Dark World

scary horrors2022/11/11 03:04
Dark World

It's dark. 

When you don't know where you are or how you've come to be there, even the simplest things can be supremely frightening.

So it was that when Walter awoke, his consciousness was confused and hazy, and the thing that he fixed on was the darkness. a darkness so thick and oppressive that it could've been a blanket—perhaps it was, for all that the disoriented boy knew. A quick rustle around his immediate area made it clear that no, he was not bound or covered by anything in particular—it was just... dark. 

He'd been awake for a few minutes, and his eyes hadn't yet adjusted as they normally would. In the back of his mind, Walter rationalized that this must mean that wherever he was, there was a true and complete absence of light—there was nothing for his eyes to adjust to, so waiting around in the hopes that he'd suddenly be able to see where he was going was a rather pointless endeavor.

He rose to his feet unsteadily and reached out to grasp—what? A wall? Anything, anything that might've been there to help him launch off of the ground. Nothing met his fingertips, and after an embarrassing moment of swaying, Walter tentatively took a few steps forward. He didn't run into anything, so he continued walking, slowly, with one hand out to his front and one to his side—just in case.

Hours passed as he walked. Or at least, he assumed that they did—total darkness, with no exposure to the grounding reference of the sun or moon, made it a bit difficult to figure out exactly how long he'd been in this... place. But Walter knew that logically, if he only kept walking, he would eventually end up somewhere. Even if it was a dead end, at least it would be reassuring to have found something concrete in this strange place.

Eventually, he is tired. He must have been walking all day—or night? Well, whichever; either way, it's been a long time. He plops down on the ground, falling a bit too quickly, and yelps a bit at the impact. It's then that he realizes that he hadn't tried to speak or call out at all until now—this was the first noise he'd made. How silly of him—what if there was someone else around, someone else lost in the darkness, who could help him? Cautiously, Walter tests out his voice, calls out, and asks, "Hello?" He is surprised by two things: first, that his voice was already so rusty and throaty from just one day of solitude; and secondly, and more importantly, that the sound of his voice does not carry at all. It's instantly swallowed up by the same damned darkness that's been surrounding him since he first woke. This realization sends a chill down his spine, and he tries to distract himself by talking himself into an attempt at sleep. After some hours spent laying there in the too-quiet darkness, he finally succumbs to a deep, dreamless sleep.

Waking up in the black is just as disorienting the second time, and that's not all that stays the same on Walter's second day in the... well, wherever he is. He walks just as long as he did the day before, only stopping when his body can go no further. He shouts a few times, but eventually gives it up as his voice is instantly absorbed, and he decides that his energy should be saved for his journey rather than wasted on needless yelling.

This goes on for a while.

Days cycle into months, and months into years. Or so Walter thinks. He doesn't really know, after all. In fact, he's made the decision to delude himself into believing that his perception of time is so messed up that it's really only been a few days; he tells himself this to quiet the sick feeling deep in his stomach that grows stronger with every step. Finally, he gives up. He stops walking and sits, then collapses backward onto the floor, staring up at what should be a sky or ceiling but in reality is just more darkness. Eventually, his breathing stops, and the quiet, dark world he finds himself in is truly silent once again, without even the sound of Walter's heartbeat for the blackness to absorb. And that is the end of Walter's story.

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