Alyssa Stanley was 15 years old. She had long, wavy blond hair and deep blue eyes. Her life was typical for a cute teenage girl living in the American suburbs in the year 2014. But then, she and her friends found something that made it-well-NOT so typical.
Alyssa reached further into the dusty depths of what was underneath her friend Madison's bed. She was looking for an earring that had fallen.
"Jeez Madison!" Alyssa stammered
"You need to vacuum under here and clean this thing out!"
"It's not my fault." Madison replied, sitting on the bed
"This used to be my mom's bedroom before she married my dad and moved into their room. She's hidden a bunch of crap under there!"
"We're gonna look on this side." Alyssa's other friend, Ashley said, standing on the other side of the queen-size bed.
"No no no." Alyssa replied.
"It fell over here" She grunted. Her arm was completely under the bed now when she felt something metallic.
"Wait!" Said Alyssa
"Did you find it?!" Madison asked excitedly.
Alyssa now knew that it wasn't the earring. But something long. She pulled it out. It was a zipper. A long, pink zipper sequinned and decorated yet old and dusty.
"It's a zipper." Alyssa observed
"It's cute!" Ashley added
"I want to clean it off real quick." Alyssa said as she left for the bathroom.
"Did you guys find the earring?" Their other friend, Caroline asked as she walked into the room with a fresh bottle of water.
"No, but she found a cute zipper!" Madison answered as Alyssa walked into the room with the zipper.
"I bet it would look cute as a neck accessory!" Ashley recommended
"Hmmm..." Pondered Alyssa and then she wrapped the zipper around her neck.
"That is SO CUTE!" Explained Madison as she took a picture.
Alyssa pulled her phone out and took a selfie.
"What if I unzipped it though?" Alyssa wondered.
"I mean it IS a zipper."
She pulled it open all the way around her neck but the whole thing came off in two pieces.
"Awww...I broke it." Alyssa moaned as she sat on the bed-then she felt really lightheaded. Her neck where she removed the zipper felt weird.
"Hey-what's-" She began as she saw the lap of her jeans come hurdling towards her eyes and the other three girls let out blood-curdling screeches.
The side of Alyssa's face hit the floor and all she saw was carpet leading up to Madison's Ugged feet-which were jumping up and down in terror.
"What's wrong?!" Alyssa cried as she stood up. Alyssa talking was only making them scream more. But in the midst of all this mayhem-Alyssa noticed something very odd when she stood up.
When she stood up, her viewpoint didn't change. She was moving her neck but her head wasn't moving-and then she moved her hand up to feel her face-but she felt nothing. She then moved her hands down and she felt up her neck-which-to her alarm and terror-ended. She then felt the top of her neck-skin. Just skin. And then she knelt down and lifted her head off of the floor and she sat back on the bed and set her detached head in her lap. Her eyes darted around.
"H-h-how-w is-is th-this h-h-hap-p-p-penn-n-ning?!" She stammered loudly.
"A-Al-l-lyssa?" Madison's voice quivered
"I'm fine." Alyssa gasped.
"B-b-but I'm" Alyssa began "But I'm-h-h-headless."
Caroline trembled as she lifted her phone and slowly took a picture. The other girls slowly followed suit. Madison's parents were out of town-which was a good thing-because if her parents had heard the screams and seen this-they would've called the police and Alyssa would probably become a circus freak. But then she remembered:
"The zipper!" Alyssa said quickly. Ashley was quick to pick the pieces up.
"I think that if we put the top half on the bottom of your neck-I mean head-I mean-uh-" Caroline began
"And put the bottom half around the stump-" Ashley finished
"Don't say stump!" Madison cried "It sounds gross that way!" Madison burst into tears at the sight of her best friend headless. Then Alyssa stood up and carefully tucked her head under her arm and walked into the bathroom.
She looked in the mirror. Seeing the sight of herself with her head detached and her body holding it-was just too much for her to take. She passed out and the last thing she felt was her head and body hitting the floor at different times.
When Alyssa came to, she was lying on Madison's bed. She immediately felt her face and realised that her head was attached to her body again.
'Was it all just a dream?' Alyssa thought
'Was I really-' Then Alyssa felt her neck. There was a groove in the flesh (that sounds gross, I know) and she looked around and Madison was sitting on the edge of her bed, fiddling with her phone.
"Maddie" Said Alyssa
And Madison jerked around and a smile appeared on her face.
"Alyssa!" She said happily
"W-what happened?" Alyssa asked
"How long was I-"
"Four hours." Madison finished and then Alyssa noticed that Madison was wearing her pyjamas.
"Where's the zipper?" Alyssa asked her.
"I don't know and I don't want to know!" Madison barked.
"Fine" She said as she pulled out her phone.
"It's almost midnight!" Alyssa cried at the sight of the time on her phone accompanied by a barrage of text messages, missed calls, and voicemails from her parents.
She went ahead and texted Ashley and Caroline about the zipper.
"I'm going home." Alyssa sighed as she got up and walked out of the room.
"Bye, Alyssa" Madison called
"Bye, Maddie! This was a CRAZY night!", Alyssa answered as she went out the door.
"Maddie!" Alyssa yelled back into the house
"How did you guys get my head-you know...?"
"Ashley put the top of the zipper on the bottom of your head, and the bottom of the zipper on top of your neck and she zipped your head back on. That's ALL I'm saying!"
The next morning, Alyssa had three text messages: one from Caroline and two from Ashley. The one from Caroline implied that she didn't know where the zipper was, but Ashley sent a text saying that she had it and a text that said that she had discovered something amazing while experimenting with it...
To be continued...