16 Sep Don’t Be Afraid
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I was thrown into an inescapable void, and the depths of my soft blankets were the only protection I had from the shadows that seeped from the corners of my bedroom. After retreating into the safety of my blanket, I realized I had forgotten to turn on my fan. My hands shook and the back of my neck tensed.
Don’t be afraid.
I exhaled and hot breath moistened my face. I waited a moment before I reached through an opening. The warm strands of the blanket tickled my arm, and soon I felt the cooler air brush against my fingertips. I gasped and my arm snapped back into the protection.
Don’t be afraid.
I slid my hand across the smooth surface of my bedsheets and, again, cool air brushed my fingertips. I gulped and blindly reached farther. My fingers made contact with a hard, plastic object. I searched and discovered a button, then pressed it three times for the highest setting. The powerful jet stream of icy air raced through the opening in my blanket, and froze the vapor on my cheeks. I exhaled and slid my arm back undercover.
After a few minutes, my eyes slid shut listening to the whir of the fan.
Suddenly, a soft creak came from the closet. My eyes flew open and the hair on my neck pulled on my pores. I turned my head. My breathing shook and became heavier. I slowly lifted one hand above my head and grabbed the edge of the blanket.
Don’t be afraid.
I squeezed my eyes shut and quickly pulled down the blanket. My body tensed as I felt the liquid, open darkness wash over me. My eyelids trembled, refusing to see what had caused the creak.
The raspy whisper barely overpowered the fan and tickled my eardrums. I froze and forced my eyes open. I searched through the darkness, and my body shot back a few inches.
That is when I saw it.
Standing in between the two, open sliding doors of my closet was a tall, thin thing with a slouch; its arms hung useless. Its white, marble-shaped eyes and crooked grin gave me chills. Its teeth were greenish-brown with splotches of-what looked like-blood. Its eyes pierced into mine; I couldn’t look away. It tilted its head.
I scrambled up. My heart beat thumped against my chest.
“Wh-Who are you?” I managed to squeeze out of my dry throat.
I am you.
I swallowed cold air; my pores loosened.
“How are you me? Y-You look nothing like me,” I squinted at it as I slid my tongue across my slippery, front teeth. Only the frost of mint lingered.
I am you.
I stopped myself from asking again. I squeezed my eyes shut and held my breath before opening them. It was still there.
“How?” I whispered to myself. I ran my rough palm down my cold face.
Suddenly, there was a rugged breathing behind me. My eyes widened and my body tensed.
It is sad you cannot see.
A cold, large, bony hand landed on my shoulder, and a shiver shot through my spine.
I can help you.
Do not be afraid
My shoulders eased at ‘help.’
“Help me?” I asked as my hand fell from my face. My eyes searched the void; I could barely make out shapes.
I allowed myself to relax.
The air immediately became thinner. It was becoming harder to breathe. My lungs were heavy, as if they were filled with water. My eyes widened and I clawed at my chest as I thrashed about violently on my bed.
Do not fight it.
My bed disappeared from underneath me. My mouth opened to gasp, but there was nothing entering my desperate lungs. I expected to hit the ground; instead, I fell through a dark void. My eyes darted around the thick darkness for the glimmering hope I sought.
There was nothing. There would never be anything.
I am no longer afraid.
I am the darkness.
Credit To – Isabella Summers
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