Story chosen: Trapped


Written byheTwistedMangle

"Hey, Electronic Dictionary!"

E.D. whipped himself around to find his attention on Tack.

"U-Uh, I-I prefer if you called me by my real name," E.D. squeaked.

"Electronic Dictionary, E.D., whatever! And stop being a scaredy cat or our team will never survive!" Tack yelled.

"Um, sure."

"If you're so scared, then why don't you try to get over it?"

Tack circled around him. 

"It's not like I have panophobia."

"Then what do you have?"

"Claustrophobia, agoraphobia, xenophobia."

E.D. didn't have a good feeling about telling him. It made him want to throw up.

"Well then MAYBE you could work on getting over those fears."

"I-I don't know." E.D. desperately wished someone would turn him off. Be eliminated. Do whatever to get out of the competition He resented at the thought of confronting his fears.

If only he could be more brave like his team leader.


"Okay, so I've randomly chosen a contestant for to be two hours trapped with inside a locked room. She will be Daisy. Oh, and you'll have to be handcuffed to her in case you guys escape."

"Wait, wha---"

Tack already locked E.D. and Daisy's handcuffs and shoved the duo into the closest.

E.D. trembled with fear. He was doing this not only for the team's sake, but his own as well.

"Hello E.D.! If you don't know me already, I am the team leader of Team A!"


Every second, every word, every breathing moment had more and more tension rising. And it would never fall steeply.

E.D. wanted to demolish the closet doors and handcuffs and run. He didn't care about the competition anymore, rather he never did.

He felt tears brimm. It stinged his eyes as his rapid breathing became shallow and more accelerated. He knew it would kill him if he continued.

"Hey, are you alright?" Daisy gave him eyes of concern.

"S-Sure...Okay, no..."


"Claustrophobia, agoraphobia, xenophobia," E.D. mumbled. He looked down, ashamed.

"I have no idea what the other two are, but I just want to let you know that I'm not gonna harm you."

His eyes lit up the slightest bit. "R-Really?"

But he could already tell she meant no harm at all.

For once, he managed a thin smile of relief.