I ran down the rows of chairs that felt like they have gotten longer, the toys started to throw trash and food at me. They were screaming, and howling at me. A stuffed snake stretched across the aisleway. It was too late I couldn’t stop in time. Tripping over it my knees hit the hard ground as I looked up at it the snake opened its mouth wide revealing sharp white fangs with a loud hiss I screamed. Getting to my feet I started to run again.
“You can’t hide from us!” The girl laughed from behind me.
As I ran down the stone path, the trees on the sides had that blue smoke racing between them that was keeping up with me. There soon came the sound of breaking glass. Looking behind me, everything looked like a broken mirror. Looking forward shards of glass started to fall from the sky. Feeling the ground crack and break under me I picked up the speed.
My lungs were on fire, my legs were getting sore, but I had to keep running! The sounds of breaking glass were getting louder. Soon the feeling of fear drowned out the pain and sound when I saw the stage coming into sight. Two bright lights shined and waved around in the broken night sky like a Hollywood movie premiere.
There was nowhere else to go…
As I stopped by the first set of seats, the destruction stopped as well. Looking behind me, it was nothing but darkness below. No birds, no trees, and no stone path. Just nothing…
Looking back at the stage. The curtains were up, but they were a jet-black color and were more ripped up. None of the stage lights were on.
Slowly walking down the row. There were no toys in the chairs but in their place were those white masks but all of them were frowning and had red paint running down the eyes. Getting to the front row, three masks were in the seats where the three narrators once were. They too were frowning and had the red paint running down the eyes.
I jumped out of my skin when a light turned on loudly from behind me. Turning around a bright light was shining down on an object that was laying in the middle of the stage. My body was trembling, Slowly and carefully I climbed onto the stage. Kneeling down as the light flickered a little, the object was the book from Act three…
It was a sketchbook that was ripped up. It had cartoon stickers on it. Some were peeling off or were halfway gone. There was tape trying to hold some parts together. It has seen some better days. I open to the first page with a note written in glitter ink and in my handwriting.
“Property of XXXXX X. XXXXXX, if you’re not XXXXX put down now, or you will be cursed forever! These are characters and their details! “
The first picture had the name at the top was Doctor Wheeze. He was wearing a fancy business suit. He looked exactly like the first narrator, besides not having that mask on… There were notes on the side.
– Not really nice and swears a lot!
– Only cares about money
– Sick all the time
– Likes to wear expensive things
Flipping the page again, the next picture was a pirate, and his name was Captain Cold Eye. He looked exactly like the second male narrator again without the mask. Again there were side notes.
– The king of the seven seas!
– Has one icy blue eye (hints the name)
– Has a first mate that likes to start fires
– Has a wife that’s also a pirate but was killed, she’s a ghost now and haunts him
I began to flip through the book. More drawings of characters or some pages had ‘RIP Forgotten Brother Or Sister’ in the middle of it…
I stopped when I noticed the female narrator, Lady Valentines. The puffy pink and white dress, the white, pink, red and curly hair, with colorful long nails… And bright red lips, white eyeshadow and bright pink heart that’s over her right eye.
– She loves to love!
– She loves Valentine’s Day
– She loves to bake
– She loves the rainbow
As I got to the last page, my heart started to race. It was her. That girl that was responsible for this nightmare but her name was a scribble of heavily blue ink.
– Tried to remember everyone that you forgot!
– Lost her sanity because of you!
– Hates the dark, the same darkness you left her in!
– But hates you more!
“You took your good time getting here.” Someone spoke as more lights turned on and blinding me.
As my eyes adjusted to the brightness, the girl stood in front of me. Behind her was a broken scene of black lines that looked like tree branches with colorful dots in the white spaces.
“I just want to know why? Why did you forget us? What did we do wrong?!” She yelled as the floor started to crack like glass.
“You threw us away like we all meant nothing! How could you do that to us so easily?!” She yelled again then she started to sob covering her mask with both hands. The floor around me started to crumble revealing a bottomless pit. The stage and scene started to break and crack the more she cried. “What did we do wrong…?”
“I’m sorry,” I spoke softly and stood up slowly on the unstable ground. I was making my way slowly towards her. The floor gave way a few times but when I was close enough. I took her wrists and removed her hands from her mask.
“I… grew up — something all kids do. And sadly, we all forget things we have when we were younger. Be it toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, drawings, even imaginary friends… We all forget. Was it right that I threw away that sketchbook, well… No. But I’m still sorry. And I’m asking for forgiveness. Please, that’s all I want.”
As I hugged her, she wrapped her arms around and leaned her head on my shoulder. “I’m sorry, for everything,” I said and held her tightly. The sound of breaking glass stopped which made me smile.
“What’s my name then,” she asked coldly sending chills down my spine, “if you’re sorry, you’ll remember my name?”
Pulling away I saw those bright green eyes glaring back through those eye holes. “W-what?” I stuttered. She grabbed my throat as the world around us shattered into a million pieces, and we were left in nothing but pitch black.
“Welcome to the final Act of our lovely play, where we get to see our creator go mad until her beloved family has enough of her burden and pulls the plug!” There came the sounds of people clapping and cheering coming from nowhere.
“Like I said, we will NEVER let you wake up from your coma!” The girl let’s go of my throat dropping me onto the hard ground. Looking up at her as she looked down at me with that evil smile and cold eyes.
“The best part, you’ll get to watch everything going on in the waking world. You get to hear everything. You get to feel the madness slowly creeping in, and you’ll feel your sanity being eaten alive! You will experience EVERYTHING that I had to go through when I was locked away in here! And we get to watch!” She giggled before becoming that blue smoke then disappeared.
I stood up reaching out to nothing. “No! Wait! Don’t leave me!” I screamed.
“We saved you a seat lass!” Captain Cold Eye shouts waving his hand. The girl sat down between him and Lady Valentines.
“Oh, I couldn’t wait for this! I just love happy endings!’ Lady Valentines cheered as she ate some popcorn.
“You love everyth-” Doctor Wheeze started to cough and sneeze, “to hell with this blasted cold!”
The girl crossed her legs to watch her once best friend wander around in the endless darkness. She smiled under her mask and rested her hand on the side of her head. “May the darkness and the madness show her no mercy like it never did for me.” The girl hummed.