Fiction On Odyssey: Vanished
Life Stages

Fiction: Vanished

In a society where every human, once they are not useful, is disposed of by a mysterious, benevolent government, a girl tries to investigate what will happen to her parents.


The girl had been taught from an early age on that the Earth was dying, that humans were the cause of this death, that all humans, once they exceeded their usefulness, would be disposed of by Them. She never questioned it, even as she watched her peers, her teachers, her neighbors disappear.

One night, she woke up. She peered through the window, where They escorted the people she called Mother and Father into a white vehicle. They gripped her parents' arms, although Mother and Father showed no signs of resistance.

Although she felt no attachment to her parents, a small part of her wanted to rebel against Them, to see what They would do. After all, she had accepted Their words without question. She had seen many friends and family members disappear, disposed of by Them. She had blindly followed Them, but now she wanted to know what happened to those who vanished.

The girl slipped on her shoes and, climbing onto a bicycle, followed Them.

The route the white vehicle took was an familiar one, despite the multiple twists and turns. With a start, the girl realized that They were heading back to her house. She thought that maybe They had forgotten or left something behind.

Not wanting Them to catch her past curfew, the girl slipped through the bushes and entered the house from the back door. She could have her mission another time, she thought. Tonight was too dangerous. They were watching.

She crept up the stairs, and twisted the doorknob of her bedroom. It swung open before she could touch it.

In her bedroom was Mother and Father, along with Them. The faces of her parents were blank, unseeing. But They seemed to have anticipated her. They beckoned her over.

The girl backed away, mumbling hasty excuses. They continued to motion for her to come into the room.

The girl had learned that no one could ever disobey Them, so she approached Them slowly. They smiled kindly, holding out a hand.

She took Their hand.

The girl opened her eyes. The morning sunlight was streaming through her windows. Slowly, her dream came back to her.

The girl brushed her teeth and dressed herself quietly. She did not want to disturb Mother and Father, who were still asleep. Odd, she thought. Father was usually up by this time. But she dismissed her thoughts. Perhaps he just needed a day to sleep in.

As soon as she stepped downstairs, the doorbell rang. She twisted the doorknob. It swung open before she could touch it.

They stood there, smiling kindly, holding out a hand. Come with us, their eyes said.

The girl had learned that no one could ever disobey Them.

She took Their hand.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Everything You Need To Know About COVID-19 Outcomes, Because It Has To End Eventually

You've heard a lot of possible outcomes thrown around, let's break them down.

If you log into any social media app, you will be overwhelmed with self-appointed experts, preaching the correct way to end this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the comfort of their La-Z-Boy chair. Aside from those dramatic children on TikTok, it's all anyone can talk about. There's an obvious reason for this — the pandemic has taken our world and flopped it on its head, bringing confusion, angst, and an obnoxious amount of sourdough bread into our lives.

All this to say, it's easy to get lost amidst the storm of arguments online. Instead, it's best to break down what's actually going on so we can have an educated perspective as we look to work together to move past our current predicament.

Keep Reading... Show less

Raven Baxter Was Our Favorite Teen Fashion Icon And We're Still Recreating Her Best Looks, Here

We take a look at Disney's most fashion-forward show to recreate some iconic looks.

Disney Plus

I grew up in the early 2000s. And, like any child at the time, I was hooked on Disney Channel shows. My favorite was and is "That's So Raven."

Raven is a teenage psychic navigating life in hopes of not revealing her powers. Only her family and close friends know she has them. Her powers oftentimes get her in trouble, which is where the comedy comes in. But, they also teach her and her friends sentimental life lessons.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sobriety is so underrated, even when it comes to healthcare. The instant gratification of a substance or drink isn't exactly as gratifying as some people may think. For those of you who've never been hungover, consider yourself lucky — a hangover is biologically horrifying. A hangover is not instant gratification, so who are we kidding when people say "it just feels good." Being healthy actually feels good and won't hurt you or your bank account in the morning. The best way to be healthy is to choose sobriety.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ah, yes. The juice cleanse. Yet another popular diet trend that promises to magically solve all of your health, nutrition, and weight issues.

When you take a close look, juice cleanses aren't as magical as they are made out to be, and in fact, they might do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less

Unauthorized Plastic Surgery Is Totally Unethical, And Happening WAY More Often Than We Know ‬

Plastic surgery for cosmetic enhancements has you looking more botched than beautiful and it’s painful to see.

Coming from someone who could afford numerous cosmetic enhancing procedures I would never in a million years cut up my face or my body. I'm pretty emphatic and when I watch these brainwashed victims with bandages and chronic inflammation (swollen lips) I literally feel their pain.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've never been big on casual wear or athleisure. Most people who know me have never seen me in sweats. But, I do have those two or three pairs of sweats I can't resist climbing into the second I get home, the newest addition of which is the extra cozy Odyssey crewneck sweatshirt I got in an XL size to feel as close to being wrapped in a blanket at all times as possible.

In the past several months, I've started to expand my horizons, considering the ways in which I can bring my small wardrobe of comfortable bedroom clothing into the public. I've experimented with topping leggings and a sports bra with a denim jacket to the park, and an oversized sweatshirt worn as a dress, cinched at the waist with a belt when I'm out wearing leggings.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Dress Like Your Favorite 'Insecure' Characters — Without Spending $2,000

We take a look at the fashion of Insecure season 4, and how you can create these looks yourself.


Insecure is one of my favorite shows ever. It really encapsulates what it's like being a Black 20-something, trying to navigate the many ups and downs of life. Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany are living their best lives in California while dealing with the twists and turns that come with that.

From life to relationships to careers, this show truly captures everything that runs through my mind on a daily basis. The show has a sense of realness and a strong frankness that makes you gravitate toward the characters and root for their success.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments