The Subway Station is a scary story about a girl who falls asleep on the underground and misses her stop. It is inspired by a well-known Japanese urban legend that was posted on the Japanese messageboard 2ch. It takes the form of a series of late-night text messages between a Japanese girl and her boyfriend.
The following is a transcript of the text message conversation between a Japanese girl named Hasumi and her boyfriend, Takeshi.
Hasumi: Are you still awake?
Takeshi: What’s up?
Hasumiï¼š I’m on the subway. I fell asleep and missed my stop.
Takeshi: Get off at the next subway station and get the next train back.
Hasumiï¼š That’s the weird thing. I’ve been waiting 20 mins and the train hasn’t stopped yet.
Takeshi: Well, it has to stop sometime.
Hasumiï¼š I guess you’re right.
Takeshi: Did you get on the wrong train by mistake?
Hasumiï¼š No. This is the same train I always get.
Takeshi: Is there anyone else on the train with you?
Hasumiï¼š No. I’m all alone. The other carriages are empty. I’m kind of scared.
Takeshi: Go up to the first carriage and see if you can talk to the driver.
Takeshi: Ask him what the next station is.
Hasumiï¼š The window on the driver’s cabin is blacked out. I can’t see him.
Takeshi: Try knocking on the window.
Hasumiï¼š I did, but there was no reply.
Takeshi: That’s strange.
Hasumiï¼š The train’s slowing down now. It looks like weâ€™re going to stop.
Hasumiï¼š Weâ€™re stopped at a station now. Should I get off?
Takeshi: You should definitely get off.
Hasumiï¼š OK. I got off. Iâ€™m on the platform. I don’t know this station.
Takeshi: I’ll come and pick you up. What’s the name of the subway station? I’ll find it on Google Maps.
Hasumiï¼š It doesn’t have a name.
Takeshi: Come on. It has to have a name
Hasumiï¼š I canâ€™t see any name.
Takeshi: Do you see any signs?
Hasumiï¼š They all say Subway Station.
Takeshi: How about a timetable?
Hasumiï¼š Nothing. Anyway, I can’t take a train back. All the trains stop at midnight.
Takeshi: If there’s a timetable on the wall, it should have the name of the station on it.
Hasumiï¼š There’s nothing on the walls.
Takeshi: Well, just go up the escalator and see if you can find any signs etc.
Takeshi: Anything yet?
Takeshi: Go outside. See if there are any street signs.
Hasumiï¼š There’s nothing out here.
Takeshi: Are there any buildings nearby?
Hasumiï¼š Yes. Some. But it doesn’t look like there are any people in them. The lights are all off.
Takeshi: I don’t know what to do. I’m freaking out
Hasumiï¼š Don’t worry. Iâ€™ll leave the station and look for a taxi or something.
Takeshi: Good idea. Be careful.
Hasumiï¼š It’s really cold out here.
Takeshi: Take care of yourself.
Hasumiï¼š Still no taxis or anything. What should I do?
Takeshi: Maybe there’s a phone booth nearby. You could call a taxi.
Hasumiï¼š And tell them what? I don’t know where I am.
Takeshi: This is getting desperate. You could call the operator and ask them to trace the call.
Hasumiï¼š I don’t see any phone booths. It’s like I’m in the middle of nowhere.
Takeshi: Flag down the next car that goes by. Tell them it’s an emergency.
Hasumiï¼š The streets are really deserted. I haven’t seen any cars go past while I’ve been here. I’m really scared.
Takeshi: Don’t worry about it.
Hasumi: That’s easy for you to say. You’re safe and warm at home. I’m the one who’s stuck out here. I’m going to freeze to death.
Takeshi: Don’t panic. It’s OK. We’ll get through this.
Hasumiï¼š Youâ€™re right. Sorry. I’m calm now. Iâ€™ll just walk along the highway until I see a car.
Takeshi: Just be careful.
Hasumiï¼š Of course.
Takeshi: I’m worried about you.
Hasumiï¼š The lights on the highway just went out. It’s pitch black. I can’t see a thing
Takeshi: That’s it. I’m calling the police.
Hasumiï¼š How will they find me?
Takeshi: I don’t know. But they can look.
Hasumiï¼š This is bad. This is really bad.
Takeshi: Can you see anything at all?
Hasumiï¼š Not much.
Takeshi: Is it really safe to walk along a road youâ€™ve never seen before in the cold and the dark?
Hasumiï¼š I honestly donâ€™t know what to do anymore.
Takeshi: Be careful that your cell phone battery doesnâ€™t run out. Itâ€™s your lifeline now.
Hasumiï¼š I can hear something in the distance. A weird noise.
Takeshi: What is it?
Hasumi: It sounds like drums. Drums or bells.
Takeshi: What could it be?
Hasumiï¼š I’m just going to keep moving.
Takeshi: Maybe it would have been safer to wait at the station until sunrise…
Takeshi: Just go back to the station, Hasumi. If you get lost, going back to where you started is the best thing to do.
Hasumi: There’s a tunnel up ahead.
Takeshi: Donâ€™t go into the tunnel. It’s not safe. You could get hit by a car. Just give up for tonight. Wait for the first train in the morning.
Hasumiï¼š I just heard someone behind me shouting. When I turned around there was a man with only one leg standing about 10 meters behind me. Then he disappeared. Iâ€™m so scared, I canâ€™t think straight.
Takeshi: Get out of there. Can you make it through the tunnel on your own?
Hasumiï¼š Iâ€™m so frightened. I’m afriad to look behind me. I want to go back to the station but I canâ€™t turn around.
Takeshi: No. Run. Donâ€™t you dare turn back.
Hasumiï¼š I canâ€™t run. I canâ€™t even walk anymore. The sound of the drums is getting closer.
Takeshi: Calm down and listen to me, ok? If you make it through the tunnel, youâ€™ll be safe.
Hasumi: I called my parents. My dad said heâ€™d call the police, but the sound is getting closer. I donâ€™t want to die.
Takeshi: Are you OK?
Hasumi: I fell and hurt my leg. Iâ€™ve been crying so my face is a mess.
Takeshi: OMG. I wish I knew how to help you.
Hasumi: Iâ€™m still alive. Iâ€™m bleeding from when I fell and the heel broke off my shoe.
Takeshi: Just keep going. Don’t stop. Once you come out of the tunnel, let me know right away.
Hasumi: I made it out of the tunnel. The sound keeps getting closer.
Takeshi: If you see a house, maybe you can take shelter there.
Hasumiï¼š Thereâ€™s someone standing in the distance. It looks like a man and he’s got a car.
Takeshi: Someone just standing there at this time of night? Thatâ€™s suspicious…
Hasumi: I’m going to ask him for help.
Takeshi: Wait, Hasumi! Don’t trust that guy! Something’s not right!
Hasumiï¼š Sorry for worrying you. This guy turned out to be a very kind person. He even offered to give me a ride home.
Takeshi: That person sound fishy! Why would he be waiting on the highway at this time of night? I don’t like the sound of this.
Hasumi: Weâ€™re heading towards the mountains. He’s taking me away from the city. He wonâ€™t speak at all anymore.
Takeshi: Hasumi, get out of the car!
Hasumi: Things are getting strange. Heâ€™s started mumbling nonsense to himself. My battery is almost finished. Iâ€™ll look for my chance and run.
Takeshi: I love you.
Hasumi: I love you.
This was the last communication anyone ever received from Hasumi. At exactly 03:00AM, her cell phone dropped off the map. She was never seen or heard from again.