My feet pounded under me as I ran through the darkness. There was something in the black void behind me, chasing me. What it was I didn’t know, and part of me did not wish to find out. I was running through unfamiliar surroundings, in quintessence I was running from the strange, into the mysterious.
Voices echoing in my head wanted me to commit more depraved acts, hurting those that didn’t conform to their criterion. I screamed out, “NO! I won’t listen to you this time.” Racing through the pitch black, unable to see anything in front of me, my lungs burned with exhaustion as I struggled to inhale. I prayed for an escape, or some sort of light, so that I might see to escape from the vast, heinous region of darkness.
The dark atmosphere swallowed me as I ran through what seemed to be an endless tunnel. The voices, they laughed at me for being a coward and running away, but I was unable to control them now. They had become stronger as their number increased, taunting me, laughing at me for being a bit peculiar. I don’t know why they wouldn’t stop, or how they became my masters, but my life was no longer my own.
I screamed out, “No, I won’t do it anymore. I can’t hurt another human being just to satisfy your grotesque appetite for pain and domination.” The voices, they kept chattering, squawking inside my head. “Shut up!” I fell to the ground. “Please, just leave me alone.” I crawled along the ground, my head throbbing from all the noise.
Too exhausted to continue, I surrendered to the demons, letting them devour my mind and take control of my life. I felt the pain as they attempted to rip my flesh, pricking me with sharp objects. I screamed out for help, but no one could hear me inside the black pit that had become my life.
Suddenly, I heard a voice bringing me out of the darkness. “Mister Douglas, I’m just taking off the electrodes and giving you a shot of your medication. We are finished with your testing now. I’ll help you back to your room.”
As the nurse pushed me down the hall to my room, I saw their shadows sliding along the walls and on the ceiling. I sprang from the chair to run- anywhere, to get away. The men in white coats tackled me, strapping me to a bed.
“No.” I screamed. “They’re here. They’ve escaped.” I felt another needle prick my arm. My surroundings blurred. I drifted off. The demons were muted-for now.
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Inside a dark mind, I could run for an eternity, and never escape the wickedness that dwells inside.