Jenny paralyzed on her revolving chair with puzzlement
and terror. Though it was twelve'o clock sharp, she steadily
maintained her paralytic posture . Her eyes had seen the most
hideous sight in one single day or perhaps even shorter, a second
precisely. The body of her best friend Amy hitting the
ground.Falling from the top of the teaching building. The splash of
both blood and brains resembled ice-cream with strawberry being
struck down all over. The case was confirmed by a police squad as a
suicide. The light of the TV screen was the only source of
glow. " According to the declaration made by the local police,
the victim has proved to be a student of XXX Academy. Witnesses
claimed that they had seen her stepping up to the roof without any
reason......" She laid her body on the chair mournfully and
exhaustedly,eyes almost closed from tiredness. Then with a spark of
sputtering noise, there extinguished the only source of light in
the room. Then a feeling of impenetrable darkness seized her,
chilled her from head to feet. It took after the feeling of
touching a stone-dead corpse. She shrieked hysterically, all
the spooky feelings were gone and the sun light penetrated through
the hanging curtain." A nightmare again."She wiped the cold sweat
at her forehead nervously. The Phone in her apartment rang.
She hastily putted on her pajama on and picked up the call.
" Hi,is it Jenny?" " Yeah, Sophia, isn't it?" "Listen,
I'm really sorry that this horrible thing happened,but you gotta
cheer up, Jenny. You can't change things that happened. "
"Thank you, but I'm fine right now. Really." "Okay, I will
come to see you this afternoon. " The temporary closure of
Jenny's school required her enough time to recall the detail of
that moment.The thump of human body hitting the hard cement ground.
She could even hear the bone-crash sound with perfect distinction.
Two eyes widely opened in panic. "There's no possibility that she
killed herself." Jenny murmured. "Amy, Amy, Amy. . ." A storm
of sorrow seized her and pushed her body on the ground. She sat
still,head buried in her arms and started weeping. The street was
in a dreadful silence except for Jenny's weep.It must had been a
long till she raised up her head again,looking away from her
tear-streamed eyes. A glimpse of a substance caught her notice. She
raised and walked towards the object. It was a shabby hourglass
which was covered with thick dust. "Hourglass,Hourglass,hourglass.
. ."she put her head down, trying to make a connection.
"Hourglass,hourglass,Amy,Amy,hourglass. . ." It all sorted
out like the current passing through a thin wire of memory.
" Is that yours,Amy? Wow, where did you get that?" " Relic
from my grandma." " I'm sorry for that." " It's
okay.She suffered a lot. People called her witch.She was excluded
from her town and that hourglass was the only thing she left. "
"Oh my god.One day they will have to pay what they have done."
"Actually my grandpa excluded her. He discarded her like a junk.
Sorry, I can see that you like it, but I can't give you this."
"That's fine.It's the memory of your grandma.You should just keep
. It started to blow wind, with whistling sound that
stabbed through Jenny's ear. She picked up the hourglass and put it
against her chest. She turned around and was ready to head back
home when she saw her. It was the figure with a typical
student's skirt and vest. The bare legs were speckled with
dark-purple spots. The violate eyes trimmed with false eyelashes
which was partially hidden from her black fringe. "Amy, Jesus
Christ" Jenny widened her eyes to the figure in front of her with
trembling voice.The hourglass fell to the ground from her hand. It
smacked the ground hard.The figure looked back silently,eyes
goggled at her,with hands hanging down. Then she suddenly turned
around and ran out of Jenny's sight. "Wait, Amy,Amy!!" Jenny
ran dejectedly through the howling wind, her long hair dancing in
the wind. Through a mass of blonde hair twisting on her face which
almost blocked her eyesight. She once again saw the faint figure on
her way to the teaching building. "Don't, oh my god....." The
myriad scenes flickered into her mind just like the rewinding of a
typical montage. The splashing blood, the motionless corpse, the
frantic eyes, the eyes...... Jenny roughly visualized the
distance, with sprawling bushes dotted along the main trail. "All
right. I can do that......" Inside the building, the
labyrinthine lobby was lime a black hole with chilly breeze. Jenny
glanced at the staircase, it was rusty and painted with dreadful
grey. The entrance to the roof was a half closed shabby door
of aluminum alloy. Unlike the entrance to the building, this one
shined with the sparkling light which made her dizzy. The light
coming in seemed to be reminding her something, the dizzying light.
Jenny then felt her vision whiten. She felt herself in a
haze, which blocked out almost everything. She looked forward.
There seemed to be nothing out there "What the hell. What
the hell. What the hell is going on here?" The fog
was endless. She finally saw a fuzzy dot ahead. The figure had
worn a blue skort with speckled legs exposed. A neat vest decorated
with stripes of various color. The figure turned and smiled to
her, with the eyes shinning and the cheek flushed."Amy? Tell me
what's going on here. Why are you..." She hesitated when she
caught a glance of something special, something unusual, something
which smashed everything she saw squarely. It was the
hourglass. It was this shabby little thing that stood still on her
hand. The grains flew off smoothly and hit the bottom with the
cracking sound. It here's louder and louder and Jenny raised her
head. With a great panic, she saw the flush cheek cracked and the
blood drifted away, like the delicate porcelain being smashed by a
gouge. The blood winded and wriggled toward Jenny.The figure stood
still,with her head raising up. "Bad girl. You took the thing that
belongs to me. You bad girl." The sprawling blood
wriggled up her stiff body, and reached her terrified eyes--the
smothering scarlet. "NO!!!!!!" Jenny snapped her eyes open and
ran up to the roof. There was Amy who stood still on the brink of
the edge of the building, with her body leaning forward, torso
against the rail. "Oh my god. Amy, Amy!" She sprinted to her, hand
trying to reach her shoulder and managed it. All of a
sudden,the memory hit her. "That's too high, Jenny, I can't do
it. " " Come on, you will be fine. I did bungee jumping every
year.Besides,see those people who committed a suicide. They just
jump out." " No,I can't,jumping off the building will be my
last option if I wanna die. I just can'...What are you doing?
No,No,No,No! Ah!!!" "Ah !!!" Jenny tried to withdraw her hand
but found out that the 'Amy' had gripped her hand tightly . The
figure turned emotionlessly like a machine, with face bent and eyes
bloodshot. Jenny could still see the horrible grinning on the
bleeding mouth. "What are you doing.Oh my god,no,no,no,no. Ah!!!"
Then she felt her body being lifted savagely by one hand and
thrown over the rail. The horrible screaming filled in the air and
a sound of the body bumping the ground came along, then there's
silence. Sophia paralyzed on her sofa and turned on the TV.
Mind was still crammed with the scene of her best friend Jenny
hitting the ground from the top of the teaching building, with the
blood and brains splashing all over. "The police have confirmed
that the victim was a student of XXX Academy. The witnesses claimed
that they had seen her rushing up to the roof. The investigation is
still on going. . ." The phone rang. She picked it up.
"Hi,it's Lily. " " Yeah?" " I'm wondering if you are
okay. " " Oh, yes, I am. Jenny didn't make it through. "
" I know,and I'm sorry for her,but that's not our fault. You have
to cheer up. " " I know. Well, by the way,do you know that
Jenny had an hourglass?" " I don't know. What's wrong with
that?" " No,nothing. Just mention it. I saw it in front of my
door with her name on it,actually. "
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