Trappy in a Jail Cell

“Well, this is a nice change of scenery,” Elliott joked.

I glared at him. “It’s a jail cell.”

“I was being sarcastic, Will. You know, why can’t you just be fun for once.”

“Be fun? I thought I was being fun by letting you come with me after I specifically told you to stay back. Your parents are going to kill me.”

“They don’t even know I’m with you.”

“What?! I asked you if they knew where you would be.”

“It’s okay, I told them I was staying overnight with a friend.” I yelled in frustration and punched the brick wall, which I soon regretted. “You shouldn’t have done that.” I glared at him again.

“Will you two stop bickering already,” One of the guards said.

“So what are we going to now?” Elliot asked.

“Why don’t you tell me? It seems you know what’s best.”

“Fine, I’ll find a way.”Elliot started to walk back and forth looking around for whatever he thought would get us out.

“Any luck?” Now he was glared at me.

“Okay, I messed up. Seriously, how are we going to get out of here?” I looked around and saw nothing but the jail cell door and stone walls. The only way out was getting the key to unlock the door.

“Come over here,” I whispered. “There’s no way out besides the door, so we’re going to have to get the key from the guard somehow.”

“How do we do that?” I was more baffled than I ever was before. I guess the only thing I could do was improvise.

“Hey, do you want to know how to fight?” He looked at me like I was crazy.

“I don’t think it’s the best time to learn how to fight right now Will.”

“Hit me.”

“What? No, I won’t hit you.”

“Play along,” I whispered.

“Hit you?” he asked absolutely puzzled.

“Yeah.” He got into a fighting stance and swung his right arm. Elliot had never fought before, so it was easy to dodge him, which led to me swinging and hitting him on his left cheek.

“Shit, Will!”

“Come on, you don’t want to get shown up by a 40 year old, do you?” I teased. His stance was a little bit better and he came full force this time, knocking me over. He punched me good on the nose and I did the same to him. I pushed him off and was now on top of him. “Act like we’re really fighting. It’s the only way the guard will come in.”

“Okay,” he said out of breath.

“This is all your fault, kid!” I yelled in between hitting each other. Then out of nowhere, Elliot was coming on even more and pushed me off.

“No, it’s not!” He then ran straight towards me and launched me to the stone wall. I pushed him back to the ground.

“What the hell is going on?” The guard said walking towards our cell.

“Alright, he’s coming. Now really act like we’re fighting.”

“I thought we already were,” Elliot said.

“Well get ready for this.” Right as the guard came to the cell, I punched Elliot pretty good on the nose again, which made him the most upset I’d ever seen him before. Before he could hit me back, the guard was already in the cell and tearing us apart from each other.

“Break it up you two!” Right as he got both of us up, I punched him in the face and grabbed his gun. Since he couldn’t see this coming, the guard was fazed, which gave me time to completely knock him out before he could do anything.

“Is he dead?” Elliot asked.

“No, he’ll be fine. Maybe an Aspirin or two when he wakes up, but he’ll be fine.” After so many years of fighting and killing people, it was easy to tell when someone was unconscientious or dead. I searched the guard’s body for another gun and luckily found one. “Here, you’ll need it,” I said handing the small hand gun to Elliot. “By the way, you weren’t too bad.”

“Thanks. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever fought or even hit someone.” In a world like ours, it was good to know how to fight, but for some reason I was little happy when he said that. Maybe it was because most people I’ve met made an introduction by fighting, or the fact that he was never in situations that never made him have to fight. Either way, I wished he never had to learn, but it was going to come sooner or later.

“Alright, we need to get out of here fast.” We headed straight for the doorway out of the jail in hopes no one would be out there and to my surprise, no one was. “Looks like the coast is clear, let’s move.” We had been taken by a large gang for walking in their part of the woods. They took us to their camp, which was some abandoned factory. When we first came here, I saw a map of the building and remembered seeing what the area we were in was. So Elliot and I made our way through the old factory and eventually got out with no problems, besides hearing a few noises here and there.

“I didn’t think I could stay in there any longer,” Elliot said.

“Don’t get your hopes up yet, we still have to leave their area.” We snuck through many alleyways and never had to deal with one person. It weirded me out a little, but for all we knew, they still thought Elliot and I were in the jail cell. Once we reached the woods, we ran until we found our spot where we stayed the night before. It was a good five miles out, so they would probably give up looking for us at three miles if they did look for us.

“That was a close one,” Elliot said sounding exhausted.

“Yeah, it was. We should run out a little bit further for safe measures and by then, the sun should be setting and we’ll camp there for the night. But we’ll take a 10 minute break before moving on.” We both slumped on the ground next to each other.

“Are you still mad at me, Will?” Elliot asked. Mad at him?

“I never was.”

“Really, because I remember you getting pretty upset back there at me.”

“You just…” Elliott was only 17. He had always followed me around for the past year, wanting to learn more. At first I didn’t understand what exactly he wanted to learn, but then it came to me that his father died when he was only six. So of course I started to teach him survival techniques and just tried to be a good male figure for him to look up to. I didn’t want him to come on this trip because of the dangers, but something about it that made me want to bring him, even though I suspected he was lying about his permission from his Mom.

“I just what?” he asked.

“I’ll tell you later, alright? We should get going now.” We stretched out our legs before running again. “You know, you’re not too bad.”

“Do you think we make a good team?”

“Yeah, do you?”

“Yeah.” For some odd reason, whatever was going to come next in our relationship seemed like nothing but good things. “I bet I could beat you there though,” Elliot teased.

“You’re on.”

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She Must be Executed

After what seemed like hours, I finally came out of the almost demolished building. Everywhere I looked there was debris and smoke covering all of Aquadan, even the ocean. “Princess Jasman!” a man yelled. His face finally shown through the smoke, it was Ezra. “There you are, we’ve been looking everywhere for you. Are you alright?” he asked.

“Yes, just some minor scratches. What about everyone else?” I asked hoping nothing too serious happened.

“No one was majorly hurt, same as you. The palace is still intact, we should be heading there now.” As we made our way, everything around looked terrible. Houses were completely destroyed and the people. Oh, the people. They looked as terrible as Aquadan, each and everyone with horrified faces. Like Ezra said, the palace was intact and seemed as if nothing had happened. “We will be having a meeting in the orchid room in about 20 minutes. I’ll leave you to your room to gather yourself.”

“Thank you.” I closed the door and slumped down to the floor. I couldn’t believe Eliza had attacked us. She always threatened, but never actually meant anything. After reflecting on everything that happened, I walked to the orchid room where everyone was waiting for me.

“Princess Jasman, welcome. I was glad to hear nothing serious happened to you,” Donald said.

“I hope nothing bad happened to any of you.” Everyone responded with nos.

“Now that we’re all here, what are we going to do with that witch?” Donald said in a vile voice.

“There’s only one thing we do to people like her. She must be executed,” someone said. Then came an uproar of everyone agreeing. There were only 12 people, but it sounded like 50. I looked to Ezra for him to silence them.

“Everyone, please quiet down! We must take this situation in good measures. Jasman, is there anything you would like to say?” Ezra asked.

“We cannot execute her.”

“And why not?” Donald asked.

“Because that is not how we things.”

“She nearly destroyed all of Aquadan. It is said in our decree that every criminal must be brought up and pay for their mistakes.”

“Exactly, mistakes. Before my parents passed they told me the reason why that law was worded like that. Eliza is misunderstood and needs someone to understand for who she is as a person, not some witch. That is why I’ve decided to talk to her myself and hopefully bring her to an understanding for all of us.” Everyone stared at me like I was speaking in a different language, even Ezra.

“I’m sorry, but Jasman, someone like her has to be dealt with in some other way. If you aren’t going to agree with the execution, at least make her pay for this disaster in some way.”

“He’s right,” Ezra said. “Aquadan could have been hurt worse today. Some people could have even died.” I knew no one was going to agree with me but I needed them to.

“I will come to a compromise. First we will see if Eliza will work with us and come to an understatement for what she has done. And maybe from there, we can build a strong relationship with her. If this attempt fails, she will be put to hard labor in reconstructing Aquadan. Nothing further than that. Execution is out of the picture.”

“Your parents were very skilled in making others come to a realization, maybe you can too,” Donald said. A messenger was sent out to summon Eliza, while we all waited for her appearance. After an hour of waiting, she finally appeared.

“Well, I should have brought some chips and then we could call this a party,” Eliza sneered, which made everyone look at me in hopes I could make this happen.

“Hello Eliza, and welcome,” I said.

“If it isn’t the Princess herself. What can I do for you, brush your hair, get you a glass of water?” I hated that everyone outside Aquadan thought I was some prima donna.

“No thank you, I can actually do both of those myself.”

“I’m surprised to hear that.”

“Stop mocking her!” Donald yelled. “You should be ashamed for what you’ve done to us.”

“Ashamed?” Eliza said taken back. “I’m glad for what I did. All you people care about is nothing but yourselves, you deserved what happened.”

“Could everyone please excuse us,” I said.

“We will not leave you alone with her.”

“Please, it’s all I ask.” Donald sighed and everyone left Eliza and I by ourselves. “Why did you do this?” I asked calmly.

“I just told you. Do you need someone to listen for you too?”

“No, I do not. And you did not tell me. You didn’t almost destroy Aquadan by yourself because you thought we deserved it. Tell me the truth.”

“I’m not telling you anymore than I already did.”

“Eliza, everyone agreed to allow me to help you and if you don’t cooperate now, worse could come for you and I don’t want that. We’re both 17, have deceased parents, and are different from others. I can connect to you in some ways, now please tell me the truth.” She turned away and I almost thought she was going to refuse again, but I still had some hope left in me.

“They said if I did as much damage as I did, that my parents would be proud of me. And that my powers would finally be put to use.”

“Who told you?”

“The mastoffs.” They once were friends of my parents, but betrayed and killed them. They wanted too much power and what they believed was justice. Since then, they’ve been in hiding.

“Eliza, they don’t want the best out of you, they want something of their own. Trust me, I’ve seen it at first hand.” She was still turned away from me. “My parents helped them and made everyone else understand that they weren’t bad. Soon after doing so, they killed my parents for the power. And just like my parents, I want to do the same for you. Everyone says you’re terrible, but I see a girl who wants to be understood and maybe even a friend at her side.” She turned to face me.

“You would really do that? Even after what I did?”

“Well I want to make sure that you know what you did was wrong and terrible. But yes, I want to get to know who you are and make everyone else understand too.”

“I’ve never had a true friend before.”

“I promise you as long as you promise me that we’ll work through anything and try to build a strong relation through friendship.”

“I don’t have to dress in pink dresses, do I?” We both laughed and felt like we were both taking our first step in the right direction.

“Only if you wish to.”

Beautiful Montana

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Knocking Coming From the Mirror

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. I slowly sat up and rubbed my eyes from a short night of rest. As I cracked my neck, I looked around to see where the knocking was coming from, but couldn’t see anything or anyone. I looked out the window because I would assume that could be the only place for it to be but nothing was there. I was about to lay back down when I heard it again. My head shot straight up and looked ahead at the mirror. I rubbed my eyes in case I was imagining it, but I could still see the vibrations from the knocks. I began to make my way to the full body length mirror and hoped this wasn’t happening. Standing there not knowing exactly what to do, I knocked on the glass three times. Then came three more knocks. I jumped back in fear, but was still curious as to what was knocking. I decided to knocking again and the same thing happened again. Then I heard a girl’s voice that said, “Hello? Can you hear me?” So many things had started to race through my mind.

“Hello, I can hear you,” I said.

“This is great! Can I open the mirror?” Open the mirror?

“Ah, I can’t open the mirror.”

“How come?”

“Because it’s a mirror.” After having to say that, I felt like there was some sort of trick being played on me.

“Of course it opens, silly! You just have to unlatch it.”

“And where exactly would that be?”

“It should be on the right side.” I looked with not so much hope, but in deed saw the latch. I hesitated for a moment.

“You’re not going to hurt me, are you?”

“No! Just open it already.” I did as she said and watched as the mirror actually opened like a door. I stepped back in anticipation and saw a troll looking girl come out.

“Am I glad to be out of there.” My eyes widen as I watched the blueish purple girl the height of a toddler spoke. “What? Is there something on me?”

“No…”

“Well what’s your problem them?”

“It’s just that… I’ve never seen anyone like you before. And the fact that you just came out of a mirror.”

“Oh, hehe! You’ll get used to it.” She began to stare at me like I was the weird looking one. “You’re much taller than I remember.”

“What do you mean you remember?”

“Okay, I’ll just say it now. Casper, you come from a land called Neptwaun.”

“Neptwaun?” At this point, I had to be dreaming.

“Yep, and you’re parents used to be the king and queen there. Sadly they’re gone now, but you’re supposed to finally come back and claim your rightful heir.”

“Heir?”

“Good, you’re following along, now come with me,” she said and grabbed my hand to lead me into the mirror. I pulled back.

“Whoa, where are you taking me?”

“I’m taking you back where you came from.”

“I didn’t come from anywhere, except for here.”

“No, you come from Neptwaun. Now come on,” she said tugging at my arm. It was almost cute to see her struggle.

“No, I think I’ll stay here.” I crossed my arms and planted my feet to the ground. The girl troll went behind and tried as much as she could to push my forward, but failed each time. She finally gave up.

“Will you please come with me?”

“Why? This all seems like some joke or a dream. I’ve grown up my entire life in this town. Why would I go with some girl troll who I don’t even know the name of, if I might mention. And she expects me to go through a mirror to some place called Neptwaun?”

“First of all, you haven’t grown up here. Second of all, my name’s Tabitha. And third, yes.” I shook my head in disbelief. “Haven’t you always wondered why you can’t remember an of your childhood?” She was actually right about that. I grew up wondering who my parents were, why I couldn’t remember anything distinctly about my childhood, who I was really. “I promise you’ll be able to find out everything if you come with me. You don’t have to, but I know you would love to find out everything about yourself and your parents. And if you don’t come this time, there’ll be a lot more stubborn trolls to come and get you.” We looked at each other and she grabbed my hand once again. I followed her down a dark tunnel and eventually came to the end. The air was fresh and cool. Everywhere except for the past was covered in green plants along with many colorful flowers. “Casper, this is Neptwaun.”

“It’s beautiful.”

“Neptwaun is known for it’s beauty in nature. It’s where most trolls live, in fact.”

“Where are we going now?” I asked.

“I’m taking you to our leader, Solomon.” We continued down the path and eventually came to what I assumed would be where Tabitha was from. “This is Bellow Lagoon, it’s where Solomon lives.” We walked up a few steps and stopped. “Okay, you stay here and I’ll be right back.”  Tabitha entered into a giant rock house and came back out with a few other trolls.

“Casper, it is so great to see you again!” The man troll ran up and hugged me like I was a lost friend. I didn’t want to be rude, so I hugged back. “How have you been?” he asked.

“I’ve been alright.” I didn’t know what to say.

“Oh, my bad. My name is Solomon. We used to know each other a long time ago.”

“It’s nice to meet you again, but I’m having some troubles remembering you.”

“As you should. I put a spell on you to make sure you would forget everything you knew here, including your parents. Tabitha has told me that you want to know about everything.”

“Yes, I have no clue about where I came from and…”

“And who you are?”

“Yes.”

“You’re in luck then because I have all of those answers for you. Casper, are you ready to leave the only world you know behind? And to start a new one again?” This couldn’t be a dream anymore, this was real life. I had a choice to either go back to a world where I’m helpless in a sense that I would never know who I was. Or I could stay here and be shown all of the answers I wanted.

“Yes.”

A Regular day Gone Totally Strange

For as long as I could remember I’ve worn glasses. My parents always made sure I was wearing them no matter what, even when I slept. Figuring since a lot of people had vision problems, I didn’t think of it being weird. Most parents would like to help anything if they can. At first it was difficult with having to wear them constantly, but after 17 years it wasn’t so bad anymore.

 

I had the day off from school today, my parents were at work, so the house was all mine for once. After about an hour of reading, I finally decided to get up and get ready for the day of relaxing. I was about to go back to reading when I thought about something rare. I walked back into the bathroom and just stared at myself. I wondered what I would look like without the glasses. I debated whether or not if I should see. I kept having a bad feeling about it for some reason, but what could be the worst thing? That I wouldn’t like the way I look without them, that’s all. I took a couple deep breaths and took them off. I didn’t look at first, but I slowly opened my eyes. I looked… different. In a good way, but so different. I actually like this look much more than with the glasses. My vision was still the same, so then another thought came to me. Why did I have to wear the glasses? I went back and forth between putting them on and taking them off, and nothing. If anything, everything was much more clear and precise without them. I was ecstatic! I loved the way I looked without the glasses, plus I could actually see better. So I thought I’d continue the day free from them. No one was home anyways, so no harm would be done.

 

It wasn’t until I walked out into the kitchen when I saw someone walk past me. I froze in my tracks with my heart pounding. The man was no one I had never seen before. I didn’t think he noticed me, so I walked as fast as I could back to my room and locked the door. I grabbed my phone and called my Dad. My body was so shocked that my fingers could barely dial his number. Waiting for him to answer felt like an eternity. “Hello?”

 

“Dad,” I whispered.

 

“Jenny, what’s wrong? And why are you whispering?”

 

“I just saw a man in the kitchen.”

 

“What?! Are you certain you saw him?”

 

“Yes, he walked past me but he didn’t notice me. I’ve been in my room with the door locked.”

 

“Okay, good. I’m leaving right now. Stay in your closet, okay?”

 

“Okay, come quick.” I hung up  the phone and went right to my closet and locked that door. We never had a burglar before so I was never prepared for this. I quietly sat in the closet for about 15 minutes when I heard a car door close. I kept my eyes wide open in the darkness, wishing and hoping it was my Dad. Then came all of the foot steps. It sounded like only one person.

 

“Jenny?” my Dad asked. “Everything is alright, you can come out now.” I quickly unlocked the closet and then my bedroom door. “There’s no one-.” Ge completely stopped his sentence and just stared at me.

 

“There’s no one here? But I saw someone.”

 

“What did you do?”

 

“I don’t know what you mean. Are you alright, Dad?”

 

“Where are your glasses?” he demanded.

 

“They’re in the bathroom. I wanted to see what I looked without them. And you know I can see a lot better without them anyways.” He turned and went to the bathroom instead of responding. I walked after him in confusement. He tried to put them back on.

 

“You have to have these on!” He almost jabbed me in the eye.

 

“Dad, I don’t want them. I can see perfectly fine without them. Stop doing this!” I got a hold of the glasses and threw them on the ground, which made the lenses shatter. “I don’t understand why I have to wear them if I can see fine. And I don’t understand why you’re acting like this. It’s almost like you hate the sight of me without them.” I began to feel hurt because that’s what I truly felt like. His facial expression turned mad to compassionate.

 

“I’m sorry. Why don’t we talk.” I followed him to the kitchen and sat down. “Jenny, you didn’t need the glasses to see correctly.” He hesitated to continue. “They were meant for you not to see.” I raised my brows in confusement. “The man you saw wasn’t real.”

 

“No, I saw him,”

 

“That’s not what I mean. Jenny, our family history deals with ghosts and being able to see them.” I began to laugh knowing that this was a joke now.

 

“Okay, Dad. You got this time.” His face was stern.

 

“This isn’t a game. This is real life. Was the man you saw wearing a top hat?”

 

“Yes.”

 

“That’s Arnold. He died in the late 1800’s and has been here for about a year.”

 

“This doesn’t make any sense.”

 

“Like I said, out family has always dealt with ghosts. The reason being is because we can see them. We rehabilitate the ones who haunt people so they can cross into the dimension they were originally meant to go to.”

 

“And why does any of this have to deal with me not seeing them?”

 

“Your Mother and I thought it would be damaging to your childhood. We wanted what was best for you and that meant you not seeing what you really could. I’m so sorry Jenny. We just thought we would be protecting you from everything.”

 

“If this is really real, can I see someone?”

 

“Of course. Arnold, can you come here, please.” Then the man I once thought was an intruder appeared out of thin air right in front of us. “How are you today?”

 

“I’m doing quite fine. Yourself?”

 

“Good. I’d like to introduce you to my daughter, Jenny.” He turned to me.

 

“Good day, Jenny. How are you?” He was very kind and polite.

 

“I-I’m alright.” I said.

 

“I see you aren’t wearing your glasses. Did you tell her?”

 

“I wasn’t expecting to, but I’m glad I did,” my Dad said.

 

“Well I’m glad you did too.”

 

“Are you sure about this, Jenny?” I thought about it and it seemed like an adventure that I’ve only read in books. Of course I wanted to do this.
“Yes.”

Been Reading Minds Since age Seven

Turning seven was a big deal for me. Not only was I getting to be a “big boy” but that was the day I was able to read minds. At first I thought I was just imagining it, but then as I would ask my family why they thought the things they did, it turned into a reality for me. From there on out I had been confronting people in my life that were bullies and bullies towards others. Although I’ve never really told anyone, everyone made a suspicion that I could but it was mostly a rumor and joke. And I was glad no one really knew. The secrecy made my life feel like one the JAmes Bond movies. After high school and college I didn’t have to deal with seeing the same people everyday, so reading minds of bullies stopped. Since starting my life, I mostly watched people’s thoughts passively.

 

Today I had my first day of work off in forever, so I decided to go to one the famous donut shops in the early morning. It was marking the 10th year I could read minds, which lead to the thought of a mini celebration for me, myself, and I. On my way to the shop I kept coming across the same mysterious man. Everytime I turned my head he was there watching me, but I erased it from my head and went ahead inside the donut shop. The delicious smells of freshly made donuts made my stomach ache from not having any food yet. “Hi sir. What can I get for you today?” And then I heard her thoughts. “Oh my, he’s so hot!” I was quite pleased to hear that, but I’m pretty sure she was 19. So I smiled to make her feel better, which made her think she was in love.

 

“Hi, can I get a jelly filled and chocolate please.”

 

“Any coffee with that?”

 

“Water please.” We exchanged money for food and I couldn’t help notice but her trial of trying to touch my hand.  I smiled one more time as a goodbye for I couldn’t lead her on anymore. I went straight towards the corner of the shop where no one else was. At least on my day off I wanted as much quiet as possible. I closed my eyes right as I bit into the jelly filled donut. That was good, so good. Opening my eyes I saw the man again, he was ordering. I figured since he was so strange to me, I’d try to know what he was thinking. After endless counts of failure, I gave up. Now that seemed even more strange, usually everyone had at least one thought. He then started to come my direction. Please don’t let this be some crazy person. Not on my day off. Low and behold he sat right across from me.

 

“You know, that’s not going to work on me,” he said.

 

“What’s not going to work on you?”

 

“Reading my mind.” Did he really know? Were there other people like me?

 

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

 

“Yes, there are other people like you.” My heart stopped for a moment. “Logan, have you ever thought about greater uses for your ability?”

 

“H-How do you know my name?” I started to become flustered.

 

“Do you trust me?”

 

“I just met you. How can I answer that question? And you haven’t answered mine.”

 

“I am from a group of people who are just like you. At the age of seven you’re all of a sudden able to read minds and for no explained reason. I had been put on an assignment to find you because there are so few of us and we want to protect one another. And so that’s how I know your name.” This was the first time since my calculus class in high school that I was completely confused. “It’s okay that you’re confused, we all are when we first see another person who are like us. Now do you trust me?” I didn’t know what else to say.

 

“Sure.”

 

“There’s a lot we need to talk about, so if you wouldn’t mind coming with me to discuss in private.”

 

“But this is my day off.”

 

“You can finish eating before we go.” He sat there staring at me for a minute. I tried to finish, but it was no use.

 

“Okay, fine. We’ll go.” He smiled happily and led the way. We walked about a mile to a luxurious hotel where he was staying at. His room was double the size of a studio apartment.

 

“Do you want something to drink?”

 

“Water is fine.” We sat down on the couch and began to discuss whatever it was he was trying to get at. “So there’s more people like me?”

 

“Yes. Right now, including myself, there’s 10 of us.”

 

“Only 10?” I was taken back to hear such a small number.

 

“I know it’s not the best, but we’re trying to find as many people as we can and half the people we do find die.”

 

“Why?”

 

“There is a much larger group of people who can read minds, but their motives aren’t good. And so they kill the ones we have gotten to already. It’s sick, but they don’t care and all they do care about is power and greed. We want to reach out to as many people as we can because of that and most people don’t know how to control reading minds. With that leading to going insane from all of the voices.”

 

“What are you try to ask me?”

 

“Would you like to join us?”

 

“And if I do, what happens next?”

 

“First we’ll teach you how to make your mind invisible, so others can’t read your thoughts. Then how to break a barrier of people’s minds you can’t read right away. Lastly, how to silence other people’s thoughts. After that we’ll talk about then.”

 

“Would I have to give everything else I have here up?”

 

“Unfortunately, yes. We want to make you as safe as we can. Meaning no more contact with the real world. It’ a lot to give up, but we hope that you’ll come to understand one day.” Doing this would have meant giving up the social work job I had right now, which would suck the most. I loved helping others. “You will be able to help others once you get past the first three steps. In fact you’ll be able to do much more than right now.” There was nothing else left for me here anyways.”

 

“Sure, why not.”

 

“You’ll be thanking me one day, Logan.” I hope.

 

“You never said your name.”

 

“Wyatt.”
“Well Wyatt, what are we waiting for?”

Best Survival Tips You’ll Ever Need to Know: Part 9

As most of you know, I talk mostly about survival tips that require you to be on land, but there will the occasional times where you’ll be in a situation that involves water. I know water isn’t the nicest of places to be when surviving, but they do come across. First we will be talking about how sail the waters without having an actual boat. To begin, you’ll need to find a tree and chop it down. Bigger the trunk, the better for you. After that you will need to take the bark off carefully. Imagine yourself holding a newborn baby or a giant diamond, that’s how careful you need to be in this process. Once you’re done with that, take the wood you carved out with you or if you’re going to be coming back, place it in a hidden area. That way you’ll have a source to create a fire. Don’t say I never looked out for you. Carrying on, you will then need to take the flatten out pieces and tie them together. To get something strong enough to tie it all together, you’ll want to find a much more slim tree that will give you the almost paper like bark. After shaving down as many pieces as you can, you can then tie all of the bigger and stronger bark together. After that, you should be set. But since I am an expert, I suggest to find lots of bigger leaves to place in top. This is very good use for longer trips. A.K.A. so your tush won’t get sore.

 

My second tip will have to deal with the same bark you already have. I’m sure since you followed my steps, that you have extra bark on your hands. You’ll want to create a cylinder shape with them. So you basically roll it into a hotdog bun form. And as for the ends, place a smaller piece on each. Before place the top piece one, place leave in there to protect the inside, because essentially what we’re building is an oxygen tank. And so you do not want any leaks. Then capture as much air as you can by swinging it through the air. Finally, seal it by placing the top piece on. After that, take the leftover paper like bark and tie from the top to the bottom of the oxygen tank. Then create two straps by trying off the string you’ve already tied down, making it look like a backpack. And there you go! You have yourself an eco friendly, non expensive oxygen tank.

 

The last tip will be how to make flippers. This one is the easiest of all. What you’ll need to get the very very big green bush leaves. The plants where the leaf if very thick. Best bet for the average person is to get at least 10 of the leaves for each foot. If you have bigger, I would recommend about 15 for each. Then get some more of the paper like bark and lots of it. After that sit down and begin to wrap the leaves around your shoe. After you wrap one leaf around, make sure to tie it. The best place to begin tying would be in the middle, then go back and forth between wrapping and trying. You want all of these layers so if one or two break, you’ll still be in the safe zone. Once you’re done, you can now go out into whatever waters and freely swim at good measures. Just watch out for any sharks or piranhas.
We are almost at the end but no worries, I still have one more set of three tips coming your way. So be on the look out those as well as your survival!

Am I Glad I Stepped Into That Taxi

I was just about to cook dinner when I found no chicken, the main ingredient I needed. This was not making my day any better, from my pants ripping to not getting the promotion at work and now this. Great. I had to get something from the store, I hadn’t went grocery shopping in a few weeks. I also didn’t have a car either, so I would have to get a taxi. After waiting about a half hour in the rain, the taxi finally came. I quickly jumped in. “Where can I take you on this lovely night, sir?” the driver asked.

 

“It’s not so lovely, but the nearest grocery store.” He began to drive.

 

“Why would you say it’s not a lovely night?”

 

“For one, it’s pouring out and I had to stand out there.”

 

“The rain can be quite nice sometimes.”

 

“How so?”

 

“Well when it rains like this, which isn’t heavy rain, it’s fun to be in.”

 

“I’ve never thought of the rain as fun before.”

 

“That’s because you’ve never made it fun before.” I thought about it and I never did like the rain simply because it got everything wet. I used to like it when I was younger but now it’s just something that I don’t like. We continued the drive and I realized that we weren’t going to the nearest store.

 

“Are you sure you’re going in the right direction?” I asked.

 

“Yes, I am taking you where you need to go.” I went back to staring out the window and I remembered the old tale that circulated around New York. It was an urban legend about a taxi cab that doesn’t take you to where you want to go, but where you need to go. Heck, maybe I was in it right now. I wish. “If you don’t mind me asking, but what was it that you needed at this time of night?”

 

“I was just about to cook dinner and I realized I didn’t have any chicken left. It was actually really stupid on my fault. I hadn’t been grocery shopping in almost a month, so I didn’t have anything.”

 

“I see. Was there more to this day that’s made it not good?”

 

“That’s a whole other story. Besides, I don’t think you want to listen to me complain.”

 

“I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to.” I looked at the driver and at the same time he looked at me through the mirror. I had never dealt with anyone who wanted to listen to my first world problems, but I actually kind of liked it.

 

“Well, this morning while I was getting ready, I bent down a little too fast and ended up ripping them in the classic place you see in the movies.” The driver began to laugh, which irritated me and he noticed.

 

“I’m very sorry for laughing, sir. But you have to admit that that is funny.” I rolled my eyes.

 

“I guess, but then I was running late and missed the first bus so that lead me to being late for work. Luckily no one noticed. And then I didn’t get my promotion I wanted at work. I did everything I did to get it and nothing.”

 

“Everything will be alright in the end. Trust me, I’ve had many experiences before where I was in the same situation as you, but that led me to this.”

 

“A taxi driver?” I asked confused as to why being one would be so great. He began to laugh again.

 

“I know, I know. Right now it seems a little strange, but you’ll see why soon.” I was even more confused now. I didn’t even realize, but an hour had already passed and we were still driving.

 

“What? How are we still driving? The traffic isn’t even that bad. Where are you taking me?” I demanded.

 

“Like I said before, I’m taking you where you need to go.” Need to go? That sounded so familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then it popped in my head, the taxi cab that doesn’t take you where you want to go, but where you need to go.

 

“Whoa, whao. Hold on a second,  you’re taking me where I need to go?”

 

“Yes, that’s why you stepped in here.”

 

“Are we talking about the same thing?” I asked while looking at him through the mirror.

 

“Are we?” That’s when he smiled and pulled over. I looked out and saw a small blue house with the porch light on. I remembered seeing this house, it was Olivia’s. She and I used to date about a year ago. She was the only girl who I really loved before.

 

“Olivia’s house,” I quietly said.

 

“Yes, she’s waiting in there for you.”

 

“Waiting for me? Why would she ever want to see me after what I did?” We were getting really close and one night I left while she was sleeping because I didn’t think I would be good enough for her once we become more serious. I sent her a letter the next day telling her. She’d called me and left so many messages, but I was too afraid.

 

“Travis, you were only afraid and she knows that. She’s only been wishing that one day you would return to her.” Suddenly my stomach turned into butterflies. “You can do this, I know you can. Hey, remember when you thought I liked my life now because I’m a taxi driver? This is why. Everyday I take someone new to their future destiny where they fulfill their life to the fullest. Travis, promise me one thing though.”

 

“Yeah?”

 

“Promise me that you’ll work at this.”

 

“I promise.” He smiled.

 

“It was nice to finally meet you.”

 

“You too. What’s your name?” I couldn’t believe I didn’t ask him that this entire time.

 

“Quinn.”

 

“Thank you, Quinn. Oh, how much is it?”

 

“The promise. Just stick to it and you’ll have paid me.” We smiled at each other and shook hands. After I Quinn left, I gulped in anticipation and went straight for it. I rung the bell and each second felt like a minute pounding in my head. The door opened, it was her.

 

“Travis?” her voice was as sweet as I remembered.

 

“Yes. Olivia, I’ve missed you.” The words just came out of nowhere.
“I’ve missed you too! Why don’t you come in so we can talk. There’s so much I want to tell you.” And at that moment I knew I was never ever going to break that promise. Great things do come in strange ways. Am I glad I stepped into that taxi.

Kids, Your Lives are About to Change

“Tim! We won. We won!” I heard my Mom shout. I sat up and rubbed my eyes.

 

“Did you hear that Rachel?” I asked my sister.

 

“Yeah. What do you think it’s about?”

 

“I don’t know, but Mom seems be excited about it.” I climbed out of bed and turned the lights on. “Do you think we should go see?”

 

“Why not, we’re up anyways. My sister and I made our way to the living room where our Mom and Dad were dancing like how dorky parents dance. “What’s going on?”

 

“Something fantastic,” Mom said while still dancing her weird dance moves.

 

“Are you guys going to tell us or just keep dancing?” They finally stopped.

 

“Okay, you guys might want to sit down for this.” Rachel and I did so and sat on the couch. “Are you ready?!”

 

Our parents looked at each other with big eyes then at us and said together, ‘We won the lottery!” Rachel and I looked at each other in disbelief.

 

“Is this some kind of joke? Because it’s not worth waking up in the middle of the night for,” I said.

 

“We would never make up something like this. I just watched the recording and the numbers matched up perfectly.”

 

“You mean the 1.5 billion dollar lottery?” Rachel asked.

 

“Yep,” Dad said. I couldn’t believe this was happening.

 

“No joke?” I asked.

 

“No joke. In fact, we’re going to go to the gas station right now,” Dad said. “Do you kids want to come along? We’ll get you any kind of candy and soda you want.” We hardly ever got either of those things, so of course we had to. “You know what, we’ll just buy all of the candy, that way you don’t have to waste your time with choosin. How does that sound?”

 

“That sounds awesome!” I exclaimed

 

“And you know what, you guys don’t have to share a room anymore,” Mom said.

 

“Yes!”

 

“Are we getting a new house?” Rachel asked.

 

“Yeah and instead of trying something better in the neighborhood, we’ll just move to a much nicer town. Maybe California,” Dad said. Rachel and I couldn’t old our excitement in any longer and we burst out in squeels. Then we all started to dance our own little celebration dances. “Kids, be prepared because your lives are about to change,” Dad said.

 

***

It was only a month later when everything was much different. We moved to a mansion out in Beverly Hills, which was way nicer than our trailer home in Missouri. Rachel and I had our own rooms that were huge. We also didn’t go to regular school, we were home schooled. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. We only have three hours of classes. Mom and Dad got their dream cars. Dad got Mom the dream jewelry set she always wanted. He got me a pet dog and Rachel a pet horse. We were set for life. We were living the great lives of movie stars, singers, and plain old rich people. Instead of dreaming about this having this kind of life anymore, I dreamed about what I could be asking for Christmas this year. I think I was going to ask for a pet tiger. Yeah, that sounded good.

Magic Wonder Works Goes Terribly Wrong

I was on my way home from a long day at work when I heard an ad for a new magical product that will make you attractive to anyone and everyone. Now, as someone who does not believe in those crazy ads, I was basically desperate to find my perfect match. I had to do something about and so I gave in, called, and received the package the very next day. I was so eager to go and try it out that I did double time at work, which lead to me going home a few hours early. As I walked to my front door and saw a black metal box, I assumed it was the package I was so excited to open. I carefully grabbed it and opened it once I got inside. On top there was a card say, “Thank very much, out loyal customer, Tyler Dailey.” This stuff is serious. “We are glad to know that you have purchased our Magic Wonder Works product that will make you attractive to anyone and everything. Directions are simple: Pull the cork from the bottle and drink a teaspoon of the magical juice. After, make sure to close the the bottle with the same cork and have a good night’s rest.” I skipt everything else on the card and went straight for the drink. I figured since I was 35 and hadn’t had a girlfriend in a while, I drank the entire bottle. As I swallowed the sweet drink, I began to feel very tired. I followed as the directions said and went right to bed. In the moment I felt like I could sleep forever, so that was a plus.

 

In the process of my deep sleep, I had the most unusual dream. I was walking down the street in downtown LA. It was a sunny day and I felt like I was on cloud 9. As I walked, I only saw women. Right before each woman passed, they looked at me with disgust, like I was deformed. After a while of getting strange stares, I pulled my phone out and went to the camera. I almost jumped from scaring myself. I looked like a mix between a pig, bear, and an ogre. I started to run for some reason and just kept running. I could hear all of the women saying rude comments under their breath as I ran by. After miles and miles I ran straight into a lake and that’s when I woke up. I shot up and jumped out of bed. My heart was racing and my body was drenched in sweat. I went to the bathroom, peed, washed my hands and face. As I touched my face I felt hair. I usually shaved every day so this was weird. I patted my face dry and looked in the mirror. I lost it. I looked exactly how I did in my dream! How was this happening?! I ran as fast as I could to my phone to call the number for the magic drink. “Hello, this Tracy speaking from Magic Wonder Works. How may I help you?”

 

“Hi, this is Tyler calling. I was wondering why the drink has made me look like some crazy monster?!” I said in a panic.

 

“How much of the drink did you have?”

 

“All of it.”

 

“Did you read any of the warning labels?” she asked.

 

“Well I figured since I was desperate and that I haven’t been on a date in a long time, that all of it would be very useful for me.”

 

“Sir, that’s why. You were given a specific card telling you all of the things that could happen if you drank too much.”

 

“Is there anything you can do to make it… go away?” I was even desperate now, more than ever.

 

“We can send you a serum that must take a week from now.”

 

“What?! A week from now? I can’t, I have to go to work in an hour.”

 

“Sir, there’s nothing we can do except send the serum. You know, it is your fault that you ended up this way.” I hated that admit it, but it was.

 

“Yeah, whatever. Just send the serum as soon as possible.”

 

“Can I have a name, please.”

 

“Tyler Dailey.”

 

“Alright, it should arrive in the next day or two. Is there anything else I can help you with?”
“No, that’ll be all. Thanks.” After hanging up the phone, I threw the black box I received the day before and chucked it against the wall. The one time I try to help better myself. Goddamnit, Tyler.