asked.
“The life that you have seen was a hoax, an…illusion, if that’s what you want to call it,” said the female scientist.
“You mean I was never really a human?” I asked.
“That is correct,” said the female scientist.
The hallway itself seemed eerie enough without the two scientists. It felt like someone was always watching as well as it being somewhat cold and damp in this concrete prison of a hallway.
“We’re here,” said the female scientist.
Opening the door, we walked into another room. This time the room was much bigger and had many other test subjects around.
“You are the newest member of the group,” said the female scientist turning to me.
“If you lived you would have been the twelfth subject to live through phase one,” said the male scientist taking the handcuffs off of me.
“Have fun with this phase,” said the female scientist.
And with that, they turned and left.
“Hey wait!” I called back as they left.
It was too late, the door shut just as I called back to them.
“What am I supposed to do now?” I said turning around.
That’s when a hand came out the darkness.
Jumping back in time, it had created a small crater in the ground which was followed by a horrid stench.
“Not again,” I said aloud.
I reached down for my blaster only to find nothing.
Looking back up, I saw another hand swing at me. This time jumping out of the way, I rolled and started run.
“How do you expect me to beat something I can’t see?” I called out.
Not really sure what to do at this point, all I could do was run alongside the wall.
Placing my left hand on the wall, I used it to keep track of the wall. That’s when I felt start to get rough as if sand paper were underneath my hand. Taking my hand off the wall, I continued to run.
It wasn’t long after when I could faintly make out another wall.
I slowed down to a halt.
‘Now what,’ I thought.
I could hear the roar of the creature getting ready to charge.
‘This gives me an idea,’ I thought to myself.
Placing my back against the wall, I waited until the stench of the creature was close enough for it to crash into the wall.
Jumping out of the way at the last second, it crashed into the wall.
Watching as the creature created a crater in the wall; it looked to be stunned for the moment.
I took this time to run away and find another way out as well as away from the smell.
Slowing my pace down to a fast walk, I thought it would be best to use the darkness to my advantage and be able to scout the area out as much as possible.
Placing my hand along the wall again, I began to trace the wall through the darkness. It wasn’t long afterwards when I found the corner of the room.
‘The room is pretty big,’ I thought to myself as I thought back on how far I ran from the creature.
Closing my eyes, I began to sniff the air.
‘Odd,’ I thought. ‘It couldn’t have been that long since I left it behind. It should have caught up to me by now.’
Keeping my eyes shut, I listened for any sounds coming from behind me.
‘Something isn’t right,’ I thought opening my eyes.
“That’s enough,” I heard the male scientist call from the intercom.
The lights came on blinding me momentarily.
I turned around to see the room was a lot larger than I had anticipated.
Jogging back to where the creature was at, I noticed it was already in the cage.
“It looks like you managed to outsmart us,” said Lucas.
“It’s very hard to find people these days to outsmart us,” said Ness.
“Why are you doing this to me?” I asked them angrily.
“We want to see how you would do against the two of us in person,” they said together.
Reaching down to where my blaster was, the only thing I felt was the side of my pants. Looking down, all of my gear was gone.
“What have you done with all of my gear?” I asked them still angered.
“You’ll get it soon enough,” they said laughing as they disappeared.
“You’re the first person to make it this far,” said the female scientist.
“Let’s go to the next phase,” said the male scientist.
“Right,” said the female scientist.
Following them, a door appeared alongside the wall.
“Don’t mind the smell,” said the male scientist as he opened the door.
As he opened it, I got a strong whiff of decaying bodies.
Nearly passing out from the stench, I stumbled back a few feet.
“What’s the matter? Can’t handle the smell?” said the female scientist.
“Shut up,” I barked.
We entered the hallway.
As we went through the hallway, the walls were made up of skulls and the floor had the remains of human and animal skeletons.
Aside from the footsteps, I heard the faint whispers of people say things like “You aren’t going to make it,” “You might as well left yourself die,” or “There’s no escape from this place.”
I felt dreadful at what had happened to all of these innocent creatures.
The smell seemed to worsen as we went further down the hall.
“Who am I up against next?” I asked them without looking up.
“Someone you have already met,” the female scientist.
We entered the room, yet the room wasn’t as big as the last room. It had the same smell from the creature and the walls seemed to have blood and guts oozing from it.
“We’ll be watching,” the male scientist said.
I heard the door shut.
Looking up, I could see Lucas and Ness were in the middle of the room looking at me.
Watching them as they commandeered a fire ball and lightning. They threw it at the same time.
Looking away, I waited for the two balls to hit me.
‘There is no chance of me beating them like this,’ I thought to myself as I could hear the crackling of the two energy balls near.