[Disappearance / Don't Go Left]
Being the ghost that I am, I have nowhere I can go. I can't go home. Sure home is an option, but what's the use if my family can't see me? Going to a friend's house is also pointless. Besides, I really don't have many friends to choose from. I don't even know where they live either. Without a home what else can I do?
I no longer had a place where I could call home, but I still had a place where I felt a ghost like me was welcome.
School. Particularly after hours.
Whenever I was done roaming around the town. I would go back to school at the end of the day. I waited until I knew for sure that absolutely no one would be present once I returned to the premises, not that it mattered anyway. I just felt more comfortable being alone rather than slipping into a crowd of kids my age, knowing I wouldn't be seen.
It was raining this evening which made want to get to the school even sooner. Everything just phases right through me unless I touch it directly, so the weather shouldn't bother me. But I guess that's me still clinging on to life. I didn't come here in the daytime often, but I knew which classroom Hannah's homeroom was held. That is where I like to sit and stare outside the window once the building is clear and nightfall approaches.
The droplets of rain hitting against the windows created a calming effect for me. If it weren't for the rain there would be silence, a silence that was so empty it was unsettling. I was fine with that.
Here, I felt at peace. I was content with the world.
It's always hard living as a ghost. At this point, I didn't want anything anymore. I didn't want my old life back or wish I had ascended. I just wanted comfort. The serenity of this moment helped me accept that the afterlife was my new reality.
Later that night, I ended up back where I started. Once again I found myself sitting in this police station. I had no reason to be here, and yet I had to wonder why I came back? Exactly how many times have I been here for that matter? I wonder if I was here, inside this police station before I died? Maybe that's why I always end up here. I remember how I died, but the events leading up to my death are very fuzzy. I did my best not to think about it too much. I prefer not to speak about it either.
I sat in the chair next to the sheriff's office for quite a while until I caught the glimpse of an otherworldly shadow peeking from the next corridor. I had never seen anything like that before. What if it was another ghost? Despite its eerie appearance, I wasn't necessarily frightened by it.
Having an excuse to rise from my seat, I followed the shadow. I took a left turn and caught up with the shadow right away. It continued on as it took another turn. This time it went right. I followed it further in the hallway. If the shadow keeps going like this, it'll eventually reach the end of the line. In other words, a dead end. I kept going until I reached a fork in the road.
Great. I lost him.
I was ready to immediately resign from this quest, but I heard a raspy whisper echo throughout the hall.
"Left.... Go left..."
Left is the dead end. Not only that but for some reason, a strange sensation swept over me, like it was trying to tell me that going left was somehow the wrong choice. Maybe this thing is trying to pull a prank one on me, leading me to a dead end like this. What if it just wants to talk? Since the shadow already has my attention, I'll humor it just this once.
I carried on, turning left as the shadow instructed.
Nothing could prepare me for what I would see next. I had reached a dead end just like I knew I would. More importantly, I reached more than just a dead end.
I reached the end.
Thrown for a loop, I was met with a swarm of darkness. I could try to run and escape, but that would be futile wouldn't it?
I was frozen, yes.
But I wasn't afraid.
There's a reason why this darkness has appeared in front of a ghost. Just one look and I knew.
It's time for me to leave this Earth.
I have nothing. I have no one. I have little to no more attachments to this plane of existence. That's why I let it capture me so willingly. The darkness swept throughout the rest of the building, only taking me in its wake.
Time to go to another world.
I'm ready now.