Screams, Chips, and the Glory of Dorms
I came into the room late last night, as usual. Especially after that lovely little note from the squirrels, I prefer not to spend much time in the dorm. —No sign of anyone strange hanging about yet, by the way, but one never knows.
Anyway, when I came in I found Emu sitting on the floor, staring wide-eyed at the heating/air conditioning unit in the corner of the room. Mrylin and Korak sat next to him. None of them moved as I shut the door, and none of them answered when I said “Good Evening”.
“What’s—“ I started to ask.
Mrylin only raised one hand, and used the other one to gesture to the unit. Korak jerked her head towards the thing as well.
Before I could finish something started rumbling darkly inside the unit. “Munnnnrrrrrrrn.”
About then I noticed how cold it had gotten in the room.
“What is …”
“Wait for it,” whispered Mrylin.
“It’s alive,” nodded Emu gravely.
I rolled my eyes and plopped my bag on the bed. “Guys, that’s just the mechanism. All the units rattle.”
“Wait for it!”
An unearthly howl filled the room to bursting, making all of us wince and cover our ears.
“Arrakaka urrak!” Korak screamed at me, flying onto my shoulder and slapping a wing over my mouth.
“The banana chips!” Mrylin snapped at Emu. “Get the banana chips!”
“Leave those alone!“ I yelped around the raven wing. “You don’t throw food into mach—“
Emu rushed over to my dresser, pulled the top drawer open, grabbed out the pack of dried bananas I keep in there, and threw it to Mrylin. He grabbed out a large handful and dropped it into the radiator.
With a relieved sigh, Mrylin handed me back the bag. “Bananas. Who knew?”
—I have even more reason not to spend time in my room now.