To say that the figure was old was an understatement. If you looked at when the universe began, it was watching. Waiting. When the Earth formed, and dinosaurs roamed the Earth, it was in the shadows, determining its victims. When humans discovered fire, they discovered light, and the darkness that followed it. When Jim was taken over, the Figure knew that this was the start of a new world. A new time. A new darkness. But it was not time yet. There was something that the monster needed. Something someone had to create, and that the monster had to steal. To finally end the only weakness in its reign over the universe; light.
When David walked into school that morning, he had no idea what was going to happen. As the bell rang, his sneakers tread lightly on the hard tiles as he walked into his first class of the day. He greeted his teacher, Mr. Notley, and slipped into his seat at the back of the room. Mr. Notley began his daily routine of happily munching on a powdered jelly donut and staring maliciously at his homeroom students as they settled themselves in their seats. As if out of habit, the students all reached into their backpacks and pulled out their computers, powering them on. Mr. Notley glanced at his computer screen, his eyes narrowing as he saw who was logged on and who wasn’t. “Alright,” he barked at his class, glaring fiercely at them. “Who hasn’t-”
“-signed into Dyknow,” the class finished for him in a monotone voice, some even rolling their eyes with impatience.
“Most of our computers haven’t even started up yet,” David said, only to receive a sigh of annoyance from Mr. Notley in response.
Suddenly a sharp voice cut through the murmur of the class. “I have.” Jim, David’s best friend, was standing up, and looking around at the class who all stared at him in shock. No one could remember a time when Jim had willingly signed into Dyknow without a teacher breathing down his back. “And everyone else should, too. The...the school requires it.” With that, he sat down. David looked at him closely, and was surprised to see how pale and clammy Jim seemed. His fingers kept twitching, and when a classmate dropped a book, he flinched at the sound. His blue eyes usually were carefree, but today Jim’s eyes were black, and-. Wait. David froze in his seat. His friend couldn’t just change his eyes’ color. Something strange was going on.
“Hey, have you signed into Dyknow yet?” a voice asked him. David turned in his seat to find himself facing Pam, a girl who he usually liked hanging out with. But not today. David saw that her eyes were black as well. A chill went down his spine, and he realized that at least half the class was staring at their screen with black eyes that seemed to have an angry look in them. Something odd was going on, and David had to figure out what was causing all of the black eyes, and fast. If he wasn’t careful, the same thing could happen to him. For the first time, he thanked his parents for getting him a ridiculously slow computer, because it allowed him to see who else was being affected by the weird blackness.
“No, remember how slow my computer is? I’ll log on in about 5 minutes,” David told Pam. For a second he thought that she didn’t believe him, but then she flashed him an eerie smile, and turned back around in her seat. David nervously glanced around the classroom, and he noted with slight panic that now only 10 people, including him, didn’t have those angry black eyes. And something weird was happening. All of the people with black eyes were now staring straight ahead, with an unfocused look. As if….as if they were waiting for something. Suddenly, they all turned around in their seats, with an unnatural grin on their faces, their black eyes staring at him. At that moment he felt an ice cold hand grip his shoulder and whisper, “You should log on now….”
By: Jack and Kate 8th grade