The winding road took us further inland. Rolling mountains jutted at odd intervals.

Out of nowhere, a makeshift road (actually a dusty path) emerged. This signalled the end of a tedious journey. The path opened into a clearing.

Dozens of uniformed children were scattered around the yard of a compound.

At first glance, they appeared to be your average ten-year olds.

Closer inspection yielded different results.

It was the eyes. A dead give-away. Dull, unseeing, lifeless… soulless…

This was no ordinary learning institution, the occupants were definitely not normal, everyday learners and we were intruders trapped in this no-go zone!

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  1. shelly on January 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What were they? Zombies? Vampires? Little demons?

  2. mish on January 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Something along those lines… a closely-guarded government project…

  3. Arlee Bird on January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    This is indeed an eerie start of a bigger story.
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    • mish on January 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Yes, the possibilities are endless… and each one more chilling than the previous one *shudders*

  4. Ryan on January 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Ha! Was going to guess secret government project, then read your reply above. Great angle on this prompt M!

    • mish on January 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

      I tried to steer clear of the "typical classroom" angle… thanks R! So you're something of a mind-reader too… 🙂

      • Ryan on January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        LOL! … great minds and all… 🙂

  5. tara tyler on January 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    wow! great lead in to the scary schoolyard!
    nice job =)

    • mish on January 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Tara! 🙂

  6. Sarah Pearson on January 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Oh, creepy. I like it 🙂

    • mish on January 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Actually a bit different from what I usually write… mmm… seems like "creepy" is quite popular. Thanks Sarah. 🙂

  7. Margo Kelly on January 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Hmm. Interesting!!

    • mish on January 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I'm glad you find it interesting, Margo!

  8. LD Masterson on January 21, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Wait a minute.  I think I used to go there.

    • mish on January 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Whoa! That's freaky! Hope I didn't resurrect memories best forgotten… 🙂 🙂

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