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"Education as a Lifestyle"
“You always make us miss our movie,” Katlynn nagged Allison as we walked down the
“The student tutor meeting went way longer than it should’ve. I said it a million times, I’m sorry,”
Allison responded, not sounding very sorry. The two continued the bickering as we made our
way to Allison’s locker. Allison opened her metallic locker with a loud creak. “So,why can’t we go
into the old part of the school?” I asked the two, dying to end the bickering.
“I heard it has too many wild animals living in it,” Allison answered,
“Yeah, probably has like seventeen different types of mold living there, too,” Katylnn answered,
“Why don’t they just get rid of it?” I wondered
“Some legal history crap, the school can hardly even touch it without getting fined or
something,” Allison replied.
“Ugh! Can we go? It's bad enough that we missed our movie already, now, I’d rather not spend
anymore time here,” Katlynn toned in as she started to walk away. We followed her. Allison
sharing ideas of lame, unexciting things to do, Katlynn bashing every answer. We were almost
out of the building when I knew what we could do, “Wanna go see the old part of the school?” I
asked out loud. Katlynn stopped walking and turn to look at me.
“That’s a great idea,” she credited me.
“Oh no, no, NO.” Allison started panicking, “Do you know what kind of trouble we’ll be in if we're
“Oh, come on, just loosen up” Katlynn said as she shrugged her shoulders and started walking
towards the old school.
“I have a volleyball tournament on saturday and I can’t miss that! They need me!” Allison
whined. she turned her head in my direction and gave me a stern look, “Don’t you dare,” she
said as I shrugged my shoulders and walked to catch up with Katlynn, “Go home then,” I teased
her. She stomped her feet and caught up with us.
We arrived at the heavy white door, “Oh let go of me!” Katlynn yelled at Allison as she
ripped her shirt sleeve from Allison’s grasp. She opened the white door as Allison switched to
grabbing my shirt sleeve. A woosh of dead mouse smell and stale air flew into our faces as we
started into what looked like a hallway of complete darkness. Katlynn took out her phone and
turned on her flashlight, “Lets go,” she said as she stepped into the darkness.
All of the windows were boarded up, and what little light that came into building was very dim
and didn’t illuminate much. “Ah! What was that? Did you hear that? Please tell me you heard
that? Oh, we’re busted, I knew this was a bad idea! I told you guys!” Allison loudly whispered as
she gripped tighter and tighter onto my arm,
“It was nothing, Allison, calm down,” I told her annoyingly. She let go of me and stood up
“Gosh,” she whispered, still afraid of getting caught.
“Oh no,” Katlynn said as she turned around, “I heard it too,” she took a step closer to us, “But, I
don’t think it's a person, or an animal,”
She turned the light off, the marks of the graffiti on the walls now imprinted on my eyes, “It's
probably,” she stepped closer, and we lost track of her, “A MONSTER!” she yelled as she turned
the light back on and jumped out at Allison. Allison let out a shriek, shoved Katlynn and ran off
into the darkness, “Ow! get back here!” Katlynn took off after Allison leaving me in the dark,
“Uh, Katlynn?” I asked, not knowing where to look or go. Lost. “Great,” I said, I put my hand on
the wall and started walking, phones dead, no flashlight, no light, no friends, and no idea where
I was going.
I stumbled around, bumping into everything, the noise echoing throughout the creepily silent
hallway. I turned the corner and saw a light, “Yes,” I celebrated with myself. I walked to the next
corner and turned.. At the end of the hallway, there was a large elegant looking door, above the
door was a single flickering light that seemed to be hung from the darkness. Although it seemed
like a bad idea, it was the only idea I had, I journeyed down the long dark hallway inching slowly
until I got to the end. I reached out and grabbed the curved bronze door handle. Let out a deep
breath, and opened the door.
It was a large white room with spottedgold white tiles and white walls. There was a huge
staircase in the middle of the room. Everything was creepily perfect. Beside the staircase the
only other thing in the room were lockers. The lockers were a bit wider than the ones we have at
school and were made of a light colored wood, instead if handles, the lockers had oneline
designs about as wide and deep as a quarter, carved into them. At the top of every locker was a
little metal plate with a number on it. I walked around the room; my every step echoing in the silence, “What is this place?” I wondered to myself. Voosh! I turned around to see what the sound was; it was Katlynn and Allison, “Hey!” they shouted at me “Come on, you have to see
this!” Allison grabbed my arm and dragged me across the room in front of a locker. She used
her pointer finger to trace out the unique pattern the locker had on it; underneath the pattern a
box opened up. It had all sort of different colors mixed and mashed together; Allison jumped into
the opening, “Allison!” I yelled,
“Oh, come on!” Katlynn said as she grabbed my arm and dragged me inside.
I opened my eyes to find myself on the football bleachers; a game was going on, but nobody
was here. “Wha” I opened my mouth to say but then was interrupted by my mind, ‘duck’, was
my first instinct, so I did. A ball flew up and almost hit Allison and me in the head. “What is this?”
I asked, “You can tell the future!” Katlynn yelled excitedly; we all plugged our ears, and the loud
buzzer went off, “Come on, I have a better one to show you!” Katlynn yelled over the buzzer as
she grabbed my hand and drug me across the bleachers. She brought me to a little metal box
with a little red lever inside. She reached out and grabbed the lever, pulled it down and then
pulled it out.
I opened my eyes and we were back in the room, “What is that?!” I yelled,
“Every locker contains its own little world!” Allison explained,
“It's awesome!” Katlynn yelled as she dragged me into another locker. We did this for hours,
every locker holding something new and cool. One locker would be us in the sea, one locker
would make us tiny, and another would give us special powers. Each locker we opened had its
own separate world, with its own separate theme. We walked up the staircase and there were
more lockers, everyone just as good as the last. We decided on one last locker before we left.
We all went through a new locker. We opened our eyes and where in a huge square room,
using telekinesis to move and stack huge blocks. We had our fill on the blocks and decided to
leave. We pulled the lever and were back in the white room standing in front of the locker we
just went through. I looked around the room and then looked at Allison, “Where’s Katlynn?” I
asked her, we both looked at each other and then ran round the room in a panic, “I don’t know;
she was just with us!” Allison panicked. We looked every where for her, not finding a trace of
her. “She’s still in the locker!” I yelled. I ran to the locker we were all in and traced the design;
the portal opened up, and I jumped through. In the middle of the huge room was Katlynn
standing with her back away from me, “Uh,” I said quietly, “Katlynn,” I took a step forward
hesitantly, “Are you okay, Katlynn?” I reached out my hand to touch her shoulder. Before I
touched her, she screamed at me, “I’m fine I’ll be out in a second!” she yelled at me, “Are you
okay?” I asked. “Just leave!” she screamed at me. I walked to the wall and pulled the lever.
“Was she in there? Is she okay? Did you find her?!” Allison rushed up to me frantically when I
came back. I told her what happened, and we decided to wait for Katlynn in silence, waiting to
see if our friend was okay.
Voosh! The sound of the locker letting Katlynn out brought Allison and I out of our worried daze. “Katlynn,” Allison jumped to her feet and rushed towards Katlynn. Katlynn flinched and pushed
Allison away, I helped Allison to her feet, “Katlynn, what happened in there? What’s wrong with
you?!” I asked her.
“I’m just tired is all! Get off my back about this shit!” She yelled back at our faces. We all left to
go home, Katlynn leading the way with Allison and I following.
We parted ways at the front steps of the school; I got into Allison’s car, and we drove down the road away from the school. “That’s not Katlynn,” I broke our silent streak. “I know,” Allison responded quietly.
“What do we do?”
“I don’t know.”
‘What about the lockers; what was that? Why are they in the school?”
“I don’t know! I have just as much of an idea as you do!” Allison snapped at me.
Before she dropped me off, we settled on finding out what the room was and how to get our
“Where have you been?” Mom started nagging at me as soon as I walked through the door.
“What have you been doing?” No way could I tell her about…
“Hanging out with Katlynn and Allison”
“Are you okay? Are you hurt?”
“I’m fine, mom!”
“Isabella…” she got quiet.
“You’re not doing drugs, are you?”
“MOM!” I yelled and shrugged her off.
“Have you eaten?!” She yelled as i started walking off.
I turned around, “No….” I walked into the kitchen, and she made a sandwich.
I walked into my room and got ready for bed diming my lamp and waiting until everyone fell
asleep. Once I was sure, I took out my phone and texted, “Okay.” I walked to my balcony and
opened the glass door, “Hey,” Alex said as we wrapped our arms round each other; I gave him
a kiss, and we walked inside. “What’s wrong?” he asked, “Nothing's wrong, I’m just thinking,” I
“What’s on your mind then?” he persisted
“I just don’t want to talk about it; I’ll tell you about it later, just not now,”
We settled at that; we laid in my bed and fell asleep. Alex gave me a soft kiss on the forehead
as he snuck back out of my room before my parents came in.
I opened the door to Allison’s car and heard her immediate apology and excuse about being
late. After a few minuets, Allison turned to me, “I think we should go back to the room,” she said;
I agreed with her; we decided to meet after school, without Katlynn though.
The rest of the day went by as usual, except Katlynn’s silence and glares at us. She had nothing
nice to say all day. At lunch when Allison set her tray down, Katlynn had to come out with her
rude comment, “Nice that you’re on time for once.” Her and Allison’s bickering increased and
was harsher than usual. At the end of the day, Allison and I agreed to meet at the locker room
after school. I dodged Katlynn at the end of the day and snuck down to the room. I made my
way through the twists and turns of the dark hallways. I opened the door to the room letting the
brightness blind me. I heard noises from inside “Allison? You’re early? That never happens.” I
walked in and Allison ignored me, “Allison?” she walked from one locker to the next, “Allison?!!”
I yelled, as she entered the locker. She came back out, “ALLISON!” I screamed as loud as I
could as she ignored me once again and walked to another locker. I grabbed her shoulder and
pulled her out of her focus, she jumped and looked at me. “Oh, what?” she said as if she never
knew I was there, “Why are you here so early?” I asked her.
“I’m early? What time is it?”
“Its like 3:50,” I answered as I looked at my watch.
“Oh, I came down here during lunch.”
“Since lunch? Allison, you missed all your afternoon classes.”
‘Oh, I guess I did,” she said as she turned around and entered another locker.
I followed her into the locker, “Allison, why don’t you care about your classes?”
“Did you want to get Katlynn back or not?!” she screamed at me.
“We’ll get Katlynn back no matter what, but I don’t see how going through all these lockers,
screwing around will help!”
“Then how do you suggest we do this then?! Who’s the smart one here, Isabella?! Do you want
to just take over then?!”
“Allison, stop yelling at me,”
Allison looked at me and then walked away deeper into the locker’s fake realm. I silently
followed behind her.
We stood outside a locker, and I looked at my watch, “Allison it's almost 9; we should really go
now,” She was already in, front of another locker drawing the pattern. She entered the locker
and I followed her. “Allison, we really need to go,” I said trying to catch up to her. She stopped
abruptly, “You can just go since you want to so bad; I’m staying here.”
“Allison, your parents are going to worry about you,”
“They don’t care what I do.”
“Allison of course they care”
“You know what, it's just not something you’d understand, Isabella,” she started walking off
“I think you just need to go home and get some rest,” I suggested
“NO!” she yelled at me, “You want to leave so bad, just go! I don’t need sleep, and I’m never
leaving!” she shoved me away and ran off. She’s never talked to me like that, and I didn’t care
for her to continue. I left and started the cold walk home, knowing that she can take care of
“Are you okay, honey?” my mom attacked me with her questions as soon as I got back.
“I’m actually really tired, Mom, I’m just going to go to bed.” I responded to her.
“Oh, okay. Can i get you anything?” she asked me softly,
“No,” I gave her a hug and went to bed saying goodnight to my dad as I walked past the couch.
“Tell me,” Alex begged late that night, “Fine,” I caved in as we laid down and I told him
everything about Katlynn and Allison and the locker room. Morning came, and he kissed my
forehead as he snuck out of my house like every other morning. I hopped in the shower, got
dressed and then sat at the counter to eat my breakfast. I sat at the curb outside the house,
Allison is usually not this late. I called her a few times and she never answered. I called Alex,
“Can you give a ride?”
“I mean, it's kinda out of my way..”
“Oh, come on! I’m your girlfriend!”
“I’m kidding, but you have to buy me some breakfast,”
“I’ll be there in a few.”
I tried Allison a few more times; maybe, she was still mad at me? I heard Alex’s car rattle down
the street. I got into his car and opened the door to shotgun, “Get out,” it was Alex’s friend Greg.
He got his things and unhappily got in the back. We arrived at school a few minutes late but with
breakfast. I grabbed some coffee for Allison since I figured she was up late last night and up
early this morning. I opened her locker; the smell of her homelunch from yesterday made me
want to gag. Allison had never left.
I opened the heavy door to the locker room, “Allison!” I yelled. Voosh. The sound of a locker closing sounded upstairs. I ran up the stairs and found Allison in front of yet another locker.
“Allison!” I grabbed her shoulder and turned her around. “Ah What?” she looked at me.
“Have you been here all night?” I asked
“Well, yeah.” she admitted.
“Here,” I handed her the coffee, “you're late to first period,”
“Oh, no,” she gasped, took her coffee, and ran off. I made my way to first period.
Friday night on the top corner of the bleachers, the buzzer went off, and we won the
football game. I smiled as I made my way down the bleachers and met Alex for a hug. He
picked me up in his arms and gave me a kiss. He set me down, “Good job!” Allison yelled to
Alex over the cheering of passerby.
“Did you guys wanna get a bite to eat?” I asked
“Yeah, I’m starving,” Alex joined in, “I gotta go cleanup quick; I’ll just catch up later,” Alex ran off
with the rest of his team.
“What about you guys?” I asked,
“No, I have to help clean up and then I have some studying to do, I’ll see you tomorrow
“Uh, yeah, okay,” I responded as Allison wandered off to help set up, “What about you Katlynn?”
“No, I’m going to the after party at Amanda’s house; Miles invited me.”
“Since when do you hang out with him?” I asked.
“You hate him though; said he was a total jerkoff.”
“Yeah, well he’s better than hanging around you.”
“What?” I asked as my shoulders sagged.
“You and your uptight friend Allison are losers, and I don’t want to be around you.”
“Why are you so mean to us?! We did nothing to you!”
“You guys always walked around, thinking you were smarter than me! Better than me! Did you
think I was too stupid to know? I’m sick of you guys!”
“You’ve been nothing but rude to us all week!”
“What ever, you guys are such drags, can’t even take a joke. I don’t have to put up with this.
I felt like I got stabbed in the stomach. I met Alex by the boy’s locker room. “Hey, no one else
wanted to come?” I told him what happened; he gave me a hug, and we started walking off. He
managed to change the subject and make me feel better. “No!” I gave him a little shove, “time
traveling is so dangerous!”
“How?!” he challenged me. I thought about the locker from earlier this week.
“Hey, wanna see something cool?” I asked,
“Uh, sure” he responded. I grabbed his hand and lead him to the locker room
“What is this?” he asked. “The locker room, the one I told you about,” I answered. I
opened the door and lead him inside, “Come on!” I ran around looking for time traveling locker; it
wasn’t downstairs; I ran up the stairs as fast as I could. “Hey! I found it! Come here!” I yelled.
Voosh. I heard the sound of a locker opening, “Alex?! Wait! No!” I ran downstairs my heart stopped when Alex wasn’t there. “Alex!” I screamed as I entered the locker he just stumbled
Darkness, not a sound to be heard, and not a light to be seen. No feeling, no thoughts.
Not too cold, not too warm, comforting even. There's no past, no future, no present, no
problems. Nothingness. I slightly opened my eyes, “Alex?” the only thought in my mind to ever
exist. A warm trickle ran throughout my body, “Huh?!” my heart picked up, and I closed my eyes
again as I pulled the lever.
I wasn’t in the locker anymore; I stood outside the locker, face to face with Alex. He looked me
in the eyes, and I looked at him back. Tears started building up in my eyes. Alex grabbed me
and held me, and as I stood there tears streaming down my face. “Come on, let’s go,” he said
after a while. I got up and followed him out. We made our way through the dark graffitied
hallways. We got into his car, and he drove me home. Alex didn’t say much on the way home
and I didn’t blame him; it was a lot to take in. He pulled up in front of my house, “Why would you
drag me into this?” he finally spoke up, sounding angry.
“What?” I asked, a pit growing in my stomach.
“Why would you bring me into this?”
“Well, I just wanted to show you something; it was a time travel kind of locker, and I knew you
liked that stuff and II just,”
“So that's why?” his tone got louder, “You saw what has happened to your friends! You want
that to happen to me, too?”
I had forgotten about all my problems with them.
“No, I never want that to happen; I just didn’t think it would happen; I just wanted to”
“Just because you think it's not going to happen, doesn’t mean it won’t!”
“Why are you yelling at me!?”
“Cause you want me to end up like your friends!”
“Thats the last thing I want!”
“Whatever, just get out,”
I left his car and walked into the house. Mom attacked me with her usual questions as I walked
in the door. I managed to escape her and head to my room. I sat on the bed looking at my alarm
clock ticking away knowing the night was going to be a long sleepless one. The house went
quiet and I sat alone in my room waiting for Alex to sneak in even though he wasn’t going to. A
faint knock at my door, “Come in,” I faintly said; my dad peaked his head inside my room. “No
“How’d you know about that?”
“Alex has loud foot steps,”
“Oh, well, he won’t really be around anymore,’
“You wanna talk about it?”
“Well you still need to go to bed.”
“I will,” I responded as I looked at him and managed to make out a smirk.
Monday morning I walked to school; it was a long walk but doable. Allison was unreachable the
entire weekend. Whenever I did manage to get her to pick up her phone, she was always too
busy to chat. I walked into the school while the late bell rang. “Great,” I mumbled to myself. I
walked to my locker and put my stuff away. Something smelt two lockers down, Allison’s locker.
I opened her locker and almost gagged. Her homemade lunch from a week ago was still there
along with about three more bags, the smell of old lunch meat held heavy in front of her locker
even after I closed it. I threw my books in my locker and rushed to the locker room in the old school; I burst through the door, “Allison?!” I yelled, Voosh! the sound of the locker opening in
up stairs, I ran up the stairs. “Allison!” I yelled as I grabbed her shirt and turned her around, she
looked almost famished. “Allison, when was the last time you ate?!”
“Huh?” she mumbled, looking dazily at me.
“How long have you been here?” she was still wearing her clothes from last friday night.
“Uh, I don’t know.”
“Allison it's monday morning,”
“I missed my volleyball tournament,” she sounded sad
“I needed you this weekend! What about that?!” I couldn’t believe her.
“I didn’t mean too.”
“Why are you spending so much time down here?”
“I’m not spending that much time down here!”
“You spent all weekend down here and all last week down here; not to mention, you completely
ignored me too.”
“I already said I’m sorry; what else do you want from me?!”
“I want you to stop ignoring me just so you can mess around down here.”
“I’m not messing around! I’m trying to find Katlynn!”
“So have I, but you don’t see me down here all the time.”
“I’m not down here all the time.”
“Yes, you are, you can’t go a day without being down here.”
“Shutup, it’s not like you care; you only needed me because you and Alex broke up!”
“We didn’t break up.”
“Oh, yeah? Then why were him and Katlynn so cuddly and close this morning?”
“What are you talking about?”
“Well, even a blind person could see those two eating each other's faces off this morning in the
hallway, could hear it too,”
I looked at her smirk from the obvious pleasure of hurting me.
“Fine, I’ll leave you alone since that's obviously what you want.”
I left the room and went to my locker; I grabbed my things and left to go home. I didn’t feel very
well anymore. I was walking out of the building when I heard an annoying giggle from an empty
hallway. I turned the corner to look.
“Alex?” I asked; it was a girl and a guy, really close to each other kissing.
“What?” he poked his head up to see who it was as the girl drew herself away from him; it was
“Uh, hey Isabella; how’s it going?” he tried to act like nothing was happening.
“What are you doing?” I asked, doing my best to not yell or cry.
“What’s wrong?” Katylnn added in, “Mad that he found someone better?” She put her arms
around him and smirked. I couldn’t hold my anger anymore; I was sick of her. I wanted the old
Katlynn back; I wanted my friend back. I clenched my fist.
“Alex, how long have you been cheating on me with her?” I spat out the last word like its was
poison in my mouth,
“Cheating? Honey you guys are over; can you stop obsessing over him and move on?” Katlynn
said not letting Alex speak. I closed my eyes trying my best to control my anger but I couldn’t
anymore. I punched Katlynn in face, once, grabbed a fist full of her hair and hit her a second
“Isabella!” Alex pushed me away from her. My knuckles throbbed and were covered in Katlynn’s
blood. “What did you do?”
“She deserved it,” I said feeling no regret about what i did to the monster that took over my
“Leave,” he said not even looking at me, “I don’t want to see you again, not now, not ever; get
out of my sight. Leave.”
“She deserved it though! You can’t blame me!” I defended myself.
“Yeah, but you didn’t have to sink lower than her level, Isabella.”
After that, I walked away.
I drew the pattern of the locker and walked in.
I’m standing in my living room in my old house; in front of me is me from when I was little. “I’m
leaving now!” someone shouted from the other room. It was a guy’s voice, his footsteps grew
closer to the room. I looked at the doorway and in came the guy. It's my brother. my jaw
dropped and tears welled in my eyes. He picked the little me up, and I started fussing. “Maybe
I’d stay if you weren’t such a little grump face,” he joked as he gave my younger self a tickle.
“No,” I yelled out; I ran out, and grabbed his arm but I went right through him, “No!” I screamed
as I threw myself at him. I landed on the ground with a thud, and he kept walking. “Travis!” I
screamed more as I ran out the door to follow him. He got into his car, and I pounded on the
window tears running down my face as he pulled out of the driveway and away from the house;
that was the last time I would see him when I was little; he got into a car accident on the way home from a friend’s house that Christmas. “Maybe I’d stay if you weren't such a little grump face,” his words repeated in my mind, “It's my fault he even left that day,” I whispered to myself. I reached out and pulled the lever as I stared at the corner he turned minutes ago.
Now, I’m standing here on the edge of the roof of the school. I can see the neighborhood and
look at all the houses with the same roof. I look down at the ground and the wind picks up as if
it’s urging me to fall. I haven’t slept for two days, have barely eaten either. Katlynn gives me
glares every time I see her, and Alex won’t even look at me. No matter how much I beg her,
Allison won’t leave the locker room; I stopped asking when she started getting violent. I think
about my parents; tears well up in my eyes. I left them a letter hoping they would understand. I
don’t believe I’m giving up this easily, but I have nothing. I can’t think about this anymore; it
makes my head hurt. I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and take a step forward. I start
plummeting to the ground; the air whooshes past me, and I land with a splat. People flood out of
the school and stare. I don’t understand how I’m not dead, how am I still here? My brains are
scattered across the cement sidewalk. It makes no sense. I lay here and stare at the lonely blue
sky as people back away from me. I look up and pull the lever.