Chapter 1: Rebecca
Rebecca opens her eyes, still screaming. A mixture of sweat and tears roll down her face. She looks around and sees that she was just asleep.
"It was just a dream." Rebecca tells herself although her voice doesn't contain much confidence. She breaths a sigh of relief then rolls over to look at her clock. It is past 3PM. She has never slept anywhere near this late before.
Rebecca stands up, visibly shaken. She heads over to her computer desk, sitting down in a nearby chair. She calls one of her good friends that died early on during the arachnect invasion. Hearing her friend's voice once again finally convinces her that it really was just a dream. Rebecca laughs a little as she hangs up the phone, and, with a smile, she leans back in the computer chair. She closes her eyes and brushes her hands against her forehead. She hasn't been able to relax in what to her seems like a long time. She holds her eyes closed for another moment until she hears a woman's voice calling out her name, a voice that she does not recognize.
"Rebecca." The woman calls out. Rebecca opens her eyes and looks around. She is still sitting in her computer chair but everything else around her is in ruins and in flames. Rebecca turns to the woman standing next to her.
"What's happening?" Rebecca asks the woman. Her voice reveals her panic.
"This is what will happen is you don't go to the island. You must stop this, you are the only one." The woman says.
"Where are we? What's going on?" Rebecca asks stunned.
"Don't you recognize this? This is your town, at least it will be if you do not stop him. Tomorrow, everyone will be returning to the island. You must meet them there." The woman tells Rebecca.
"And what happens if I don't go?" Rebecca asks.
"Look around," the woman says, "this is what happens." Rebecca sees a large flame ball start heading towards her. Instinctively Rebecca closes her eyes and cringes. As she re-opens her eyes and looks around she sees that she is now back in her bedroom. She looks around slowly. Her arms and legs shakes as she tries to grasp what she has just seen.
Chapter 2: Back Home
Tom pulls into Anna's driveway. "This is the house, right?" Tom asks.
"Yes, and thanks again." Anna says. She, Kate, Kevin, and Monica get out of Tom's car and he drives off.
The four survivors head inside. As they walk, Anna let's the others know that things are back to normal.
"I knew him." Anna says. "He died during the invasion. It worked, things are finally back to normal."
The four survivors hear footsteps coming from the nearby staircase. Anna looks over to see her formally deceased brother, Rob, walking down the stairs. This is even more proof to everyone that their worries can finally be over.
"Hey," Rob says with a confused look on his face to Anna, "I thought you were going to be away all day on a field trip."
Anna and Kate look toward each other. "We decided not to go." Anna says after a slight hesitation.
"Aw...that's too bad." Rob says. He looks over and sees two faces that he does not recognize. "Who are they?" He asks, trying not to sound rude but still surprised to see two new faces.
"Actually, we were just leaving." Monica says. She gestures to Kevin and together the two of them leave. Kate thinks for a minute then realizes that neither Kevin nor Monica have a way to get home. She runs after them. "Wait up!" Kate shouts as she leaves Anna's house, leaving only Anna and Rob together.
Rob waits to make sure that everyone besides Anna has left. "So what is really going on?" He asks. Anna hesitates.
Kate catches up to the others. "I'll give you two a ride." She says. Kate lives just down the street from Anna.
Together the three survivors walk over to Kate's house. As they arrive, they see Kate's car sitting in her driveway.
"Shotgun!" Kevin shouts with a smile. He runs over to the passenger seat.
"Someone's anxious to get home." Kate says.
"Prior to the invasion, I was in the military." Kevin says. "It's been a long time since I've seen my family, I don't want to wait any longer." He, Kate, and Monica get into Kate's car. Kate drives, Kevin sits in the passenger seat, and Monica sits in the back behind Kevin. Kevin tells Kate where he lives and she takes off.
Chapter 3: Monica
Monica sits in the back seat of Kate's car, watching as Kevin tries to explain to Kate everything that has happened. Kate has a dumbfounded look on her face, but she seems to be believing him, though she doesn't fully understand the extent of the situation.
Monica begins to look out the window. She feels herself beginning to drift away. Her eyes grow heavy and her head begins to bob.
"Monica." She hears a man's voice calling out to her. She opens her eyes. "Monica!" The man shouts. She turns to her left to see a man there sitting next to her.
"Hi?" Monica asks confused.
"Hello Monica," The man says, "my name's Ben. You don't know me, but I know a lot about you."
"Like what?" Monica asks.
"Well, for instance, I know that you boyfriend has died recently." Ben says. Monica begins to grow more confused and more agitated at the same time.
"What do you want?" Monica asks impatiently.
"Only the same things that you want." Ben says. Monica pauses to let him finish. "I just want things to have turned out better, and with my help you can make that happen."
"Okay, and what do you need?" Monica asks.
"Soon, people will start to talk about going back to the island. All I need you to do is to go back, and to follow everything that I say. If you can do this, I can make sure that Derrick never dies on the island and the two of you will be able to get off the island safely together." Ben tells her. He puts his hand on Monica's shoulder. "Good luck. I know that you will do the right thing." He says as he disappears.
Monica wakes up and notices that the other two haven't even noticed that she had fallen asleep.
"How long until we're there?" Monica asks still groggy.
"Just another ten minutes." Kevin says.
Chapter 4: Allen
"Let her go!" Allen shouts to Justin. Justin has
his arm around Heather's neck and is strangling her. Justin has
already killed one patient at the mental institution, and he is
about to kill another. Allen tries to move closer to Justin
slowly, but every time he takes a step closer Justin takes two
"He says that he will set me free." Justin says as Heather starts to lose consciousness.
Allen knows that it is risky, but he has no other choice, Heather will be dead soon. He charges after Justin, but as he does Justin twists Heather's neck until it snaps. He drops her limp body to the floor. Allen stops in his tracks and screams, "No!"
Now Allen is trapped alone in this room with Justin. He believes that help should be arriving soon, but he doesn't know for sure. Justin is closer to the exit than he is, and Allen must do everything he can to stop Justin from leaving. He charges again, hoping to tackle Justin, but he is ready for him. Justin throws Allen to the ground, smashing Allen's head against the floor. He goes to stand up again to grab Justin, but Justin is no longer there. Instead there is a different man standing nearby. The man reaches out his hand to help Allen up, but Allen stands up on his own instead.
"Hello Allen, I'm Ben." Then man says with a smile. Allen looks around.
"Hi, did you see a patient go by here?" Allen asks.
"Don't worry about that right now." Ben says.
"Don't worry? That man just killed two of our patients and ran out, I have reason to worry." Allen says.
"Trust me, that does not matter. Do everything that I say and I can fix what just happened. I can save them all. You can save them all." Ben says. Allen tries to respond but as he does he hears three gunshots being fired. He covers his face in reaction to the sound. As he removes his hands from his face he realizes that he was knocked unconscious earlier, and he is now back awake. He looks around and sees Justin lying dead with three bullet holes in him, and a man with a gun standing over him.
"Are you okay?" The man asks as he extends his hand to help Allen up. Allen sits there for a moment stunned then shakes his head no.
Chapter 5: Kevin
Kate pulls her car up to Kevin's parent's house. "Can you wait for me here just in case?" Kevin asks as he gets out of Kate's car. She nods her head.
Kevin walks up to the door and knocks, barely able to control his excitement. His mother opens the door.
"Hello?" His mother Mary asks.
"Hey Mom!" Kevin shouts with a wide smile nearly in tears. His mother looks at him confused. "It's me, Kevin." He says. It has been a while since he has seen her, but he is shocked that she does not immediately recognize him.
"You must have the wrong address." Mary says. She contemplates closing the door.
"Mom." Kevin starts. He gets cut off by Mary.
"I don't know who you are confusing me with, but I am not your mother. I don't have children." Mary says.
"Where's Dad?" Kevin asks slowly. Mary looks confused again. "Where's Ed?"
"Ed who?" Mary asks.
"Ed Johnson." Kevin says slowly.
"My ex-boyfriend? I haven't heard from him in almost twenty years." Mary says.
Kevin tries to soak everything in. "Ex-boyfriend?" Kevin asks.
"Are you okay?" Mary asks. Kevin starts to slowly back away from the door but ends up tripping on the stairs causing him to fall on his head.
He groans and grabs his head. He begins to stand up until he hears a man's voice, one he does not recognize.
"Hello Kevin," the man says, "I'm Ben."
"What is going on?" Kevin asks.
"Well, most recently you tripped and fell on your head, but if you mean with your mother I can explain that situation as well." Ben says. "See, I know who you are and what you have done. Traveling back and forth between the two worlds can occasionally create paradoxes in your world. I have the power to fix there paradoxes for you, but not in the current state that I am in." Ben says.
"What do you mean?" Kevin asks.
"I have tons of power, but I have been away from this world for too long, I must return here. If I can do that, if you can help me do that, I will have the ability to fix this mess you created. You must go through the portal again, and bring everyone that you can with you. Follow every instruction that I give you from here on out, and I can give you your old life back." Ben says.
"What am I to do once I'm on the island?" Kevin asks.
"Go back and find out." Ben says. Ben pushes Kevin gently causing him to lose his balance, falling to the ground back where he was lying before. He opens his eyes to see Monica and Kate standing over him. "We've got to go back to the island." Kevin says.
Chapter 6: Tom
Tom begins to turn down his street. Dropping Anna and the others off has made him later than usual. He is hoping that his wife, Marissa, isn't too upset with him. As he arrives toward his house, though, he see smoke billowing out of his house. Two of his neighbors stand outside, one with a phone in her hand.
"I just called 911." The woman shouts as Tom hurries out of his car.
"Are they still inside?" Tom screams. "Are they in there?" His neighbor doesn't answer him because she does not know. Tom runs inside the burning building. As he does his neighbor shouts at him to stop.
"Don't!" The woman shouts. "Help will arrive any second." Tom ignores her shouting.
Walking through his living room Tom is blinded by smoke. "Kelsey!" Tom shouts hoping to hear any of his children yell back. "Amy! Nick!" He continues to shout He begins to hear a creaking sound above him. He looks up. The ceiling begins to give way. Tom tries to run, but he isn't fast enough. A large chunk of ceiling crashes atop his head knocking him unconscious.
Tom opens his eyes. He sees a man standing above him. The room is still filled with smoke, so he can barely make out the man talking to him.
"Hello." The man says to Tom.
"What happened?" Tom asks in a daze.
"There was a fire. Everyone is going to die besides you and one of your children." The man says.
"Which one?" Tom asks nervously.
"That doesn't matter right now. Despite what happened you can still save them." The man says.
"Who...who are you?" Tom asks after a short pause. The man move in closer. "My name is Ben, and I am the man who will repair your life, assuming you can follow everything I tell you."
"What do you need me to do?' Tom asks
"The girl that you gave a ride to today, Anna, go back to her. Talk to her. She is going to be returning to an island, you must go with her. I'll explain the rest to you another time." Ben says. He backs away slowly. Tom begins to have trouble breathing. The smoke begins to overwhelm his body. He falls back to the ground.
"He's coming back to us!" A man shouts.
"Dad!" A young woman screams. Tom begins to open his eyes. He sees a group of doctors surrounding him, and one of his daughters, Amy, by his side.
"You're okay!" Amy shouts as she runs over to hug her father. "You're alive!"
"Where is everyone else?" Tom asks. He can see the tears building up in Amy's eyes. She shakes her head no. He knows that the rest didn't make it out of the house alive. He grabs Amy again, this time much tighter.
Chapter 7: Anna
Anna explains to Rob the best she can what has happened to them so far. After she finishes she lies on her couch and watches the news. It has still not fully sunken in to her that things are now back to the way they were before.
Anna's eyes begin to grow heavy and they begin to struggle to stay open. She closes her eyes, reopening them a moment later. She looks around and sees she is lying on the island once again, this time in front of Courtney.
"Not this again." Anna shouts. "Now what? What do you want?"
"You must go back again." Courtney says.
"No, not a chance in hell." Anna shouts.
"You must." Courtney says.
"Why? Things are finally back to normal." Anna says.
"Only temporarily." Courtney says. "Soon Kevin, Kate, and Monica will talk about going back to the island. You must go with them. You must do this or he will escape." Courtney says.
"Who will escape?" Anna asks. Courtney grabs Anna's shoulder and begins to shake her.
"Anna." Courtney says softly.
"What?" Anna asks. Courtney continues to shake her. Anna realizes she is asleep and she quickly opens her eyes Rob is standing over her, shaking her awake.
"What?" Anna asks slightly frustrated.
"The others are back." Rob says. "They said they needed to talk to you."
"The others?" Anna asks.
"Yeah, Kate, Kevin, and Monica." Rob says.
Anna pauses. "They want to go back, back to the island." She says coldly. Rob is confused.
Chapter 8: Going Back
Anna gets up from off the couch. She sees the other three standing in her doorway. She signals to them to come in.
"I have a feeling I know why you're all here." Anna says.
"You had a dream too didn't you?" Kevin asks. Anna nods. "What did yours say?" Kevin asks.
"I assume the same as yours." Anna says. "We have to go back, all of us." Rob looks confused again.
"Go back?" Rob asks. "Back where?"
"To the island that I told you about." Anna says.
"If everything you told me about this island is true, then why would you ever want to go back there?" Rob asks.
"We don't want to go back." Kevin says. "We have to."
Rob pauses but he knows that he isn't going to be able to talk the others out of their plans. He decides to agree to go with them, only to ensure that his younger sister stays safe. The group of five heads to the door to leave, but as they do they hear Anna's doorbell ring. Anna opens the door to see Tom and Amy standing in her doorway.
"Anna right?" Tom asks. Anna nods. "You're heading back to an island?" He asks. She nods again. "We're coming too." He says.
The group walks over to Tom and Kate's cars. Monica gets in Tom's car with him and Amy while Anna, Rob, and Kevin join Kate in her car. Kate gets in the driver's seat with Rob in the passenger seat. Kevin and Anna sit next to each other in the back seats.
"You still have the pistol from before?" Kevin asks Anna.
"Yeah," Anna says, "but it has no ammo." Kevin holds out his hand and Anna hands him the gun.
"I still have some bullets from before. I forgot to give them to Allen when I gave him my gun." Kevin says. Kevin reloads the gun. Anna expects him to hand back the gun when he's done, but he never does.
Kate starts her car and begins heading to the island. Tom does the same, following Kate's car.
Chapter 9: Arriving
Kate and the others arrive at the bridge. She turns around to Anna and asks, "This is it right?" Anna nods. Kate sees multiple cars parked off to the side of the road.
"What's going on?" Kate asks as she pulls her car behind one of the parked cars.
Anna looks around. "Apparently we're not the only ones going back."
"Who's that?" Rob asks pointing towards a man looking as if he were waiting for them.
Anna exits the car. "Allen?" She asks. "You're coming too?"
"Do I know you?"Allen asks. He does not remember anything about Anna, the arachnects, or the island. It's as if the entire series of events never took place for him, because to him they never did.
"If you don't remember who I am then why are you back here?" Anna asks.
"I had a vision telling me to come here." Allen says. Kevin gets out of Kate's car.
"Was it a man or woman telling you?" Kevin asks.
"A man." Allen responds.
Anna shakes her head. "Ben." She mutters.
"Wait, you know about the visions?" Allen asks. Anna hesitates. "You've had them too?" He asks.
Anna nods her head. "We all have." She says.
"What did yours say?" Allen asks.
"Same as yours I assume." Anna says. "That we've got to go back."
"Then what are we waiting for?" Allen asks. Anna agrees. "So where do we go next?" He asks. Anna points to the water. She begins heading down the hill and the seven others follow her.
"I know the way, follow me." Anna says. She begins swimming towards where she knows the portal is. Eventually, everyone feels a jolt of energy. They have returned.
Chapter 10: The Island
The group of eight swim towards the island, but as they approach closer they see that they are not alone. Other people have also arrived to the island, each with their own reasons for coming.
The first two people Anna sees as she reaches the island is Erica and Rebecca. Without hesitation Rebecca walks up to Anna.
"Good to see you again. Looks like you're plan worked, at least for the most part." Rebecca says.
"You remember me?" Anna asks. "How?"
"Of course I remember you, I remember everything." Rebecca says.
"But nobody else can remember anything." Anna says. "At least not any of those that we left behind."
"I'm the only one who survived after you all left." Rebecca says. "I think that might be why." Erica has walked into Rebecca and Anna's conversation. She is confused. She doesn't remember anything that they are talking about. In fact, nobody who died does. Kevin realizes this the hard way as he tries to talk to Todd.
"It's good to see you breathing again." Kevin says jovially to Todd, though he looks unamused.
"What are you talking about?" Todd asks. Kevin realizes quickly what's going on and he changes the subject as fast as possible.
"You came armed right?" Kevin asks.
Todd removes a pistol from his holster. "I don't go anywhere without it." He says smiling for the first time. "And you?" Kevin shows him his gun. "You and I watch each others backs." Todd says.
"Of course." Kevin says as he puts him gun away eventually walking away.
Julie, Tyler, and Meagan stand together in a group, virtually unfazed by the eight new arrivals. They were the first three to come back to the island, and they have watched as each person has made his or her way here. They don't know if more people will be arriving, and frankly they don't care.
Amy walks up to a man who appears to be keeping to himself.
"Hey, I'm Amy." She says.
"I'm Seth." The man says. "So what's your reason for coming back?"
Amy pauses. "My mom, my brother, and my sister were killed. My dad was told he could save them if we came back." She says trying not to get choked up. "You?"
"Same thing basically, except with my brother and girlfriend." Seth says. He too is fighting back tears.
Monica walks up to Meagan. "Wow, you've come back too Meagan?" Monica asks smiling.
"What? How do you know my name?" Meagan asks.
"You don't remember me?" Monica asks. Meagan shakes her head no. "At all?" Meagan shakes her head no again.
Anna runs up to Meagan and Monica and interrupts the conversation. It seems rude, but to Monica it is a relief.
"Have either of you seen Kevin?" Anna asks. "I can't find him anywhere."
"No." Monica says.
"Which one is Kevin?" Meagan asks.
Anna runs around asking each person if they have seen Kevin. She asks just about everyone until she asks Todd. Todd and Brandon are mid-conversation with each other when Anna asks.
"Yeah, I saw him." Todd says. "He was heading that way." Todd points toward the jungle. Anna runs off in that direction, but stops halfway through when she sees Courtney.
"You came armed too right?" Todd asks Brandon.
"Of course." Brandon says. He reveals both a pistol and a decently sized knife.
"Good man." Todd says.