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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

When past sins become due

    The lonesome howl of a wolf wakes me up from the deep sleep whose tentacles refused to let go. Sticking my head out the bed sheet, I looked out of the solitary window and saw the moon making its journey westward to other lands. It is a misty morning with a hint of sunshine. The birds are just starting shake their sleep off and the town in the valley is still shrouded in darkness. The lights of the long haul trucks can be seen as they snake through the town and one can hear the engine hum and the occasional horn blaring nonstop and the abandoned train station through which the single track railway line runs always reminded me of a bygone era.

    Sleep slowly lost its hold on me as I got out of the bed. My body was stiff and muscles sore from the events of last night. Looking at the room, I felt a deep emptiness that refused to go away yet the house just started back with is dead eyes as if to mock me with its empties. The room was once more as empty as it was the day before. Throwing the bed sheet off, I sat on the edge and wondered what my next course of action will be. I ran my hand across my face and thought of getting a shave and a bath before heading down to clear up the cobwebs in my mind some hearty breakfast and plan out my next move.

    Electricity poles, town lights and small houses started to turn off their lights as the night slowly turned into day. Time rolled on till I lost track of time. I had all but forgotten about the last few nights and the events that seemed like happened in another lifetime until I pulled the sheets and pillow covers out onto the floor, I heard a sound which not only startled me but took my breath away. It seemed like a ghost from my past had returned to haunt me once more.

    Minutes turned into hours as I started at the door wondering what to do. The sudden rough knock in the door had startled me and had thrown me into panic as I was able to feel what was beyond the door. The door creaked open on its own and a strong earthy smell permeated the room and the sound of mountains grinding against each other filled my ears. The yellow light from the lamp hanging above started to shake and swing wildly throwing shadows which cast wildly gyrating shadows into the room which seemed to leer and mock my very existence as the resident God of this forsaken outpost eyed me with his lone eye and hissed that the past sins were due asked if I was coming down or not. I growled at him to leave me be and I’ll be there in a bit. Looking out the window one last time before I left, I felt the storm still raging inside me as the dim grey light filtered through the curtains.

    I could feel the static build up behind me. As I turned around, I saw the strange being grinding his teeth , clenching and unclenching his hands in sheer anger. Pushing the chair away, I got up and started to walk to escape its anger. I twirled around as I heard a wooden board splinter near me. Running blindly down the empty corridor, my heart started to pound and felt like it was ready to pop out of my chest. Looking back, I saw that the corridor was empty except for me. Unsure of what I heard, I started to back up until I reached the walls. I got the sensation that the walls were smooth, rough, and alive as it seemed to move and pulsate under my skin. Stepping forward and turning around, I grimaced as if I had touched a burning piece of charcoal, I let out a gasp. Heavy footsteps were heard running towards me, yet I paid no heed to them as a crack in the wall appeared. The crack slowly widened to reveal a staircase leading to some dark room below. A hand roughly grasped my arm and yanked me around. A face which had gone blood red and was mashing his teeth together like a beast gone mad. “How dare you think you could escape my wrath? It is the time for you to test your sanity and humanity. Some things are not meant to be seeked out. You shall pay a heavy price for disturbing the sleep of the elder Gods.” Was all he said as he stood besides me as at the horrors that seemed to spill forth from the very depths of hell and pooled around him as if waiting for some unspoken command.

    I felt hypnotized and drawn by the deep dark well of darkness that lay within the door, yet I was torn between paralyzing fear and the desire to embrace the darkness. As I started to lose my mind to the horrors that seemed to eat away my sanity, I started to squirm backwards looking for an escape till I reached the very edge of the room. The only sound I heard was harsh laughter and a snarl. Not being able to back any further, I started to push myself up with my back towards the wall while grimacing in fear as one nightmarish scene after another played through my mind. Something seemed to slither and tighten around me as I lost consciousness. The darkness began to clear as I groggily regained my senses and claw back from the nameless horror pits which I had been dragged to. I woke up after what seemed like many eons as the horrors which flooded my mind seemed just to nibble at the very edges for the moment and I slowly started to sit up. I could not recall how I got down here

    The rolling and churning wall of darkness seemed to surround me. Standing there hypnotized, I stared at the shapeless wisps of smoke which descended down towards me, whispered strange hypnotic words and melted into nothing once more. I really don’t know how much time passed by, yet when I came back to my senses I noticed utter silence. A few pockets of mist solidified in the deep dark pools, merged into a one and started to twirl round and round while a banshee like sound was heard. Looking for an escape from this madness, I looked upwards and saw a staircase with an open door which seemed to call me out. It looked familiar yet different at the same time. In the near total darkness, I stumbled and fell a few times. As I neared the staircase, the stench became unbearable. In the dim light, I saw that what thought was water was blood and there were a few bodies stacked under the stairs out of which one seemed like a new addition. There was a gaping wound in the chest and the throat seemed to be slit. Blood still seemed to be oozing out and pooling around the body. As I took a closer look, I recoiled in horror as it seemed like my own.

    As I started to take one hesitant step after another, I felt the darkness solidify around me and intrude into my mind once more. The images which I thought long gone returned with a vengeance as I fell to my knees and cried out in pain and utter horror. The darkness that gripped me relaxed and the horrors receded into the fringes. Something seemed to growl, snap and nip at my heels as if it wanted me to leave quickly as if it was done toying with me for the moment. I started to back up the stairs while trying to look into the darkness that seemed to follow me to the very top.