She hugged her bag tightly to her chest, following the path she had been given. She didn't like how empty it was nor was she sure on why she was even doing it. The number who had sent it was unknown but they had signed off as Abby so she went. It was probably some elaborate prank. She stopped when she reached the stop of a staircase descending into shadows, "what," she muttered, rifling for her phone, when she found it, she looked at the message again. Looking over her shoulder, she tried to see someone or something but there was nothing. She glanced back down and sighed, Abby must be down there. She pushed down into it, ignoring her gut that told her it was a bad idea. She soon reached dripping hallways with little light and glanced left then right. No one. "Hello!"
"It's not from them, is it?" Dominique asked as she and Adrien trudged down the dark corridors. They had gotten a text from an unknown number. Unknown numbers were usually burner cellphones used by 'them', but unlike all other texts, this one had no target's name or information. All it told them was to go to whatever this place was.
Her ears pricked at the noise to her left and she stumbled backwards. Two voices, but she wasn't able to discern words or even whether they were male or female. Michael and Abby? No, the voices would be more violent if it were them. "Who's there!" She yelled out, stepping up onto the stairs. Her mind played out a hundred scenarios, all of them ending up with her dead.
After clearly hearing that question, Dominique lowered her voice. "Alright, someone's definitely there. The real question is, is it dangerous?" She reached to pull out a her hidden knife only to be stopped by Adrien.
Yep, this was it, that was enough. No more dark hallways for her. She liked fresh air and light. She turned on her heels and began to stride up the stairs. Whoever it was, they could meet her above ground.
She stopped, turning around before whipping her hand up wincing. She didn't think, of course the flashlight would get into her eyes. "Hey," she muttered, "don't suppose you could shine it at my fight? It's kind of bright..."
She dropped her hand instantly, now tugging on Michael's plaid, which hung down to mid thigh, it was unbuttoned and she wore nothing but a tank top and shorts. Her black boots with a silver cuff lining the top tapped at the stone, "I didn't think of a reason to stay, I...I was curious, didn't know what these stairs lead to so I came to investigate."
Having received a text from some unknown source, Lux was now making her way down a set stairs. "Dam these stairs go on forever..." Lux voiced to herself as she used her phone for a light but, it didn't help much. Why was she even here? She had gotten the text sure but, there was no name to it and honestly Lux was to new to the academy for any of the other students to already have her number. Maybe it was Charlie? She had no idea but, still here she was make her way down the stair case - slightly intrigued as to who she'd find at the bottom.
She hear multiple footsteps ahead of her, down in the darkness. "Hello?" She called out but no one answered, Scarlett liked to think they were just to far away to hear her. It wasn't till she walked closer that she heard someone voice, a boy's. ""Hi, there!" Scarlett heard one of them say and she stopped in her tracks, watching the group from the shadows - to afraid to come out.
Like the rest of the students already heading down to the Catacombs, Seojun had received a mysterious text sending him to this location. In the face of the public, this would appear to not bother him, but the vagueness of the text greatly distressed him so he chose to investigate. Unlike the rest, he brought a flashlight and he also carried a pocketknife in his pocket as well as his phone. He frowned, straining his ears for sounds before calling out himself, "Hello?!"
Addysin honestly had no idea why he had gotten up from his comfy bed and left his perfectly safe room to follow the random instructions of a text from nobody. Despite the creepiness of the Catacombs, Addysin was actually quite happy for some reason. He hadn't brought anything with him beside his phone and a mini-flashlight because he didn't want to waste his phone's battery.
She froze at another voice, "seems we're not the only ones here..." she trailed off, "look, I don't want to ruin a party but, this place just isn't my kinda vibes. So...if you don't mind, I might just head off."
He soon arrived to see the rest of them who got here before him. "Oh. There are more people. Thought I was just hallucinating," he commented. "So, just to be sure you guys weren't planning some secret underground party and messaged the wrong person, I'm not the only one who got a weird text?"
"No," Seojun deadpanned, coming up from behind him, shining the light around in the room as he spotted the faces of students he knew the names of, but nothing else. "Well, we're here, now where the hell is the guy that sent whatever the heck that was? I want to know so I can leave already." He took out his phone from his pocket to look at the text again having forgotten whether or not there was a number attached to the text.
"So, we all got a text from an unknown number, right?" Adrien asked. "Bit of a relief to not be the only ones here. In any case, since we're here, we should explore these... uh... whatever this place is." He grinned. "I don't know any of your names. How about we introduce ourselves?"
"I've never met an Addysin, Adrien, or Jules in my life and I barely recognize the rest of you so for the most part, I'd say yeah." He gripped his flashlight and narrowed his eyes, studying the others before he said, "I'm Seojun."
As more people joined the group and listened to their conversation, She relaxed a bit - glad she wasn't the only that had received a strange text. "I'm Scarlet...." The duchess voiced in a quiet tone, sure no one would hear her but, hoped she'd get noticed as she stepped out of the shadows.
Oh yay, texts from no one with instructions. Just the thing Gray wanted when he was trying to do homework. The voice in his head told him to follow the instructions, which he did. A tongue of flame in his head to light his way, Gray heard a female voice close by and more voices further on so he just followed the tunnel, hoping it would lead him to all the voices.
Scarlet watched the group, wondering what everyone would do. She wonders what she herself would do, would she join the others and explore or just head straight for the exit? "..." Nothing escaped her lips as she contemplated the idea. Not like anything bad can happen right?' Scarlet thought to herself, wanting to prove to herself mainly that she was brave enough to stay.
She jolted at the voices, "seems we're not the only ones here...yeah, exploring the exit would be a great idea," she said, "what's even-" she cut off as the slam of the gate echoed down the stairs, bouncing off the stone. "Was that..." she raced up stairs, shaking the gate, "it's locked!" She yelled down.
She frowned, "I mean it's locked, like the gate's locked. I can't open it and...I think it opens by a key but I can't see one..." she trailed off as she reached through the bars to check if there was one in the lock on the other side. There wasn't.
at the sound of Jules words, Scarlet's heart stopped - grabbing the closest thing near her, which so happened to be Adrien's arm, a lightly sneezing it. Something she used to do as a child when she was scared. "Sorry..." Scarlet voiced before quickly letting go and locking down, trying to control the panick attack she already felt coming.
He sighed and headed back towards the center of the room. "This sucks. I can't even comfortably sleep here...." Then a thought popped up in his head as his stomach growled. Sheepishly he asked, "Hey... Does anyone have food?"
Adrien raised an eyebrow at the blonde girl who grabbed his arm. He smiled as if to say, No problem. Adrien wasn't as panicked as the others when the door locked. "You know, since we all came from different entrances, there's probably other exits around which are open. No need to panic."
He's right... Scarlet thought to herself as she thought of the possibility of the other exits being open - her heart beat slowing down and the panic attack subsiding for the time being. "That sounds like a good idea..." She voiced quietly while fidgeting with her fingers and looking down.
She hesitated before nodding, "I guess that's our only option, really...as, (Addysin was it?), said, we don't exactly have food," she pointed before noticing Grey, her eyes flickering in recognition, "yeah, we did," she said, answering his question, then walking down the stairs, looking at everyone there.
"Can we not split up while we search for these exits? I think everyone has seen at least one horror movie to understand what I'm talking about. Plus it's easier to communicate if we're all in the same place. Also, can we hurry? I didn't have dinner or lunch and I'm going to die here without any food."
'These people are crazier than you.' "I'm only crazy because of you, so if anything, their crazier than us." Gray said to his voice out loud. "Talking to myself so don't worry what I just said. So does anyone have any idea of how sent all of us that text?"
"It makes sense, considering we're underground," Adrien suggested. "As for splitting up, I think it would cover more ground, but... oh, well, I'll go with majority says. I guess we're not splitting up?"
"Wouldn't be easy to say that if one exit is locked...then the others are locked? Like, it's not like we can call each other and say ones open. It'd save time by going together...cause, you know...if one of us do find an open door then they have to go find the other group and by then the door might be locked."
Gray stuck his hand up. "We... I meant I do. Like someone said before, more people spread out means more ground cover. It may be how most people die in horror movies but this isn't a horror movie and we can all do paranormal stuff."
"..." Addysin narrowed his eyes at Gray in annoyance and sighed. "Like Jules explained, how are we supposed to communicate with each other if we find an exit or a dead end? What if the exit is closed by the time they get back to tell the others. There's no signal so texting or calling is ineffective. I don't care if this isn't a horror movie. Splitting up is a bad idea. Period." Addysin had never been so passionate about a topic and he was determined to get his way, much unlike his usual calm and lazy demeanor. "So now that this is settled," he said, turning back to the others, "let's get going."
Gray thought about how to answer the rhetorical question, his other voice giving him the answer. "You do know the answer to that is fairly simple? Lunar, Solar and Fire user could use light, or the non existence of light to signal others. Earth, Air and Water just need to make that certain object into a certain way or pair them up with a Solar, Lunar or Fire user, but I'll probably be out ruled so we all wonder down and cause more damage if this does turn out like a horror movie."
He spun around with a blank look on his face. "You're pushing my buttons, twat," he growled, low enough for no one else to hear, but loud enough for Gray to hear. The situation had brought a new side out of Addysin that he definitely didn't want to interact with more so he took a deep breath, faced away from Grey, and smiled at the others.
"Then why don't we stop talking and start searching," Dominique mumbled under her breath, loud enough for only one or two people to hear. Without saying another word, she flashed her phone's light onto a pathway and started walking forward, not looking to see if anyone was following."
She hadn't really said anything on the matter of splitting up or going as a group but, she did agree with the other's. Splitting up was a bad idea, or was i that she just didn't want to be sent off by herself? Either way, She didn't speak up and just followed the group - choosing to stay in the middle.
"I think you should keep away from the horror movies, really, you're being rather morbid," she snapped, sick of hearing him talk about their death. "We're not stopping you. If you want to split up then split up. None of us are the leader," she pointed out, taking a more neutral tone before rushing after Scarlett.
"Personally, I'm not a fan of horror movies," said Adrien, enjoying the casual conversation better than the arguments. "The characters always do the wrong thing, and then the bad guy kills them. Bit of a cliché, honestly. Now, a horror movie with smarter characters would be interesting.
Dominique marched forward, the voices behind her blending into idle chatter. She much rather preferred doing this alone, but it couldn't be helped anymore. As she walked, something crunched beneath her feet. "What the--?" Skeletal remains were under her shoes. "I'm not wrong, am I? Those are definitely human bones."
Scarlett's eye flicked between the two then to the ground again. For a moment she stayed quiet, trying to gain her composure before smiling at them both. "Thanks but i'm fine, lets just hope one of the other gates are open so we can get out of here." She voiced before reaching for the bag of M&Ms and taking a few. "You guys want some?" She gestured to both Jules and Adrien, waiting for either of them to answer.
She sighed internally. She knew very well that the balls of chocolate were their only food source and didn't exactly want to waste it. Plus, it took months for the bag to get through the academy. She found unless you were a royal, your orders from Earth took least priority. SHe offered them out anyway, shaking them.
"I'll admit, i'm not the greatest when it come to situations like this. I'll be fine though, i think." Scarlet's answered, realizing she might have been a bit confusing. At the sight of the two siblings talking, the duchess smiled before gazing at Jules. "Hey, i'll get you some more once we get out of here... i know how hard it can be to get those." She stated, tying to be friendly and stay calm.
She did a double take to Scarlett, surprised by the statement, before shrugging, slipping some into her mouth before pocketing them, following the others at a slower pace. "S'okay, I can live without them. I can probably get better quality ones somewhere, you don't need to do it."
She went forward slowly, to shake at the bars, her hands wrapped around them and her breath began to shake, deepening, as the gate wouldn't open, even when she tried the handle. Think. "Powers...what about our powers...?" She trailed off, before cursing. She was a bloody Earth and air elemental. Something that should help getting through metal bars. She closed her eyes as she tried to morph herself into one elemental. When she was unable to connect to the ground, she tried air but that failed as well. She felt as if a brick wall had been layed out and she was one side and her powers were on the other. "I can't use them..."
Gray tried to make the flame in his hand grow bigger and hotter but it didn't work. 'Something's blocking us and them from doing anything else, Gray, so someone doesn't want us out.' "I can't make flames any bigger than I am now so unless I have it right next to the bars for hours, maybe even days, I can't see anyway out."