Night Bus

Night Bus
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Night Bus


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It's 9pm on a Monday and the shadows cast by dead trees and old buildings submerge the world in grey.

A young fox waits at a bus stop. A long, vacant road stretches out before him. It’s strange… he's been going to this school for eight years but something about this stop doesn't feel quite the same… Has something changed?

He glances around.




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Empty.

Nobody's here. Gods, the bus probably left hours ago. He’s long past curfew at this point. Not that he was going home anyway, but still…

Better check the schedule.




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Well that doesn’t look right.

Did they...change the times, and uh, common language of this stop? How long has he been standing here, anyway? The air smells really weird. Stale and musty. It reminds him of something familliar he can't quite put his finger on. It’s making him dizzy.

He shifts, adjusting his bag.

His paw hits something.




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A blank name-tag pinned to his shirt. He doesn't remember receiving it. Did someone give this to him? Maybe...In the morning during orientation, before all the chaos. He probably just forgot about it. Yeah. That’s it.

He hasn't written anything down, but he gets the feeling that maybe he should. It’s just a stupid plastic rectangle but somehow it feels… important.

Really important.

Urgent-

-He digs out a pen from his pocket and holds up the tag. He starts to write and-

Hesitates.



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What, uh… what was his name, again?






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RE: Night Bus
>Nickolai, Nico for friends (if you had any).
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#3
RE: Night Bus
Vincente!
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#4
RE: Night Bus
>Lyle.
Noot noot doot doot.

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#5
RE: Night Bus
>Nikolai Talos
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#6
RE: Night Bus
>Fox

Your parents are assholes.
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#7
RE: Night Bus
>Tom Thomas Thomanson Jr.
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#8
RE: Night Bus
uh..... William

Also, if this was a new sign... why would it have graffiti on it? somethings up.
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RE: Night Bus - Nickolai Talos


>Nickolai, Nico for friends (if you had any).

Please. As if he needed-
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Er, wait.  Who said that?


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Almost sounded like it came from above somehow…. No way. This ominous atmosphere must be messing with him. Everyone has a weird voice in their head, right? That's just how thoughts work. Totally normal.

So uh… His name. Yeah, that's-


>Nickolai Talos

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Nickolai. That feels right.

He flips over the tag. Looks like there's something written on the back.


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Weird. Maybe it's for some kind of name game they were supposed to play before the uh, "incident". It kinda feels pointless now but... should he write something?


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How about...


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While focused on the tag, Nico left himself wide-open to attack! Out of the ether, a strange cat blinks into existence. Or... maybe they just came around from behind, Nico isn't sure.

Gah! Who cares? He just let himself get jump-scared by some dumb cat! Nevertheless, he'll handle this situation with grace.



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With grace.

Nico sighs. Gods, cats are way too quiet. You turn around and one shows up completely out of nowhere! They may as well be ghosts.

Regaining his composure, Nico gives the cat his best casual (and totally inconspicuous) side-glance. Does he know this kid? They look.... kind of like a drowned rat with head trauma, but somehow that vacant stare feels familiar.

Wait a second, isn't that....





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RE: Night Bus
Bell. They're mute, and communicate in signs and expressions.
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RE: Night Bus
"My left is red-colorblind."

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RE: Night Bus
>Leslie
>"I can see dead people."

The cat is really adorable!
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#13
RE: Night Bus
> Sam, a nerdy kid who gets beat up a lot at your school.
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#14
RE: Night Bus
>Everyone calls her Alice. She likes to stare at people.
>She produces a bouquet and holds it out expectantly. Oh no...
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#15
RE: Night Bus
>I don't have a suggestion for their name, but I think they came from Hell
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RE: Night Bus
Ana, she a mute, has a habit of wandering around in the night, and this is the perfect time for her to begin her Nightly Wander.
Noot noot doot doot.

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RE: Night Bus
>Leonard
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RE: Night Bus
It's Fel, right? They don't or can't speak, you think, but they're absent often enough you haven't gotten to know them that well.
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#19
RE: Night Bus
What is this... incident? Mass fight? Seems like both you and her have injuries.
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RE: Night Bus - Bell


>Bell. They're mute, and communicate in signs and expressions.

Yeah, that's right. Bell. It actually might be a nickname. People would joke that someone needs to put a bell around their neck so they know when they're coming. Nico's pretty sure they had class together last year.

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They're mute, or at least super quiet. He's never heard them talk before and most people tend to ignore them. They sit in the back of class most days. No clubs, and they have a stare that could melt iron. He wonders what fact they wrote on their tag. It's probably something like…


>"I can see dead people."

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Nico almost laughs. Exactly! They’re such a weirdo.

Then again, it's not like he's much better…


>What is this... incident? Mass fight? Seems like both you and her have injuries

It... wasn't a mass fight, it was just-

...

He doesn't want to think about it.

Details aside, it was a personal thing... just him and a few other kids. Bell wasn’t involved. He has no idea how they got that wound.


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Speaking of Bell, they've been staring at him for a solid minute now and he hasn't seen them blink. They didn't react to his outburst at all. Even for Bell, that seems pretty weird.

What're they even doing out here? They should have left hours ago with everyone else. Unless they waited for him specifically.... But what could they possibly-


>She produces a bouquet and holds it out expectantly. Oh no…

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Wait- what?

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As if on cue, Bell suddenly springs to life, thrusting a bouquet of powerfully-scented flowers in Nico's face.

He jumps back in surprise, wrinkling his nose. No way! Where did they even get those from, their hands were empty! If Nico didn't know any better, he'd say it's almost as if they reacted to his thoughts... Jeez, what is with this kid? He barely knows them! He isn't even sure what gender Bell is. Not that it matters but-

What's he thinking? He's not interested in anyone! Not for any reason! He just needs to get away from this stupid town, away from all these people, that was the plan!


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They're still staring. No time to think, he'll just have to follow his instinct.
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Terrible instinct!

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The flowers skid to a halt in the street, leaving behind a bloodtrail of mangled petals.

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Idiot! Literally anything else in the world would have been better than that! He can never get this stuff right. People suck! Social situations suck! This whole stupid planet sucks!

At least reject them properly, moron.


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Just as he's about to speak, Bell suddenly pulls out a notebook and writes something down. Nico stares. That...wasn't what he was expecting. Shouldn't they be upset or something?

Unless...

Unless they're making fun of him. Writing this down to share with everyone later, get a good laugh about what an idiot he is. That's it isn't it? Well screw that!



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Nico rips the notebook out of their paws. He looks over the page and-

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So it wasn't a confession. Great! Well now he feels like an asshole.

He stiffens his posture and tries to look dismissive. Better let them down quick before they get hopeful.


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There. That should do it. The last thing he needs is another person around to look after. That... never goes well. Hopefully Bell gets the picture.


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They didn't.

Eyes lit with sudden determination, Bell takes off into the street. Nico stares, dumbfounded. Are they... going after the flowers? But he just rejected them! What aren’t they getting?


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Lights appear up ahead.

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The bus is coming! They’re gonna get hit!

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RE: Night Bus
>Nicko: Snatch Bell back. Don't hesitate even for a moment, just do it on instinct alone.
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#22
RE: Night Bus
>Nickolai: let her get hit
Feel free to check out my current adventure
Or maybe my music
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#23
RE: Night Bus
Wtf throw your bag at the bus as you run to push them out of the way. If the driver sees a bag fly across their windscreen hopefully theyll put on the breaks, and hopefully theyll have enough time to put on the breaks.
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RE: Night Bus
>The bus driver slams on the brakes, but it's too late! A vehicle that size can't stop fast enough!
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RE: Night Bus
>The vehicle skids to a halt mere centimeters away. Huh, it ran out of gas.
>Blink, you thought that only happened it cartoons.
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