Ding! They passed. The girl and 5 were ushered into the lobby and their screens showed the recent challenge. The other 3 shows 3 and 4 working together while 2 is inside in a different room. 2 was disqualified. 3 and 4 joined the girl and 5 several minutes after and The person showed up on their screens.
"You made it!" The person laughed, "Here I was hoping the results would be more interesting." "You're a psycho!" 4 screamed at The person."
"Round 1B, starts now."
A passageway suddenly opens and the 4 contestants were told to go in. They were put into a room. It was a horribly lit room. There were shadows everywhere and The person was the only thing they could see. The person was on a spotlight.
The 4 remaining contestants didn't know how to react. They had to take the offers since they needed to pay off an enormous debt.
"As for you," The person said pointing at the girl, "You do realize that if you don't win the compensation round, either Ms. Last Place gets 500 000 of the money you earned and you get 4 500 000 left to pay or Mr. Disqualified takes your place at 4 000 000 and you are out with 5 000 000."
~To Be Continued in the Compensation Round~
Author's note: I did want the person to not have a name and I DID want the 't' on 'the' to be capitalized. Since he/she didn't have a name yet, I wanted to make sure that it was clear which one he/she was. I also wanted the 5 contestants' names unrevealed at the moment so there could be an argument in part 2 and it's also on purpose that the girl does not have a name yet. It's going to be revealed at the end of the story.
The girl sighed and waited in the lobby. 2 and 3 were sitting around and decided to play chess. Soon enough, they were called into a new place. It was a... safe? The girl looked inside and there were a whole bunch of balloons in it. The walls of the safe are just a bunch of drawers with numbers.
"In this round, you have to pick a balloon and the answer will take you to a certain drawer and that drawer will have a key in it," The person said, "That key will lead you to a door."
The person pointed to a long hall that leads to a whole bunch of OTHER halls full of mirrors and doors.
"But you know," The person said, "Everything's not what it seems."
He said go and they went off to the balloons. The girl took a balloon and popped it calmly. The others were... going on a balloon massacre. There was an integer question in the balloon on a piece of paper. This time it was with subtraction instead of addition.
Oh. It was unexpectedly easy. The girl used to have to repeat elementary and if she could act like it, middle school over and over for the last 3000 years. She just recently took a break. She knew that there was no such thing as subtraction (she had doubts but oh well...) and when you subtract, you're actually ADDING the opposite. She threatened (yeah...) a worker to get a pencil and paper and set off to work.
She stared at the answer for a bit then looked up at the walls. She used her vampire sight to look for it and found the right drawer instantly. She sighed at the fact it was at least 30 feet higher than she was. She opened a drawer in front of her and stood on it. She opened another one and jumped up to it. She went on and on until she came to the drawer. The key in it said 'Room 1473'. She sighed. There are that many rooms? she thought. She looked through the halls over and over but she didn't even see a single door with an odd number. Angered, she kicked down a mirror and the mirror broke. Inside the mirror was a room. She looked at the doors next to it. 1544 and 1546. She found 1472 and 1474 and kicked down the mirror in between. As expected, a room. She entered and found that she was in a room facing east. She can see the sunrise. She looked out and estimated she was maybe on the 5th or 6th floor. She turned on the lights and looked around. There was another door. She opened it and found a classroom. It seemed as if there were students in it and they all just stood then left without coming back. There were books open, backpacks, a lesson on the board etc. The books were accurate. The girl looked through one and there it was. A math notebook complete with dates of the day they learned it on. Sept 5 1979 Interesting, she thought. It's been going on for at least 2 decades. She looked up at the board and saw an unfinished subtraction question.
She came up and took some chalk. She solved it just as she'd been taught since who knows how long.
She looked carefully around the room. Another door. Great. This one is obsessed with doors. She went through and found herself in a school hallway. It seems all the doors and mirrors that lead to rooms, led to classrooms that lead to here. She walked down the hall. It seemed to never end. She started opening every single door only to find classrooms like the one she came out of and doors that were locked. At the end of the hall, there were stairs. She climbed up until she reached an elevator. As soon as she came in, it immediately closed and went up at a speed that's too ridiculous. When she got out, she was on the roof. The person was there.
"Congratulations," The person said, "You win."
To be continued on Round 2.
Author's Note: If you're confused about the picture at the end of Round 1.. which I'm sure all the people who read this ARE, it's there because I wanted it to be there. It was supposedly a picture of "Ms. Last Place" (3 [which is her name at the moment]) and "Mr. Disqualified" (2, I think). If you read the picture carefully, it said that. The reason it's there is because I based this story off of a Japanese drama and I looked for pictures to see if I can use them on this story because I was bored and I'm crazy. Don't think too much on it. The simple explanation: I'm not normal and I'm WEIRD. Also, I changed her from remembering the education from 3000 years ago to remembering because she poses as an elementary/middle school student constantly.