[The Labyrinth] Chapter 1: The Darkness Approaches

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Chapter 1: The Darkness Approaches

I stared down at my watch, and it was almost 3pm. I got out of bed and went to the restroom to brush my teeth and wash my hair. I squeezed some toothpaste onto my toothbrush and started to brush away. After rinsing my mouth, I paused for a second to think about what I had to do that day. Then it quickly came to me that I have a party to attend tonight.

Exactly one week ago, I received an invitation to an exclusive party at a club called VIBE that only the finest and richest of the social class can attend. It is believed that the club was started by the rich for the rich. The invitation didn’t have a return address, but after reading the card, it was clear what the invitation was for. It was common knowledge in our city that the only other way to attend VIBE without being filthy rich was to be invited. On my commute to work each day, I pass by this club and I can see the giant letters overlooking the parking lot that seems to be always full. And one thing I’ve noticed about this club is that I’ve never seen anyone go in or out, yet the building is always brightly lit and loud every night. Even the bouncers are nowhere to be seen during the nights when the club is active. But regardless, I was excited to finally get a pass to go to one of the most exclusive clubs in the area. And as an added bonus, I received an extra pass to bring someone else. Upon seeing that extra ticket, I knew exactly who I would give it to.

I planned to give the extra ticket to my best friend, Alice, who is coming over in a few hours. Alice is an interesting girl who seems to attract attention wherever she goes. She is very tall and thin and seems to be pushing away guys who can’t seem to keep their hands off her. Her skin is caramel-colored, and her black hair reaches down past her elbows. We have been best friends for so many years, so it only makes sense that she is my plus one to attend this event.

In the few hours I have until Alice arrives, I decided to take a shower and nap. While I was showering, someone knocked at my door. I jumped out of the shower and took a look at my clock. It was 3:37pm. Someone kept banging at my door, so I got a bit worried. Alice told me she would arrive around 6pm, so I was wondering who it might be. I quickly grabbed some towels to dry off and rushed to put on some shorts and a t-shirt. After checking through the peephole in the door, nobody was there. I walked away and there was another bang on the door, except it was louder this time. I just took a deep breath and opened the door. Alice yelled “Surprise!” and asked me “Jay, did I scare you?” I reacted by closing the door on her.

Alice opened the door and said “don’t be uptight; I just came early to hang out.” So I proceeded to get my clothes ready, so we can go out to do something before the big event. I quickly changed and got my keys to go out the door. Before we could get out, Alice’s boyfriend, Aiden, had called her phone. After Alice had hung up, we walked out the door to the car. She decided to drive as she wanted to go somewhere I haven’t been before. We ended up going to karaoke which was one of her most favorite things to do. We started singing some songs from the 90’s. Suddenly, I looked down at my phone and noticed it was already 5:32pm. I realized we were going to be late, so I told Alice to hurry up and pack. After leaving the karaoke room, I went to pay at the counter.

We rushed to her car and headed to VIBE. The drive was quite short since Alice started speeding. Once we arrived, there was a valet who offered to park our car. I quickly looked at the sky and noticed it was strangely dark at a time that should not be so dark. But regardless, I thought nothing of it and decided to just enjoy my time with Alice. Once we approached the entrance of the club, there was a line of people. We just waited our turn, and we were behind about twenty people. The wind was blowing a bit, and it was getting colder.

When our turn approached, the doorman asked for our invitation which I pulled out from my pocket. It was a bit crumpled, but it was still legible. When we got in, one man handed us wristbands with various neon colors and numbers printed on them. He told us to put them on. Since everyone else was doing it, we figured this is one of the club’s traditions. Upon putting on the plastic wristband, we started to feel a bit drunk. The drunken feeling was very similar to having a headache from being dehydrated.

Alice and I eventually made our way to the dance floor where we started to dance a bit. The dance floor was lit by the hundreds of spotlights from the ceiling. The DJ was playing all the latest hits we hear on the radio. And it seemed people were just enjoying the upbeat and freeing nature of being at the club. I told Alice “something doesn’t feel right; I think we should go…” Alice replied “what’s wrong? Are you okay?” I didn’t know what exactly was off entirely, but I wasn’t enjoying this experience. Then suddenly, the music got more intense and the lights starting blinking more and more frequently. I fell to the ground and saw the room spinning until I blacked out.

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