Olivia used to be a cheerful and carefree person. Even though she had some flaws like being too clumsy and slightly forgetful, she didn't care about others giving negative comments about her. She would just accept it without being too anxious about it. She was determined to become a storyboard artist like her father, Finn. Whenever he was busy drawing a certain background scene for a storyboard in video games, she would admire his artworks. After her parents died as she grew up, only her sister, Lyra and Olivia were left. She was very sad, but still kept moving on and was kept being her usual self because she had Lyra to support her.
Since her parents treated both of them very well before their death, she promised herself to achieve her lifelong ambition and become successful in her life to return it as a debt for them. As the years went by, Olivia no longer had Lyra to keep her company because she managed to become a professional musician after studying in a top music school for three years and moved from New York City to Seattle. Olivia, however, moved as well like Lyra, but went to Los Angeles. She studies in a top art college. She was taught by a very strict teacher named Evan Wilver. Many people said that the students who were taught by him managed to graduate from art college and become experts in art. Unfortunately for her, she was very careless when doing an artwork, causing her to get more negative comments form her teacher, since she's studying there.
Every single day, she made some research on art and kept practicing on it. She was very passionate on improving herself. One day, Olivia tested the method on an artwork that her teacher requested. However, he was still not impressed.
"IT'S STILL NOT PERFECT! HOW CAN YOU BECOME LIKE YOUR FATHER IF IT'S STILL LIKE THIS!?" Evan scolded her, in a loud, angry voice.
"But Mr Evan, sir- "
"NO 'BUTS', YOUNG LADY!" Evan spoke up sternly, raising his voice at the top of his lungs and slamming his hand on his desk. "YOU CAN'T GRADUATE FROM THIS COLLEGE IF IT'S STILL NOT PERFECT! EVEN A CREATIVE SMART STUDENT OF MINE CAN DO THIS MORE BETTER, WHY CAN'T YOU?!"
She became speechless afterwards. She was then dismissed after class. At night, she talked to herself in her mind, staring at the bathroom mirror.
"He still doesn't praise me... I did do a lot of practice on my artwork, how can this be?" she thought to herself sadly.
She then washed her face, but when she looked at the mirror again, she saw a pale, skinny man who was looking at her with a sinister smile. She then turned around in shock, seeing nothing at all. She was completely stunned at what she saw.
"What the... am I just seeing things?" she mumbled in confusion. "Ah... I'll just go to bed..." she said to herself, shrugging it off and going to her bedroom.
She lied down on her bed, staring at the ceiling. But she didn't feel like sleeping at all, not one bit.
"Huh...I can't sleep... Maybe I'll just work on my art some more..." she thought.
As soon as she got out of bed, she suddenly hears a voice whispering through her ear.
"Being dead is more better. You will feel more happier."
"It's such a harsh and cruel life in this world, isn't it? It's more better to die than being slowly tortured here."
The atmosphere around her became cold like a freezer. She felt her own fear crawling on her back. She shivered, being scared. As she went to her study room, the atmosphere around her became more colder on every step she took.
"JUST DIE ALREADY!"
She saw the man from her bathroom earlier, appearing right in front of her. She screamed in fear when she saw him.
"There is no use for you to scream. Nobody will hear you."
"Just die already. You will know how good it feels after dying."
"Go die already!"
"Just feel the pleasure after dying."
"Die! Die! Die!"
She ran straight back to her bedroom, closing her bedroom door and locking it. Her heart pounds hard as she breathes heavily. She starts to slightly panic.
"Ok Livvie...just relax... maybe it's just an illusion... just go straight to bed, and everything will be fine by tomorrow..." she calmed herself, going to bed and falling asleep.
The next day, when she woke up, she didn't see him. She sighed in relief. She prepares herself to go to college, then leaves her apartment. After class ended, she eats her lunch that she made herself with her friend, Erin.
"So how did Mr Evan react when he saw your artwork yesterday?" Erin asked.
"Well... he yelled at me for my artwork not being perfect. I tried to explain it to him, but he interrupted me before I could speak. But sometimes I don't understand why he didn't praise me, even though I worked so hard on it", Olivia answered, gazing down sadly.
"Aw, don't be so 'down in the dumps', Livvie!" she comforted, putting her arm around Olivia's neck. "Who knows that one day he'll praise your artwork when you try hard? Besides, 'no pain, no gain', right?" she said, trying to make Olivia cheer up a bit.
"Huh... now that I think about it, you're right! I think I just need a little push from motivation!" Olivia said confidently. She finishes eating her lunch and puts it inside her school bag.
"See? That's wasn't so bad now, was it?" Erin asked.
Olivia suddenly felt uneasy as she saw the man again behind Erin, repeating the words he said last night.
"...Uh...Livvie? Are you feeling ok?" Erin asked again.
"E-Erin...there's someone b-behind you..."Olivia warned her, stuttering in fear and pointed at him.
Erin turned around and saw nothing.
"Ok Livvie, stop messing around with me. I know you want to prank me", Erin said, crossing her arms.
"No, Erin, I'm serious, this isn't a prank. There's really someone behind you", Olivia shivered.
"...I think you're just hallucinating. Did you get enough sleep last night?" Erin asks, worried.
Just when Olivia was about to answer it, Erin's alarm from her watch starts to beep loudly. Erin checks the time from her watch, then gets up from her chair as she turns the alarm off.
"Well, I'm gonna go now. I need to pick my lil' brother up from school. And by the way, I wanted to give you this." Erin said, giving her a USB drive. Olivia takes it.
"If I'm not mistaken, there was a game that was uploaded there. Why don't you play for a bit? You do deserve a little break", Erin suggested.
Olivia sighs as her lips start to curl up a smile.
"Alright, Erin; I'll give it a shot", Olivia said, getting up from her chair and pulling down her shirt.
"Well, see ya around!" Erin said, leaving the room.
Olivia then goes home to her apartment. She took her laptop out from her bag as she plugged the USB drive in, putting it on her study table. She clicked on its file after she transferred it in her laptop. She looks around the files from it. She sighs in boredom.
She then finds a file named 'Shattered Past'. She was curious; so she clicked the file. It then loaded the game, along with a lot of documents of animations, backgrounds and sprites for it.
"This must be the game that Erin mentioned earlier..." she thought.
She starts up the game. As the game was starting, the title then slowly starts to appear, along with a clear sky with clouds scenery as a background with calming music. There were three options that Olivia can choose from; 'Start New Game', 'Settings' and 'Exit Game'. She clicked on 'Start New Game.' After playing the game, she decided to work on her art this time, since she didn't want to get herself addicted into playing it. She then goes to her study room. When she was working on her art, she suddenly heard voices in the room.
"Why do you still keep on living? You'll suffer more here."
"Just give up; I did."
She tries to ignore them, but the more she kept doing it, the louder the voices got. She wishes that they would stop.But they never did. She went to bed, trying to get away from them.
She then starts to see nightmares and distorted illusions. This continued for 2 years. Day by day, she slowly became more and more paranoid. She was no longer her cheery self like she used to be. She began to have autism as well. Some of her classmates started to physically bully her by calling her names. She tried to control herself, but it didn't work and ended up having bad habits, such as talking to herself, hurting herself and screaming at the illusions no one can see, resulting others to refer to her as a crazy person, Erin stopped being friends with Olivia and her reputation became ruined. She would ask help from her sister, Lyra, but she was afraid that she might do it at the wrong time and it would spoil Lyra's performance and fame.
One night at her apartment, she was curling up on her own bed as she stares down at the floor, wondering when all of them will stop.
"It's been 2 years now... when will all of this end...?" she mumbled.
She looked out at her bedroom window, clutching onto her sleeves. She gets up from the bed, facing her direction at the window. "I'll just end all of this... I just want it to stop..." she thought. She then jumps out of her apartment from the window from the 4th floor. Her dead body was then found at an alley by a lady who was passing by to go work. A day later, the incident was then reported by the local news. A few weeks after, a rumor was spread about her spirit causing an electromagnetic interference whenever a player chooses and finishes the "Dead End Route" in a forgotten game made in 2008 named "Shattered Past" and crashes the game. Nothing happens to the computer, but it will affect the player's mental sanity. Whoever sees her at 12 midnight, they will start to experience gorey illusions and nightmares often, become paranoid and insane, followed by suffering from depression, and will either die of heart attack or they commit suicide.