The Dancer’s Village – Chapter 1 – The Internship

A short horror novel adapted to Chinese students. Will they survive the internship?


2009年底,


今天是学校宣布实习的一天。这个实习是大学生毕业之前必须完成的社区服务计划,也是很多学生期待的一件事。


但是在很多热情的脸孔当中,有一个人看起来不太开心。


她叫委滴雅。


她看起来很紧张,直到手机的响声叫醒了她。


「我有实习的地方了 。我们去实习的地方是一样的。」


委滴雅紧张的脸,变成了微笑。


委滴雅接着问:「其他的人呢?」


阿雨回答:「没问题了,我已经找到了其他四个人。」


委滴雅放心了。她终于能去实习了,离毕业更近了。


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(在委滴雅的家里)


「委滴雅,你真的要去那边实习吗?」妈妈看起来有点不开心。 「那边不是全都是森林吗?不适合人类居住。」妈妈接着说。她很担心委滴雅的安全。


委滴雅解释给妈妈听,实习之前她已经研究过了,观察过了,所以没问题。


「妈妈的感觉很不好。能不能再推迟一年?」


「我要早点实习,早点毕业,早点工作,早点赚钱,早点让父母开心。」


父母没有办法,不再说话。


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实习的那天到了。他们六个同学们终于碰面了。有威马,努尔,瓦秀,和安东尼。谈了一些事之后,他们就出发了。


「我们坐什么去?」瓦秀问。


「我们坐公车。」


「我们是坐公车到村子吗?」


「不是,我们在森林半路下车。那边会有人接我们。」


「车没办法进去村子吗?」


「嗯,但是村子离马路不远,大概45分钟而已。」


故事就这样开始了。



2009年底,


今天是學校宣布實習的一天。這個實習是大學生畢業之前必須完成的社區服務計劃,也是很多學生期待的一件事。


但是在很多熱情的臉孔當中,有一個人看起來不太開心。


她叫委滴雅。


她看起來很緊張,直到手機的響聲叫醒了她。


「我有實習的地方了。我們去實習的地方是一樣的。」


委滴雅緊張的臉,變成了微笑。


委滴雅接著問:「其他的人呢?」


阿雨回答:「沒問題了,我已經找到了其他四個人。」


委滴雅放心了。她終於能去實習了,離畢業更近了。


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(在委滴雅的家裡)


「委滴雅,你真的要去那邊實習嗎?」媽媽看起來有點不開心。 「那邊不是全都是森林嗎?不適合人類居住。」媽媽接著說。她很擔心委滴雅的安全。


委滴雅解釋給媽媽聽,實習之前她已經研究過了,觀察過了,所以沒問題。


「媽媽的感覺很不好。能不能再推遲一年?」


「我要早點實習,早點畢業,早點工作,早點賺錢,早點讓父母開心。」


父母沒有辦法,不再說話。


---


實習的那天到了。他們六個同學們終於碰面了。有威馬,努爾,瓦秀,和安東尼。談了一些事之後,他們就出發了。


「我們坐什麼去?」瓦秀問。


「我們坐公車。」


「我們是坐公車到村子嗎?」


「不是,我們在森林半路下車。那邊會有人接我們。」


「車沒辦法進去村子嗎?」


「嗯,但是村子離馬路不遠,大概45分鐘而已。」


故事就這樣開始了。


(Audio is not available, in order to keep the ambience of the whole story)

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End of 2009.


Today was the day the school announced the internships. This internship was a social service project that had to be finished before the students could graduate from university, it was also a day that many students were looking forward to.


But among the many enthusiastic faces, there was one person who didn’t look too happy.


Her name was Widya.


She looked very nervous, until a noise from the cell phone woke her up.


“I got a place for internship. We are going to the same place for the internship.”


Widya’s nervous face broke up in a smile.


Widya carried on to ask: “What about the others?”


Ayu answered: “No problem, I already found four other people.”


Widya felt relieved. She could finally go to internship, she would be even closer to graduating.


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(At Widya’s home)


“Widya, do you really want to go there for internship?” Her mother looked a bit unhappy. “Isn’t it all forest there? It’s not suitable for people to live,” her mother went on saying. She was very worried about Widya’s safety.


Widya explained for her mother that before the internship, she already did research and observations, so there would be no problems.


“I have a bad feeling. Is it not possible to postpone for a year?”


“I want to do internship as soon as possible, so that I can graduate as soon as possible, find a job as soon as possible, earn money as soon as possible, make my parents happy as soon as possible.”


There is no way for her parents (to change her mind), so they don’t say anything more.


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The day of internship came. The six students finally met up. There was Bima, Noor, Wahyu, and Anthony. After having discussed some stuff, they started their journey.


“How are we getting there?” Wahyu asked.


“We take the bus.”


“We take the bus to the village?”


“No, we will get off halfway into the forest. Someone will be there to meet us.”


“Can’t the bus go into the village?”


“No, but the village isn’t situated far from the road, probably not more than 45 minutes.”


And this is the way the story started.



Akhir tahun 2009.


Hari ini adalah hari sekolah mengumumkan KKN. KKN ini adalah proyek pelayanan sosial yang harus diselesaikan sebelum para siswa dapat lulus dari universitas, itu juga merupakan hari yang ditunggu-tunggu oleh banyak siswa.


Tetapi di antara banyak wajah yang antusias, ada satu orang yang tidak terlihat terlalu bahagia.


Namanya Widya.


Dia tampak sangat gugup, sampai suara dari ponsel menyadarkannya.


“Aku sudah dapat tempat KKN. Tempat KKN kita sama.”


Wajah Widya yang gugup menjadi sebuah senyuman.


Widya melanjutkan untuk bertanya: “Bagaimana dengan yang lain?”


Ayu menjawab: “Tidak masalah, aku sudah mendapatkan empat orang lainnya.”


Widya merasa lega. Dia akhirnya bisa KKN, dia semakin dekat dengan kelulusan.


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(Di rumah Widya)


“Widya, apakah kamu benar-benar ingin pergi ke sana untuk KKN?” Ibunya terlihat agak tidak senang. “Bukankah di sana hutan semua? Tidak cocok bagi orang untuk hidup,” ibunya melanjutkan. Dia sangat khawatir tentang keamanan Widya.


Widya menjelaskan kepada ibunya bahwa sebelum KKN, dia sudah melakukan penelitian dan observasi, jadi tidak akan ada masalah.


“Ibu punya firasat buruk. Apa tidak bisa diundur setahun?”


“Aku mau KKN secepatnya, lulus secepatnya, mencari pekerjaan secepatnya, menghasilkan uang secepatnya, dan membahagiakan orang tuaku secepatnya.”


Orang tua Widya tidak berkutik, jadi mereka tidak berkata apa-apa lagi.


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Hari KKN pun tiba. Enam mahasiswa ini akhirnya bertemu. Ada Bima, Nur, Wahyu, dan Anthony. Setelah mendiskusikan beberapa hal, mereka memulai perjalanan mereka.


“Kita naik apa ke sana?” Tanya Wahyu.


“Kita naik bus.”


“Kita naik bus sampai ke desa?”


“Tidak, kita akan turun di tengah hutan. Di sana akan ada yang menjemput kita.”


“Bisnya tidak bisa masuk ke desa ya?”


“Iya, tapi desa itu tidak jauh dari jalan utama, kira-kira hanya 45 menit.”


Dan cerita pun dimulai.


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