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Mystery Suspense Thriller

Authorโ€™s Note:

Hey everyone! I hope youโ€™ve had an AMAZING summer so far! Hereโ€™s Part 2 to my Reedsy cast! I am NOT taking any more applications, and the form is closed as well! Also, from this point, Iโ€™m going to have to start killing characters off, so PLEASE donโ€™t get offended if I do so, Iโ€™ll have to take off certain roles for the plot! Thank you again to everyone who applied!


Now onto Part 2! <3


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-Aiden-

I woke up, shaking in cold sweat. Something felt off tonight, but not as strange as the game we were all forced to play. I held my doctor kit nearby, in case the murderer decided to come after me. I could only heal one person per night, and of course I decided to heal someone else instead of myself. I started to curse at myself for making the stupid decision.


My door burst open, and a cloaked figure stepped towards me. I tried to not focus on the object they were holding, but I allowed myself a quick glance at the sharpened knife.


โ€œW-who are you?โ€ I stammered.


The figure smirked, amused. โ€œHello, Aiden.โ€


I groan, and clutch my forehead. Memories came flowing into my head.


I remembered everything.


โ€œYou donโ€™t want to do this,โ€ I said, finally knowing who brought us here.


โ€œTrust me, I do.โ€


A primal scream escaped my mouth. The last thing I saw was their smirk as they walked toward me, holding the knife out. I blacked out, and the world went cold.


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-Ashlyn-

I woke up to the smell of bacon and eggs, and immediately my eyes popped open. I quickly propped myself up, not recognizing the area around myself.


Then the flashbacks came in.


The game, my role, everything.


I shivered, remembering my role.


Mind Reader.


Not for good.


I opened my journal, and quickly flipped to the page where it had asked me to choose someoneโ€™s role to read. I decided to read Camrynโ€™s role, since he seemed super calm during the whole ordeal.


Camryn: Good.


I bit my lip. What was I supposed to do with this information? Give it to the murderer? I didnโ€™t even know who they were! And pOoF, now Iโ€™m pretty much the only person to figure out whoโ€™s on my team?


Then again, Good Mind Reader would have to deal with that as well.


My guilt faded away, but then came back as I mentally smacked myself for being so selfish. I shut my eyes, clearing my thoughts, before I opened my bedroom door and stepped into the small living space.


Cleo, Camryn, Chris, and Ellie were sitting on the couch in silence. Talk about awkwardโ€ฆ


โ€œUh, good morning?โ€ I said nervously. Camryn gave a small wave.


โ€œGood morning! Howโ€™[d you sleep?โ€ asked Ellie. For someone who was playing a deadly game, she seemed pretty relaxed.


โ€œAs well as someone can when theyโ€™re in the constant fear of being murdered...โ€ I joked with half a smile. They all laughed.


B entered the room, looking exhausted. She had dark circles under her eyes, and her hair was a mess, as if she couldnโ€™t get any sleep.


โ€œDid anyone else hear that scream last night?โ€ she asked, looking pale.


Cleo shuddered, โ€œYeah, I wonder who...โ€


Her voice petered to silence, and we all didnโ€™t know exactly what to say to that. Maddie stepped out of her room, and cautiously looked around.


โ€œIs it safe?โ€ she asked, eyeing everyone.


โ€œThink so,โ€ said Chris.


Maddie let out the breath sheโ€™d been holding. โ€œWhereโ€™s Aiden?โ€


Everyone froze.


โ€œI-Iโ€™ll go check-โ€ B stammered, slamming Aidenโ€™s door open. We all crowded behind her, as she let out a small gasp and covered her lips with her hand.


I took a quick glance at the body, and ran back to the living room, sitting down. Bile rose in my throat, and my tongue felt dry. I could barely let the wordโ€™s out, โ€œHeโ€™s dead.โ€


Ellie teared up, sitting to my right. She wrapped an arm around my shoulders, and clung onto me as if I was the only one keeping her together.


Camryn sat down to my left, covering his face with his hands. Everyone else sat down near the couch, pale and trembling. The only people who seemed calm was B and Maddie, although to be fair they were always calm.


The TV clicked on, and the figure spoke once again. โ€œOh my! It seems someone has already died! Poor guy, he lasted long enough. Well, you all have six hours until you need to vote off someone. You can discuss with everyone else, but no revealing roles or reading journals.โ€


โ€œWait-โ€ Chris said, โ€œWhatโ€™s that in the corner of the screen?โ€ We all looked, and saw a symbol similar to an X with a T going through it. The figure seemed to frown, and the TV shut down. I quickly grabbed my journal and sketched the symbol down.



โ€œWhat does it mean?โ€ asked Cleo, leaning close to my journal. I ripped out the page, and hid my journal in my pocket. I left the page in the center of the circle we all formed.


โ€œIs it a logo?โ€ I thought out-loud, โ€œOr a code for something?โ€


โ€œA code for what?โ€ asked B.


โ€œMaybe it represents the round weโ€™re in for the game?โ€ Ellie wondered.


โ€œI donโ€™t think itโ€™s a code,โ€ said Camryn, โ€œI think it might be a symbol representing whoever trapped us here.โ€


โ€œBut who?โ€ asked Maddie.


โ€œThis is leading us nowhere,โ€ Chris muttered, โ€œI think we should start trying to figure out whoโ€™s evil.โ€


โ€œWell, is anyone sus?โ€ asked Ellie.


โ€œYou sound like someone who plays Among Us,โ€ growled B.


โ€œDoesnโ€™t everyone?โ€


โ€œBack to the point,โ€ said Camryn, โ€œI find it a little strange how calm Maddie was when we saw Aidenโ€™s body.โ€


โ€œYouโ€™re accusing me of killing him?!โ€ Maddie yelled.


โ€œNot accusing! More like, pointing a small, insignificant detail out?โ€


Maddie practically growled. โ€œIf anyoneโ€™s suspicious, itโ€™d be you. Youโ€™re acting super quiet when something bad happens, and youโ€™re always trying to move discussions along to make the game quicker.โ€


โ€œThat- that is pretty suspicious...โ€ I muttered. I bit the inside of my cheek, the taste of my blood stopping me from shouting, HEโ€™S GOOD! VOTE ME, Iโ€™M THE EVIL ONE!


The TV turned back on (the symbol being noticeably missing), and the figure spoke again. โ€œA majority already? I shouldโ€™ve known, you all jump to conclusions oh so easily.โ€


โ€œWhat does that mean?โ€ asked Cleo.


โ€œNothing you remember,โ€ the figure sneered, โ€œBut you arenโ€™t taking a few people into consideration, theyโ€™ve been hiding this whole time!โ€


โ€œWHO?โ€ We all shouted at the same time.ย 


โ€œCome on out, you two!โ€ said the figure. Two doors opened up. One girl with brown hair and blue streaks came out of the first one, fidgeting. The other girl had bright blue hair, and deep orange eyes. The lights started to flicker, and everything went dark.


โ€œMeet Isla and Cora.โ€


~~~


Thank you to everyone who participated in my first Reedsy Cast!

Cleo/Cookie Carla: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/cookie-carla/

Camryn/Chase Dova: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/chase-dova/

B/B.W:ย 

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/b-w/

Maddie/Abigail Cross: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/edbcba/

Ashlyn/Wolf Warrior: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/wolf-warrior-e4a694/

Chris/Celeste:

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/0466a8/

Ellie/Anonymous:

(You know who you are ;) )

Aiden/Me:

*cough* you know how to find my profile lol

Isla/Sia Sharma:

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/42b041/

Cora/Sienna:

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/a97cef/


Word Count: 1278 words


July 17, 2021 00:46

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104 comments

Lilliane Wei
07:43 Dec 30, 2021

Hello again! I'll admit your stories have me hooked, and for good reason too! I love how you keep building on the story and introducing characters gradually enough so that they are able to fit in with the plot. So excited to read the next few parts, happy writing!! -Olivia

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Lilliane Wei
23:02 Dec 30, 2021

XDDD

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17:46 Jul 20, 2021

SIDE NOTE: when I saw the name Isla tbh I always do a double take cuz not only is it my sisterโ€™s fairly uncommon name but itโ€™s the main character in my novels so Iโ€™m always like โ€œISLa BrOoKe iS tHaT yOu?โ€ lol

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17:28 Aug 06, 2021

Wow! I've been waiting for part 2! I'm amazed! I was wondering if I could still join even though this one is full, but for a future story?

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Thank you! If I do a Reedsy cast in the future, I'll definitely let you know :D

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16:12 Aug 08, 2021

Good to know! Thanks!!

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12:21 Aug 09, 2021

I'm doing a Reedsy cast of my own, want to be in it?

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B. W.
16:30 Aug 01, 2021

Heya

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B. W.
00:12 Aug 06, 2021

Hey, so how have you been doing?

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TJ Squared
17:53 Jul 27, 2021

Hey, tell as many people as you can that Reedsy's updating this Thursday-Friday and to remember your password, because after it updates you'll need to know it to prove it's you and we don't want people getting locked out. So yeah. Please please PLEASE tell others about this!!! (from Dhwani Jain)

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Hi! SORRY I WAS INACTIVE FOR A FEW WEEKS- I noticed that earlier- SORRY AGAIN ITS BEEN A WHILE T-T

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TJ Squared
20:04 Aug 05, 2021

Itโ€™s alright Yeah it has :)

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TJ Squared
20:06 Aug 05, 2021

Pretty good, hbu?

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I'm ok, I have a lot of events I need to go to before school starts (family vacations, birthday parties, stuff like that)

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Moon Fox
23:07 Jul 22, 2021

OK this is so cool. I need to play this soon. ;)

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Moon Fox
23:01 Jul 22, 2021

Hi! I loooove KOTLC and reading. I really want to colab with someone. If not you, could you point me in the direction a a person? Thanks. (Also Keefe is MINE! but I can share ;)

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Hey! Yes, KOTLC is the BEST! And rn I'm super busy, but I know a few people who've done collabs before! (gr fine ๐Ÿ™ƒ)

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17:44 Jul 20, 2021

MSIWJIQJSIQJQIJSNANAJQJ yo I love your new aesthetic omg-

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TJ Squared
21:38 Jul 18, 2021

Ooooooooooooooooooo the plot is just AMAZING just saying. Reeeeeeeeeee Dis was really really good and her/my POV was awesome takkiufzvhgzvjitwvmloiffbkkyd Wow so much excitement XD Canโ€™t wait for part 3, supa grrrrrrreat job :D

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TYY rEeEEeEEe tY aGaIn xD yeah x3 tY fOr tHe thIrD tImE lOl TIME TO WRITE LIKE S P E E D >:DD

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TJ Squared
01:15 Jul 19, 2021

you're very welcome XDD lolololololololol yesh be sPeEd XDDDDD

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lololololololololollooll S P E E D (well probably tmr since i have stuff to wrap up today xD)

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TJ Squared
01:22 Jul 19, 2021

yesh S P E E D (still XD)

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Sia S
10:04 Jul 18, 2021

gimme an unusual/mysterious phrase/sentence, thank you

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hM oK- uHHhH 'A growl echoed through the tress,' Like that?? Or more uNuSuAl x3

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Sia S
00:30 Jul 19, 2021

XD that's fine lolll

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I LOVE THIS NDWJNCO:WJDLCWDJLCWLUC wait im mind reader right IMMMA BOIII Star, I love thisssssss ashlyn meanie XD /j

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TYYY you'll see (cOmMeNt sTaLkErS iM nOt rEvEaLiNg yEt sH) EHEHEHEHEHHEHEHEHEH TY :D Yeh I tried to give her the "I'M NICE BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU DONT WANNA MESS WITH ME" vibe, cause I thought it'd leave better character relationship development aNd sTuFf x3

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B. W.
20:55 Jul 17, 2021

I don't have a lot to say for this one, except I still really like it and that its great ^^ There were a lot of parts in the story that I liked, and I can't wait for part 3. Also, you killed off your character in this part?

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Yeah lol, I did that cause I didnt want to kill anyone else's character yet :'D Thanks for the feedback! :D

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B. W.
03:39 Jul 18, 2021

No prob ^^ So how many parts do you think there'll be for this little Reedsy Cast story?

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Probably at most 10 (if I do 1 POV per part) But I might do 2 POV's per part, it kinda depends

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B. W.
20:10 Jul 18, 2021

I know you probably won't make one, but I think in the comments ya mentioned something about a novel. And, honestly, I wouldn't mind reading it if ya ever did make one ^^

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Awh thanks! Idk if I'd make this into a novel, mainly because I dOnT have the patience for a huge project lol

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Sia S
14:49 Jul 17, 2021

OOOOH IM FIRSTTT hieeeee This was awesome! *frowns at Ashlyn* XD I think Ashlyn's PIV was a lil long, and cuz she was the murderer, she should slowly adapt to the role cuz like she should feel a lil anticipation or glee when someones murdered as ter development. Besides that, Awesome!! (I love this) (thanks so much for including me!!!) Oop that was long- Anyways, bye, thanks for including me again!! Have a good day!

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x3 eLLo! actually, she was mind-reader evil, but yeah i agree tyy! thats fine xD bye! you too!

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YAY! Finally finished! I've added two new characters (THANK YOU SIA AND SIENNA! BOTH CHARACTERS ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! *hearts*), and now the form is closed! I'm not adding any more characters, mainly because if I did I'd have to write a full novel, not a Reedsy series x3 Thanks to everyone who participated! I cannot wait for you all to see what happens next! <3

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B. W.
18:19 Jul 27, 2021

Hey, so I made another new story yesterday ^^ Could you maybe check it out and leave some feedback on it?

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Hey! Sorry about the inactivity, I'll check it out soon!

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B. W.
00:13 Aug 06, 2021

Eh thats alright, just remember to leave feedback, I'd love to see what ya think ^^

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Ofc! And btw, I just posted my Reedsy Cast Part 3 :)

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B. W.
01:50 Aug 07, 2021

Thanks, and I'll go check it out soon ^^

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B. W.
02:01 Jul 19, 2021

New thread--and yeah, it's like 50/50 that something could happen either way with the glitch. I'd imagine it would be in a bad way though. Also, here some of the names for the characters, you can ask any questions for any of them if you want: 1. Comet 2. Cyber 3. Thirteen 4. Techno 5. W.B. 6. Phoenix/Nix I will already say this, all of these characters are for a story that I'm working on on a different website.

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Ahh ok, cool! Whenever you post that story, feel free to send me it (whether by link or however, I'd love to check it out x3)

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B. W.
02:12 Jul 19, 2021

I'm not sure if the links will entirely work, but I'll try it later. So, for now, do you have any questions about any of these characters? Maybe just so ya could get a better understanding, or if the links never work, you can still know some stuff about the characters and everything.

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Ahh ok. So how are the other characters relate to Thirteen? (So like, how do they meet her, do they know other androids, things like that)

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B. W.
20:27 Jul 19, 2021

Well, they've all known each other for a long time, and Phoenix is more or less the new character everyone meets later on. Though I'm gonna explain the first question for each character (Except Phoenix, at least not yet): 1. Most of the characters were friends at this point, but Comet never knew about Thirteen for quite some time, and the others hadn't told her yet. Though she found out after a malfunctioning Thirteen ran into her, and Comet helped her back to the others. 2. Cyber had actually been there when Thirteen was being created, so t...

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B. W.
01:44 Jul 20, 2021

So what do ya think about this? And is there anything else you're wondering? I'd be glad to answer anything ^^

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Ahh ok, that sounds very interesting! So Cyber didn't build Thirteen? Or was she just assisting?

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