One summer’s day, two couples went to the beach to swim. Let’s call them A, A’s girlfriend, B, and B’s girlfriend. A rode there on his bike while the other three went in B’s car.
As the sun was setting and it was time to go home, B suddenly said, “Let’s have a race!” A on his bike and B in the car with their girlfriends would race all the way home. Both couples lived together in the same apartment building, which is how they knew each other.
B’s car was the first to arrive home. B and his girlfriend celebrated their win, but A’s girlfriend looked worried. A was a really good driver, so he should have been the first back.
A didn’t come home that day, and when she woke up the next morning, A’s girlfriend was greeted with terrible news. B and his girlfriend went to visit her apartment with sad, worried looks on their faces.
“Um…” B began. “We received a phone call from the police this morning. A had an accident while he was turning a corner and… he died.”
“He collided with the guardrail at high speed… He died instantly…”
A’s girlfriend had been considering that as a possibility the entire night, but hearing it was still a shock and she broke down in tears. But B and his girlfriend had even more shocking news. They both trembled, and A’s girlfriend felt like they had something more to say. B’s girlfriend continued.
“We said… we got a phone call this morning, right? Look, don’t be afraid, okay? But someone came to see us after that. We wondered who it might be and asked who it was.”
“‘It’s A’,” B interrupted, finishing the story for his girlfriend.
A’s girlfriend didn’t know what to say. All she could do was listen.
“I thought it was all a bad joke and was ready to go off at him, but he came right after we got off the phone… There was no time for him to be messing around… We were scared, we couldn’t open the door… And then he left…”
B and his girlfriend told A that if her boyfriend arrived, she mustn’t open the door for him, no matter what. According to them, A didn’t know that he was dead, and he would try to drag them all down with him. After they went home, A’s girlfriend cried, the memories of her time together with A swirling around in her head.
That night, A’s girlfriend was awoken by a knock at the door.
She did her best to ignore it. A continued to knock on the door.
“Hey! It’s me! Open up!”
A’s girlfriend sat in the corner, desperately covering her ears. Unable to ignore the nostalgia of their memories together, she finally got up and approached the door.
“Open up! It’s me!”
The knocks got louder. A’s girlfriend drew closer. She could see his shadow on the other side of the door and tears fell from her eyes. Before she knew it, she was standing right in front of the door. She reached out to open it…
But A was dead.
She screamed as loud as she could.
The knocks grew louder.
A’s girlfriend readied herself to open the door, hoping that she could at the very least help him move on.
“You’re the ones who are dead!”
A’s girlfriend passed out. When she came back to, she was in the hospital. In front of her stood A, who should have been dead, and she cried tears of happiness. A began talking, hoping to make her understand.
“I was the first one to get home after the race. You guys never came. I went back the way we came and the car was a mess… B and his girlfriend died instantly… You only had light injuries, but you’ve been in a coma all this time.
At first, that was all A’s girlfriend could understand of the situation, but soon she became fearful and refused to leave A’s side. For you see, B and B’s girlfriend died instantly, but they entered A’s girlfriend’s mind while she was stuck in a state between life and death to drag her down with them. If she had continued to ignore A’s calls, then she would have died as well.