Death Bell

A group of 20 high school students partook an elite class to prepare for college exam. Among them are Kayla, and her best friend Marissa, and the class clown Kevin, who harbored an affection for Kayla.

On the first day of their elite, they were assigned to write a description of the talking which were shown in the class TV. Suddenly, the class was interrupted by the TV showing a video of the top-ranking student, Madison, trapped in a glass that was slowly filling up with water. A voice over the PA system announced that they have to give another exam. Failure to answer them in time would lead to their death. It also warned them and their two teachers, Chris and Charlotte, against leaving the school. The first question was written in the glass tank:

1st: Solve all of equations which are written down and combine them into one complete answer in time. => Unknown. There are 2 equations of circle: x^2+y^2-10x+12y+57=0 (Central point coordinate and radius are (5, -6), 2, respectively), and x^2+y^2-10x-4y+25=0(Central point coordinate is (5, 2), radius is 2 as well).                                                                                                                                                                        The class fails to solve the first question to save Madison.

Despite the warning, the class tries to leave the school building, but found their hall monitor, Leo, beaten to death. Mark (Guard and caretaker of the school) was the only person there to guard the students. Soon they noticed that another student, Samuel, was missing. That time a sound of a bell was heard. Again the same voice from the PA made an announcement for the students to prepare for the second test and also warned them not to leave the school. It was going to be a listening test. The paragraph would only be heard once. From the PA they heard Samuel screaming. That time a voice of a small girl asked “What is your name?”. He answered “Samuel”. Then the girl asked “What is your sin?”. He cried and said “My mom was greedy!”.

2nd test: Go to the auditorium and find out the 8 characters of the word ‘Greed’ in Chinese.

After thinking for few minutes Kayla found the answer but unfortunately, she was too late. Samuel’s dead body was dropped from a gap in the ceiling of the auditorium mysteriously. Hot wax covered his whole body which means he was kept under candles drippings. And the answer was written on his chest with a blade. Seeing the body made Joshua vomit. That time he was pulled out of sight, unnoticed. The students then realized that Joshua was missing too. Chris, a teacher, suggested splitting into two groups. Kayla figured out the connection between the deaths and the students rank so she went with Kevin to the office room. According to the ranking 1st Madison, 2nd Samuel and then Joshua, after that, Sophia then her  best friend Marissa and then herself and so on. On the auditorium few students, including Sophia, were planning to go and hide in their classrooms. Marissa thought it would be safe so she also wanted to go without telling Kayla. They told their teachers that they wanted to go to the washroom. There were many students that’s why they got the permission. Kayla told Mr. Chris that students are being killed according to the ranking. So, they thought of splitting into two groups. Kayla and Kevin went with their teacher Charlotte with some few students to dig out some information.

There was another bell sound. Following the instruction Mr. Chris arrived with few students in their computer lab. On the board there were some pictures and a question.

3rd: Complete the sentence relating with those pictures and find the password. Write the answer in the computer.                                                                                                                                                       The students again found the answer which was “One fine spring day. Remember the auditorium”. But when they entered the password, they saw Joshua’s dead body. The answer was on his chest. There were a lot of cuts on his body with blade and his mouth was stuffed with flower petals.

In a class the few students were sitting when they heard a sound of footstep. Suddenly the door broke and the light turned off and on by itself. That time again someone abducted Sophia. Terrified, Marissa hid under the table. Mrs. Charlotte and other students soon arrived upon hearing the scream. And they came to know that Sophia was also missing. Marissa felt guilty for not telling Kayla, but kind hearted Kayla forgave Marissa.

It was night 9:00 pm so they were eating in the cafeteria. After hearing about the answer of Joshua’s death “One fine spring day. Remember the auditorium” Kayla again suspect these deaths were going for Jasmine’s death.

Jasmine was a student who used to be the best friend of Kayla. She was the top student of the class. But, on one fine spring day she was found dead on the auditorium. Mr. Choi stormed off because he did not believe in ghost or any kind of spiritual powers. Then again the bell sound was heard. That time no one wanted to go. Mr. Chris went alone to kill the person because he still believes that there is no ghost just a person. And Mrs. Charlotte, Kayla and Kevin followed the instruction of the PA and came to a class. Again they found a question.

4th: By changing the spellings of the text, complete the sentence. => It consists of several kinds of anagram, associated with the array of old cell phone keypad.

They found the answer and it was “I know who killed me. My anger will endure, face the truth.” All the answers were related to Jasmine’s death.

But from the CCTV cameras live feed, they saw Mr. Chris with a mysterious woman standing at the staircase. But when all went there it was empty. Suddenly, they heard a beep sound when they headed there they saw Sophia was stuffed in the washing machine which was on. And the answer was written in her arm.

In the cafeteria the mysterious pressed Marissa’s mouth and pulled her. No, one noticed because they were all sleeping on the table.

On the lobby Mrs. Charlotte saw there one of the student, Brian, was eating their hall monitor, Leo’s hand, with a knife in his hand. But, when he saw Kayla he ran and tried to kill Kayla but, Kevin jumped in front of her and died in the act. Mr. Chris killed Brian by hitting him repeatedly on the  head with a blunt object. He thought Brian was doing all these thing. Kayla never cried for anyone but seeing Kevin dead, drained her strength. She loved Kevin. Then again the sound of the bell was heard. Which means Brian wasn’t doing it. Kayla lost her hope. But, following the instruction they came to a door that could only be opened by entering a password. The question was given.

5th: Input the number as password by resolving these association with this number sequence. Then, speak the meaning of the number. You have only one chance. : 5685 -> 2485 ->? To solve, focus on the inner 2-digit number. Multiply each 1-digit, and Focus on the outer side numbers, and then multiply each 1-digit, then the next sequence is 2485. Repeat this once more. And find the password.

The answer was 1320. Kayla said the meaning “1st place, 3rd and 20th student whose name was Jasmine.” The door opened, and saw that Marissa’s leg was tied upside down. She was alive. But if they were late, she would be thrown from the ceiling. But, the rope was too much strong to be cut. And, they didn’t have anything sharp. But the time was up. The rope was pulled up and thrown. Marissa died. That mysterious woman appeared, smiling. She tried to run away but Mr. Chris strangles the woman to death.

A memorial is held for the students killed, Kayla went to the roof top by crying but she was abducted unnoticed. On PA a person announce that one final question is still left. He shut all the doors started spilling gasoline. He said

6th: “2 years ago, on one fine spring day, my daughter was murdered by someone with a bear-shaped key chain. Who is it? Only the culprit would know the answer. Step forward and confess your sin; if you don’t, everyone here will die.”

*Flashbacks*

Mark’s daughter, Jasmine, was a brilliant student. She worked hard for entering the elite group. But failed because the killed student’s (except Kevin and Brian) parents forced Mr. Chris to give the question paper. He gave them the paper and took their money. Jasmine saw that, and warned Mr. Chris to stop doing it and confess the truth, if not she would complain this incident to the principal. But, Mr. Chris killed her by choking her with his hands on her throat. That time she turned on the video camera on her phone and threw it on the floor. But, the whole face was not showed on the video. But then Brian saw it and he thought that he was haunted by Jasmine’s ghost.

Mr. Chris confessed his sin. Then Mark came and hugged him, said “I am sorry” and stabbed him. He killed him by a hitting his head with a hammer. Mrs. Charlotte released Kayla.

About a year later, on the day of result, Kayla was ranked top in her class and it was implied that Brian’s attacks was due to her being possessed by Jasmine since the beginning.

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White: The Melody of Curse

 

A girl group called “Pink Dolls” about to perform in a televised competition. Their act flops and they lose to the more mainstream girl group, Pure. They move into a new studio where they hope to practice and record their next hit, and finally make it to the top. There is tension and rivalry between the four members of “Pink Dolls” – Jenny a singer who is insecure with hitting high notes, Alicia a singer addicted to cosmetic surgery, Stephanie who can’t sing, but is an excellent dancer, and Tiffany the eldest and former backup dancer. She is constantly bullied by the younger three members.

 

Tiffany discovers a tape in the studio entitled “White” which turns out to be an old unreleased music video that her manager thinks might have the right moves and addictive tune to pave the way for the group’s success. Since the rights to the song are unknown, the copyright issues are sidelined and their manager gives the okay for them to begin deconstructing the video for their next performance. They perform “White” on stage, becoming an overnight sensation and with the rise in popularity, the girls find themselves becoming resentful of each other and ruled by their desire for the chance to be promoted as the lead singer or “main” (who will now be singled out by wearing a white wig and costume).

 

First to fall victim to the curse is Jenny who, after recording for the lead but still failing to hit the high notes, is mysteriously hung in the studio recording booth after overdosing on her medicine. Next, Alicia becomes the lead but starts reacting to her makeup which causes her eyes to swell and turn red. She suspects Stephanie tampered with her cosmetics so she could be the lead. To take revenge Alicia uploads unflattering pictures of Stephanie to the internet decreasing her popularity and insuring that Alicia would be able to hold on to her spot as lead. Alicia went to her room and started to put make-up in her face. She heard strange voice of a girl saying that if she becomes main she would be dead. After a terrifying experience in the make her room, Alicia is being prepared for the “White” music video with a camera strapped around her waist. Meanwhile, Stephanie argues with their manager and storms off, refusing to sing because she was denied the lead part for a second time. When recording starts, Alicia feels that a bloody fingers of a girl pressed her eye very tightly, which caused her to fall off the stage. She is taken to the same hospital as Jenny. The doctors inform the others that due to a negative reaction to the cosmetic surgery done to modify her face she will be unable to perform.

Tiffany suspects a connection to the lead’s bad luck and “White” so she asks her friend Sabrina to dig up anything she can related to the song’s original singer and the studio before she becomes the ‘main’. Stephanie becomes more arrogant and practices her dancing constantly.

Sabrina tells Tiffany that the singer from the video was an ultra-competitive girl named Jessica who died in a studio fire 15 years ago and was blamed for the suicide of a back-up dancer. The video was never released because something went wrong with the recording and it was scheduled for a re-shoot which was never filmed due to the fire. They review the tape and see that the singer’s face is scarred on both cheeks, and come to the conclusion that Jessica wrote the song “White”, and out of jealousy the other girls damaged her face so she couldn’t have the lead position. At the same time Stephanie is practicing her dance. Suddenly, she saw a girl with white hair was crying at side of the dancing room. The girl started to say that same word “It’s my song” and disappear. Still terrified, she participates in a reality show where she has to exit a dark building and pass obstacles to escape. She sees the ghost again in the building and exits but is surrounded by crazed fans who block her path. As she tries to get past, her hair is caught in a high-rise camera that proceeds to swing her above the crowd until its counter weights fall out and crash to the ground, with Stephanie being crushed under it. Tiffany is reluctant to be the lead until she can find a way to lift whatever curse was on the song.

She talks with the sponsor and returns to the studio where she gets flashes of a girl dying in that room. She smashes a power cord set under a concealed spot in the floor and found a suicide note with no name. She proclaims that Jessica started the fire to kill herself, and makes an offering at Jessica’s grave, placing a photo of her on top of it and believes her career over due to her scarred face. After she leaves the grave, however, the glass on Jessica’s photo suddenly cracks, obscuring her face.

Now confident that the curse has been lifted, Tiffany starts a solo career using “White’s popularity. She undergoes a total transformation, bleaching her hair, answering to White as her name, denying ever being a backup dancer, and taking credit for writing the song and choreography. When her former group members wake in the hospital, they see Tiffany on the television as a full blown celebrity and about to compete against “Pure” for the #1 song. They don’t believe the story about the curse. Sabrina is visibly upset at Tiffany new selfishness and begins to rid herself of the “White” recordings until she hears something new on the original track. When she goes back to the studio she discovers it isn’t Jessica singing.

“White” was originally written by a young girl named Laura. She used to have naturally white hair. She was back-up dancer whose face was disfigured by Jessica. The rest of the dancers hold the hand of Laura while Jessica pours the acid on her face and then taunts her by saying “Have fun being the main now, see how far you go with a face like that!” The girl committed suicide by drinking bleach, and now returns to haunt and kill whoever sings “her” song, beginning with getting revenge on Jessica. Jessica had an awkward feeling so, she tried to burn Laura’s suicide note by forming a small fire in the dancing room. Suddenly she saw that Laura and drops the lighter from her hand which caused the whole studio to get burned. At the same time, Sabrina had discovers that Jessica was not the author of the song, but the first victim of the curse.

Sabrina calls Tiffany  to warn her but she was not picking the phone. Jenny, Alicia and Stephanie (who could only get a small gig co-hosting job) experience hot flashes like they did right before their ‘accidents’ and commit suicide drinking bleach (after being seemingly possessed by the ghost), and Tiffany (after winning the competition) is assaulted by the ghost while performing “White” on stage, causing the stage lights to explode, panicking the crowd. Her “sponsor”, Mr. Choi, dies when he’s crushed by a falling light while trying to escape and her manager is killed when she steps on stage to help Tiffany. Stage flare burns her manager to death. Sabrina arrives and tries to get to the stage but as Tiffany jumps into the crowd to reach her, she trips. The fans stepped on her body which caused her to death. Sabrina saw Laura standing on the stage and was staring at Tiffany. After Tiffany’s death Sabrina went to the karaoke bar. Tiffany and Sabrina used to practice singing in that place. She started disposing of Tiffany’s music album, the trainee’s suicide note and the original video tape by placing them in a trash can and setting it on fire. She believes she has finally defeated the curse, but then looks up in horror as the karaoke machine announces “Song chosen: White”, implying that the curse has not been broken and she too will die (she had performed vocal doubling for the song earlier, due to Jenny being too insecure to properly hit the high notes).

Emily’s Maze

This story was written for the writing competition back in November.


 

 

I have experienced some adventurous journey. The journey started 1 year ago when I was in class 5. My school organized a trip for six lucky students to go on summer camp on another city for 2 weeks.

Our VP sir picked up slips from a jar. From there he picked the six slips and said loudly “The six lucky person is ………………………. Ayesha, Tiffany, Irene, Chris, Park and Luhan”. Coincidentally it was me and my classmates! They also announced the city we are going Old Dhaka (Puran Dhaka).

We left Dhaka after 2 days. With us some teachers are going for our guidance.

We arrived there after 5 hours. The place we were going to stay was an apartment. It was calledThe Emily’s Maze”. As far as I know that tourist people stay there. When we entered the building everyone was quite scared because it was so old from inside. Spider web was in every corner. Dust was in floor.

When we went to the counter an old woman was sitting. She was very gloomy. Wrinkles was all over her face. Her hair was white in color. Her eyes was red. Her voice sounded like evil or ghost. Our teacher asked about the room number. She said300,301,302,303.” 300 room was for male teachers, 301 room was for female teachers, 302 room was for boys and 303 room was for girls. So, our teachers walked forward. I was about to go but that old woman hold my hand very tight and saidBe careful.I let my hand go out of her and run towards my teachers. Chris and Park was there with me that time too. Park said to me that not to say to our teachers.

The room was quite big. There was three separated bed and one table. There was a window beside one bed so, I took that bed. On the wall there was a huge photo frame of a girl. She was crying in that picture. Suddenly someone knocked our door and it was my friend Chris. He said us that to come out for a meeting. We locked our door and went there.

We went to our teacher and they said that today we are not going to anywhere. So, I thought of exploring the building.

At first we started from down stair, on the reception the old woman wasn’t there. We saw lots of photo frame of lots of people. While walking we saw a room. We went near it and on top of it was writtenDON’T OPEN!but I still tried to open it but Luhan called us so I couldn’t.

It was night we all went to our room. I, Irene and Tiffany was talking. It was almost 11:00 a.m. so, we went for sleeping. I waked up early in the morning maybe like 7:00 a.m. No one was awake except me. So, I thought about that door. So, I went alone downstairs and opened the door. It was a dark room. There was shelf around it. Some books was also there. There was a table. Even there was a bed near around window. Which seemed like it was room. I was feeling scared because I was alone. It was almost 8:00 a.m. So, I was coming from the room. I was about to close the door but Tiffany called me. I went to her but I couldn’t close the door properly.

Tiffany called me for a meeting with our teachers. My teachers said us that we are going on a place where we have to find missing things which has been hidden. We got dressed and went out.

When we arrived there I have to find things individually. I felt someone was following me and helping me to find the things. I was the first who found the things very fast.

I even told the news to my friend that someone is following. One day I called all my friend to my room. Then we discussed about that door. So, Luhan said that we are going to that door and find about the miracle.

When we went inside the room it was totally blank only there was the table and a book top on it. We went near the table and saw that there was a note on it. It saysDear Ayesha please sit in this chair.” I was little scared but still I sat on the chair. Suddenly a rush of wind appear. A girl appear front of us and it was that same girl face which was on our room’s photo frame. She was wearing a black gown. Her eyes was black. Her mouth was deep red. She said us “I am Emily Rose. I need a help. A man called Daniel killed me. I want to take my revenge but I can’t go out from this room.I was little shocked but I saidSo, what help can we do.She saidI just want you to take this book front of him and open it.” She even gave his address to me.

I went to him with my friend’s that day. We was quite frighten too. We called him by saying to guardWe need Mr. Daniel because he has took my diary accidently.The guard bought him. I immediately open the book front of me. A flash of light immersed and took Daniel inside it. Thank god the guard wasn’t there. Then Emily came out from the diary and said us “Thanks guys for your help and now my soul is in rest. Please often visit this place I want to meet you guys again” She become into lots of butterfly and went away.

So, that day was an adventurous day of my life.