- Dec 11, 2007
- Under the Electric Sky
Solstice: First Equinox
In the Dead of Night
In the Dead of Night
An empty hallway. All the lights flickered in a menacing way. Running was the only way out. Fighting was never an option. Not for him. The darkness grew too fast for him to fight. In his dreams, it always overtakes him and consumes him. This time he had gotten farther than ever before. The door out was just around the corner. He ran forward quickly. As he made a sharp turn to the right, he realized his mistake. The shadows were there... waiting. They grew, taller and taller, consuming the hallway. The flickering light was swallowed. He tried to scream, but it was too late. It filled him. It was over.
Alex woke screaming. He checked to see if he had woken anyone up. After a minute of sitting in silence, he breathed a sigh of tense relief. The same dream every night? He sat wondering how many times he had had it by now.
He had been having that same dream for about four years now. Ever since his thirteenth birthday, its been the same one. Running through an empty building, being chased by a growing cloud of darkness and shadows. He always reached the flickering lights but never farther... except for tonight. Tonight, Alex had made it all the way to the exit of that dark building. Now his dream seemed hopeless. When he has finally reached the door, the shadow is just there waiting for him.
He stared at the clock for a good five minutes before the time finally registered in his head.
In only three hours, he would have to get up for another boring, ordinary day at school. Alex sighed again and rested his head back down on his pillow in an attempt to fall back asleep. All the while praying that he wouldn't have that dream again.
The sounds of closing lockers, ringing cell phones, and teachers yelling at students for being late for class. Alex filled his backpack with what he needed for his first two classes of the today. He took the homemade lunch out and placed it in his locker to wait until lunch in a few hours. he closed his locker fast and hard to keep it from jamming.
He walked down the halls feeling alone and dejected. Having his dream always left him feeling especially drained. At least he had the school carnival to look forward to tonight. Friday was the only day he ever liked. He didn't know why, it just was. Hopefully he would have a good time tonight with his friends.
The back parking lot of the high school was the largest in the whole town. It was filled with small booths for games and food. There was even a ferris wheel and a small coaster on the football field. People all around had smiling faces and seemed to be having a good time.
Alex was walking with three of his closest friends, Courtney, Jacob, and Reese. They all had had a great time so far. Alex and Jacob got into a big argument over actually won their game at the basketball-shootout booth. Courtney and Reese simply giggled like the girly-girls that they were. As they walked along, Jacob pointed out a fortune-telling tent.
"Come on," insisted Jacob. 'Lets all get our fortunes told. It'll be good for a quick laugh. What do you say?"
After a minute of "pathetic begging" (as Reese so frankly put it), the four friends entered the tent together and waited for the fortune teller to appear.
Slowly the purple curtains opened to reveal a majestic looking woman. She wore a bright green veil and a long Indian looking dress of a similar color. When all of them stood up, she cut them off with a motion that commanded them to sit down again.
"I only speak to one at a time," said an elegant voice from behind the green veil. "Who will be first?"
One at a time, each of them entered the room with the fortune teller. First was Reese, followed by Courtney and then Jacob. Each of them came out looking serious but quickly started laughing at what they had been told.
"I seem to recall a fourth?" The voice echoed from behind the curtains. Alex stood up giving a big stupid smile and two thumbs up to all his friends just before going beyond the curtains.
"Please sit down." Looking around, Alex saw things that scared him to his very core. All around the room, on the shelves surrounding him, were jars filled with what looked like human body parts and strange animal fetuses. Just the sheer sight of it was enough to make him gag a little. "What do you want to know about?"
Alex ran over a few funny, dumb questions in his head. Each one made him laugh a little inside. But then one question caught his attention. He realized it was the one thing he wanted to know.
"Well..." Alex hesitated at first. "I want to know what my recurring dream really means."
"Ah," the fortune-teller replied. "Give me your hands and explain what this dream is about."
Alex slowly revealed the contents of his dream to the fortune-teller. When he got to the part about reaching the exit, the lady gasped in a very demonic way. Her eyes opened and they glowed a strange black color. When she spoke, the voice of a demon erupted from her mouth.
"The shadows will become you! You will never escape their power! You must awaken to your true potential and end the cycle! I am thou! Thou art I! Become the shadows themselves!!"
Alex freaked out and fell backwards out of his chair. Suddenly he was breathing heavily. As soon as he broke contact with her, the lady's eyes returned to normal. She looked at him and he could tell she looked worried.
"What is wrong young man? You look very pale."
Alex stood up quickly and stumbled back into the waiting room. His friends looked up at him with eager expressions but they immediately changed to expressions of fear and worry.
"I need to get home. I'm not feeling too well," was all he could get out.
He ran as fast as he could all the way back home. His friend Jacob had given him a ride in the first place but at this point he didn't really care.
Alex slowed down a bit when he was only a block away from his house. His breathing had become much heavier in the past few minutes of running. His mind raced with images of the possessed fortune-teller and the shadows in his dreams.
What the hell was that? Did I imagine it or was all that real?
Suddenly, he got a very worried feeling. He felt like something was forgotten at home. It caught him off guard and so he picked up running again.
Alex ran up the front steps of his house, busted open the front door as fast as he could. He scaled the stairs in less than a second. He ran right past his bedroom to his parents' room.
Being careful he opened the door, and saw that his parents were both asleep. He breathed a quick sigh of relief then remembered his little sister. After closing the door on his parents, he continued on down the hall to his little sister Illiana's room. He slowly opened the door as silently as possible. Alex quickly surveyed the area and saw nothing out of the ordinary. He closed the door to her room and walked back to his.
Before opening the door to his room, Alex leaned forward and rested his head against it. Maybe I was just imagining things after all. He slowly turned the doorknob and opened the door.
Upon entering the room, Alex looked up and saw something more frightening than anything he would ever see in his life.
There in the corner opposite his door, hung a large cloud of shadows.
-to be continued-
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