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 "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH" they both screamed

Their eyes dilated, their eyelids raised, their hearts pounded heavily, they froze in place breathing heavily.

They cannot believe on what they are seeing right now. Their friend, the one that they shared memories with, the one that they wanted to see again, was dead in front of their eyes.

Lara cannot help but cry, Jandrel held back his tears as he bit his tongue for him not to cry.

"NO! NO! NO! NO! THIS CAN'T BE TRUE!? NOOOOO!" Lara cried

Jandrel couldn't hold back his tears, as he kneeled down the platform of the stairs.

"I'm sorry Michael... I'm sorry... I should have saved you sooner... I'm so sorry..." Jandrel lamented

"I hope you forgive me..."

He got up while wiping up his tears, snuffling.

"We have to go now." Jandrel declared

"WHAT. WHY? THAT'S IT!? WE'RE LEAVING OUR FRIEND HERE?! WE'RE LEAVING MICHAEL LIKE THIS?!" Lara hissed angrily as she sat next to Michaels remains

"WELL WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? STAY HERE?!" He rebuked

"STAY HERE AND ACCOMPLISH NOTHING?! JONATHAN MAY STILL BE LURKING AROUND THIS TOWN SOMEWHERE! WE HAVE TO FIND HIM ALIVE! WE HAVE TO SAVE HIM BEFORE HE IS DEAD! AND I AM DETERMINED TO SAVE HIM FROM SUFFERING LIKE MICHAELS FATE. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ONE OF MY FRIENDS CORPSES EVER AGAIN." He added

Silence ate the area after they bellowed at each other.

"Okay."

"Okay, I'm sorry... Let's go now." Lara said in epiphany, as she stood up wiping her tears with her shirt.

As they started walking again, Lara made a final look back at Michael's corpse.

They continued walking up the staircase until they finally went up to the third floor.

The third floor was dark, because it's hallways doesn't have windows. Jandrel opened the flashlight in order to perceive the way.

They found a switch for the lights at the side of the wall near the stairs yet it doesn't turned any light on.

They walked down the messy hallway full of dirt as they were finding the Science Laboratory.

The rooms have signs on their doors, so they can see what rooms they passed by.

They have passed rooms like the Library, the Audio-Visual Room, the Music Room, and the Principal's Office.

"I'm sure the last room in the corner is the Science Laboratory." Lara obviously stated

They hurriedly walked down to the last door.

They were puzzled.

"This door doesn't have a sign..." Lara said quite confused and terrified

The sign looks like it was forcefully took off by someone, the door had two small holes with cracks on it.

"Those holes may be from the nails used for the sign..." Jandrel pointed

Jandrel tried to peek at the hole but it was too small, he couldn't see anything beyond the door.

Jandrel illuminated the bottom part of the door.

They were both alarmed.

"I don't want to go inside now." Lara shuddered

Jandrel gulped

After seeing what happened from Michael, they are now aware that something bad may happen to them, they know that they might die.

They were anxious as they saw the dried blood at the bottom part of the door.

Jandrel was about the open the door but a loud thud was heard.

It came inside.

"It felt like something fell down the floor, or maybe someone is inside." Lara said scared

Jandrel is now hesitated to open the door.

"What are you waiting for? Open it up!"

Jandrel was shocked because he heard a very unfamiliar voice, it sounded like a little girls voice. The voice sounded so cold and it felt hollow. The tone hinted that the voice came from someone who was hurt.

"Huh? Who was that?" He asked Lara quite nervous

"WHAT? What do you mean 'Who was that'?" Lara replied terrified

"Ah, no. Nothing. It's nothing" Jandrel said in order for Lara not to freak out

He closed his eyes and bent his head away as he opened the door, Lara covered her eyes with her hands.

They heard nothing, they gradually opened their eyes and saw what was inside the room. It was the Science Laboratory. There was a broken thin rectangular cabinet on the floor, which might caused the loud thud before they opened the door.

They went inside, there were a lot of apparatuses used for experiments inside the bottom glass cabinets. There were chemicals at the top glass cabinets.

There was also a television and a pair of speakers in front of the room, in front of the blackboard.

And at the end of the room, there were human anatomy mannequins standing, and there is something covered in a white cloth at one of the tables, there also was a knife and a really big pair of scissors near the thing. At the top of the white cloth, there lied a flower, a red chrysanthemum and a paper.

The thing underneath the cloth was shaped like a human.

"So, what are we gonna do here?" Lara asked

The door suddenly slammed as it was closed, both were alarmed.

They went to the door, and tried to open it. It was locked from the outside.

"What are we gonna do now?" Lara panicked

"Chill, calm down. There's a lot of things that we can do inside of here." Jandrel said calming Lara down

"Look." He pointed

"There are a lot of things that might be used here."

Lara became curious and slowly went near the human-shaped white cloth, Jandrel also went. Lara took the flower and the paper.

Things were written on the paper, it was a checklist.

"To get out of the room, you have to follow the instructions... or else."

"OR ELSE WHAT?!" Lara asked quite paranoid

"1.) Take off the cloth."

"Is it gonna be okay?" She gulped

"Yes."

Lara trembled as she closed her eyes.

Jandrel hesitantly pulled off the the cloth.

"Lara, you can look now." Jandrel assured

It's an anatomical mannequin.

The mannequin looked like a real human, it was pale, it's face doesn't express any emotion at all. The mannequin gave a very horrifying aura as it's eyes, which is as black as the midnight, was open wide.

"2.) Get the knife and cut open the abdominal part of the mannequin."

Jandrel took the knife, his arms felt like noodles as he tried to pick it up. Raising up the knife, he forcefully stabbed the mannequin.

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!"

They were terrified as they heard an agonized scream of a man, the sound went from the side of the blackboards in front.

It was the speakers, it was open. Even though it was not connected to any electricity sources.

They both faced the front, the scream sounded familiar to them.

Until it struck their minds.

It was Michael's.

They once again faced the mannequin, but there was now fresh blood flowing down the stabbed part of the mannequin. The stench of the fish-like odor is scattering the place.

Jandrel's eyes widened from fear, Lara's face was filled with terror, the smell of the blood made her feel nauseated.

Even though he was unsettled from the events happening, he still continued to cut open the abdomen of the mannequin.

Blood squirted from the anatomical model, Jandrel and Lara's clothes got stained with blood.

The mannequin felt like a real human. as they ripped open the abdomen, there were what it seems to look like real internal organs.

After seeing this, Lara cannot help herself but vomit.

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! NO!! I'M BEGGING YOU!! STOP!! IT HURTS!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" As Michael's anguished voice penetrated the room.

"3.) Take off the internal organs of the mannequin."

"Jandrel, STOP THIS RIGHT NOW! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!" Lara yelled scared, as if she was losing her sanity.

"WHY WOULD I STOP?! WE WILL NEVER GET OUT OF HERE IF I STOPPED DOING THIS!" He yelled back.

Jandrel recklessly held the internal organs of the mannequin and picked it off one by one as if it was flower petals.

Lara couldn't bear to watch what Jandrel was doing, she covered her eyes and her ears.

The screams from the speakers started fading off as if the person who's speaking is slowly running out of energy. Gurgling sounds were only left for them to hear.

"4.) Cut the body of the mannequin into two."

Jandrel took the big pair of scissors and impulsively cut the mannequin in halves.

The sound of Michael's voice from the speaker eventually went off.

Jandrel looked at the appearance of the mannequin, his eyes were widened. His mouth was open from shock. He couldn't give any violent reactions.

Lara, who had her eyes closed and ears covered at the time felt like everything was okay and decided to open her eyes and uncover her ears.

"No." Lara said startled as she also saw the appearance of the mannequin

It's body was torn into two, there was blood everywhere, it's innards were scattered all over the place.

It looked like Michael's Body.

The door clicked, it sounded as it was open.

They hurriedly went to the door, opened it and went out of the Laboratory.

In front of the door, there was a sling bag.

Lara took it and tried to look what's inside.

There was a folded piece of paper with dried blood on it. Lara opened up the piece of paper.

"HELP MY NAME'S JONATHAN AND I AM ON THE SIMSUANGCO HOSPITAL PLEASE THEY ARE GOING TO ME, I NEED TO DO THE R-"

The latter part of the paper was teared out, the letter was written as it was hurriedly wrote.

Lara and Jandrel read the letter at once. They hurriedly walked through the hallway, and went down the stairs.

They turned off the flashlight because there were already lights coming from the windows.

But as they hurriedly walked down the stairs,

Michael's Corpse was gone, but there were traces of blood that signifies that the body has been dragged by someone else. The traces of blood went downstairs.

This made them scared and ran down the stairs as quickly as possible.

When they got through the ground floor, the trail of blood was leaving the school to the outside world as it went outside through the main entrance door.

They went outside, Lara took out her map and looked for the Simsuangco Hospital as they were walking down the garden in front of the school.

"WHAT?!" Lara said in frustration

"What? What is it" Jandrel asked

"The Simsuangco Hospital is at the far west side of the city, we have to walk for so long just to get there!" She said

Their conversation and walking was halted because they heard something from afar. It sounded like walking.

From the distance they saw two figures walking.

Jandrel and Lara froze from their position, they couldn't move from fear. The two figures saw them and ran towards them.

They were about to run away, but a voice of a man shouted at them.

"HEY! DON'T LEAVE US HERE!"

Jandrel and Lara looked again at the two figures as they were becoming closer.

They were two men, they almost looked the same age as Jandrel and Lara, the one was tall and the other one was quite short for the average height.

"HEY GUYS WAIT FOR US, WE ARE LOST HERE WE THOUGHT WE WERE THE ONLY ONES IN HERE." The tall one said

Lara and Jandrel was relieved when they saw two other human beings running towards them.

The two stopped in front of them.

"Hey, I'm Einnor." Said the tall one as he introduced himself

"Pleased to meet you, I'm Jeyrhald" Said the other one

"Hi, I'm Lara and this guy's Jandrel. Thank goodness we saw you two, we thought we are the only ones trapped in here." Lara said quite relieved with a slight smile on her face

"We had the same thoughts. We were both scared because we just saw a trail of blood from the outside church leading us here." Einnor said

"And speaking of blood, why do you two have blood in your clothes?! Did you kill somebody?!" Jeyrhald said kind of freaked out

"No! No! It's not like that we got this from this school's science laboratory and ugh it's a long story." Lara said

"By the way, how long have you two been stuck in here?" Jandrel asked the two

"We've been stuck here for days" Jeyrhald said

"Yeah, I'm still hoping when we got out of here it's still 1986 though" Einnor chortled

"What are you talking about Einnor? It's just days when we got here. We won't survive a year in here" Jeyrhald chortled back

Lara and Jandrel looked at each other, confused.

"Isn't it already 2019?" Jandrel whispered to Lara

"Yes it is of course!" Lara whispered back

"Wait, wait, what year is it right now again?" Jandrel asked confused

"Why are you even asking that, of course it's 1986."



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