Music begins, sourceless, in a lecture hall that holds a hundred. It’s no haunting melody, rather a song chosen seemingly at random. The music grows louder. A girl begins to sing along. Her mouth moves on its own, something within her forcing words past her lips. A boy joins in, and then another. Their faces are masks of confusion, steadily turning into fear.

Strings appear above their arms, reaching into the ceiling. The students begin to dance. Their feet move in time, their voices rise in volume. More and more students join in, strings yanking their bodies to match the others.

When the last student begins to dance, the first lifts into the air. She’s drawn through the ceiling, disappearing forever.


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