- For the character, see Elliot (character).
Elliot is the second episode of the second season of Two Sentence Horror Stories, which aired on January 12, 2021.
I don’t have many friends.
That’s why I keep their bodies in the basement.
Elliot, a FtM transgendered person, is beset by discrimination at school, being made to play with the girls in gym (who detest Elliot's presence). A music teacher forgets that Elliot's name changed from "Elsa", and when Elliot goes to the bathroom the principal himself blocks access to the stalls, prompting Elliot to leave in shame. Eventually making it into the school's basement, Elliot finds a bathroom there, but loiters about afterward, not yet wanting to return.
The basement, clearly a dilapidated work zone with occasional sparks even, begins to take on an eery atmosphere, with a faint scream heard in the distance, which soon blasts out at full volume. As Elliot stares, a strange woman with glowing blue eyes rises up right behind Elliot, but on turning, it only turns out to be a simple janitor who becomes startled by Elliot. She's quite amicable with Elliot, looking at the band instrument and Elliot's songbook, becoming impressed by it.
Although there's a tense moment where the janitor is hesitant to return the songbook, she takes the opportunity to side with Elliot, deriding the "nasty little people with nasty little hearts" in the upper levels of the school, making Elliot smile. She then offers Elliot some pistachios and they sit together, eating. She prompts Elliot to talk about being bullied, and then offers Elliot an ancient Ocarina to borrow for a day — in exchange for a page from Elliot's songbook. The Ocarina is a magical instrument, and when someone pours their pain into it, "they feel it".
The next time Elliot is accosted, this time in the girl's bathroom, Elliot plays the instrument and a ringing blast surges outward, torturing the girls nearby. After the blast subsides, the girls are terrified and promise never to bother Elliot again, quickly fleeing. Immensely pleased by the Ocarina, Elliot returns to the janitor and tells her about the incident. The janitor offers to give away the Ocarina forever in exchange for Elliot's full songbook, but Elliot is hesitant to part with it, wondering why the janitor values it so highly. She responds that Elliot poured immense time and soul into the book, that its value derives from the value ascribed to it, but still Elliot will not part with it. The janitor goes to leave, citing other work to be done, but Elliot has a change of heart at the last moment, and relinquishes the songbook in exchange for the Ocarina, saying "I can always write new songs".
Meanwhile, Tony, the big brother of one of the girls Elliot tormented with the Ocarina, learns of his little sister's abuse and goes on the hunt for Elliot. Tony finds Elliot just after the exchange with the janitor, demanding answers, retribution. Although Elliot protests innocence, saying the girls started the abuse first, Tony won't hear a word of it and knocks the Ocarina from Elliot's hands. The Ocarina, however, returns to its master, flying up the stairs and slamming into Elliot's hand, who blows it.
The effects of the Ocarina are far more detrimental now, causing a compound fracture in the boy's wrist and slamming him back against the wall, sending him into shock. Elliot goes to class, but is unsettled by what happened and soon goes to leave — however, yet another has come for justice against Elliot's misdeeds, and this time it's none other than Principal Myers. He demands answers and won't let Elliot leave, but the Ocarina returns straightaway to Elliot, who picks it up and blows it once again.
Once again the effects are far worse, distorting Principal Myers in horrendous ways and allowing Elliot to flee downstairs to the janitor. There, Elliot discovers two of the missing kids' corpses inside lockers, and a third, empty locker, which the janitor proclaims is for Elliot. The janitor goes on to explain that the important thing is the essence of pain that will live on in the Ocarina forever, but Elliot protests that "I am more than just my pain". Elliot tries to toss the Ocarina aside, but, faithful as ever, the Ocarina returns to Elliot's hand. The janitor backs into the darkness, saying to "hurt or get hurt", even as Principal Myers closes in.
Myers declares Elliot to be a danger and attacks, so, naturally, Elliot plays the Ocarina a third time, dropping Principal Myers to the ground. The janitor commends this, noting that she herself cannot be hurt, but Elliot doesn't try to hit her with Myers' rebar — Elliot instead smacks the Ocarina with it. Panicking, the witch offers to return the songbook, threatening to destroy Elliot's musical talents if the Ocarina is destroyed, but Elliot does not believe the witch and smashes the Ocarina into pieces. The witch vanishes with it.
The other two children are then freed from the lockers, and become Elliot's friends. Although Elliot grows into old age, writing down these experiences in a new book, the witch never forgets what happened.