1| Black out
Normal. That is how i would have described my life right now, just normal. Nothing exciting or interesting. I wasn’t this amazing sports player in highschool that was given a scholarship in middle school because of my talent. But i wasn’t antisocial. I had friends. Keyword: had. Please take note of the past tense in all of these statements.
All of these were true up until this point. So i guess this is where i’ll start...
“Delia, stop lollygagging or we’ll be late!” My friend, Anna, whined at me, urging me to finish curling my hair into the perfect spirals draped down my back.
"Ha.” I scoffed. “Since when did that ever bother you?” I didn’t quicken my pace, finishing the last curl then turning to her. “If you want to go to school, then be my guest. I’m not stopping you.” With that, she rolled her eyes sarcastically and headed out my front door.
“Fine, i won’t give you a ride, then.” I’ve walked thousands of times before, this won’t be any different. With Anna out of my way, i looked at myself in the mirror, blue eyes shining bright against my pale freckled skin. I looked presentable enough, i decided. Grabbing my well-worn out backpack off my bed, i started to leave for school, finding that Anna wasted no time in leaving.
The sky was an ominous shade of grey that hinted that all day would be gloomy and cold but it didn’t dare rain. Hastening my stride, i walked past many townhouses that gathered around my street which was only about one block away from the school. I could almost hear Anna’s voice mocking me in my mind. ’If only you left when i wanted you to, you wouldn’t have to walk in this.’ . I admit, this weather did kind of give me the creeps, but what’s the worst that could happen?
“Young lady, i hate to bother you, but i seemed to have dropped my keys, and i can’t bend to find them.” An old lady with grey tinted hair asked of me. She seemed to have come out of nowhere and appeared in the driveway of this house that i always have known to be abandoned. I couldn’t help but be a little apprehensive in helping her, but in the end, she was an old lady and she needed help so who am i to leave her there like that?
“Absolutely.” I smiled, sauntering up her driveway to her side.
“Thank you so much, i think i dropped them somewhere around… here.” She looked around and pointed at a spot maybe about a foot away from my feet. Peering around, i found that the gravel below my feet was completely empty of keys that she could be looking for. Squatting down, i only proved to myself that there were no keys to be found.
“I’m sorry, ma’am, but i can’t find-” Before i even had the chance to finish my sentence, she flung some sort of purple powder at me. The powder made my eyes burn and i felt almost dizzy. Instantly trying to rub the intrusion out of my eyes, i peered up to find that the old lady was chuckling and seemed to look...different? But before i could put my finger on what had changed, i snapped my eyes back shut to stop the incessant searing pain shot through my head.
I couldn’t remember what happened much after that, i must have blacked out. But after that i had woken up with my eyes feeling much better and my head pretty much clear of dizziness. When i looked at the glowing clock on my phone, i was surprised that it read ’9:47’. I had been knocked out cold for just a bit over two hours. What even happened? What did that old lady throw at me? And why did my eyes seem to tingle?
“Miss, are you alright?” I jumped at the voice that sounded from my right side where a man with a stubbly brown beard crouched beside me in a black and yellow running suit. “Are you hurt, do you need an ambulance?” He seemed concerned with my health but i felt more than fine, i felt great. Besides the odd buzzing running through my body, i felt confident and active.
Looking up at him with my once icy blue eyes, i nodded, but he wasn’t looking at me. “I’m fine.” With that, he glanced up at me. None of that was odd or out of the normal but what happened next seemed straight out of a movie. His eyes stretched impossibly wide as he took multiple steps back, eyes never leaving mine like they were glued in place. Then, the really weird part left me horrified, His skin began to crack and transform into this grey statuesque material. Than man was turning to stone before my very own eyes.