I bring to you something special
I don’t really know why I’m writing this. I suppose I’m just documenting everything in case someone finds it or in case I finally find someone. It’s hard to explain everything when I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but I’ll try to do my best. Let me begin by introducing myself.
My name’s Alfred Portman, I’m 24 years old and I live with 9 young boys, the oldest of them a 10 year old and the youngest isn’t even 3 yet. I’m completely responsible for them; I take care of them day in and day out because….we’re apparently the only 10 people left in this world.
I say left in this world because it feels as if we’re in a different dimension or something like that, I can’t really explain. It’s very difficult. I’ll try to start with the easiest part. How we ended up being the only people around.
So I’m a martial artist and I’m an instructor. I supervise some classes at the dojo even if I’m not the head instructor and sometimes I’m the only one in charge, like on the day the event happened. Everything was going well that day I had 9 students in class.
There was Robert, he’s the oldest of them all, he’s a blue belt and he’s 10, then there’s Eddy, another blue belt, he’s 9 and so are George and Gus, they’re green belts. Then there’s William, he’s 9 too and he’s an orange belt. Those are my 5 oldest kids, the rest are younger. Emil is only 6, Oscar, Gus’s little brother, and Michael are 5, and the three of them are yellow belts. Finally there’s little Santiago, he’s Eddy’s brother and he’ll be 3 years old in a couple of months.
That day we were all inside the dojo, their parents, mostly mothers, were sitting outside watching and talking amongst themselves. Then all of a sudden the lights start flickering both inside and outside of the dojo. I thought there was some sort of trouble with the electric company and hoped that we weren’t going to lose power. I was about to go outside and check things when the lights went out. I heard a few boys cry out in surprise and I could feel the tension in the room.
“Don’t worry boys everything will be fine.” I was about to say but I couldn’t finish the whole sentence and I’m glad I didn’t cause it would’ve made me a liar.
A flash of bright light shone outside the dojo in the reception and also in the backyard where we sometimes hang out or have weapons practice. The light was blinding and when it finally subsided a few seconds later the reception was empty.
I could feel the boys were nervous. Where were their parents? It was still early, not even 7pm yet, the sun was setting. I told them to wait and I went outside. No one was around. I saw purses car keys and other things that the people outside had with them but not sign of them. I poked my head out of the door and saw all the cars still in the parking lot.
“Where’s mommy?” one of the younger boys asked when I went back inside
“Where’s my dad?” Another one piped up.
“I don’t know, they can’t be far, the cars are still outside and all their things are still here.”
Emil wasn’t buying it I could see the worry in his face and knew he was about to cry. I got down on one knee in front of him and grabbed him by the shoulders.
“It’ll be ok, your mom will be back soon don’t worry. Everybody will be fine. Besides you guys are with me. Do you think your parents would leave you alone with me if they didn’t think I’d take care of you and keep you safe?” I asked trying to comfort them.
I knew every single one of the parents and got along well with most of them. I knew they trusted me and knew I could handle their kids but it was still weird that they’d all disappeared like that.
About ten minutes passed and nothing changed, we were still alone. I was starting to worry because the next class was about to start and still none of the people from that class had arrived and the rest of the parents hadn’t returned. Santiago started crying. I knew he’d be the first. He was very close to his mom and sometimes threw tantrums crying for her.
It was always difficult trying to get him to calm down and his cries threw some of the other boys into a crying fit as well. It was going to be impossible to keep them calm. I tried my best and even asked some of the older boys to help, but they too were on the verge of tears because they…we were all afraid.
“Try to keep them calm.” I told the older boys and I went outside. I made a few phone calls from my cellphone to my parents, my sister, and some friends. No one answered. I called random people from my phone and no one answered. I grabbed a phone from one of the purses left behind and made some calls. No one answered. I went outside and walked down to the corner seeing no one around. I rang doorbells with no avail and I reached the park on the next block. It was completely deserted. No kids, no parents, no cars, bikes, nothing.
It seemed as if everybody around us had decided to park their cars, leave all their things placed orderly or hidden and vanish. We were alone.