By: Andrew de Los Reyes
based on ” Girl in the library” sent by Martin Musones
Our School has a wonderful library. My friends and I would spend a lot of our time there and browse through the good selection of books, especially about the ones about Sciences. I wanted to be a scientist one day. Science is cool in my opinion. The library has four air conditioners that keep the books and students cool. There are also electric fans mounted on several pillars, in case one of the aircons conk out or if it’s just too hot.
That day, all four air cons were operating but the fans were turned on. The air cons were having a hard time keeping the library at a cool temperature, what with the tremendous heat outside.
And so that was there we were when the unexpected happened. Kenny, Michael, and I were in the library, enjoying the cool air and catching up on our reading. Of course I had a science book open in front of me, while Michael managed to doze off on the table ( I don’t know how he does it, but he can sleep anywhere and in any position). ” Why did it get suddenly so cold in here?” Kenny asked me as he sat down beside me.
“Maybe the weather outside has gotten cooler,” I suggested.
Kenny got up and looked out the window. He came back and said, ” Not a cloud in sight. And it’s really hot outside; you can see a haze in the air when you look at the ground, like the heat was coming up out of it.”
“Maybe we should tell the librarian to raise the thermostat? Or at least turn off the electric fan?” I said. I looked around. seeing the librarian stamping books at her desk.
“Eh,” said Kenny. ” I don’t mind the cool.” He nervously looked around.
“What’s the matter?” I asked.
“oh, nothing, ” Kenny said. “Um, would you go with me to the Filipina section? I have to look for a book there”
“Can’t you do it yourself? I’m reading this interesting chapter on robotics.” “Er, okay, I’ll wait until you’re done.”
“Why? Are you scared to go there alone?” I teased, chucking.
When I saw that Kenny did not react, I look at him nervously. chuckling.
When I saw that Kenny did not react, I looked at him seriously. “You are, aren’t you? Come on, what’s going on?”
Kenny looked around nervously. I could see that his hands were trembling ” I saw a little girl there once.”
” That’s impossible we’re in all boys school. It could have been one of the teacher’s kids, you know,” I said.
“I know what I saw. It was a girl. She was in a yellow dress and she had a headband with a floral design. I was about to ignore her when I noticed that her face was dripping with blood and that her were bulging.”
” And then what happened?” I looked around then, as I heard the librarian turn off the electric fans. She must have noticed that it was getting cold, too.
“Nothing. I sat there, unable to move. She just looked at me. We seemed to be staring at each other for 30 minutes, think, It was only when she disappeared that I was able to move, I quickly packed my things and left,” said Kenny. He was visibly shaken by his story. I felt a chill run down my spine, and it wasn’t from the cold. “So why do you want to go back there?”
” It’s not like I want to, you know? But there’s a book on Philippines Legends that I saw there that I’ll need for Mrs. Chua’s class. Remember our assignments?”
“Oh yeah, that one, ” I said. I had completely forgotten that we had to report on one local legend. “Come on, I’ll accompany you. I’ll need to use that book too, right?”
I stood and made my way to the Filipiniana section. Kenny followed. We decided not to disturb Michael. As we neared the Filipiniana area, I noticed that Kenny was walking closer to me. There were times he’d even bump into me. Now I didn’t believe in the supernatural. I intend to be a scientist and I believe that until something can be scientifically proven, It’s not real. Ghost aren’t real. I chuckled at Kenny’s nervousness.
Upon reaching the Filipiniana section, Kenny immediately looked for the book on local legends. I glanced down the aisles, checking to see if the young girl Kenny saw was there. She wasn’t I smiled to myself, confident that Kenny was just seeing things. But I did notice that it was colder here than the rest of the library.
“It’s here somewhere, I know I saw it, ” Kenny muttered under his breath. I spotted movement out of the corner of my eye. I glanced to my left and I saw someone ( or something) move behind the shelves. Was it my imagination ? Was there something there? I had to know. I walked between the shelves. Just before I rounded the corner, I held my breath. I quickly poked my head past the shelves and quickly looked in both directions.
There was no one there. But on the floor, right beside me, was the book on local legends Kenny was looking for. As soon as I picked up the book , I heard a scream. It was Kenny. I quickly rushed back to where I had left him. I saw that his back was to me, and he was intently looking at something in front of him. I looked past him and I saw a young girl standing there and looking at us. She was in a yellow dress and a headband with a floral design on it. Her face was bleeding her eyes bulging. She was exactly as Kenny had described.
Kenny’s scream brought the librarian and the other students rushing to the Filipiana section. I heard a collective gasp as soon as they arrived. They also saw the young girl in front of us.
It took a split second before everyone started screaming. It was like the brain had to process what it was seeing, that it was seeing something that should not be there. Then the girl disappeared. Everyone started moving, running towards the exit. That afternoon, prayers were offered to the girl in the library. She hasn’t been seen ever since.