“That’s a lot, Lucky Kid. Now, how do we start a fire again?”I grabbed two pieces of dry branches and attempted to create a fire by rubbing their surfaces against each other.Disclaimer first: I didn’t know how to create one, but I at least had an idea based on the books and videos that I had read and watched. It seemed not that complicated, just rubbing two pieces of wood together.The only lighting that we could get, which helped us in seeing just enough in the dark, was from the flashlight application of our cellphones. They finally had some use. However, it was still cold and we needed a fire to warm ourselves.It took some more minutes before I got tired and soon gave up. How come it was this difficult? I succumbed to the corner, near the elevator as we were currently staying on the first floor, ashamed of the humiliation I displayed in front of Chevonne. Lucky Kid was trying his best not to laugh at my incompetence.“Josh, I’ve got some stuff from the fifth floor. Maybe they can
Red. Blue. Yellow.After coming up with a decision to group the crowd into three to do different tasks, I immediately went back to my tent and slumped heavily on the makeshift bed. I couldn’t believe what was happening right then. Everything here was traumatizing. Everything was unreal.Was it too much to ask God just to meet someone romantically?I never asked to have this kind of situation.First of all, the main reason why I agreed to join the retreat was that I was expecting that I’d be able to meet someone—of course, romantically—on the island and have some fun. I wanted to at least be held by a guy even once in my life. That was the only thing that I was asking for. I didn’t care if the guy would be handsome or not as long as he was a guy then it was all good. Damn, I was desperate about finding one.Instead, this happened.I noticed that I was shivering, which I suspected was because I still couldn’t forget what happened in the captain’s cabin. It would surely haunt me for life.
It was almost night time and some of the passengers and crew were already gathering firewood from the woods. The whole area had been painted with velvet and scarlet red. It was a perfect canvas for us for the upcoming slaughter. They didn’t know that I was here, that we were here. They didn’t know that we were coming.This time, I’d make sure to find the creator out of this large crowd that father failed to do.I had recently become a thinker after being gauged and classified by Master to exceed the ten percent capacity of my brain, reaching a whopping fifty percent. She complimented me about how I possessed such talent, and it was my pleasure to always please her. If she was only some years younger, I’d surely marry her.I loved my Master. I was obsessed with her. The feeling was greater than what the meaning of the word “love” carried.There were three categories of thoughts to choose from; however, with the mission carved in me since I was born, I chose to have the one in the red ma
While the men were burying the body of Alyssa near a coconut-looking tree, the three of us bawled like children a few meters away from the cliff. We couldn’t fully process everything that had happened with the captain yet—and now this. What else could possibly happen? Both Vhina and Ritchelle were staring at nothingness with gaping mouths after they emptied their tear glands. Out of us, they were the most affected because it looked like it was their first time seeing a corpse such as that. Vhina got up to her feet first.“This is stupid. So stupid. How could something like that happen in such a way?” she cried. Her eyes were all swollen. Ritchelle followed suit, and with clenched fists added, “That’s right! It looked like someone has pushed her and arranged her shoes in such a way that gives off a message.”“But who?” I wailed. Before anyone could answer, teacher Norkie returned alone. He looked lost and drained. His cheeks were damp and sunken. He didn’t look at any of us and jus
“Lucky Kid, do it now!” The experience was like a rodeo. I was riding this crazily strong, rhino-looking beast for almost five minutes straight while it kept on swaying sideways and jumping up and down, or sometimes, if my senses served me right, a mixture of the two. I was able to keep a firm grip of its horn and it was dashing straight to Chevonne’s way, who somehow lured it to go inside Lucky Kid’s thought, then—BANG!Before I’d expose what happened next, let me first go back in time.Right after the giant incident, we moved to somewhere else and stayed for the night. We woke up early and Chevonne was keeping an eye on Lucky Kid who might escape. I got the gist of what was happening and a little bit about the thinker thingy, but I still couldn’t understand why it was happening to me. I mean, I was not a special person to obtain such an extravaganza.Along our stroll, we heard a strange sound that brought us down to our knees. We hid behind a shrub of berries. Lucky Kid picked and a
It was our second day of being stranded on this island, yet no rescue had come. We didn’t find any locals as well. The sun was at its peak, indicating that it might be noon already. Rico was walking ahead of me, leading the way to the unknown territories. The foliage here was thicker and the coconut-looking trees were much taller compared to the ones at the beach.Now that I had a good look at them, and for the first time that I ever gave focus and attention to the details of the trees, they looked familiar. “Jelly, check this out.”Rico called me out from where he was standing, which I supposed an opening just outside the foliage. I quickened my pace and for the first time since being stranded here, finally found something beautiful and mesmerizing. We were standing on a wide cliff, wider than the first one Alyssa fell from. The memory struck like lightning and got me sobbing again, but I nodded it off. I needed to always remind myself to move on. I might not be able to forget, but
We went to the meeting place where Sir had his conjurer friend build a building a long time ago. It was where we were supposed to lure everyone to after getting stranded at the beach. However, with how things turned out, we didn’t manage to do it as exactly as it was, but somehow still got a few people to go inland.I was surprised when I found out everything in ruins. It somehow got me mad.“Hey, what happened here?” the weak-ass slasher asked with both of his hands resting at the back of his head, still as carefree as ever.“Well, a lot of things might have happened. Am I right, Momo and Mimi?” Our controller turned around and gave the twins a menacing look masked as a smile.They looked at each other with indifference. They surely looked alike: same squinting eyes, small noses, and pale, thin lips. Even their height and built. They were as small as elementary students but ferocious in some ways. You wouldn’t find them dangerous if you didn’t know what they could do.I hea—my ears ca
“Chevonne! Look at this!” How could I not wonder at this scenery? The picturesque view drenched in the moonlight was so majestic that it sipped all my worries and fears that were caused by everything on this island. I had never seen such a bright night in my life. Everything was glowing in lavender, and I could clearly see the details of the area: darkness didn’t mean anything at all. I squinted and found out that the cocohairs were the ones responsible for the wonderful light display. They looked like those candescent Christmas trees in P-mall that were displayed early in September. The silence of the waterfalls never bothered me that much ever since knowing about strange powers and whatnot from Chevonne, so anything else that would happen that was not normal, was going to be normal for me. I wouldn’t intend to get surprised every time my mind couldn’t perceive nor accept things that normal human beings couldn’t normally do.That was because I was also not normal. I had a power. I w