In a world where humans and everything is the same there's one difference: people are invisible. As in the organs, skeleton, and skin are invisible but still there it's not like they are ghosts. It's weird you can’t see each other but you can talk. I don’t fit in here. I was normal but then… I don’t know what happened.
It all started when I was 15 going into 16 it was a normal school day. I got up as normal and ate breakfast. There was no need for brushing hair (if you had any) cause you couldn't see it. I got dressed but let me clarify you can see the clothing on you it's not like that is invisible. Anyway, to continue everything was normal. The school day was as tiring as normal.
When I got home I heard mom yell. She said something like, “What did they do to you, my baby!? ” I couldn’t see if she was crying but by the sound of her voice it was filled with confusion and worry. She ran off crying (I think) and may I mention I was very confused by what was going on. I walked off thinking,“well that was weird” and then I looked into the mirror. At that moment I understood it all.
In that moment instead of seeing the room right through me and my washcloth levitating when I picked it up. I saw a boy with short fluffy brown hair, crystal blue eyes, a plain black sweatshirt, black boots, blue jeans, and a seeable body. It took me a few moments to realize the boy was me. For the first time in my life I have seen what I look like. For the first time in my life I have seen what a human being looks like. The first thing that went to my mind was a sense of wonder. I started feeling my hair it was like a sheep unkept and fluffy.
But then the only thing that filled my mind was panic and questions. “How long have I been like this?” or “When did this happen!?” or “Why has no one but mom told me about me becoming seeable?”.
I was scared ,“Have I become the first human to not be invisible!?” I knew what this meant. If I was seeable that also means I was disectable. If the world of science found me I would be in trouble because that means people would think I’m not human or this would be a chance to finally map/dissect the human body.
I knew I had homework to do but that can wait. For now I had to hide. Hide from everyone. I had to make a plan. For the next few days my mom refused to look at me but on the first day she slida note under my door saying I don’t have to go to school because she wanted no one to look at my face. That helped me alot so I had more time to plan. I came to the conclusion that I need to run to my Aunt Jarlean.
Aunt Jarlean is a scientist but she has a rule of never experimenting on family. If there is anyone who will not break a promise it's her.
But first I need to get supplies and store up things I will need. Then I need a disguise so no one can see me. Finally I will need to have the courage and the money to survive. In the middle of me making my plan I got a text from my friend Toby. The text said something on how he's worried about me. I responded and instantly I got a text back.
It took him a while to respond (it made me think he was stunted by the question). But finally he responded and asked for a voice call. The call had no camera on it, So I thought it was safe to do so.
Toby: “Hey man where have you been!? I haven’t heard from you at all and you haven’t been at school at all!”
Michael: “Sorry man something just came up. Hey let’s say hypothetically if someone were to become visible what would happen.”
Then shared his screen. It wants an article about the I.C.O the Invisible Control Organization. It turns out that the I.C.O has a “Program” for people who turn visible. The article stated in quotes,“Whoever for any circumstance becomes visible. In this unlikely situation we will have to safely remove them for the safety of the people.”
It sickens me when people have bad intentions and lies make it sound like they are innocent. No matter the lie or how good I can see right through it. There was no time to dwell on that. I can’t face this alone and the only person other than myself or Aunt Jarlean to trust. I would be Toby. I can’t hide this from him if I lie to him. I would be just as bad as the I.C.O. I can’t hide this any more.
Michael: “Hey um Toby?”
Toby: “Yeah man what is it?”
Michael: “I will tell you the real reason I asked that question and why I haven’t been at school”
Toby: (In a worried voice) “Yeah? What is it? Is everything ok?”
Michael: (Turns on camera) “ I don’t know how this happened but I’m somehow visible?”
Michael: “ Look please don’t be mad! Please don’t report me.”
Toby: (In an excited tone) “ Your hair is so fluffy!”
Michael: “ W-wait what!? I turn visible and that's the first thing you think of!?”
Toby: “ Yeah duh. I was worried sick about you! Turning visible was the least of my worries.”
Michael: “ Awww dude”
Toby: “ Sorry dude my mom called me, got to go now. Bye!”
After that the call ended. I was relieved to tell someone about becoming visible. But a thought went through my head. It;s funny how one little thought can cause so much chaos. I thought to myself ,“What if Toby tells someone.” From that moment fear and paranoia was all I could think about. While I was lost in thought. Suddenly I was interrupted by a knock on the door. I haven’t had human interaction until today.From the fear I went and checked the door anyway.
Swift and silent. The hardest thing is trying to hide from something you can’t see. Waiting in the silence still and panicked. It was like being in a horror movie. Just waiting for something to come after me but not knowing what. Suddenly there was a voice. A voice I knew. It was Alex, my older brother. For a moment I was relieved but then I was scared he would try and come in. If he did that then that means he would see me.
The reason I didn’t mention Alex was because he always lets just say avoided me. Growing up I never heard him speak to me if I asked him something he just kept walking. I don’t know why but I stopped caring about him when he stopped caring about me. It took me by surprise when I heard him speak to me. Alex was always different. He speaks through poems? or would it be codes? I don’t really know how to explain.
This is what he said,
“ This is the first time you have heard me speak
though this conversation will be brief.
Don’t be confused I’m only here to deliver a letter
I will let you know this is all for the better.
I don’t know why you're locked in your room
but if you stay any longer you will meet your doom.
I will let you know the I.C.O is coming
take this as a warning to start running.”
After that he left and it took me a few moments to let all that sink in. The tone of voice he used was stearn and precise. I had to leave as fast as I could. As soon as that happened I sent a text to Toby to meet me at the park at 8:00. Then right after that I started packing as fast as I could. Taking everything not leaving a trace. I couldn’t go out the door so I had to jump out the window with my hood on.
I felt sad leaving my home. Looking at the house brought sad and happy memories that I was leaving behind. But it was too late for that now. I ran and I ran trying to avoid as many people as I could. Finally I got to the park where Toby was there. Everything was fine for now.
Toby: “Hey man there you are! Now where do you need to go to be safe?”
Michael: “I need to get to my Aunt Jarlean but her house is on the other side of the mall. We need to pass through the mall to get there but I can’t go alone so that's why you're here.”
Toby: “ I understand the situation. We need a good disguise so you don’t seem suspicious.”
Toby: “ I can get you a mask and blanket so people think you are sick and avoid you.”
Michael: “That's a good idea you finally said something smart for once.”
Toby: “Hey! Anyway we better get going while we can.”
Michael: “You're right but where are we going to get a blanket?”
Toby: “I will go back home, stay here and be careful.”
Michael: “Ok go now we don’t have much time!”
Toby ran off and 10 minutes later came back with a big pink bunny blanket.
Michael: “ Dude I’m not wearing that!”
Toby: “ Aww but dude please?”
Michael: “(Sigh) Fine”
Toby: “If you want to complete the look you can wear makeup too.”
Michael: “ I don’t want to but it will be better than being experimented on.”
Toby: “ Here is the plan: you act like a sick little kid and I act like your older brother trying to get you medicine.”
We got to the mall and the plan was working. The guards turned a blind eye and our acting was paying off. I have never been so scared to see people around me. We almost got caught at one point but we were safe. All of a sudden we heard a loud noise but it wasn’t one we ever heard in our lives. The mall was filled with a smoke the more you looked at it the more it changed color. It was red and then purple and then blue.
It was fading through random colors and even ones we have never seen before. We looked around and everyone was asleep or dead on the floor of the mall. With the rising panic there wasn't time to check. Suddenly there was a voice unfamiliar, serious, and stern. It said, “You thought you could get away? You have been mistaken.”
Toby yelled something like, “Look out!” Suddenly there was a noise. I knew instantly it was a gunshot and it was ringing through my ear. I fell to the floor. The panic and confusion kept me from feeling the pain. My vision was fading to a red, a very deadly yet beautiful shade of red. Toby ran to me while he was speaking. I could hear noise coming for him but I couldn’t hear or sound out the words.
The image of Toby was slowly fading into darkness. I could see he was yelling and crying but I heard nothing. I could only mudder the words ,“G-good bye my dear friend” and as all I could see was darkness. The last tough I had was, “We were too late.”
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