Gentle rain falls from the sky, murmuring softly as it touched the ground. It was an early February and the early hours of morning, it was the kind of beginning that seems utterly unique. Fussing people already crowded the sidewalk, headed to wherever they were going. One person, heedless of appearance, was just standing at the middle, letting the people pass through her while staring at the clouded sky with blank and mournful eyes. She watched droplets of rain fall on her outstretched palm, even soaking the sleeves on her uniform.
“Yebin!” She felt a hand, tapping her shoulder from behind. She spun around to see her classmate, obviously in a hurry from the sweats forming on her forehead. “Why are you leisurely standing over here? Let’s go, we’re gonna be late for class!”
Yebin didn’t speak knowing that her classmate wouldn’t listen to her and just let her grab her wrist, dragging her through the crowd. Eventually, they reached the school gates. And as always, Yebin felt uncanny from entering the building that she once escaped from. The whole establishment itself gives her a bad vibe, but as much as she want to leave and drop out of the school, she can’t because of certain reasons.
They both reached their classroom, sweaty and a bit soaked from the rain. Yebin immediately went to her seat from sensing the teacher walking at the far end of the corridor, pulling out her notebook and began jotting down the homework she was supposed to finish last night. She finished all of it in an instance right after the door swung open and their teacher began the morning classes with an utterly boring manner.
After what seemed like an eternity, all the classes in the morning was finished and Yebin immediately grabbed all her stuffs and headed outside the room, walking with a strut along the other students who were also headed to the cafeteria for lunch. Distinct chattering and laughter from the students filled the halls, not the ambiance she was very fond of.
She suddenly felt a stinging s£nsat!on coming from her neck. Confused, she touched the specific part and felt heat coming from it. “Why is it hurting now?” She thought to herself as she turned to a corner to avoid the passing students, it was only then that she felt the excruciating pain more clearly. Her gaze began to waver, and her knees almost bend over but she remained standing just by leaning on the wall.
“I’m back. . .”
She heard an ecstatic yet familiar voice, she immediately brought her mental self back to reality and darted her eyes from side to side to see who it was, she indeed saw a familiar figure of a girl walking before it disappeared right after she went to another corner.
“W-wait!” Yebin called, fastening her pace and attempts to catch the girl who was walking leisurely across the hallway with her back facing her.
She felt her neck sting each time she take a step closer to the girl, but she dismissed it and kept running. When she was about to reach for her wrist, the figure disappeared along with the air.
Her vision suddenly distorted, everything around her completely altered. Dead bodies were scattered on the ground, and constant screaming echoes from the distance. The lights were off so the only source of light was from the constant lightning roaring from the sky.
Her body trembled as she felt a gust of cold wind pass across the corridor she was standing at. She almost cried loudly but instead, she shook her head to regain her composure. When she opened her eyes again, she was back inside the normal hallway. The students who were walking at the same place as her, gives her constant stare and wondering why she stopped in the middle.
She felt a rush of emotion flood her mind, she doesn’t know if she’s relieved that the small hallucination was over or horrified because it happened out of the blue, but her question was eventually answered after hearing a loud roar of thunder and the spontaneous shutting down of all the lights in the hallway.
It indeed answered her question, she was certain, that she was scared. . .
She realized that history is repeating itself.
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