I used to think that darkness only came to test the fear of the unknown that exists in all of us.
Then darkness became an escape, it became the way out.
I felt lost in empty space.
It was the quiet of the night. The sun had already set, and the stars scattered throughout the sky like diamonds.
The sky began to drown in black, like ink had spilt on the paper of a hopeless writer.
The night fell silently over the woods.
For just a moment, I felt trapped and lost again. The darkness suddenly embraced me tightly, so tightly that my lungs felt heavy, and the only word that could spill from my pale lips was “Help”.
I couldn’t breathe.
The night had come and it slowly tried to stop me.
I came to my senses as I sat near the cabin outside under the stars.
I managed to free from the strong embrace and allowed myself to catch my breath for a moment.
From behind me, a voice quietly called my name. It was a voice that I could recognize anywhere.
The tone of the voice was sweet, but it always sounded the slightest bit sad. It lacked a musical sound, but still made me smile.
As I turned to greet my company, I felt a jolt.
Moments later, I found myself staring into a bright light.
How strange, darkness to light in a matter of seconds… Yet I still felt trapped.
I could finally see that I wasn’t in the woods any longer.
I had never been to the woods.
I came to accept that it was only a dream, and turned my head toward the hospital room window.
Outside I saw darkness.
It was night.
But I would not leave this bed or this hospital room. Doctors? Where are they? They’re gone now. I am left here on my own… Why did they leave me here alone?