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LINK 10: (CASSIE) VERSUS
The evil Japanese Revenge Ghost stared at me through the mass of black hair. Surely, I expected my heart to stop at any second. I covered my face and pushed myself into the corner as tightly as I could. A scream once again escaped my lips, and the ghost threw up her hands to cast some sinister soul-stealing spell.
"Who the heck are you and why are you screaming?" she asked and moved the hair from her face.
I stared, unblinking at a youthful face bathed in the red computer light. "Y-you're not going to chew my soul to pieces?"
"Um..." the girl looked around the room and reached for something on the nightstand.
"No!" I screamed. "Don't do it! I don't want to die!"
The Revenge Ghost flicked a button, and a lamp turned on, lighting up the room. My jaw dropped as I stared at a strikingly beautiful girl with tan skin and raven black hair. Revenge Ghosts were usually pale, and ugly. She also wore a white dress with a rising black sun on the bottom.
She regarded me with a tilted head. "Why were you screaming? Where are we?"
"Y-you don't know?" I asked.
Laughing, she stood up and went to the window. She moved to open the heavy curtains, but I cried out, "Don't! There's someone out there!"
The girl stopped and looked at me incredulously. "Look, I don't know what's going on, but I'm REALLY confused. Who are you? How did I get here? And WHO is outside?"
I still shook, trying to overcome my whacked out nerves. "You look!" I said. "I came to this house to deliver a wrongly delivered envelope! I was followed the whole way here, and I saw someone outside. I hid inside this FREAKY haunted house and found you in here! I thought you were a..."
"Whoa, whoa, slow down!" She said. "My head hurts... what did you think I was?"
"A zombie? A Japanese Revenge Ghost?" I stammered.
"HA!" A laugh burst from her mouth. "You're silly, but I'm not quite sure I follow everything you said... Anyway, let's figure this out together."
"Okay," I said, standing and still leaning in the corner.
The girl held out her hand and offered it to me.
"You're sure your not a ghost?" I asked.
I stepped forward and shook her hand. "I'm Cassie Stargaze."
"I'm Julie Ulicia," she said. "Love your last name by the way."
"My parents made a new name when they married. She loved stars, and he loved the way she gazed at him."
"How romantic!" Julie said and sat on the bed. "Oh, my aching head. I need an aspirin..."
"Maybe there's some in that suitcase?" I pointed at a small luggage bag next to the bed.
"Hey!" she said. "That's my suitcase!"
I raised a brow. "You really don't have any memory of being here, do you?"
"No." She shook her head. "It's scary."
I sat on the edge of the bed and crossed my leg underneath me. "What's the last thing you remember?"
She took a deep breath and closed her eyes. After a few seconds, she said, "I was on an Aegis Airlines flight, with a cute, but perverted army captain. He was hitting on me."
"And how old was he?"
"What a perv! You're still a teen, right?" I asked.
Julie nodded, and her face scrunched up in confusion. "Something horrible happened!"
"W-what?" I asked.
"I woke up on the plane, and everyone had these chains on their backs. Then the flight attendants became monsters! They tried to kill us... and they put a hole in the side of the plane. How... how did I get here?" Julie put her hands over her face. "This is too weird. I think I'm going crazy."
I pursed my lips. She'd mentioned people with chains, just like what had happened at school. It couldn't be a coincidence.
"You're not crazy, Julie!" I said and grabbed her hand. "I saw people with chains, too! This morning! Two other students and I saw them, and there was an earthquake. But then it all went away."
Julie regarded me with an earnest gaze. "We have to get to the bottom of this, Cassie."
"How?" I asked. "I wouldn't even know where to start!"
Julie sighed and laid flat on her back. She stared at the ceiling. "Maybe there is no way... but let's start with the date and what city we're in..."