Submitted by: http://ady265.tumblr.com/
Has it ever happened to you that you got on a train, got comfortable, fell asleep and slept through your stop? Well, you are not alone. I don’t have exact numbers, but it happens to a lot of people, daily, I bet.
It has happened to me a few times as well. Lately it got frequent, so I thought that I was not getting enough sleep. At first, I tried to keep my mind occupied so that I wouldn’t fall asleep, or play some games. It did not help much. I even tried to fix my sleep schedule, so I went to sleep the day I woke up. You know what they say, that the best sleep you can get is, in fact, before midnight. I started feeling well rested throughout the day, even got more stuff done, so I could go home earlier. Everything was fine until I had to stay longer at work.
With little in mind, I got on and found my seat. I didn’t even notice that I’d fallen asleep. But when I woke up… I didn’t recognize anything. I’d slept way longer than usual, I thought. The train wasn’t moving. Nobody was inside, I thought it was a little weird, but I got out and looked around. Nothing. No buildings, no station, just trees on one side of the rails, field on the other. I quickly jumped inside, because it was getting dark, and being outside after dark is never a good thing. Especially not, when you are near an unknown forest.
I wanted to look around the train, to see if there was some personnel or somebody competent. When I reached one end of the train, I got disappointed… It was the wrong one. The engine room was on the other side.
“Fuck me…” I said to myself. During my walk to the other side, I started noticing other weird things. Every sticker where text should be, was blank. Nothing much, I know, but that was only the beginning. Since the lights were still working, and it was already dark out, it was kind of difficult to see outside, but I think I saw something move.
“Must have been my shadow, or some animal,” I reassured myself, since there was nobody to do it for me.
As I went on, I checked my phone, to see if I had a signal of some sorts. I did, but no matter the number I dialed, no one answered. I checked the GPS to see where I actually was, but it couldn’t find me. I started to panic a little. I usually enjoyed solitude, but not in situations where I shouldn’t be alone, or don’t want to be. Plus, the fact that I sometimes saw a shadow move outside didn’t help.
“It’s just my imagination,” I kept repeating to myself. “It’s just my imagination…” It helped me stay calm, until the lights went out, and I saw everything that was outside. The moon was not shining that much, so it took me a while to get used to the light.
Another thing that creeped me out was that I was walking for some time now, and I still didn’t find the other end of the train. Adrenaline begun pumping into my body even more when I realized that I was not, in fact, alone. I heard some noises outside. And not the good kind. Something not human was definitely outside. A wolf maybe? Must be a big one to be this loud. I ducked and kept moving like that, so nothing could see me from outside. This slowed my progress through the train, but since I wasn’t getting anywhere, I thought I might as well hide.
To conserve battery, I put my phone on extra saving mode and put it away. If you don’t know what it is, it basically removes most of the phone functions, but you can still call, send / receive texts and use the internet (depends on how you set it up). But since I couldn’t get a hold of anybody, I wanted to keep it as a watch. Or camera if really needed. As soon as I put away the phone, I started rummaging through my bag to see if I had some food or something to kill time with. Since I was at work, I didn’t have much with me. But I found a baguette with ham, cheese, some dressing and a few pieces of salad. The only device I had for killing time was my phone… bummer.
From time to time, I peeked out of the window to see if there was anything outside. On the forest side, not much has changed, or I just couldn’t see it. On the field side though… Every time I peeked, more objects appeared. At first, they seemed like poles from a fence which I just didn’t notice. I quickly abandoned this thought, when I noticed one change positions. I didn’t actually see it with my own eyes, but it definitely moved.
My mind didn’t register the silence until it was broken by another wave of unhuman roars. This time, they sounded much angrier and coming from more than one source. Besides just growling and rumbling, they started to scratch the surface of the train. I even heard them kind of fight amongst themselves. None of it calmed me.
With a new wave of adrenaline rushing, I started thinking about getting a weapon, or anything, really, to defend myself. A fire extinguisher would be nice, but it’s heavy and unwieldy. Then I remembered. Emergency hammer. Every train has to have one, in case something happens, so you can safely break the window, and get out. It was still dark out, and the lights weren’t working, but as I was kind of able to remember where they use to place them, I found it quickly. Even though it’s not the best weapon to use against beast-like enemies, it would fare pretty well against humans, I guess.
The beating against the walls of the train only grew. It seemed like the noise brought more of these things. Even the “poles” from the field came closer to the rails. In fact, they seemed more humanoid. Thanks to their bony figure, they were quite frightening. Not sure if it was caused by the darkness outside, but they seemed totally dark. As if they were mere shadows. Skinny humans are often tall. The opposite was true for this creature. It was pretty short. Couldn’t have more than 120 centimeters. I wasn’t really able to make out any details on their face, but I know one thing. They had either no eyes, or they were completely black. Every time I looked into their eyes, it felt like they were staring right back at me. Even though they had their head facing the other direction. The other part of their head I noticed was a long and pointy nose. I had them for poles, because I couldn’t make out their arms. Turns out they reach all the way to the ground.
The fact that I now knew that those are not just some animals put me off completely. I started to panic. “I am definitely going to die today,” kept repeating in my head. My movements got clumsy, I sometimes bumped into a chair, a door or anything really. Every time I did, everything went completely quiet. Almost as if the things outside were wondering where it was coming from. My breathing became shallow and fast. With every breath I took I grabbed the hammer harder, until I couldn’t feel my hands. I went and locked myself in the bathroom. Nothing pleasant, but at least they can’t see me. Oh boy, how wrong I was. As soon as I turned the lock, it made the loudest sound possible. The loud CLICK could be heard through the piping of the toilet pretty loud and clear outside. Everything turned quiet once again. But not completely. I heard their sniffing. I heard their stomping. Then suddenly, a loud BANG! As something hit the train from the side. After a few silent moments, there came another one. And another one.
Suddenly, I heard something scratching inside of the piping. The only thing I could think of was one of the “poles” from the field.
“No, no, no, no…” flooded my mind. “I have to think of something… Right!” I quickly jumped and closed the toilet lid. I sat on it to weight it down, so it cannot lift it. After few short moments, I heard it scraping on the lid. Then the banging resumed. This time not only to the hard wall of the train, but into the window. And at multiple locations. Not long after came a string of breaking windows. “This is bad,” was my thought as I heard steps getting closer to me. Sniffing started to sound from under the doors. One good thing was that they didn’t really have any space to get a good head-start, so they could break the door down.
I completely forgot about the pole’s hand in the toilet, until it began punching. It had a lot of strength for being that small of a creature. I was having problems holding it down, and I am not the lightest person, weighing about 90 kilograms. My attention was brought back to the door, when they started digging into it. Scratching sounds got exchanged for banging sounds. I can only imagine how they had to do it. Never mind that, it started to give in. I saw the hinges getting weak, the nails slowly falling out. It was only a matter of time before I’d die.
Don’t know how long it took them, but once they finally broke it down, I remember seeing a big, bear-like creature standing in the door. He didn’t move a muscle, ever since they opened the door. Only thing I could hear was a calm, mysterious voice, coming from behind him, with a question: “So, do you care to join us?”
Credits to: http://ady265.tumblr.com/
READ ON FOR AN EXPLANATION:
Story line: The main protagonist tended to fall asleep on trains. He tried everything he could to prevent it from happening. Seemingly it was caused by his lack of sleep. For a while he was able to stay awake, until one day something weird had happened. He fell asleep and when he woke up, everything was wrong.
Explanation: The supernatural stuff that is happening could be just in his dreams or it might be cruel reality. It really depends on how the reader wants to understand it. At the end, the voice asks him if he wants to join. Of course he means his monster army. He fell asleep because of the train he got on, but I think that was pretty obvious.
The ending is open, if I decided to continue with the story, that is why I can’t really tell you whether it is a reality, or his dream. But some things point to it being a reality (one specific train he falls asleep on).