Mysterious Library by anna o
“Wanna hang out in the library tomorrow morning?” I asked.
“I don’t know, Zoe,” Lori replied without hesitation, “That doesn’t sound like a good idea.”
“Oh come on, Lor. They’re just dumb rumors. None of them are actually true.”
“Fine. But this is a really bad idea….”
I got to school early that morning and walked slowly to the library. As I took one step at a time, I carefully opened the heavy wood door. I could feel the cold breeze brush past my face. I sat down in the nearest chair and took a deep breathe. A couple minutes later, I heard the door slam behind me. I jumped out of my seat so high, I felt like I was flying for one brief second. I turned around to see Lori standing there as innocent as ever.
“You scared me, Lori,” I said louder than I intended.
“Sorry, Zoe. Are you sure you want to do this?” she asked with a hopeful voice.
“Yes Lori,” I said intensely, “Woman up!”
I went over to a shelf and saw a book out of its place. ‘ARO’ in the ‘MYL’ section. I pulled the book off the shelf and the fire alarms sounded. I panicked and stood there, drowning in the screams of the sirens. When the alarms started to fade away, I looked back down at the book in my hands. Dust covered the entire picture. I took the sleeve of my turtle neck and began to wipe the photo free of the dust. I roam the shelves looking for the ‘ARO’s. I saw Lori in the corner of my eye. She was staring into space and tapping her foot anxiously.
“Lori, you’re fine,” I said not even believing my own words, “It’s probably one of those mean jocks playing a prank on us.”
“I know, I know,” she repeated.
I finally found the books rightful space, when I found another book out of place. “What is going on?” I thought aloud to myself. It seemed as if every shelf I went to, had another book out of place. They were like little clues leading up to a huge crime. I continued to follow the ‘clues’ until I found the last one. I was in the ‘Z’ section. ‘ZOE’ to be exact. My name. “What is happening to me?” seemed to be the question running through my head at that moment.
“Zoe,” Lori said impatiently, “What happened? You look like you just ran into your biggest fear.”
“Okay, Lori,” I said shutting my eyes and taking a deep breathe in, then out. I carefully put the book in the space next to the ‘ZOE’ book, “Let’s leave now.”“Finally!”
I started to walk away when I turned around. It was like the book was calling to me.
“Let’s go already,” Lori said starting to get upset.
I slowly pried the ‘ZOE’ book from the shelf. As I heard the screams of Lori, I fell. I watched as my feet left the floor. It was in this moment I could see everything. I could see memories, the past, future, present. But I felt my eyes close as I hit the ground. Hard. The dark surrounded me like it was swallowing me whole.
I sat up and reached to rub my sore head. There was a giant bump on the top of my head like one of those cartoons. I couldn’t see anything in the darkness. Only the light of the hole above me which was covered by Lori’s head.
“Lori!” I yelled out as I wiped the single tear from my face.
“OMG Zoe,” she replied panicking, “I’ll go get help!”
“No, Lori,” I surprised myself when the words left my mouth, “I need to get some answers.”
As I attempted to walk in the dark ‘room’, I saw a tiny light in the distance. I walked towards the light and saw a bunch of blurry faces. All of them wearing white clothes. It appeared to be some sort of school.
“Hi Zoe,” one of the blurry faces said. I could tell he was a boy by his short, curly black hair. He looked so familiar although I couldn’t put my finger on it. He had dark skin, brown eyes and an earring in one of his ears. He wore white dress pants with a white button up shirt.
“Follow us,” said another familiar voice. I turned to see her and she wore a pearly white dress. She had long, curly red hair that was pulled back by a medium sized bow attached to a white headband.
“Ethan? Jess?” I heard myself say. Ethan and Jess were my best friends ever since first grade. They went missing last year after they disrupted class. Nobody ever saw them again.
“We need to get you out of here,” said Ethan
“Why? What’s going on?” I asked.
“Just follow us, we’ll explain on the way up” Jess repeated.
They started to lead me up a long staircase lit by torches.
“After we picked a fight with Robert, the three of us were sent down to the office,” Ethan started to explain, “Mr. D got furious. Apparently this wasn’t the first time we’ve caused trouble. He lead us down here and set the library with a whole bunch of traps. You were just smart enough to spot one. Now you can help us.”
“What? How?”Jess started to speak up, “You need to tell someone about this place and get rid of Mr. D before he harms anyone else.”
“Right here. This is your stop,” Ethan and Jess gave me a hug and I turned to face the door. I turned back to Jess and Ethan, but they were gone
Once I got back to the main level of the school, I found Lori in the office. I ran into her arms and started to ball my eyes out.
“I’m so sorry I didn’t listen to you!”
“I’m just glad you’re okay.”
“Well now what,” I said leaving her grasp.
“I’ve called the police and they’re on their way.”
An hour later I found myself curled up in a ball on a bed in the nurse's office. The police were here and were asking me for information. I told them everything.
I saw the police walk into Mr. D’s office and then immediately walk out with him in cuffs. Everyone that was trapped in the ‘room’ is safe and happy. Some people had come in to investigate the library and said it was all clear. Me and Lori got jobs in the library to help put books away everyday before school. I still keep the ‘ZOE’ book propped up on my night stand.