Chapter 13:

Tale Null: Rampaging Raven (3)

SupraNatural


I found myself in front of the place in question in no time. The very beginning. Bookmark here

I tried to remember… though there was barely any need. There was no way I could forget a single detail. Bookmark here

The first scene – two characters, standing in the middle of that lonely street. Bookmark here

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ME: Main Character. Bookmark here

CLAUDIA: Friend. Bookmark here

I stood there behind the trees, in the center of a small plaza. Bookmark here

Middle school kids and high school teens were going home, but I didn’t want to go back just yet. Bookmark here

So I didn’t move. Bookmark here

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“Hey, &£/^¶! What are you doing here? Waiting for someone?” Bookmark here

I looked up, and there she was – Claudia, the closest thing I had to a female childhood friend. Bookmark here

Despite her cheery voice, after looking at her, I couldn’t help but feel… unsettled. Bookmark here

I knew she couldn’t help it. She was probably having it rough. Bookmark here

But it was also painful for me to see her like this. Bookmark here

“No, I’m just thinking about stuff. Zoned out for a bit. And you?” Bookmark here

“Ah… Hmm. Nothing in particular, I guess. Just passing by.” Bookmark here

“…” Bookmark here

“Hey, so… do you have anything to do right now?” Bookmark here

She asked shyly. I wasn’t used to hearing that tone from her. Bookmark here

“No, not really. Do you need anything?” Bookmark here

“So, I was thinking if you’d like to go for a walk around here for a bit. It’s been a while since we last had any free time…” Bookmark here

“Ah, yeah, no problem. Actually, there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you for a bit now.” Bookmark here

“Oh, what a coincidence. I’ve also been meaning to ask you something for a while, hahaha!” Bookmark here

We both laughed together like in the good old days, forgetting all our problems if just for an instant. Bookmark here

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And then the scene was over. I was in the exact same place I’d been, but all signs of life had disappeared. Bookmark here

I had returned to Ellie’s world. Bookmark here

I had all the time I could possibly want or need, so I slowly walked towards the next location in the list. Bookmark here

The inside of an old abandoned building, terribly kept and very much a potential hazard if one didn’t take enough care. Bookmark here

And once I was inside – the second scene. Bookmark here

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NICK: Friend. Bookmark here

“Ahhh… Ahhh… AAAAAAAAHH!!!” Bookmark here

I was scared. Panicking. I couldn’t comprehend what was happening in front of my eyes. Bookmark here

“No… No… Aaaaah…” Bookmark here

I managed enough clarity to pick up my phone and call an ambulance. Bookmark here

But I still couldn’t accept it. Bookmark here

I wanted to close my eyes and look away, but my sight was glued to that horrid spectacle. Bookmark here

In my state of utter panic, I was only able to do one more thing – type a message to Nick. Bookmark here

And then I fainted. Bookmark here

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When I came to my senses, Nick was right beside me. Bookmark here

“Hey, friend… are you all right?” Bookmark here

“Huh? Wha-? Hey, wh97!$”#@Ç´`ç´:¡¿+\|@=#€¨l¬€#32?” Bookmark here

“Ah… Don’t worry. It’s gonna be okay. The doctors said so a million times. Just rest and you can worry about it later, ‘kay?” Bookmark here

“No. Don’t lie to me. That thing… You can’t just say it’s going to be okay! DON’T LIE!” Bookmark here

I broke out of Nick’s grip, and summoning energy from where there was none, ran towards the exit of what once was a storage building. Bookmark here

I couldn’t let it stay like this. Bookmark here

It was my fault. Bookmark here

Completely, unequivocally my fault. If I hadn’t decided to come here… If I hadn’t moved towards that particular corner… Bookmark here

If I had noticed just a moment earlier… Bookmark here

If I had jumped instead…! Bookmark here

But even so, I had allowed it. Bookmark here

Even so, I hadn’t seen it on time. Bookmark here

And now… And now (/&/(“(/&$%/·&(/”)(==)(/&/()(=)(YT//UY/(/)“$%$·$%”·”$%$!%&!!!!!!!!!! Bookmark here

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH! Bookmark here

… I tripped over a rock that had fallen in the accident. Bookmark here

Slammed my head against the floor. Bookmark here

And then, black. Bookmark here

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A difficult scene to remember, it was… Bookmark here

I couldn’t help but feel a single tear going down my cheek. Bookmark here

But I couldn’t give up, not yet. Getting sentimental isn’t something a detective should do in any case. Bookmark here

And I was a detective. Nothing more, nothing less. Bookmark here

So I simply kept moving, leaving the building in ruins behind me. Bookmark here

My next destination – the closest hospital. Bookmark here

Inside that one room… Bookmark here

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ME: Main Character. Bookmark here

PHILIP: Doctor. Bookmark here

EMMA: Patient. Bookmark here

“…” Bookmark here

I stared at the ceiling in silence. Bookmark here

My wristwatch had been taken away for some reason, and since I was told not to move, I had no way of knowing how long I had been like this. Bookmark here

Doing nothing, powerlessly laying in bed as time slipped by. Bookmark here

“I’m really sorry, but… there’s nothing we can do anymore. It’s a lost cause.” Bookmark here

So had said the doctor when he first came to visit me after I’d woken up. Bookmark here

There was no hope. In the end, this is how it had ended. I cursed my past self, whose selfish decisions had led him to where I was right now. They had changed the fate of other people for the worse – and sentenced a person to their death. Bookmark here

And I could only stare at this ceiling, wailing in self-loathing and filling the pool my tears had slowly but surely been forming in the pillow. Bookmark here

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I was in a room with two beds, though the second one had been empty so far – but it didn’t really surprise me when the doctor came in with a girl about my age, with wounds all over her body. Bookmark here

She was being carried in a wheeled bed, and was moved to the one beside me – bigger and surely more comfortable, though I’m sure those aspects in particular were not precisely at the forefront of the doctor’s mind. Bookmark here

The girl was completely conscious, and her expression scared me more than I would have thought possible. Bookmark here

She didn’t look tired. She didn’t look hurt. She didn’t look weak. Bookmark here

She looked furious. Bookmark here

She was struggling and fighting against the doctor, who had to firmly tie her wrists together behind her back before laying her in bed. Bookmark here

And upon closer inspection of her wounds – it was obvious nobody had done those to her. Bookmark here

The doctor gave her what I could only assume was a strong sleeping drug, before going outside once more. Bookmark here

My heart sunk to a new low as the room was left in silence again – with only the girl’s occasional snores to remind me of the existence of a world outside my own pain. Bookmark here

As cruel as it sounds, thinking about what that girl must have been going through was the only thing keeping me sane. Bookmark here

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That girl and that doctor. Two people I would never see again, but who somehow had left such a big impression on me… Bookmark here

Now, the trip down memory lane was close to completion. Bookmark here

There was only one place left to visit before heading back to that park, where Ellie was surely waiting for me in the exact spot I had left her at. Bookmark here

So I decided to hurry. Bookmark here

I needed to get it over with soon. Bookmark here

Else, I didn’t know if I could resist much more- Bookmark here

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I got to the place. Bookmark here

This is it, I muttered to myself, as I went towards the final location. Bookmark here

... And so there I was, before I'd known it. Bookmark here

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ME: Main Character. Bookmark here

OLIVER: -:)#*%%($-*#7*-. Bookmark here

ELLIE: Isos. Bookmark here

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I can't do it. Bookmark here

I give up. Bookmark here

Forgive me... Bookmark here

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I couldn’t gather up the courage to revisit the last scene. Bookmark here

So, this was it. I would have to fill in those blanks for the last part on my own, but that's okay. Ellie did want me to 'solve a mystery ' after all. Though it was only ironic - that even for the last mystery, all the rules would be twisted and altered. Bookmark here

Still, I wouldn't have it any other way. Bookmark here

So I thought one last time, as I gathered up all my courage and went back to that park - where it all began, and where it all shall end.Bookmark here

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