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Suspense Mystery

Hey everyone! Here's that *secret project* I've been working on >:D

Hope you enjoy it! Part 2 coming soon!

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-Maddie-

"It's all in her head."

The brown-haired woman shook her head. "No, she wouldn't just forget everything out of nowhere and come up with such a ridiculous story. You don't know my daughter as well as I do. Try running more tests, or ask her more questions-"

"I can assure you we've done more than enough research into Maddie's case. All she needs is time to adjust. The smoke and pain from the fire may have set some hallucinations in her head, causing the stories she's been telling."

"NoΒ wayΒ am I letting you let my daughter go this easy.Β Please, tryΒ something."

"We can try asking her more questions, but then we'll have to let her go."

I pretend to wake up from my sleep, blinking slowly. "...Where- where are they? The other people?" I mumble, adding a yawn to enhance the effect.

The women practically crawled over next to me, "Hey, sweetie. Remember me. It's Mom."

I had no recollection of this strange woman. All I remembered was a fire. And other people. But who were they? And why would no one answer my questions?

The woman, no-Β Mom,Β looked numb. "You don't remember me... do you?"Β 

I swallowed and shook my head. "I wish I did."

The doctor stepped forward and took out his clipboard. "WhatΒ doΒ you remember?"

I paused, racking my brain forΒ actualΒ memories instead of the theories I came up with the past couple of weeks I've been in here, waiting for my burns to heal.Β 

A fire.

A girl, trembling in fear.

A boy, trying to protect her.

And- the trio of girls who faded.

Wait, faded?

And- there was a cloaked figure, who was also with the trio.

There was- a murder, a game.

Pieces of the puzzle scattered in my brain, each unable to fit together. But, what was missing?

"I remember... people. They were in the fire with me. What happened to them?"

The doctor sighed, "Maddie, you were the only person found in the fire."

"N-no! That's impossible!"Β 

"Is there anything else?" the doctor asked me.

There was something. Faded and blurry, but it was there. Yet, no matter how hard I tried to reach for it, I couldn't grab it, like the remains of a long, bad dream.Β 

I shook my head, tired of the pain.

"I just... I want to go home."

"I'm sorry, but you're going to have to wait a little longer. Mrs. Wright, we need you to fill out some information, and then you can leave."

No, that would take too long. I needed to find out what I was missing. But the way-too-white hospital was too much.Β 

As soon as my mother and the doctor exited the room, I quickly sat up. The pain hit me quickly, and I almost decided to stay put.

Before anyone else could see what I was doing, I stumbled out of the room and raced down the hallway. Racing into the lobby, I quickly sped out of the front doors, passing by a purple-haired boy around my age. I... I recognizedΒ him. And he knew me too.Β 

I turned to see if his appearance would help me remember anything, but I heard the doctors telling me to head back to my room.Β 

I sprinted down the cross-walk, not bothering to check both ways. It was my mistake. A van almost hit me as I stumbled back, and the doctors shoved me into a wheelchair. They pinned me down as they took me back to my room. I met eyes with the purple-haired boy, recognizing those eyes.Β 

Before I knew it, the doctors and nurses sharply turned my wheelchair, and I lost sight of the boy.

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-Chris-

I recognized the black-haired girl. She recognized me. But... who was she?Β 

"Christopher?" asked my father (according to everyone around me). I turned around, "Yeah?"

"Are... are you sure you don't remember anything? Your mother and I have been worried. The doctors said you should be back to normal by now-"

"I don't. And I probably never will." I say sourly.

"I mean, you can think of this as a fresh start."

"I don'tΒ wantΒ a fresh start." I wanted to remember who I was. But I never would. Why couldn't he understand that?

"I know you don't want to stay here overnight, but they just need to make sure your burns are ok. You almost died. I wish you told me where you were going," He sighed.

I wish I never went. The burns still stung whenever I touched it with the slightest pressure.

The nurses quickly got me into a room and assured my father I'd be fine. Then they shut the door and quickly pulled out a needle.

"Try to stay silent," the one holding the needle whispered. "It'll be over soon."

I tried to get up, but the other nurses quickly pinned me down. Before I could even scream, they injected the needle, and my brain shut down.

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-Maddie-

"I leave for ONE second, and you already try to leave? Maddie, you know better than this!"

I stay silent. She didn't understand.

"We finished the paperwork. Could you grab my bag from the table over there?" My mother said as she started to exit the room. I nodded, not wanting to make her more upset as I picked it up. As she walked through the door, I almost went to follow her, as a journal caught my eye. I crouch under the table as I pick it up. I flipped through it, writing filling up most of the pages. I lift my eyes from the journal to see a leaf stuck to the ground. I pick it up, only to find a set of symbols underneath.

Looking at the first symbol, everything came to me.

I rubbed my forehead, pain trying to battle the memories. Trying to stop me from recognizing everything. But nothing could hide the truth.

"Maddie? You coming?"

"Coming!" I said, standing up. I knew I couldn't tell anyone what really happened during the fire. Why it started. What terrible things I did.Β 

It was all my fault.

Tears almost broke through, but I knew the only way through this was battling through. The purple-haired boy was Chris. Maybe he remembered something.

I had to find him and everyone else.

October 31, 2021 01:15

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125 comments

08:12 Dec 30, 2021

Ahhhhhh the story continues!!! So happy that you continued to write the story and I'm really itching to see what happens next! -livia (ps, i filled out your reedsy cast form, hope that's alright with you. i know we don't really know each other that well so don't feel pressured to use my character :D)

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Ty! Hopefully I'll finish writing it and publish it in a couple of weeks, maybe sooner if time permits :P (Tysmm, and ofc ill use your character! You're so kind and I can't wait to get to know you :D)

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23:06 Dec 30, 2021

Oooooooo, can’t wait! Good luck!!! (And I apologize for my very β€œextensive” character backstory stuff)

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Tyy lol (Nah thats ok lol- im not that good with backstories)

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03:52 Dec 31, 2021

Hahaha you seem pretty good!

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Dangit sorry about the refollow- istg my fingers have a mind of their own lol-

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23:07 Dec 30, 2021

lol no problem XD

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Hi Starry! Sorry for the re-follow, I'm just organizing my follower's list! <3 ur awesommeee

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Its fine x3 NO YOU ARE YOUR STORIES ARE GREAT

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NO WAYYYYYYY YOURSSS

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23:29 Apr 05, 2022

CAN I BE IN THE REEDSYCAST SORRY THIS IS REALLY AWKWARD. Um, hi. This is Em. It's been a while. How are you? Is there room in your reedsycasy?

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YESSSS OFCC NONO UR FINE LOL I'm doing pretty good! Wbu? :D Yes there IS room so feel free to fill out the form! x3

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19:18 Apr 07, 2022

Good! I ahve a show in LIKE AN HOUR EEE! Thanks!

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OMG HOW'D IT GO?? :D

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20:05 Apr 08, 2022

WONDERFUL! I mean, I had a swordfight (or a lot cause I was in Three Musketeers) and during one I crashed into an audience member, during another I fell off the stage on purpose, during the third... well, the third was unchoriographed and involved me shouting "YOU'RE SUCH A NOOB!" among others cause we needed dialogie

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LOL- That sounds SO fun XD

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03:25 Mar 21, 2022

meow c:

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HIIIIIIIII I’M GOOD ABOUT TO HAVE A MINI PARTY AHAHAHA :DDDDD HOW YA DOINGGGG

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IK IVE BEEN OFFLINE FOR SO LONG SORRY- GOOD WBU :DD

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OHMYGOD HAPPY BIRTHDAY BTWWWW **throws huge confetti cannon your way** πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽˆ

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THANM YOU THANK YOUUUU *collects confetti because I love confetti* TYY

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**dumps even more confetti**

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Pstttt- http://chng.it/WrGZKq9tKK A petition to get rid of downvoters c: I'd be helpful if you signed <3

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OMG ILL TOTALLY SIGN ITTT SORRY THIS IS SO LATE LOL-

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XDD Its okay! We love you regardless lmao

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Im doing ok, not excited for school tmr lol. bUt I AM writing a romance story this week ;) Also read your bio- IM GONNA MISS YOU WAA AND AS SOON AS YOU PUBLISH THE FIRST PART OF YOUR NOVEL SPAM ME IMMEDIATELY.

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yeyyyyyyy WB SHALL SHOW DEFEAT >:D imma miss u too <3 it's only for a weekend and some days I SHALLLLLLL NEXT MONTH XD

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YESSSSSS >:DD its gonna feel so longggg T-T <3 YESSS XDDD

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TIME TO SPREAD POSITIVITY (from Abi) WHEN I SAY "I AM" YOU SAY "LOVED" THEN COPY/PASTE THIS TO SOMEONE ON REEDSY AND CONTINUE THE CHAIN LETS SPREAD SOME POSITIVITY READY??? I AM-

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L O V E D WOO HOO TIME TO COPY AND PASTE >:DD

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21:11 Jan 16, 2022

OMG U OKAY STAR I CANT BELIEVE YOU HAVE COVID OMGOMGOMG HOW ARE YOU

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IM OK IM FEELING BETTER NOW BUT TYYYYYYY

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04:57 Jan 17, 2022

GUUUUUUUDDDDDD :D

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06:18 Jan 17, 2022

gooddddddd WE JUST ROASTED MARSHMALLOWS OVER OUR BBQ SINCE THERE'S A FIRE BAN SO WE CANT USE OUR PIT

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THATS SOUNDS SO FUNNN HOW'D THE MARSHMELLOWS TASTE?

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omg ahhhh I hope you get better soon!!!!!! GODDANG IT COVID STOP GETTING MY FRIENDS SICK but yee hiii

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tyyy JFGSDHJFSHGSDFJHD heyyyy hru? :D

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ALSKKAKAJAJAHA I’m good!!! Sad the weekend is ending tho *sigh* Watcha up to?

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ZEJTZLFXJDFDXNCU aww yeahh im not ready for school ugh nothing much lol, im starting a reedsy cast but i need more people so- but otherwise writers block is holding me at gunpoint lmao-

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omg yeah OOOOOOHHHHH that sounds cool!!! I’ll do the Reedsy cast survey in a sec alskajjsjahaha sorry β€˜bout that lol

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NONONO UR FINE LOL- im not even sure if im going to write it anyways lmao

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Endellion .
19:37 Jan 06, 2022

I filled your form, I hope you can find some use for it.

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Tysm! I absolutely love your character :)

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Endellion .
23:18 Jan 08, 2022

Thank you!

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LOL- yeah i dId- Alright your inspirational quote/message..... "Don't focus on success or failure; Focus on trying." And- "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." (William James)

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Lol np! Soooo hru? (Since its been like a week since I've come online- :'D)

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:) Doing okay ig. Hbu? (Welcome back lol)

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Kinda ok lol- a little stressed and stuff, iMpOrTaNt deadlines, etc. Random question of the day: on a scale of 1-10, how excited are you for the weekend?

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EHEHEHEHHEH THEYRE NOT DEADDDDD YAYAYYAYAY ALREADY THATS QUICK LOL-

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY YAYYAYSWUDGDWGG HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA IK BUT ITS PERFECT LMAO

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03:14 Nov 15, 2021

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Sorry I didnt see this earlier! Hopefully it isn't too late for me to do it! D:

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00:38 Apr 01, 2022

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23:04 Apr 07, 2022

GUD U?

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