All Nighter

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic
Something odd may happen at night.

Submitted: January 23, 2019

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Submitted: January 23, 2019

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“So you’ve decided to pull an all nighter” asked her friend Gina, making no attempt to hide her smile from her face. She could almost see the images that came to her friend’s head. Her, laying asleep at her desk on top of a half read book, after not making it past 11. Waking up disoriented and Gina rushing her to the test, while trying to read the last bits of information that would make no difference to her already failing grade.

But Gina made no comment about it, she just shook her head, still a smile on her face, “Do you want me to lend you my coffeemaker?” she asked. The girl just stared at her friend for a bit before replying, “You know coffee makes zero effect on me, I’m just gonna make it trough the night on candy and snacks” 

“Why are you even doing this?”

“I need a 99 to pass the class” 

Gina’s alarm rang, she quickly took a piece of paper from her backpack wrote a few things down on it and gave it to her. 

“You are going to forget, so I wrote it down, here are some tips that’ll help you stay awake as much as possible” She couldn’t help to smile at her friends’s tone, “Thanks Gina!” she yelled, as her friend went on to her next class, so did she and as she did, she slipped the piece on paper onto her jacket’s pocket.

9:00 pm

She finally arrived to her dorm room. She showered, had dinner and relaxed for a while. Then she opened her backpack, silenced her phone, and ordered everything on her desk. Then remembered she had forgotten the snacks. So she went to get them, a few from the small kitchen, a few she stole from her roommate, who was staying with her parents for the week, and lacking any other option, a few she bought from the cafeteria before it closed for the night.

9:14

She had already passed the exact hour, so she decided to take a quick nap before starting to study. Which turned into 41 minutes of internet surfing(obviously searching for tips for pulling successful all nighters and no funny bird videos at all). 

9:55

She remembered the list her friend gave her, and after hurriedly searching trough the clothes strewn on the floor she found the folded paper. Classic, her few tips were a list of perfectly written lines of…pure…

She started reading carefully the list.

10:01

She had her book open and was reading, her phone was next to her. She tried focusing on reading but couldn’t help but look at her phone every few seconds.

Tip # 1: Keep your phone silent or turn it off, don’t answer any calls no matter who it is. You can only call the person who gave you this list.

Gina wasn’t one to play pranks, and she wasn’t paranoid. But she kept looking at her phone over and over again. She stood up and made sure the door to her room was locked, just in case.

10:15

She decided to take a break and read the list again, and again. Then decided to forget about the whole thing, she was there to study, and she was going to do that. So of course she wouldn’t answer any calls or open her door. None of the things written down had any interference with the plans for her night, so none of it really mattered.

She reassured herself of that decision and started studying for real.

10:15

….

10:16



10:17
10:18
10:19
10:15
10:66
10:55
10:21234312


Tip # 2: Clocks will start moving at odd paces, that’s when you’ll now you’re in, once the clock returns to normal you’ll know it has ended for good

She stared at the clock at the side of her desk. It kept leaping back and forth, going on and returning, upwards downwards. But never below 10:15, she checked the door was locked once more. She grabbed her phone to call her friend. She stopped, sat back again. Grabbed the list once more. Read it again.

10:#”

Her attention divided once more, skipping from between the list and then to her book. She took a look at her bed, but she had to study. She opened her book again.

Tip # 3: If at any point you want to stop just go to bed. You’ll fall asleep instantly and time will resume as normal. There will be no consequence to this action.

1:23-23-12-23

She jumped on her seat when a branch hit the window, she hadn’t reached half the amount of chapters she wanted to finish studying and half of her snack supply was gone already. She had always been a stress eater. Still it was a miracle she had been able to stay awake that long for what matter. She didn’t read the list, she just closed the curtain and started reading again.

Tip # 6: No external event will interfere with your night, so don’t worry about the normal distractions.

3:38
3:36
3:35


Now she was making progress, the list had been left unread for a while now, although how much time she didn’t know. She had also started to notice things once she had been able to focus. When she started reading, at the corner of her eyes she could faintly see a few floating lights, she thought they might be tone magenta. Gina would probably know the exact tone they were.

She also found tiny notes written at the edge of the book, keywords, notes, a few underlined sentences of the most important paragraphs. She kept on reading

4:12-1:13 10:12

She noticed for a while now that she hadn’t run out of snacks even tough she had been eating for the past..well for the last few chapters. She was giving herself a tiny break for reaching two thirds of her reading material when she heard a knock on the door. She sat there frozen for a second before grabbing her list and reading that part again.

Tip # 4: Don’t open your door or go outside, cause then another event will take place and then the tips written here will no longer apply

She kept completely quiet and still, she didn’t hear any further knocking. She stood up, with her phone in hand and pressed the call button.

“Hello?”

“Gina?”

A short pause and then she heard her best friends voice again “Heeeeeeeeyyyyy how are you doing?”

She didn’t know where to start from, a thousand questions and a few very strong words got stuck on her throat, instead she just said “I heard a knock on the door”

“Sorry to hear that, are you okay? I shouldn’t- I knew you were failing the class and how much you needed to pass this test, I- How are you?”

Hearing her friends voice calmed her down, she sat back again. She spoke quietly, “ I didn’t open it, that was the right thing to do, right?”

“Yeah it was, listen if you wan’t to stop this you know you can always-”

“I know, I- I think I’m okay”

“You know I can’t go there”

“No, I know… I wanted to ask who gave you your list?”

“I can’t say that”

“No I understand, thanks Gina”

“It’s…forget about it, you try your best to study, okay?”

“Yeah I’ll do that, bye”

She hung up the phone. She read the list again, and laughed a bit when she read tip number 7 again.

Tip # 7: If any distraction attempts to bother you please ignore it, we’ll deal with it as soon as possible.


4:1=

She felt as if someone was trying to make it up to her, the snacks that kept appearing improved in quality. She heard no further noises, and the book she was reading had been perfectly underlined with the most important information written down in a paper that she found in between the pages.

She had also discovered that every time she opened her curtain, she could see different creatures walking trough the snowy streets. She couldn’t identify what half of them where, but they all walked along the snow with lanterns and torches and, in the case of a very peculiar puppy, a string of christmas lights entangled in it’s body.

She kept reading and every few pages, she took a small break to open the curtain to take a look.

A couple walked holding hands…

A gigantic creature whose legs were the only thing she could see, walking carefully trough the street, avoiding all the lamps and trees with impressive talent…

What looked like a small child wearing an odd mask ran trough the snow with a few figures walking calmly a few steps behind them, the child looked towards the window and waved at her, she waved back.

3:$$”=$”==========================================================:…+
11:44


She was almost done, only one chapter left and she barely felt tired. She stretched, and as she moved forward to open the curtain again, she noticed her list now had only two sentences written.

Grab your book and the list and get out of the room. Now.

She stood up to do as she was told, yet she hesitated for a moment, reaching out her hand to open the curtain but at the last second deciding against it. She unlocked the door, wondering if the lock had always been that jammed and hard to open. She managed to open her door and walked out to the hallway. 

It looked like the hallway at her dorm, but it looked cleaner, the shades of the color of the wall a bit lighter. Also they were more doors, and she saw people walk out of them. Some at the same time as she, others a few seconds later. All looking as puzzled as her, some holding books, notes, equipment, some dressed in work clothes, formal clothes, pajamas. The one thing in common was that they were all holding a list of some sorts, some in paper, some in boards, a guy exiting two doors down from where she was, holding a laptop up high with a list typed on the screen. Before anyone could process what was going on. A Sign on the ceiling appeared visible to all that were standing there.

Sorry fo the inconvenience. Please close the door you went trough if you haven’t already, and walk trough the hallway until you see an open door that has your room or location on the inside. Sorry again for the troubles, have a good night.

Everyone looked at each other and started slowly walking, after a while some started running as well. Low murmurs filled the hallway but no one spoke out loud. People clutched to their belongings. Some people kept quiet, while others tried to make small talk. After walking for a while she saw a few open doors here and there, and people went trough them. But still the majority kept walking.

A few steps ahead from her she saw a middle aged man walking while holding hands with his two small daughters. She heard him talking to them, reassuring them that everything was alright with a calm expression in his face. She turned behind her and saw a couple walking close to each other, the woman clearly several months pregnant. She started looking around more, a group of friends walking at the same pace with their arms intertwined with each other, a smile on each of their faces. A running blur rushed past her, and it wasn’t until the figure stopped in front of his door that she noticed that it was a small child, who gave everyone a thumbs up before walking trough his door and closing it behind him.

She couldn’t help but feel a bit calmer, she looked and heard more and more, so that she almost missed her own door. Opening to her dorm room. She had been looking impressed at the determination of a teenager that was trying as best as he could to memorize a phone number another teen had given him. She stopped abruptly an almost crashed against an old lady who was walking in front of her. She apologized, but the lady just smiled and spoke in a language she didn’t understood, still the lady just nodded and continued on her way.

She entered her room. 

10:15
4:55
11:88


The clock moved at a irregular pace still, but she felt a bit safer now. She sat down at her desk and placed her book and list down. The list had returned back to normal. She couldn’t help but read it again and again just to be sure, and then stare at tip #8

Tip # 8: In the unlikely event any written instruction appears trough any written format, do obey them at once. It’s for your own safety and well being.

She took a deep breath and had just opened her book when she noticed. Her cranky chair whose wheels worked no longer and that was at the edge of breaking down, was suddenly an executive chair that made no noise when you sat on it, and felt like sitting on a cloud. She stood up and sat on it again just to be sure. She looked around to make sure this was her room, it was, only it was slightly better.

She opened her curtain and stared at the snowy empty street. It wasn’t much time until she saw a cream colored rabbit hop from one place to another. She closed the curtain and continued studying.

5:203



5:45



%:36
6:16
6:17
6:18


Now she felt tired, she had just closed the book and now her eyes had started to close. She stood up to open the curtain once more, and saw a group of creatures walking trough the snow, then one figure walk away slowly from the group, reach to the snow covered ground, and proceed to throw a snowball in the direction of their friends. She smiled and yawned, she looked at the list once more, and then headed to her bed.

6:19

She took one last look at the room as she sat on the bed, she looked at the chair one last time. She knew it wouldn’t be there in the morning, but it had been great. 

6:20

She let herself fall to her bed and fell asleep before being able to form another thought.

8:20

She yawned as she left the room she had taken her test in. She walked trough the hallway, and barely able to realize Gina had reached her side.

“Soooo…..”

“I have a new chair, it’s pretty neat”

“Oh god what happened?”

“I’ll tell you when it all makes sense”

“Good luck with that” Gina kept quiet for a second before adding “So.. it helped?”

“Yeah, just give me a heads up next time wouldn’t you?”

“Couldn’t do that, sorry..”

“Got any tips for taking 5 minute naps between classes”

“Nope”

They both laughed, and walked to their next class.

6:40 (The next day)

An alarm woke her up, and she sleepily walked towards her chair, the softness of which only wanted to make her sleep even more. But the exam results would be up soon, and she needed to know.

A perfect 100 and extra points for the next test.

She started laughing as she took the list from the drawer and read it once again.

Tip # 5: Try your best to accomplish the goal for staying up.  If you do so you will accomplish it.

She slumped agains her chair, relaxing at last. She folded the list, saved it on her drawer and went to bed. Time to sleep, no all nighters tonight.




The list

Tip # 1: Keep your phone silent or turn it off, don’t answer any calls no matter who it is. You can only call the person who gave you this list.

Tip # 2: Clocks will start moving at odd paces, that’s when you’ll now you’re in, once the clock returns to normal you’ll know it has ended for good.

Tip # 3: If at any point you want to stop just go to bed. You’ll fall asleep instantly and time will resume as normal. There will be no consequence to this action.

Tip # 4: Don’t open your door or go outside, cause then another event will take place and then the tips written here will no longer apply

Tip # 5: Try your best to accomplish the goal for staying up.  If you do so you will accomplish it.

Tip # 6: No external event will interfere with your night, so don’t worry about normal distractions.

Tip # 7: If any distraction attempts to bother you please ignore it, we’ll deal with it as soon as possible.

Tip # 8:  In the unlikely event any written instruction appears trough any written format, do obey it at once. It’s for your own safety and well being.

Tip # 9:  Attempting to disrupt the event with ill intention, or attempting to activate a second event at the same time is rude and shall be met with a penalization.

Tip #10: Once finished you can invite another person to experience the event by writing the tips and giving them to the intended person.

Have a good Night, and best of luck, 

-The Host “ ”
-Gina



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