Imagine waking up to a normal day like any other. Going about your routine, getting ready for the road ahead. But then, suddenly, you notice you’re all alone. Everyone is gone. The world is empty of everyone, save for you and the animals that inhabit it. Buildings stand empty, classrooms absent of all, streets barren. Such is the June monthly event. Write your character in the situation of all the world’s population suddenly vanishing. Aside from animals, they are now the only person in the world. How do they react? How do they cope? Are they happy in a way, relieved of social pressure? Or are they completely lost, mourning the vanished? It’s all up to you. They are now utterly and truly alone in an empty world.
The usual rules apply. You must reach a word count of 1,000 for your entry to be counted, and you post it as a reply right here in this thread. You can post with however many of your characters you want. At the end of the month, we’ll look over it and dispense points. The points earned for participating in the monthly event alone is 90 points by default. If you really blow us away with your entry, we’ll award you 100.
The deadline for the June monthly event is July 1st
Post by Cendrine Calida on Jun 18, 2014 18:32:14 GMT -5
”Gooooood morning everyone!”
The voice of a young girl began to echo through a fairly large house on the outskirts of the Swedish city of Ludvika. Her voice was shrill, sounding excited for no apparent reason. Furthermore, the girl didn’t seem to speaking to anyone in particular. No, Cendrine was all alone. Not that she knew this. The witch assumed the others were asleep.
She did not live in the house. Cendrine didn’t live in any house. She travelled a lot, but much preferred relying on the hospitality of locals as opposed to residing in the witch’s realm. Plus, she often did find people who were willing to take in a little girl when she asked if she could stay a night. Or, they normally would. Cendrine kinda looked like a street performer. Her get up resembled a typical witch, which she was, of course! Fortunately, these people had been extremely hospitable to Cendrine.
In fact, these people were so hospitable, they let Cendrine sleep in their own bed, while they slept on the floor. Cendrine had been taken in by a couple, this time. A young man and woman. They seemed worried about the fact a girl who appeared to be no older than thirteen was on the streets. But, Cendrine had soon calmed them down. She showed them some of her magic tricks. First, she turned a few of their books into ashes, then she created a blade from said ashes. When she showed the second magic trick, in full, to the man, the woman had screamed. She was excited! Cendrine could see why, the trick was always funny with how the person hit by it began to ooze that red stuff then fall to the ground. So, Cendrine showed her the trick next. The trick was what led to how they had been sooooo hospitable and slept on the floor. It was a bit weird how they had slept with their eyes open, though.
The bed Cendrine had slept in was located upstairs, while the couple had slept downstairs. Cendrine obviously wanted to see them again and thank them for their hospitality before leaving, so she headed downstairs as soon as she had woken up and stretched some. But, funnily enough, they had disappeared. How odd. Where on earth could they be? Perhaps they had woken up already, and were fixing breakfast or something. So, Cendrine wandered around the house, checking every inch of every room for the nice couple. But, they were no where to be found! Now, this had happened before. But, people disappearing when they were sleeping normally only happened if it was accompanied with a lot of commotion. Sometimes, people would even talk to Cendrine, and act as though she should be upset. They would even try to console her! But, everything was great, so such an act didn’t make much sense. Not that that mattered, right now.
Perhaps they had gone to the market, or something. Yes, that was where they must be. Cendrine, however, did not know the city too well. So, she’d just leave and keep on travelling west. Cendrine wasn’t sure where she was going exactly, but west sounded prettier than the other directions. So, the girl resumed her travel. It was rather cold, which made Cendrine miss the warm fur coat of her Friesian form. However, her mentor had told her that doing magic when a lot of people might be around was a bad idea.
But, the worry that people might see her was unwarranted, as Ludvika had looked to be abandoned. ”Huh?” The girl said to herself. ”I wonder where everyone went. Did I sleep in or something?” This, of course, could not be the case. Cendrine’s hair wasn’t that[/font] messy, all the buildings looked the same, and it was even still the same season. Winter, to be exact. The amount of snow on the ground looked to be the same, with a few flakes slowly falling from the sky, just like yesterday. So, sleeping in some odd hundred years was not something Cendrine had done. She’d never done it before, either.
”Well, if no one’s here, I guess I can change into my other form then!” Cendrine cheered. Despite how positive her voice sounded, a slight nervousness could be heard in it as well. The girl had no idea what was going on. She soon began to take a different shape, forming into a black horse, with a long black and silver mane and tail. The quiet city was soon filled with the sound of hooves clopping against pavement. ”I know! I’ll run all the way back to the capital! I betcha there’s something super fun happening there, and everyone went to visit... or something. Maybe they’ll even let me perform my magic for everyone!”
Thankfully, the capital of Sweden was a mere two hundred and thirty-four kilometers away from Ludvika. And since Cendrine was moving at a slow lope, meaning it’d only take a day to travel to Stockholm, should she keep the pace up without stopping. That was unlikely though, so Cendrine estimated the trip to take two days. Not too bad, as whatever event that was so important everyone from Ludvika went to visit the capital would certainly last longer than that.
The trip to Stockholm proved... bizarre. Cendrine normally stayed away from areas people might be while in the form of her familiar, but her curiosity begun to kill her after a while. Travelling through rural lands was uneventful. Everything was normal! Wild animals and domesticated animals alike were all about going about the usual daily routines, though Cendrine had noticed that some barnyard animals remained in their stalls, as though the owners had put them away for the night then forgotten to return them to pasture in the morning. Due to the normality of it all, and Cendrine simply knowing something was amiss even if she refused to admit to it, the girl decided to travel to one of the main roads. There were quite a few cars on it, most of which had veered out of control and crashed, all of which were stopped. More importantly, all of them were abandoned.
Something was wrong. Very wrong. Cendrine hadn’t slept in, allowing a plague to wash over the land as she had slept. She hadn’t slept through an emergency eviction of everyone, causing the city she had been in to become abandoned. All human life was gone, except for her. Well, she wasn’t really human. ”Ah! That must be it!” Cendrine exclaimed, striking the ground with one of her hooves, then reverting back to her normal form. ”The witches have been playing a joke on Cendrine! Wait... no... they have ployed to make a master race of witches! But that means no one will want to see Cendrine’s magic anymore...
With these thoughts, Cendrine slumped down onto the ground. She should check to see if the other witches were still around, but she felt no motivation to do so. Witches were no fun, but humans were plenty of fun. They were always funny, and kind, and generous, unlike witches. Cendrine knew not many witches on a personal level, but none of them ever thought her to be anything special. Humans always thought Cendrine’s magic was special, but they had vanished. Such had put Cendrine’s mind in a state of woe. ”What do I do? I don’t really feel like doing much of anything now...” The girl sighed to herself, burying her face in her knees. ”All of the horses are still around. I can play with them, but they’re not as much fun as the humans... Where have the humans gone? Why did they not take me with them?!”
Cendrine didn’t know why, but she was suddenly very angry. She had accepted that the humans were gone, yes, but she had not accepted that she had to deal with what this meant. No humans meant the girl had free reign of the world, but there was nothing in it to hold her interest. Why would someone take away what she loved best?! Cendrine rose to her feet, and began to walk down the side of the road, occasionally maneuvering around an abandoned vehicle. ”I’m going to destroy who’s ever done this... I don’t care who they are. I’ll destroy them. Even myself, if it’s my fault. But, I don’t know what I could have done...”
What had she done? There had to be a reason Cendrine was left, but no one else was. Wait, no. It was obviously her blood. She’d inquire to the witch’s realm. Cendrine rarely visited that place, really only ever going to attend mass. But, if her culprit was there, Cendrine could destroy them... So, she must go there as soon as possible.
Alas, the trip was all for not. No one resided in the witch’s realm. Cendrine had checked every single inch of the place thrice, but had found not a single soul. ”Where is... Why is everyone gone?” The girl muttered to herself constantly, aimlessly wandering through the city. ”Perhaps there’s something I’m supposed to do to fix all this? What is it? I’ll do anything... I just want my friends back...”
It was at these last words Cendrine had brought herself near tears. The girl didn’t cry often, if ever. She usually had a bright, beaming smile on her face. Cendrine couldn’t recall a single time she had cried, as most matters people cried over were frivolous and not something even worth thinking about. But, this was different. Cendrine was alone. Though the girl hadn’t made many connections with many people, she had a lot of “friends”, or at least people she considered her friends. Sure, she only ever played with them once and then never heard from them again, but that was just it! Every nice human could be her friend! But, now they were all gone. The pain of that loss was a lot for Cendrine. She was young. Though being rather old by human standards, Cendrine still had a mind that worked like a young girl’s. A mind that couldn’t take this strain. Perhaps, if she was older, and wiser, she’d be reaping the benefits of this whole ordeal by now, instead of moping about the negatives.
At one point while wandering the witch’s realm, Cendrine collapsed. She then curled her body up with her head buried in her knees once again. Not a single coherent thought passed through her head. Her mind was an absolute jumbled mess! She kept on muttering things to herself, though her words were unlikely to pass as any language known to mankind. The only words she muttered that could be comprehended somewhat, was that of her incantation chant. After she said these words, the girl brought her hand out and outstretched one of the fingers, and lazily moving it around the surface of the ground. With such an action, part of the ground turned to ashes. Another incantation, and the ashes formed a short dagger. A small one, as she had only created a few ashes.
”So, if I’m the only one here, I’ll just show my magic to myself. Simple.” The girl stated, calmly despite her previous ineptitude to produce coherent words. She then rose to her feet, bringing the blade to her wrist. The magic worked like it always did. The blade glided through her wrist, causing the blood to come out, even though she was going for the wrist instead of the throat like she normally did. But, that was odd. Why was there a pain there? Cendrine didn’t scream or anything, but she didn’t think that normally happened. Incidentally, Cendrine never used the magic on herself before... Perhaps that always happened?
”No, no, no. It’s simply because I didn’t do it right. Enya said ‘always go through the neck’! So, I have to do that...” The girl said, raising the blade to her throat. For some reason, Cendrine’s hand begun to shake. She didn’t really know why, but the confusion that caused was nothing when compared to the confusion gained by an odd feeling rising up inside of her. It was a feeling she had never really felt before. What on earth could it be? Fear? Cendrine had not really ever been scared of something before, as most things in life were happy and pleasant. People were nice, animals were nice, and witches were... tolerable. Nonetheless, nothing on this earth really scared Cendrine. She only knew about the emotion due to her stepmother’s teachings on it. ”What’s wrong, Cendrine? Everything will be okay! I promise! She muttered to herself, a chipperness forced upon her voice. ”All you gotta do is-”
Cendrine’s voice was cut off by something she couldn’t exactly determine. Her body felt numb, only the side of her neck had any feeling anymore. It was a sharp pain, though it didn’t really bother Cendrine very much. What bothered her was the fact she felt like she was choking. Why was that? She couldn’t talk, either. ”What’s wrong? Why can’t I talk?” She thought to herself. ”Wait... Why can’t I breathe?!”
What was a much more pressing issue than muteness was the gooey liquid that had begun to fill her throat. It blocked her breathing, causing the girl to gag. Dropping the dagger, Cendrine brought her hands up to her throat. ”Why’s this happening? Why can’t I breathe? Does this always happen? Why would I...” The voice inside of Cendrine’s head began to fade out as she began to feel dizzy. Not sure why she felt like that, maybe lack of breathe. She collapsed, slumping onto the floor again. The hands that had been holding onto her neck looked to now be coated with the red ooze. Or at least, that’s what she thought. Cendrine’s vision was starting to fade. She couldn’t do much other than slump to her side, and stop moving...
Post by Rhett Minsky on Jun 28, 2014 20:41:49 GMT -5
It happened so quickly Rhett never even noticed everyone vanishing. It must have happened around midnight or he would have noticed if people suddenly ceased to be. He had been playing a game online with some of his friends back in Belarus until around eleven when he hopped off to watch some anime before sleeping, a standard routine for a Friday night. Nothing seemed strange until midnight hit and the chatbox that ran next to his video suddenly stopped moving. He had assumed that it was just some problem with the server but it apparently was a much larger incident. After an hour or two of watching anime he went to sleep and didn’t think anything was different.
Saturday began like any other with the sun beaming through Rhett’s window and the light waking him from his sleep. Groggily he rose and went through the routine he normally would; shower, brush his teeth, and start his computer up. With the basics taken care of Rhett returned to watching the anime he had started the previous night. He had no obligations for the day so relaxing and watching something was all he intended to do. Bringing up his usual site he noticed the chatbox was still unmoved but he never used it anyway so putting on his headphones he began the video and sat back in his chair to watch.
The day continued on with no events or cause for Rhett to notice what had happened until around six when he took a break from his anime binge and ventured out for food. His first sigh that something was off came when he entered the hallway and noticed a distinct lack of people. Not only was it empty but it was also quiet so people probably weren’t just hiding in their rooms like he had been. Shrugging it off though he assumed people were just out training or something, it was a nice day out and people tended to spend time outside when that was the case. Walking to the kitchen in his hall he prepared a bowl of ramen and returned to his room in case someone showed up and wanted to make use of the kitchen. Back in the solitude of his room it was a return to anime watching for another couple of hours.
It wasn’t until around nine that Rhett started to think that something was wrong. There had been no change in the chatbox even though nothing said it was broken but what really tipped him off was when he tried to start a game with his friends. As soon as he started the game he noticed that nobody was online in a game. Usually at least somebody would be playing at that time but everyone was shown as off. Exiting that he started up one of the MMOs he played and it hit him that things were amiss. Once he entered the game he found it completely empty, not a single person was on.
How could it possibly be that nobody was online? The whole idea of that was crazy! It had to be that he just happened to be in a place that nobody was in at the time, he just had to go to a town or something and there would be people everywhere! Keeping that in mind he made his way to the nearest town on the map while looking for any random players that might be passing by. He encountered a few monsters but no people, reaching the town he was met with much of the same. NPCs were around where they should be but no actual player was to be found in any part of the town.
Logging off Rhett sat back in his chair and looked at the servers to confirm the zero use by people. How could there be literally nobody on? It didn’t make sense to him at all! If the servers were down that would explain it but he could get on fine so how could nobody else? Curiosity getting the better of him Rhett got up and walked out to the hallway of the dorms and knocked on the nearest door, no answer. That wasn’t too surprising so he moved onto the next one with the same results. Continuing he hit every door in the hall and found nobody was there to respond.
A quick look downstairs and Rhett found that the dorms were empty except for him, the solo remaining student. Returning to his room he sat in front of his computer and contemplated what was going on. From what he could tell something had caused a lot of people to vanish but that was the extent of his knowledge. It seemed like the plot of some horror manga but here he was and he had to deal with it.
The two things that helped keep him somewhat relaxed were the fact that the people weren’t confirmed dead so they could have just been moved somewhere and that he was still there so there could be others. Quickly googling some potentially useful information like how to pick a lock or hotwire a car Rhett gathered some supplies and ventured out into the city. Following his theory Death City was desolate and left in a state of abandonment. Looking around he made sure to commit the sight to memory as he headed for the best place to try and figure out what was going on, Shibusen.
About an hour later he had managed to scale the steps and reach the entrance of the school. Taking a quick break he sat at the top of the steps and looked over the empty city. A mixture of lights left on and off made the city seem darker than how it normally was with people and cars all over. He wondered where everyone was now that they had vanished, they had to be somewhere. Where were the teachers, One stars, average citizens, his friends, his meister? Lacking any way to know this he stood up and headed into the school.
The school was as empty as the rest of the city but he expected that, what he was looking for wasn’t people but information. Reaching the library he went straight to the three star section and started looking for anything that could cause so many people to vanish. Taking out a notebook he started writing down what he knew so far so he could compare it to what he found in the library. Setting down his things at a table he began his search for anything that would explain what was going on. All he could do was try to figure out what caused this and do what he could to reverse it. He hoped everyone else was ok wherever they were and that he could find a way to bring them back.
Focusing on bringing people back kept his mind off the horrible thought that he was all alone in the area if not farther. A long term plan he could think of later if he needed to but at the moment it was better to focus on the short term and hope for the positive outcome. Plus he needed to figure out how to bring Lior back if nothing else. The thought brought a grin to his face as he searched for any useful books. She was his meister and he was a Shibusen student, what kind of weapon would he be if he didn’t look for her?
Post by Irene Dixon on Jun 30, 2014 13:29:20 GMT -5
It’s weird to think I’m writing about this. But then… it’s better to have some sort of record if I disappear too. Two days ago I found, well… no one. For me, it started as a normal day, getting up and getting ready, then heading out. Shibusen is a school in Death City to train weapons and meisters to protect the world from corrupted souls. I am a weapon at that school, Irene Dixon. I left that morning to train and saw no one. No person crossed my path the whole way from my dorm to the track. Not a single person. The whole day continued like that. I went to eat and no one was in the cafeteria. I ran into no other girls at the dorms. Teachers and students didn’t show up to class.
The first thing I thought in this situation was that it was all some big prank. How can someone actually believe that every person in a city has vanished? After two days of searching for one living, breathing person, I am writing that I believe this is no joke. Something happened to these people. I don’t know if it was slowly or instantly, but everyone in Death City is gone. As far as I can find, I am the only one left here. While it may not be a prank, it is one sick and cruel joke. The fact that I was somehow chosen to be left in a city alone is insane to me. But here I am.
I’m leaving Death City. After nearly two weeks here, I can’t stand it any longer. I would have never thought I would miss people, but I even feel the need to see my partner. Levi Kastein. I don’t know who might read this, what they might think or try to do with this information… But Levi Kastein was a Prince, royalty in some fashion, and he was my partner. I was the demon corsque half of the team, Levi was the weilder, and a damn good one at that. Now again I’m alone, but I’m going to attempt to find someone. Gas isn’t such a hard thing to come by when noone is here to claim ownership, neither is transportation. As long as I’m willing to drive. Leaving the desert shouldn’t prove too much of an issue, I just have to figure out where to go. Certainly this absence of people couldn’t stretch farther than here.
There was a severe mistake in my judgement it seems. I have still found no one. Not a single person. The weirdest thing is that there are no bodies. It isn’t like they died of strange virus or someone just went on a split second killing spree. There is no sign of a human body ever existing. I have a lot of time to myself to think and a terrifying thought is that I made it all up. There are schools of thought that teach that there is only one mind. That, for example, I’m the only living thing. I created people to interact with in my own mental world, that all of this could merely be my imagination. No other people actually exist, it is just me willing them to be. I guess that’s possible… But it sure as hell seems unlikely. And, like I said, terrifying.
I keep moving. Looking through cities and towns and finding nothing. Food is easy to come by, no one really guards it. Though, animals are also seeing the lack of human life. It isn’t becoming odd to see large beasts meandering in the middle of the road. Sometimes they’re even in buildings, if a door had been left open. I find little animal families all the time. Animals… That’s all. With animals moving about so freely, a few days ago I picked up some guns. Nothing too big. A bunch of bullets added to my backpack and two pistols. I took a few shots between now and then. I wouldn’t call myself a great shot, but I’d like to think I wouldn’t miss if something was attacking me. Hopefully.
There is no way that this was a place I created for myself in my own imagination. I don’t know what urged me to enter a petstore today, but that was a very, very stupid thing to do. Without people, how are caged animals meant to survive? The obvious answer is that they aren’t meant to. While it was somewhat amazing to see how some creatures had adapted, that some had escaped and were nowhere to be found, it was also heartbreaking to see the pain, death, and hunger. Hunger was the big thing. Animals had torn their own kind apart. I don’t know if the weak died first and were eaten, or if they were ganged up on… I had heard of mice eating dead quite often and I should have realized most anything else would to. It didn’t make seeing bloodied puppies any easier.
There was only one. I would have called it a german shepherd, but the matted hair and obvious malnourishment could make that guess wrong. It was scared and hungry. In a confined space with the remains a few other small dogs. The thing was too weak to stand, though it did make the effort to make a very sad growl and bare its teeth. I picked it up anyway. It was alone, it was dying, and it was suffering. It’s mouth closed on my wrist, but there wasn’t enough strength in the thing to even get close to breaking skin. Cradling the thing in my arms, I took it outside the store. I shot it on the concrete. It wouldn’t have survived and it was suffering.
I’m never going in a damn pet store again.
I’ve basically gone halfway across the country. Stopping everywhere I can and finding not a thing. Animals, yes. Food and shelter, yes. But never any people. Not one single person. I don’t understand how this could happen. I don’t think I could ever understand. But I need to keep looking. It occurs to me that I won’t be traveling the earth, the thought of crossing the ocean in some midget boat is just plain stupid. But… these continents should be enough. Would I really be able to search for that long? Would I have to? I pray to some unknown and hateful god that this is all some weird dream or training exercise.
Happy Birthday World.
It has been one year since people have vanished from the earth. I haven’t written in a very long time, that much is obvious. Part of the reasoning is that this isn’t very comforting. Writing to someone I don’t know or no one. To think no one might ever read these words…. that all my searching and effort is in vain… It just isn’t helpful. Besides, nothing has really happened. I found no one and no information about why people are gone. They’re just gone. I’ve found no one. I’ve searched cities and towns, small little hideouts and big building. Electricity is basically non-existent with no one working at plants. Water and food are still somewhat easy to come by, provided that the stores haven’t been broken into by animals and that it is preserved food. Lots of rotting things. Food, animals… I don’t really want to be here.
Have you ever felt so alone and so insane that you spent two whole days in a store with battery operated mini-dvd players and mannequins? I’m too depressed to even care about how screwed up that is. I dressed up my own imaginary friends. I brought us all to the home department, and I had movie days. We ate food, we told stories, and we watched dvds. Anything from comedy to horror to scifi to documentaries. I still couldn’t feel anything but an empty pit. Nothing helped. Once again, I never thought I would miss people this much. I never thought I would crave to be in a person’s presence. It just didn’t seem possible that I just needed someone, anyone. For anything. I’d take anyone for any reason.
But it won’t happen. There is no one. I am alone and abandoned.
Day 731 Happy Birthday World.
I touched a trumpet today. It seemed appropriate that with my darkest thoughts I bring my forbidden instrument back. As expected, it did nothing. Notes coming from a brass tube are still meaningless. As meaningless as my life in an empty world.
I have long lost the mental idea of what ‘happy’ is supposed to mean. There is no one here. There is no reason for me to keep existing. I just roam. Blindly and freely, doing nothing. And if I chose not to do that, what else would I do? What greater good is there for mindless animals? They are happy to be what they are, to exist in their chain of life.
I remember once hearing that if you shoot a bullet into your head, it is possible for it to bounce around your skull and only injure you greatly. Not kill you. While I don’t remember this being a large chance, it was certainly still possible. Multiple suicides put people in even worse situations from this failure. I am assuming firing two bullets at the same time into your skull would nearly eliminate this from happening.
Post by Jo Workmann on Jun 30, 2014 17:17:10 GMT -5
Things were back to normal!
These were the first thoughts of the awakening Jo Workmann. Having just recently been attending school at Shibusen, the girl’s schedule had been all messed up from travelling and dealing with court cases and one thing after another. This was the first day she woke up early without feeling like she’d have to drag herself through the rest of the day. What an odd mistress fate was.
Getting up and preparing for the day went off without a hitch. Grabbing a quick bite to eat, putting on clothing, making hair somewhat presentable and brushing teeth… all those normal morning things that people did just flew by without a second thought. Afterall, why should they need another thought? They were daily maintenance tasks that were done. Done and done! So out the door she was, gloved hands in denim pockets, walking easily down the sidewalk.
It proved to be nice outside, though it was still early. Cool enough, the sun hadn’t had time to bake the concrete and buildings. Her gaze upwards, a faint smile graced the girl’s lips as she looked to the sky. Mostly clear, the sun would eventually rise high into it and bring heat across this desert land. Regardless of it being a lot hotter, she still loved being outside. It wasn’t like home, nothing close, but it would deal for now. Better than a damn jail cell, that’s for sure!
The fact that she hadn’t passed a single individual on her way to the school’s track was missed by Jo. She hadn’t been concerned with talking to people, she was ready to begin her day. From what she had been told by other students, she would probably have to kick her normal routine up a notch. While normally she just did a lap or two in the morning then took an hour or so to work with weights, a few kids she had talked to would be there all day if they could physically stand it. That was something. She never experienced such determination and work back at home. People worked hard, but so much more fun was mixed in there.
Maybe Death City needed a shot of fun.
Throwing her leather jacket to the ground, Jo stepped onto the track. Not exactly the best shoes, but she didn’t see anyone around to discipline her decision. Hell, the track was free. No one out today, maybe this was a day off for kids? Shrugging, the girl stretched her arms above her head, a few popping sounds coming from her shoulders and outstretched back. No sooner had she dropped her arms, the denimed blonde took off. Not overly fast, a nice light jog. No reason to run out her stamina on something she didn’t particularly enjoy.
Three laps had her sweating a bit, a small bit of thanks to the pants and desert air. Slowing to a stop by where she had dropped her jacket, she leaned over to pick the clothing up. Glancing around, it just hit her that she never passed anyone. And no one passed her. Odd. There was still no one there. Maybe there was some class meeting that she hadn’t heard about. Once again she found herself shrugging and continuing to go on and do what she intended. She couldn’t worry about if she was missing something, it would just be dealt with when the time came.
Heading to the weight room, jacket thrown over her shoulder, Jo still had no intention of changing into anything more workout appropriate. This is how she would do these ‘mission’ things, so why should she alter how she practiced? A little under two hours at the weight room, cycling through reps and machines all the while. She took things slow, taking breaks often. Stamina, something she needed to work on. Her body only lasted for so long and that wasn’t quite long enough. Slowly drinking down some water, Jo had stripped down to the blank tank beneath her buckled shirt, but still kept the denim jeans, not that she had much of a choice in that.
Jacket and buckled shirt now thrown over her shoulder, the sweaty female walked slowly from the weight room with small cup of water in hand. Was it weird that no one was in her way? Shouldn’t people be training and getting stronger? That was the point of this place…. right? Once outside, the sun had started to announce it’s heat and reign to the city. Having already not been super happy to be warm, the dry desert air was less comfortable. Dumping what was left of the water over her head, she crumpled the cup and threw it in the direction of a trash can. Didn’t watch if she made it. Who was going to say anything? That no one who was nowhere?
The day went on much the same as the morning. Jo had showered back at her dorm, changed clothes, and headed to a class. She was met with an empty room. Perplexed, she wondered if she got the room or time wrong. Opening to the first piece of paper from the single notebook she had brought with her, she saw the time and room written clear as day. Backing out the door, she looked at the room number. Correct. Walking back into the room, she looked to a clock. Just a minute late.
“Is this actually magic class and we’re doing invisibility spells?”
She called out sarcastically to the empty room, her free hand shoved into her pocket and her other hanging loosely at her side holding the notebook of no use. She waited only a moment before turning and leaving the classroom. No point in sticking around there. She could learn to wait some other time. Wandering the empty halls, she opened door after door. No students. No teachers. While it was neat to open whatever she wanted and have no one reprimand her actions, it was a little confusing. How was this huge school so empty? School field trip that she hadn’t gotten a permission slip signed?
Cafeteria was empty, so that made lunch time a small bit more obnoxious. Any further classes she had were also empty. Not a student showed up. No teachers either. Her explanation of a school field trip seemed like the best option. Regardless, she had a couple useful hours of wandering the school. It was time she would have been class learning things, so she might as well learn about the building. Nothing wrong with that.
Heading back towards the dorms, Jo debated what to do next. Usually she depended on her brothers to keep her busy when she got home, but they certainly wouldn’t be there. And now everyone was who knows where, living it up and leaving her alone at school. That all in all wasn’t too bad, but this desert wasn’t built with the fun oddities that she loved. Especially without people around. How could she start up a new fight club if she had no one to participate? Seemed tomorrow would have to be another day.
Before getting to the dorms, she changed course. By this time, she had rerobed herself in her full normal ensemble. Jacket and all out in the sun! Taking the steps by threes, the blonde meister began descending down the vast steps of Shibusen. Her aim was to get to the forest. Where better to spend the day then outside? Especially since there were no students for her to bug.
At the bottom of the steps, the girl wiped sweat from her brow. Lots of layers and sun made little sense in the desert. Maybe she had to rethink her outfits. Hands soon found their way to her pockets as she strolled through Death City. Man. Even here there was no one. Must be rough on business when the students went on a trip. Not a shop owner was out. No one was walking in or out of stores. Jo didn’t want to be inside anyway, so she didn’t really bother much to check inside, but she was sure it was as barren as this sidewalk was. Were people scared without Shibusen students hanging around everywhere? This was certainly an odd city.
First thing she was going to do when she got to the forest was find a nice tree with big branches, scale it, and take a nap. These Death City people were real confusing.
Post by Niina Rivera on Jun 30, 2014 20:06:06 GMT -5
“Mnnnnmmmmgghhhhh….. what time… is it…..”
A groggy little blonde girl muttered not so quietly, rolling over in her bed and burying her face into her pillows. Her whole body stretched out, the girl couldn’t even reach the tip of the bed with her toes. Kicking her legs up into the air, bending at the knees, and letting them bounce back down against the mattress, she didn’t say much else for a short while. Knotted hair stuck every which way, into the air, hitting the pillows and jutting upwards, out to the sides… Maybe that’s why she hadn’t moved?
Then, after about five minutes from her first verbalized ‘question’, the blonde shot up. In a sort of ‘upwards dog’ yoga position, she held her upper body up by her arms and her legs were flat against the bed.
“What time is it!?”
Her question was repeated, though this time her voice raised in both pitch and volume. More awake, something had triggered Niina’s mind that she should be up. Looking around for her clock, she found herself basically spinned in a full circle before she noticed it was on the floor. Bending over to get it, it was juuuuuuuuuuuust out of reach. Stretching her arm fully out, wiggling her fingers like that might make it come closer, she leaned over just a TINY bit more.
Legs twirled up in blankets, she hit the floor, her arms just barely catching her fall. Sighing, though not without a small smile at how this morning was going, Niina found herself both amused and slightly annoyed. Her fingers finally circling around the small ocean themed clock, she turned it over to see the blue digital numbers.
The girl jumped to her feet, instantly stumbling to the side when she found her feet didn’t hit at the same time thanks to the blankets. Letting out a shrill YEEEK! and immediately following it with laughter, she just barely escaped hitting the floor again and got herself out of the evil blankets’ hold! A light smile playing along the girl’s lips, she dashed into the bathroom. No shower for now, she was going to the pool! Prime heat of the day! In minutes, she was ready enough. A miracle for the young girl. Seeing as it was just a swimsuit and shorts for her get-up at this moment, that could have had something to do with the much shorter time.
Dashing out of the dorms, she almost lost one of her flipflops on the way out of the building. Laughing lightly, she didn’t let up speed. Though… it was weird not to see the superintendent on her way out. Oh well!
It took little time to get to the pool. Maybe she’d see Fritz again today! That thought on her mind certainly kept a smile to her face. That boy was a real golden joy if she ever saw one. When she made it to the pool, she saw no one. No one wasn’t totally abnormal, each day fluctuated on who might be there. People were always nice to have around, but when swimming it was just as good without. Wasting no time in getting off her extra shorts and any other items, the girl jumped in the pool.
She stayed there for about an hour. Swimming and relaxing. Taking in the water and just enjoying the day. There was no class today. Nothing really planned for her to get to. Homework was a necessity… but she could get to that later. Maybe get some help from the other girls in the dorm. But for now it was water time! Man did she miss the beach. Maybe she could drag Fritz there soon.
When her pool time had passed, the soaked girl redonned her shorts and flipflops, heading back to the dorms to actually prepare herself for the day. This time walking, she realized the absence of people more fully. No one was at school? Were they all that busy?
Audibly gasping, for a moment Niina made her own heart jump. For a split second, she thought time had sped up and it was actually the beginning of the week again! But, as soon as the thought came, her mind had settled her down. It was indeed Saturday. She need not be worried. But still… where was everyone?
A little perplexed as to why she saw no one, but still knowing she needed to change, Niina headed back to her dorm. The whole process of showering, make-uping, and clothing herself had begun. Deciding on letting her hair air dry certainly meant there was a good deal less time getting herself ready. In the end, she went with a simpler outfit than she normally did. Letting her hair down, slightly waving from the dry desert air and making her layers more prominent. Her make-up was light, though present. And the outfit consisted of a white sundress with short brown cowgirl boots. Around her middle was a thick brown belt, a headband in her hair made of the same material but with a blue line through the middle.
Basically skipping out of the dorms, her next place to visit was Sebastian! If she knew anything about him, he would be at the library! Skipping remained, the girl heading off towards the school. Skipping soon slowed. Even more as she came closer to the school. Finally slowing into an eery walk, Niina nervously rubbed her right hand against her left arm. Where was everyone?
Things felt creepy with no one there. Nearing the school, she hurried inside. Still no one. So… odd. Walking slowly, she tried to make as little sound as possible, just in case she was missing footsteps or voices. But there was nothing. Smile faltering a bit, Niina kept making her way towards the library. Entering the room, she found it also eerily silent. Walking in, she made her way slowly and cautiously around the large room. Checking around bookcases and tables… but still no one. Not even Sebastian. Where would he have gone? He would have loved the library now… with no one in it.
Her hands folded in front of her, her thumb tapped lightly against her fingers and she bit lightly at her lower lip. It was all very strange. She didn’t like it. No one was around. Not a single person. It wasn’t even like death slipped over the city. There was just… nothing.
Out of the library, through the halls, and out of the school. The girl’s feet didn’t even touch the ground. She was beginning to get frantic. Sebastian wasn’t to be found. No one. There was no one. How was that possible. Hands now hanging loosely at her sides, the rare non smiling face was that of Niina. She was worried, and very much so. Flying out of the school, she moved as fast as she could. Checking the various work out spaces, around the dorms… nothing.
Tears starting to form in the girl’s eyes, her arms crossed rather tightly over her chest. Death City. There had to be someone in the city. With a sinking feeling in her heart, she flew towards the city. Down the streets, in some shops, by the park… no one. No children. No shopkeepers. No one. Not a single person. Stopping in the middle of the park, the witch let her feet touch the ground. Shaking slightly, a tear rolled down her face. Lips pulled together tightly, her arms still crossed against her chest, she looked around the park.
“H-How… c-can there be.. no o-one?”
The girl choked over her own words, her eyes frantically searching for something she might have missed. The sinking feeling just increased, her fear as well. This was all very wrong. Green eyes were shrouded by tears, falling more freely as she spun a slow full circle. Still nothing.
“Dolphin, doll, dolphin, speed.”
Her words were quiet, but she still managed to get them out without much of a fight. And then she took off. Feet off the ground once again, the stressed witch made her way out of Death City. Climbing higher into the air, she found no reason to be directly near the hot sand. West. West west west. Towards the ocean. Get to the ocean. That would make everything all right.
Time felt so slow to the witch. Even as she raced along, her heart sank with every moment. Where was everyone at Shibusen? Where were the residents of Death City? And… what about these cities? Over California, it was hard to miss that no one was there. Even as she flew, she saw glimpses of cars and buildings, billboards and roadsigns. But not one moving car. Not one person.
Tears rolling freely down the female’s face, she finally reached a beach. Finally. But in the moment her eyes met the sand, the inhale of breath with her choked up self caused her to squeak quietly. There was no one on the beach. Landing, she hadn’t really slowed down. Her feet met the sand, but her forward momentum kept her going. Trying to catch herself before the fell, she tried to keep her feet moving fast enough to keep up with her upper body. Distracted by the lack of people on the beach, she tripped, falling into the sand forearms first.
Crying. Sobbing. The blonde buried her head into her arms. And for the moment, she let her body take in the heat of the sand. It didn’t make sense. Everyone was gone. Anyone and everyone she ever wanted to protect. There was no one here. It was like some huge hand had snatched them all up and taken them to neverland. Calming herself down some, she lifted her head and slowly stood. Sniffing a bit, she wiped some of the sand from her dress.
The ocean. Her eyes met the ocean. The waves and water. A weak smile tugged at the corner of her lips, barely present on her face. With a hesitant step towards the ocean, soon followed by another, Niina found herself running for the water. She kept running, even after her booted feet met the cool ocean. When the water got deep enough, she dove in. Completely submerging herself. Swimming farther out, it didn’t take her long to take her familiar form. Human self shifting into that of the white and black marked White-beaked dolphin, as soon as she had shifted she darted into the water.
Full speed swimming ahead, she headed farther into the ocean. She was swimming. She was surrounded by water. She was surrounded by fish. This was okay. They would come back… right? They couldn’t just disappear. Or.. maybe they could… She couldn’t help someone who wasn’t there….
Letting her mind slide away from the thoughts of the missing people, Niina swam to the surface, jumped and spun, then dove back into the water. This was good. Calming. Forgetful.
Charmie: eyes on fire, knees weak, palms sweaty
Mar 19, 2017 16:15:05 GMT -5
Morrigan: Do I sense lurking?
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Skyye: the application
Dec 18, 2016 22:42:04 GMT -5
Skyye: The place is slower than I like to see. Though I would definitely play with anyone who stops by! If you're new, it's best to look around and see what sort of character you might like to play or be interested in playing. Hit up the rules and go over
Dec 18, 2016 22:41:54 GMT -5
Scarlet Sakura: I am new here, what do you do?
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Minty : should I join?
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sunjikuro: Is this place dead??
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