Aston woke up to Roxie shaking him.
“Aston, wake up,” Roxie said. Aston started to get up off the locker room’s floor but he had a huge migraine. Roxie relaxed.
“You was holding your breath for me?” Aston asked Roxie. She just smiled and helps Aston up.
“How long was I out?”
“About 10 minutes,” She replied.
“Has he given you another riddle?”
“No, which is a surprise. We were trying to think of ways out of here.”
Peace and Iggy didn’t add anything to the conversation and they were too scared to even talk. They didn’t know what to do.
“Did you think of anything?” Aston asked.
“Not anything, the only things we could think about were the doors and windows.”
Aston’s head was hurting so much that he couldn’t even think.
“How about we split up and look around? Maybe we can find something,” Aston added.
Roxie nodded but Peace and Iggy was saying no, they wouldn’t go look through this school by themselves.
“Look, I’ll go with Peace and Roxie, you go with Iggy.” Aston announced. Roxie turned and look at Aston to see if he was serious and Aston gave Roxie a stern look. She looks at Iggy and smiles.
Peace grabbed on to Aston arm and leads him to the locker room door.
“Ok, how about Peace and I go to the left of the locker room, and you guys got to the right. We’ll meet upstairs in Mr. Gliden room,” Aston proposed. Roxie grabbed on to Iggy and dragged him out of the locker room. Aston and Peace headed towards the left. They walked in silence. The room next to the girls’ locker room was the main office. Aston went to the door to see if it would open. Peace was hiding behind Aston. Aston tried to open the door but it didn’t budge. The main office door didn’t have windows like the classrooms, either.
“Do you think the killer can be in the main office? The intercom announcer is usually in the main office and the camera equipment to record the announcements is also in there,” Aston whispered to Peace. Peace threw up her hands giving off a gesture that she didn’t know.
“Aston does it even matter?” Peace replied. Of course it matters, Aston thought. He probably could help Mace if he knew where the killer was. It would also help them stop the killer. So Aston thought it did matter.
Aston looked down. He gave up on trying to open the door.
“We have to go find Roxie and Iggy,” Aston said.
“We have to find a way to get out! Aston, we can’t do anything. People are already dying. We need the cops or the FBI to help. So, I think we should keep on looking,” Peace said. She started walking down the hallway. Aston had no choice but to follow her. He wasn’t going upstairs alone.
The lights weren’t flicking on and off anymore. The screaming stopped and no balls were falling from the ceiling. Through the hallway, only five lights were on. As Aston and Peace were walking, some areas of the hall were lit while other areas were pitched black.
Aston and Peace were headed for the cafeteria. Aston tried to open the cafeteria door. It was unlocked. Aston thought that it wasn’t a good sign. When something is unlocked, something is wrong.
“Peace, wait! I don’t think we should go in there,” Aston stated. Peace was close to closing the door until she heard someone call out help. She opened the door wider.
“Peace, we can’t help them now because we aren’t suppose to. We have to wait until the creep gives us the riddle.”
“Aston, whoever in there needs our help. The creep isn’t giving us anymore riddles.” Peace tried to turn on the lights but they weren’t working. Aston watched from the cafeteria door.
“Peace, we have to leave the cafeteria.”
“Who is it?” Peace ignored Aston.
“It’s Karma,” A girl called out.
“And Kendra,” another one called out. Aston thought the twins! They were also Peace best friends.
“Peace, is that you?” Karma asked.
“Yea and I’m coming,” Peace said as she slowly entered the room.”
“Peace, don’t go! We must wait for the riddle. At least now we know where they are.” Aston said still holding on to the door.
“They are my friends, Aston, and if the killer knew we was here, they would have been dead, by now.” You could hear Peace taking one step at a time.
“Kendra and Karma, you need to make noise so I know where you guys are.” They begin to yell. Aston thought it was retarded that they were yelling. It would bring more attention.
“Peace, how are you going to get them out? There are no keys,” Aston asked. Aston forgot he still had Roxie’s flashlight from earlier. He tried reaching in one of his pockets to get it.
“Relax, Aston. I’ve picked a lock before. I know what I am doing,” Peace said. Then she screamed and yelped in pain.
“Peace!?” Aston called out. She kept screaming. Aston grabbed the flashlight in his back pocket. He turned the tiny flashlight on. It barely lit up what was in front of Aston but it was enough to see where Peace was on the floor. He ran towards Peace and saw her legs were stuck in Bear traps. There were bear traps surrounding Peace. He pointed the flashlight up and saw Karma and Kendra. He was in a trap. Aston knew it.
“Aston, you’ve got to help me,” Peace told Aston. Aston didn’t fully understand what Peace was saying. She was crying and her words were coming out jumbled up. Aston wanted to help Peace but there was no way to get over to her without getting trapped, too. There was no way to get passed the bear traps. Peace went straight in and now she’s surrounded by them. It doesn’t make any sense. Aston thought there was somebody in the room. He pointed the flashlight around to see if he saw somebody but there wasn’t anybody in the room. Aston noticed that the other cafeteria door was open. It was light coming from the door but Aston had no way of getting over there.
“Aston, please help me.” Peace cried out.
“Peace, if you can try to get up, I can probably help you.” Aston said but he really wasn’t paying attention. He had his light on the door. Peace tried to get up, but she put her hands on the ground and they both got stuck in two more bear traps. She screamed and yelped in pain, again. She started to cry harder.
“Peace?’ Aston called and he flashes the light on her. Aston saw she was stuck again. Aston didn’t know what to do. He couldn’t keep his eyes off the other door. It flickered bright orange and red.
Aston was confused but then he saw what the light was.
“Fire!” Aston shouted. It was a trail. Gasoline must had been on the floor because the fire was following a particular line. Aston was pacing back and forth. He thought why aren’t the sprinklers coming on.
“Aston!” Peace screamed.
“I can’t do anything, Peace.” Aston yelled.
Once the fire was directly behind Karma and Kendra, the fire spread into the circle of bear traps. The bear traps had gasoline on them, too. Kendra and Karma legs were on fire. They were covered with gasoline, too. Aston backed away as the fire continued to spread to the bear traps and up the girl’s legs.
“Aston, don’t leave me.” Peace cried. The bear trap next to her legs was on fire.
Aston had tears coming from his eyes. There was no way to help Peace. The girls were screaming. The fire was now up to their waste and it was still going.
The fire was now on Peace’s legs and hands. She screamed, shook, and cried.
“I’m sorry, Peace,” Aston said. Peace continued to squirm. She tried to keep her head from falling to the ground but it was too hard. The pain in her hands were hurting her and her head felt like it was getting heavier. Peace laid her head down and a bear trapped clamped onto the middle of her face. The fire continued to move up her body. Aston knew Peace was dead. Kendra and Karma’s whole bodies were on fire so he knew they were dead.
The sprinklers and lights came on. The fire went out in two minutes. Aston knew now that the creep was always watching. Aston had no chances of surviving tonight.
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