The School Bell rang.
Teacher: Okay kids the class is over. You're free to go. Just make sure you don't forget to bring your essay about the "The Meaning of Life" on Monday.
Hope and her classmates all rushed to leave the classroom.
-Hope, wait a sec.
Hope: Oh! Hey, Kate. Sorry, my headphones are really loud. I couldn't hear you.
Lili: I wanted to ask you what are you going to do after school?
Lili: Don't tell me you're going to stay at home again. C'mon it's Friday!
Hope: Well I have to go to the dentist first but after that, probably staying at home, yeah. What's the problem with that? I'm not annoying anyone, besides in this small town there isn't much to do anyway.
Lili: Maybe you're right. Then you wouldn't mind if I come in for a sleepover?
Hope: Yeah, why not. We haven't done this in a while. We could play some video games or watch some movies.
Hope looked at her watch.
Hope: Oh, crap. I'm gonna be late. Let's go.
And they went off running.
When they arrived at the dentist they saw a huge queue in the waiting room so they had to wait outside.
Hope: Ugh.... How much longer are we going to wait? It's been an hour and a half already.
Lili: Stop, complaining. Sooner or later it's going to be our turn.
Hope: I hate waiting.
Lili: I know you do.
-Hey, have you decided what are you going to after you graduate?
Hope: I don't know. I want to do something that requires creativity like writing, acting, etc but my dad wants me to work something that "normal people" do, so he wants me to study to become a Vet.
Lili: That sucks. My dad says that he's happy with whatever I end up doing for a living and will support me no matter what.
Hope: I wish mine was like that too.
Lili: Maybe he will be. One day.
Hope: I doubt it. He already changed once. He wasn't like this 8 years ago. In fact, back then we were very close. He used to take me to the playground and play with me, he defended me when I was bullied and no one else believed me but then something in him changed. He became colder and angrier. He would constantly scream at me for everything I did.
Hope: Wait a sec.
Hope: My phone is ringing.
-Hi, mom. What is it?
Mom: Honey, where are you? When are you going to be home?
Hope: I'm still at the dentist. There is a huge queue so probably I'm not going to be done for the next 3 or 4 hours.
Well, when you're done would you do me a favour and buy some groceries?
Hope: Yeah, sure.
Mom: Great! I'll send you the list.
Suddenly the hospital was filled with the sound of metal hitting the floor!
Mom: What was that sound?
Hope: I don't know. I'll call you back.
Mom: No, Hope. Wai....
Hope looked at Lili.
Hope: Let's check it out
Looking around the corner they saw an old man on the ground struggling to get up.
Hope: Sir! Are you okay?
As soon as she said that, he looked up....
And jumped at her.
Hope: What the hell?
-Urghhh. What are you doing? Get off me!
But he wasn't budging. So Lili tried to kick him away.
Lili: Get off of her you piece of shit.
-Come on. Let's go get some help.
But that wasn't the end. The old man got up and slowly went after them.
While walking towards the waiting room Lili heard grunting behind her. She turned around and saw him approaching.
Lili: Hey, buddy fuck off or I'm going to call the cops right now.
But he didn't care at all and went for her hand.
When Hope saw that she pushed the man aside, grabbed Lili's hand and barged inside the waiting room.
Everyone looked at them shocked.
Hope: Shut the door!
Hope: Look behind you.
As the guy turned around he saw an old man whose face was covered in blood.
Guy: Who the hell is that?
Hope: I've no idea. We saw him lying on the ground and we wanted to check if he was okay but then he attacked us and bit her.
Lili was bleeding fast so Hope took her shirt off and put it over Lili's bite trying to stop her bleeding.
Guy: Here give it to me. I'll pressure the wound, you go ask the dentist for help.
Hope: Thank you. What's your name?
Hope went straight into the dentist's cabinet.
Dentist: What do you think you're doing? What's that banging?
Hope: There's an emergency. Some guy attacked me and my friend. He's the one banging on the door meanwhile Lili is in the other room bleeding.
Dentist: What? Let me check my security camera.
-Oh my god!
-Hello? Security? I need immediate assistance. There is a crazy guy banging on my door. He attacked two girls. One of them is bleeding so bring a paramedic with you.
-Don't worry. They are going to be here any second. Let's check on your friend.
Hope: Hey, Lili how are you feeling?
Lili: It hurts a lot.
Dentist: Take these painkillers. It will relieve the pain at least a little.
After a few minutes, the security showed up.
Officer 1: Freeze!
The officer's scream caught the attention of the old man and he slowly started walking towards him.
Officer 1: I said freeze.
Hope: They're here. I'm going to look through the security camera. Okay?
The old man still kept walking towards the officers.
Officer 1: Why is he not stopping?
Officer 2: Sir, I need you to stop and stand with your hands on the wall.
But he still didn't stop.
Officer 1: I'm done with this.
He jumped and tackled the man on the ground but as soon as they fell the old man bit the officer on the neck.
Officer 2: Stand down! Stand down NOW!
There was a gunshot.
Kyle: What happened?
Hope: They shot him.
The dentist went and opened the door and saw the man's lifeless body lying on the floor.
Dentist: Oh my god! But that's not possible.
Dentist: This is William Gibbs. He can't be here.
-He died two days ago. H-he was in the morgue waiting for autopsy.
Hope: Are you sure?
Dentist: Yes. I know him very well. He visited for tooth checks frequently.
Meanwhile, the paramedic arrived.
Paramedic: What happened here?
Officer 2: Long story.
Officer 1: Which we can talk about later. Now go and help the girl.
Paramedic: What about you?
Officer 1: I'll be fine. The girl is far more important.
About an hour passed.
Hope: Thank you, officer, for saving us from that man.
Officer: No, problem miss. That's my job
Hope: I know but you risked your life and even got badly bit.
Officer: I've been through worse but I appreciate your concerns.
Lili: You're ready to leave?
Hope: Are you sure you're okay? You got pretty messed up.
Lili: I'm fine. It still hurts but I'm fine. The doctors stitched me up and told me to not push myself too hard because of the amount of blood I lost.
Hope: Okay then. You still wanna come for a sleepover?
Lili: Sure. I just need to check with my mum.
Hope: Let's go then.
Hope: My mom is calling me again.
Mom: Hope, where are you? Are you still at the hospital? What happened? Why did you hang up on me?
Hope: Wow. Slow down, mom. It's a long story. I'll tell you everything when I get home.