The darkness caresses holding tightly through the night. Silence is deafening, only the ever faint whisper of the breeze as it rustles the leaves. The only sign that your still alive. As pitch holds its embrace, like a child clinging to its mother. Every movement, no matter how small, and the shadows move in perfect rhythm not releasing it’s embrace.
Heart racing as you run faster, trying to outpace the blackness with no use it never lags behind. Stopping to catch your breath the darkness invading your throat, choking you. As you spit and cough, the invasion of darkness seeps into your every pore, weighing you down to your core.
Slowly pushing forward, tripping over your own feet, barely able to see where you’re going. Guided by only the sound of the leaves crunching under feet. You stumble and fall reaching for anything and nothing at all. The heart beats so strong you feel it throbbing in your eardrums as you fumble along. Are you farther into the darkness or is this the way to the light?
The trepidation building inside as you keep asserting yourself in forward motion. Unable to stop, fearing what may be lurking in the dark, can not stop now your only wish is for a light. Chest heaving as you turn a corner, stopping abruptly as just ahead is the dull shimmer of light. Hastily moving towards the solace of the illumination ahead, the feeling overcomes you so strong, the feeling of dread.
As your breathing slows and the glow from the streetlight grows, it occurs to you what if your safer in the darkness, wrapped in the night? What if your fear is awaiting for you to see, whats been right there with you the entire time. The questions race through your mind as you move slower now, one step at a time.
If what you have been running from wasn’t the darkness but what you feared was there. As your mind races you become more aware. The sound of others rapid breathing now ringing in your ears. If it so happens that the fiends of the night have been with you through this entire plight. What if they attack when they are visible and the blanket of protection has been the night you’ve been running from.
Continuing forward every so slowly now, questioning the safety of the light, you hear branches breaking behind you in the night. Are you safer here in pitch darkness, should you now run from the light. Your mind is in shambles, racing to know. The heart in your chest heavy with dred, what if you step into the light and the monsters are fed.
As you stand on the outermost circle of light you see movement beyond the circle in the darkness of night. The heavy panting evident now. One more step that’s what it will take to release you from fear or seal your fate.