Chapter 2: The Gathering
The following events happen almost exactly at the same time of one another. The masterminds had already made the preparations needed to lure/trick their victims to Silent Hill. This is the end results.
Harry Mason/Heather Morris
It's a wonderful morning, and Harry (after proper hygiene) went outside to retrieve the mail.
"Let's see here bill, bill, chain-letter, fan-letter, who cares...oh what's this?" Harry exclaimed
In his hands was a lovely pink colored envelope, and written in a fancy cursive was the name Cybil Bennett.
"It's from Cybil! She finally wrote a response to my letters!" Harry happily cheered.
He ran into the house, and quickly went into the living room, and sat down in his new couch (the old one was beyond cleaning). At the same time Heather came back from her shower, and saw her dad in total bliss.
"Why are you so happy dad? Did your favorite magician autograph something for you?" Heather sarcastically said
"I wish! But this is cool too. It's from Cybil I was just about to read it so hurry and sit down for this!" Harry said quickly
Okay fine, but 10 bucks say's it's a letter saying she's not interested" Heather said as she plopped herself on the sofa.
"Whatever, let's see..." Harry began to read the letter "Dear Harry, I know it's been a while but I thought we could catch up, and have dinner together. I know it's sudden, but there are no interesting guys at the police department, and you seemed so amazing, and cool risking your life to save your daughter. Also I would love it if you brought her along as well I am so anxious to meet her. P.S. There was an accident in the freeway but I know a detour. A sort of 'police secret'. Take take the road that connects Silent Hill to Shepherd's Glen you'll see my motorcycle along the way I'll be waiting ;) ."
"Heather! Grab what you need, and meet me at the car we're going on a road trip!" Harry shouted excitedly.
"Wait a minute dad. This doesn't make any sense it doesn't even say at what time, and also this envelope is way too girly even for me so why would a police officer use it, and why would she meet us at a location so close to Silent Hill?" Heather argued to her daydreaming father.
She wanted to continued, but her father was nowhere to be seen. She took a minute to look around, and heard a loud honking noise, she looked out the window, and saw her dad had already started the car, and is currently waiting for her daughter to stop talking to herself and get in. Heather sighed to herself and followed her dad, but stopped quickly to gather some items. Mostly comprised of some of her old weapons, a knife, handgun, shotgun, maul, katana, stun-gun, and a sub-machine gun, she kept hidden. She also brought some of Harry's weapons, a handgun, shotgun, hunting rifle, and emergency hammer. She the took two flashlights, a radio, and for no reason at all, her Nintendo DS with Pokemon Pearl, thinking that it's gonna be a long drive. After she got what she needed she went outside, locked the door, and sat next to her dad in the vehicle.
Meanwhile at Silent Hill
"Dahlia are you sure Cybil writes like that, and with a pink envelope?" Dr. Kaufman questioned
"It wouldn't matter if it was baby barf green, and smelled like rotten fish! So long as it has the name Cybil, Harry will think it came from her. My gyromancy tells me this." Dahlia said confidently.
James was running after Laura around the house in a fit of rage, Maria who would usually put a stop to their tomfoolery had just finished showering, and was putting her clothes on. You see Laura knows that James usually sleeps late because of Maria's private 'game nights' so today since she had no school she wanted to wake her sort of step-father up. She took a different approach however which included, a small bucket of ice covered water, and several mouse traps all set up and placed near James's bed on spots where she assumed he would land. The plan went perfectly, she threw the water, it hit James, his shock led him to get out of bed and directly putting his feet on the traps, the traps snap, pain was inflicted on James, He shouted, and after recovering he instinctively went after Laura.
James was just about to grab Laura when the phone rang which halted the raging moron, and after some thought decided to go after Laura after he answered the caller.
"Hello!" James said still angry.
"I know what you did that summer James" a deep unknown voice said.
James paused trying to think of what the man was talking about.
"So what if I threw that water bottle at that singing boy's head? His voice was annoying, and I was doing everyone a favor!"
James inspected the caller I.D but it only read as 'bogeyman'.
"What I mean James is that I know that you killed Mary" the caller said
James went pale, he thought he had silenced everyone who had any connection to that, the police couldn't find any evidence either. Maria, and Laura also swore never to tell. The voice however did not stop there.
"I also have the video-tape showing you suffocating her with a pillow." The voice went on to prove his point
Just know James realized that he had completely forgotten all about the tape. It was still in Silent Hill inside the VCR, and it still worked.
"W-w-what d-do you w-w-want?" James stuttered.
"Bring all your prized weapons, take your lover, and your adopted child, and meet me at Nelly's bar in the corner of Sanders St. and Neely St." the voice demanded
"But that location...It's in Silent Hill!" James exclaimed
upon hearing the name of that town Laura leaned in closer to James, and Maria came out of the bedroom still trying to put on her favorite shirt.
"Exactly! The town is abandoned so no one will see us, you have until the end of the day to get here or else I will expose you." The caller hung up.
James paused, slowly put the phone down, he turned around to see that both Maria, and Laura were staring at him with a worried look on their faces, he quietly explained what was going on, and after the roommates each had their own ideas on what to do the decided that their only real escape was to meet the demand. He found and carried his remaining weapons. The plank, and steel pipe were thrown away, so he brought his handgun, shotgun, rifle, chainsaw, and of course his great knife, which still resembled Ichigo's sword from Bleach, he didn't want to part with it, but had no choice. Everyone got changed, and James was planning on driving towards the rest stop where he had started before.
Once again in Silent Hill
Pyramid slammed the phone, and stomped away from it. He knew that James had never heard his actual voice, and he did not want him to hear it, which gave him another reason to kill him. Hearing James's voice stirred a lot of anger in him, but the time to vent that is coming soon.
"Hey Pyramid Head are you actually going to meet him?" Claudia spoke from a safe distance.
"Maybe not, I can just kill him while he is on the way, but giving him somewhere to go will make it easier to find him."
Henry Townshend/Eileen Galvin
Henry was the first to wake up, and the first to notice that for the second time his front door was covered in heavy chains, and locks. Written in a red substance in the middle of the door was three words which read "I'm back – Walter."
"...What the hell..." Henry sighed.
He wasn't particularly devastated. To him it just meant new apartment same problem so he decided to do something new. He found the pickaxe of hope, and drove it into one of the chains, but the pickaxe fell apart, and the chain looked untouched. He thought about using the pickaxe of despair, but decided against it since he might need it for combat. Eileen woken from the noise walked into the living room to see what all the fuss was about.
"*yawn* what's going on Henry?" Eileen said dreamily
"...Just look at the door more carefully" Henry said
"...Oh my god! Who did this! Are we trapped?" Eileen gasped
"answering your fist question it was Walter, and as for your second question yes...we are trapped...again...for no reason this time too." Henry calmly said
"Walter...oh no! Do you think he still wants to kill us!" Eileen frantically said
She began shuffling around the living room looking scared out her mind while looking this was, thinking Walter will jump out at any moment. The complete opposite of Henry who was flicking some dust on his hand, and thinking about what to have for breakfast. After a while Henry walked towards Eileen, held her tight, and kissed her. The two soon began making out for moment. When they finished Eileen regained her composure.
"*sigh* Thanks for that, but how are we gonna get out?" Eileen said
"...Well last time It took 5 days for a hole to appear so I estimate that we migh-"
Henry was interrupted by a loud blast coming from the bathroom, Eileen yelped.
"Or it could appear in 5 minutes, Eileen take some things to protect yourself, I'll bring my own weapons, and wait for me outside the bathroom door." Henry told Eileen
Eileen nodded, and went to the bedroom where she found her hand-bag. Really though she only needed it to put her real weapons in, she had discarded an old chain long ago, so she brought the nightstick, riding crop, and sub-machine gun, unfortunately it seemed that the infinite ammunition was only temporary so she only had 1 clip.
Henry went to his chest to retrieve some of his old weapons including an aluminum bat, chainsaw, pickaxe of despair, pistol, revolver, and a stun-gun and went to the bathroom door where Eileen was waiting. Henry opened the door, and sure enough there was a large hole on the wall. Now normally the hole would lead to a neighboring apartment room, but of course it was pitch black and looked endless, the same way Henry remembered the previous holes he entered in. This time however Eileen was able to see the hole as well so Henry was not alone.
"I'll go first, Eileen follow close behind me." Henry said taking charge.
"Shouldn't we bring a flashlight or something?" Eileen asked.
"...Nah, it's much more interesting this way...huh? I'm actually getting excited now." Henry said with a grin.
Henry soon began crawling into the hole with Eileen following.
Just in time to hear Walter having a conversation in Silent Hill
"So Walter...you trapped Henry right" Claudia asked.
"Yup" Walter replied
"Made sure there was a route from there to here" Claudia continued
"Yes I did! I went in there chained the door, rigged the hole, and groped Eileen it's all done!" Walter said sounding annoyed.
"...did you take Henry's stuff so he'll be defenseless" Claudia asked
"..." Walter froze "...crap" Walter at last said
"...idiot" Claudia said with a smirk.
Alex Shepherd/Elle Holloway
Alex entered his home after his daily morning exercise when the phone rang, but this wasn't the ordinary house phone. The ringing phone was black with gold streaks with a symbol that only agents can recognize as their own. This second phone only rung when there was an assignment for Alex to do so he quickly picked it up before it rang three times.
"Alex I'll be brief one of our drone spy-planes disappeared without a trace in a forest region near your location, we don't know what happened to it." The caller said
"So what do you want me to do sir?" Alex responded
"You will first meet with one of our new agents her name is Cybil, she knows the area well, meet with her, and investigate the crash site. According to our last readings it went dark near the ghost-town Silent Hill." the caller explained.
"Silent Hill..." Alex repeated
"Affirmative, also regarding Elle Holloway, she is considered by our standards as nothing more than a citizen; however, since you spoke so highly of her, you may bring her along since this is only a reconnaissance mission. Complete the mission with her, and we will consider her for our agency." The caller said
"...Yes sir" Alex said
"We sent a recon team earlier, but we lost contact with them as soon as they were in Silent Hill so be on the lookout for them as well. You may bring whatever you feel is needed for this assignment, that is all." the caller continued.
The phone went quiet and the endless tone signaled the explanation was finished.
Alex put the phone down, sat down on the nearby couch. Elle came out of the kitchen, and handed him a glass of orange juice.
"Well what's the job this time?" Elle curiously asked
"Elle they have considered to enlist you as well if you help me with this." Alex said quietly
"Really! That's great what do we do." Elle quickly asked
She had wanted to apply for the job with Alex not only to make more money, but secretly to spend more time with him. Elle had always had to wait for him while he left for mission that sometimes took days to complete. Alex had promised to put in a good word for her, but was shunned down many times only because he was still new.
"Um...Elle we'll have to investigate a fallen spy-plane" Alex explained
"That's it? Come on, what's so important about that?" Elle said annoyed
"Nothing probably, but you see they last tracked it in...Silent Hill"Alex finally admitted
Elle gulped at the thought of that town, and it's neighbor Shepherd's Glen. Though a lot of time had passed since then, she could still remember the events like yesterday.
"...do you think it's a coincidence that it fell near there, and you were called to check it out?" Elle said
"I don't know but I will go regardless. You still have a choice, but I don't think they will give you a second chance if you refuse." Alex said
"I'll go! I don't want to wait for you again!" Elle quickly said
"It's gonna be dangerous" Alex assured her
"Most of what you do is." Elle argued
"we might die." Alex retorted
"I'll die if you leave me" Elle said sounding a little sad
"...grab what you need" Alex said in defeat
Elle quickly kissed Alex and went to get changed, Alex however pulled out a key out of his pocket, and stabbed it at a seemingly plain part of a wall next to a bookshelf. There was a click, and the bookshelf was cut in half revealing a closet sized cabinet. Inside was some of Alex's old weapons. Since he wasn't allowed to keep whatever his employer gave him (because he is still new) he spent some of his extra profits on a secret compartment to keep some weapons he used during his previous adventure. He took a new combat knife, and an assortment of guns that include the MK. 23, chrome hammer pistol, 12 gauge shotgun, blue steel shotgun, M-14 assault riffle, and the police marksman rifle. Thinking about Elle he decided to give her the old pistol, shotgun, and rifle while he kept the newer ones.
Elle grabbed a survivor kit which had, two flashlights, radar, med-kit, and a flare gun and went to meet Alex in the living room.
Once the both got what they need they left the house got into their car and drove off to face their fate.
Meanwhile at the Hall of Justice...no wait Silent Hill
Josh heard a loud crash near his location away from the others. Quickly knowing what it was he scrambled some rompers, and siams to recover the plane and dump it in Lake Toluca. He also had them take the bodies of the recon team as well.
"This time I'm sure my brother will be here to find his friends...Him and him alone, the rest especially Elle can go die." Josh said darkly.
Thinking about his brother seemed to change Josh, he acted, and sounded like a drug lord with no mercy; however once his plan ended he snapped out of it, and went back to being a quiet boy holding a pink rabbit.
Travis had just finished his delivery of books at a Barnes & Nobles in Ashfield. He had just left the town when his radio went off and a voice with heavy static was heard.
"He~p I thi~ I hit som~ing too f~gy my t~k won't move I'm at a ~d near ~lent Hill pl~se so~one...oh god! What is ~..." the voice abruptly went silent leaving only static.
"...Hello you're breaking up! Answer hello!" Travis tried to communicate
There was no response, Travis however didn't need the message to be repeated to know where it was coming from. Still he thought that most roads leading there were closed, is it possible that there is still a link to this town that people could use? If so then that trucker may have met his fate with something Travis is all too familiar with.
"it's not too late to check it out" he said to himself.
Still he kept going on his own path having a hard time trying to forget what he had just heard, soon he saw a fork in the road. On the right was the clearing which led to the highway, and to the left was a wooded area that lacked sunlight, his truck could still drive through it, but he knew all too well where it would go. He was facing a choice with less time each second to think about it. On one hand he could forget it and move on to his life.
"Much like I did with my past, and my parents" He reminded himself
On the other hand he could risk his life for a fellow trucker and stand up to his demons once again.
"There's no way I'll..."
Then all of sudden he thought of someone.
He remembered what else was there, Lisa Garland was still there, maybe there still is some unfinished business he had forgotten. The fork was closing in, it's now or never for Travis to decide what to do?
"I got nothing left to lose." Travis told himself
He turned his truck left, and went into the darkness. Soon the fog he expected came in, and in a desperate attempt to steady his nerves he tried to listen to some music on the radio, but instead heard nothing but static, and what seemed like a girl screaming in the background. He quickly turned it off, then stopped his truck for a moment to look at his personal weapons. He had wanted to sell them but decided against it, and he was now glad he made that choice. He had his redeemer (under his seat), assault rifle (behind the bed), shotgun (wrapped in old clothes), hunting rifle (clamped onto the roof), service pistol (in the glove compartment), and his recently discovered, fireaxe (behind the passenger seat).
He pulled a small flashlight in his coat-pocket, and turned it on, it's light was still bright. Satisfied with everything he continued driving his truck down the road.
Farther along the road Travis is currently driving on
Alessa had once again felt that another person was heading towards Silent Hill, she was quite surprised since someone had just died along the way, an old trucker by the look of it. She stood behind a bush on the right side of the road to see who else had shown up (it's kinda of what she does). All of a sudden she felt something that felt familiar, as if a long lost friend had returned. She saw the truck closing in, and recognized the orange color.
"Travis" she said remembering
She didn't want Travis to be in danger again, so she ran towards the road, and stood right at the center. Hoping Travis would see her and stop.
"WHAT THE-!" Travis yelled
Unfortunately Alessa was a little late with her entrance...again, and Travis was caught by surprise, he swerved left, and hit the brakes, but that led the truck to hit one of many nearby by trees trying to break the concrete with their roots (it was a thin road after all). Travis hit the tree, luckily he slowed his truck a bit so the collision only knocked him out.
"...oops" Alessa said
About a few yards away was a large sign that read "Welcome to Silent Hill!" and written underneath it was some graffiti in red spray that read "again!"
Even though everyone left at almost at the same time. They reached Silent Hill at different time periods with Travis being the first. Now we will finish the story with the rest of them coming in from second to last.
Second Place: Alex Shepherd/Elle Holloway/Cybil
Location: Rosewater Park
About 10 minutes after Travis crashed. Alex, and Elle had decided to enter Silent Hill through boat, and Cybil agreed to the idea after they met, and discuss the basics of their assignment, so they rented a motor-boat and found a place to land at the edge of Rosewater Park.
"I never been to this part of town before" Alex said.
"Yeah for some reason this place doesn't feel familiar, and I had been an officer here once." Cybil said looking puzzled.
"Hey guys I think I found a map" Elle called out.
She was siting in the park bench that overlooked the lake, but there was no view because of the fog. Alex, and Cybil sat with Elle, and the team inspected the map together.
"So where do we start?" Elle asked.
"hm...not sure" Alex said.
"Maybe we should look around, if a building had taken unnatural damage it might lead us to the plane" Cybil answered.
"You forget that this whole place is unnatural...but I get what your trying to say" Alex said.
"Alright then let's start here then" Elle said pointing at Lindsey St.
"Ok everyone check your ammo, stay close, and let's do this before it gets dark." Alex ordered.
"Roger" Cybil said.
"You got it" Elle said.
Third Place: James Sunderland/Maria/Laura
Location: Observation Deck
About 5 minutes after Alex, Elle, and Cybil start walking.
"Are you done in there James?" Maria called out.
"We told you not to chug the 2-liter coke!" Laura scolded.
"Almost! Just a bit more!" James answered.
They had finally reached the observation deck, but had been stuck there for a while since James had to use the bathroom...for a long time. After James finished going number 1 he went into the sink to wash his hands. He stared into the mirror, then looked up to the ceiling and let out a deep breath.
"...deja vu" James softly said
He walked outside towards his car, and opened the glove compartment. Inside was his old map of Silent Hill still covered in red marks making it almost illegible. Fortunately Laura found another map while skipping around waiting for James to finish up.
"Okay, the way I came was to go downhill into the dark woods following a small snake like trail that is possibly wet and slippery. Then we cross the graveyard, and follow a dirt road for a while, and finally reach the outside of the town." James explained.
"Or...we could take the recently built sidewalk outside the tunnel that will take us to Nathan Ave. with a convenient guard-rail, and still working street lamps." Maria proposed.
"I say Let's do that" Laura said agreeing with Maria.
"...(sigh) okay" James said dropping his head slightly.
Fourth Place: Henry Townshend/Eileen Galvin
Location: Still in the hole
7 minutes after James, Maria, and Laura finished waiting for James.
"Hey Henry are your holes usually this long?" Eileen asked.
"...I don't know, I usually don't remember how long I was in a hole. It could be a few seconds, or it could have been a few hours." Henry explained.
Henry rarely does dumb things, the last dumb thing he did was accept a doll from Walter, the next dumb thing that he is about to find out was not bringing a flashlight.
"OUCH!" Henry yelled holding his head
"are you alright." Eileen said startled by the sudden stop, and noise
"Yeah just hit my head on a wall...wait a minute wall? This hole isn't finished yet? Are you kidding me?" Henry said annoyed
It may have been the sudden headache but Henry was actually showing some anger, Eileen though didn't notice.
"Eileen pass me the pickaxe" Henry asked calming down
Eileen did as she was told, and handed the pickaxe of despair to Henry who was shuffling his body in a almost funny way; however, since it's dark there is no way to visually describe it.
"Alright Eileen stand back this might take a while because I have very little arm movement." Henry said
Eileen crawl backwards into a possibly safe length, and when she told Henry she finished moving He swung at what seemed like half strength, and hit the wall. The wall cracked slightly but was far from torn.
"Yeah... this might take a while." Henry assured Eileen.
Last Place (ha!): Harry Mason/Heather Morris
9 minutes after Henry hits his head.
"I told you it was a bad idea, and look what happens we get out of the car for 1 minute, and not only does it disappear in fog, but the road goes along with it. Now were trapped thanks dad! Best road-trip ever." Heather rambled
"So Cybil is not here?" Harry said bummed out
"...No dad...sorry" Heather said
She wanted to keep going with her rant, but looking at how sad her father was she decided against it. She stilled loved him, and the only good thing about this whole mess was that this time she had some long term company with her so hopefully this won't feel like such a hell on earth like before.
"Well I have no clue on where to go." Harry said standing up after crouching on the floor twirling his finger in the ground.
"Let's just walk around, and find a map for now."
The two moved to the sidewalk, but the fog was very thick they could only see a few feet in front of them.
"This fog sucks, I can't see a thing" Heather complained
"Yeah this is dangerous a monster could surprise us, on that note Heather give me my weapons."
Heather handed her dad his old weapons, and soon held a knife, while Harry held his emergency hammer."
They kept on walking, but along the middle of the road they saw a figure lying on the floor, the fog made it unclear as to what that figure was.
"Heather get ready" Harry whispered
She nodded, and the two slowly walked toward it, as they got closer the figure looked less, and less deformed, and soon it became clear to both of them that the anomaly was human. They walked towards it with more caution to get a closer look, and sure enough the body resembled a male wearing a vest and red long sleeve shirt with a trucker's hat.
"Is he dead?" Heather asked
"I don't know" Harry said nervously
He then began poking the possible corpse, he poked it 4 times. Suddenly some movement, and groaning noises began to happen. Harry, and Heather both jump back as the man crouched, then slowly stood up, and began to look around. Sure enough when he saw the two strangers he immediately jumped.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on we won't hurt you." Harry said
"Who are you?" Heather asked
"Oh...um...my name is Travis. Travis Grady." Travis answered.
End of Chapter
Finally finished...well anyways here's chapter 2. I figured I could finish a chapter in about 7 to 8 days if I take any longer feel free to scold me. It's true that I had some mistakes that I could not see (maybe that's why I got a B in English) but I will try to proof-read it more diligently, but please go ahead, and tell me if there are still some mistakes. Thanks for reading I'll see you in Chapter 3, and I promise it will get funnier this was just setting the stage you could say.