Wednesday, 23 December 2009
10:39:18 PM (GMT)
Part Three. Shush.
The derivative of ‘y’ in terms of ‘x’ for the function…
The words slurred together as I began solving problems more subconsciously than
actively. He was right, and I couldn’t help but smile. After the hours I spent
chewing on the end of my pencil yesterday, this math test was a breeze.
It was hard, not to wonder just who he was. But, he’d tell me when he wanted to,
right? The last thing I wanted to do was scare him off. I was lucky enough already,
just to have him around, and I really didn’t want to ruin it.
“So, Amber, are you coming?”
“Hm?” I’d been in a daze after school, avoiding crashing into people simply
because they moved out of the way.
“Aren’t you listening?!” Maddie was tugging at my arm again. “Movies tonight!
We’re finally gonna watch it! You HAVE you come along, okay? Let’s go!” I’d
completely forgotten about the movies. In fact, I had no idea what we were supposed
to be watching.
“Alright, alright!” I smiled. Sometimes Madison reminded me of a puppy. Energetic
at all times, as playful as one, and certainly loyal. She was the first friend I’d
made since dad moved us here after mom left. In this past year, we’d gotten to be
really good friends. Not quite best friends, though—I guess it’ll be some time
before I can really accept another person into my cramped circle. Nowadays, it only
seemed to include me and my figment of imagination.
Maddie was already pulling me into her car, headed for the nearest cinema. I didn’t
bother calling dad. He wouldn’t be worried anyway. I was bound to be home before he
got off of work.
The screen had just barely begun to play the movie when Maddie and I found seats at
the back of the movie theatre. Sure, it didn’t have the best acoustics, but we
still preferred it. It was fun to look out over the audience while the movie played.
It struck me then that I had no idea what, exactly, we were watching. I caught the
title, and remembered seeing the trailer on TV at some point. Something about the
supernatural, hauntings.. What did it matter, anyway? I was enjoying a movie with a
“Ready?” Maddie laughed, knowing how much I hate horror movies. “I’m
surprised you let yourself be dragged in here.” She whispered, ignoring the various
‘shhh’s coming from people a couple of rows in front of us.
Only an hour and a half later, I was literally at the edge of my seat, hands grasping
the handles of my chair. Maddie’s chuckle didn’t even register in my head as I
watched the female lead being chased by the shadow of—who else—the villain.
He got closer..
“Where the HELL have you been?!” I heard a fierce whisper from my right. The side
Maddie was definitely not sitting at.
Thankfully, my scream had occurred at the same time as the girl on screen. People
were chuckling in their seats, some even turning to look back at me, then back at the
screen. Maddie was in a fit of silent laughter in her seat. If I didn’t know any
better, I’d think it was a seizure. I looked to my right. Nothing.
I looked back at the screen.
“I know you hear me! Can you please just acknowledge it!?”
It was that voice. The very same one that was in my room. Maybe it really was part of
my mind… I nodded, letting it know I was listening. I didn’t even notice the
flicker beside me, staring at the screen. Had I been looking, I would’ve seen a
very real guy. Very real, because no part of my imagination could have made him up.