I opened up my eyes and all I saw was an orange color room. Pushing myself up onto my arms, I felt a tug of wires connected to the ventilator. Where was I? The place didn’t look anything like a hospital room at all. It was just too bright, making me feel uncomfortable. Was the hospital trying new things with the walls or am I in a whole different place? Or maybe I was finally tripping, making me wonder if all that medicine that might have put me under was the cause of this strange place. Still, I yanked the tubes out of me, and placed my feet on the cold marble ground.
With a shudder, the cold shot up through my legs, and into my body. Luckily they were no A/C on or this would be a whole different experience. One thing I disliked was the cold and the marble floor was pushing it.
I couldn’t help but think this was the after life, but the cold reality of cold floor pushed away such thoughts and left me wondering if I passed out from an heart attack. That could explain the excruciating pain that I had felt near my heart, and the tingle like effect it had on my body when waking up. Now that I think about it, my family does have a history of heart attacks, and high cholesterol. My mother did pass away from a heart attack when I was sixteen, so it shouldn’t be much a surprise I would get it as well.
Still wearing nothing but a bed sheet like shirt that reached up to my ankle wasn’t helping either. They were no other furniture around me, instead the bed was in the middle of the room and across from me and adjacent to it was a black tinted glass wall. Strange. Why is there a glass wall? Maybe it’s like those movies, where the glass window turns on to allow light to come through. I couldn’t help myself, but walk forward towards the glass wall and tap at it hoping that it would do something.
So far all I heard was the hollow sound of the glass wall. Knocking, it simply followed after with silence. Nothing happen, making me feel absolutely stupid for even trying it. Still it was worth a shot, doing nothing might actually make me go crazy and such thought didn’t sit well with me.
A loud sound of metal sliding against metal could be heard as some kind of bolt move in place. With a sharp turn towards my left, I saw a bit of the wall moving eventually becoming a small door. Out stepped an elderly nurse that seem to be in her fifties. She was wearing the simple attire of blue, her hair tied neatly into a bun, her hawk-like eyes and pointy nose made me wonder if she could poke someone’s eyes out with it the way she held herself.
“Hello Mr. Tyger. It seems that you are well and awake.”
I took a step forward, trying to form many sentences in my mind to ask her a question, but she beat me to it.
“I know you are quite surprised that you are here.” She walked over towards the bed, where she checked the machine. “But you had an heart attack and brought here to Mosaic Hospital.” With a click of her pen, she started to jot down notes.
For a moment there, I thought I caught a strange flicker or maybe it was a sparkle around her. I blinked a couple more times, trying to make sure that my sight was alright, I swear the medication really made my eyes feel weird.
“Heart attack?” I asked.
“Yes, the accumulation of constant stress wore out your body.”
Stress. Who would’ve thought it was the number one leading cause of my death? This made me prioritize my thoughts about living. Being in a high constant stressful situation wasn’t something I ever wanted to go through again, especially for my weak heart that couldn’t handle it anymore than it could.
“So, why this room though?” My hand rubbed my eyes a couple more time, but the glimmer around her didn’t disappear. Instead, it intensified, making me feel like I was really tripping. The swirl of black that seem to spark with a tinge of red, and even weird shapes that reminded me of picture test that psychiatrist used. “The orange color walls a norm around here?”
She stopped, clicked her pen away into her front pocket, and stood up straight. “This room is for our….’special’ cases.”
“Special? I don’t think heart attacks are anything special. What, one out of every human’s possibly gets it.” I weakly chuckled at my stupid joke.
The nurse body tightened, and her voice went up an octave. “I’m not sure how to tell you this, but you had died for a couple of minutes Mr. Tyger.”
When she said the word died, the word didn’t even register in my mind. I died? Really? Wow. That was a complete eye opener, making me feel even more appreciated that I was given a second chance to even be alive. My heart swelled in happiness, I felt like a changed man. I had hold off on death and won, coming back to life. This in itself was a monumental life changing achievement compared to anything else that I have ever went through.
“We usually bring people here with unusual circumstances like your case to help you transition into a…calmer atmosphere.”
Once again, when she stated that I was an abnormal case, I couldn’t help but wonder what exactly she was talking about. There wasn’t anything abnormal about me nor did I feel anything strange. The way she exaimned me with her beady eyes made me feel like I was some kind of specimen.
“I swear to you there really isn’t anything wrong with me.”
“We’re just making sure, Mr. Tyger. We don’t want you to go into an outbreak of uncontrollable emotions.”
This nurse really don’t get it does she? I mean what does it take for her to understand that they were nothing wrong. Each time she got annoyed, the slight glimmer around her seems to get stronger each passing moment, eventually to the point where I saw something black and wispy coming out of her body. I couldn’t help but stare. Was she on fire?
No, that’s not right. It look like she oozing out this weird smoke like energy from her body, making me wonder what was wrong with her. I for sure was normal, but her, she was a different case entirely.
“Mr. Tyer?” She snapped her finger in front of me.
“I’m sorry you were saying?”
With an annoyed sigh, she repeated herself. “Are you feeling alright? Do you have any headaches, aches, or pains anywhere throughout your body?”
“No.” I quickly replied.
The black flames around her seem to intensify, coming out of her in rapid succession. I couldn’t help but lean over towards the side, wondering where the a mass of dark flames were coming out from. I took a couple steps around her, and followed the trail of black flames. What made my eye turn wide in disbelief was that black wing like substance that were forming from her back.
Was that even natural? Wait, am I still awake or did I really go crazy and finally snapped? The better question is, why the heck does she have black wings?! Is that even a wing in the first place?
“Mr. Tyger why are you looking at my back?” Her voice was strained. I could feel that she was getting annoyed that I was ignoring her. To her maybe I look like a crazy person, but I swear I’m not. This whole energy black flaming wing thing was a first to me.
I raised up my hand and brushed my hair back. “This might be a strange question,” I carefully worded my words, thinking over a couple of times. The wings on her back got larger, eventually the black ghastly energy was slinking over her shoulders and down her chest.
“Go ahead. I’m listening.”
I took a step back, worried that I might get contaminated by the black energy that seem to wrap around her. Even scarier was that on closer inspection, the black energy was turning into some kind of black bug that was quickly running down her body and eventually melding into her skin.
What the hell was going on? From black wings to black bugs that reminded me of egyptian scarabs? I think I really need some sleep soon or I might actually go crazy if I stay awake any longer. It got to the point where the bugs were now crawling up towards her face, and seeing so many bugs on her body actually grossed me out completely.
“My. Tyger, what were you trying to say?” Her voice started to become lower, giving it a scratchy tone.
“Y-you have black b-b-bugs crawling all over you!” I yelled out in outburst, taking a few more steps away from her. Whatever it was that was taking over her body, I wanted no part in it whatsoever.
“Mr. Tyger?” She took a step forward me, wondering if I was alright. I on the other hand took more steps back. “What do they look like Mr. Tyger?”
“Black Scarabs.” I shuddered. The bugs eventually mixed in with her face, two curly horns with the end that had snake heads jutted out of her head. What was even more terrifying was that her face started to elongate into some nile crocodile with vicious white teeth that seem to glisten with hunger. The thought of being chomped by those suckers made me reel backwards faster.
“Black Scarabs?” Her voice was strained. She reached over, trying to calm me. Instead I flinched away, trying not to get touched by her claw-like hands. I was afraid that her claws would impale me if she got too close, especially if she knew what she look like.
“What the hell are you.” I spoke in complete disbelief, fear and bile rising up towards my throat.
“What do you mean Mr. Tyger? I am your nurse, doing a full check up on you.”
“Bull shit. You’re a monster!” I swore, back pedaling away from her as far as I could. “Why the hell do you look like a crocodile with wings?!”
For a moment there the nurse went complete silence, her normal color eyes quickly changed bloody red and a sinister smile appeared on her face. “Mr. Tyger. I think you need to rest. Why don’t you come lay back down. I can help you unwind so you’re not hallucinating. It’s the drugs that you been administered.”
I couldn’t help but freeze in what she had said, maybe it was the drugs that made me see things, but at the same time my instinct was telling me that what was in front of me was real. This was no illusion, especially because I could feel the sharp coldness of the marble floor jarring me awake, telling me that this was not fake.
Her hands once again started to reach out towards me, I viciously slapped it away, eventually my back hitting against the wall. “Get away from me demon!” I shouted, half in fear and half in hysteria. This was my first time, I felt terror and the lady in front of me was the cause of it all.
A foul smelling sulfur like substance lingered in the air, making my stomach turn. I never smelled a dead body before, but this was the first time I thought it might actually smell like it if I ever saw one. What was worse was that smell didn’t just stay for one to two seconds, it invaded my nose, making me cough hard.
Plus the temperature in the room quickly dropped. I could feel myself start to shiver, the glass walls started to fog. Even my breath started to form in front of me. What was surprising was that the demon lady wasn’t even affected at all. Instead she seem to grow stronger with each passing time.
“Mr. Tyger.” Her voice became deep as she growled in anger. “Get back to your bed.” She hissed, storming towards me.
“No!” I yelled frightened. My hands drew back and with a snap I hit her square in the face. She stumbled backwards, reeling in pain. Without thinking I pounced on her, my feet drew back as I viciously kicked at the monster on the ground. I wanted it down and gone, the thought of it eating me or worse killing me made me react out of pure instinct.
With a yell, the monster shouted out in pain, but just as quickly as she was down in matter of seconds, she rolled out of my stomp and got on her feet.
A feral growl erupted out of her throat, she glared at me with the full intent to kill. “Mr. Tyger. What the hell are you doing?! Are you trying to kill me?!” She shrilled in anger.
I didn’t give her a chance to attack first, and instead I bulldozed forward into her. We both made contact, she lifted up into the ground temporarily, but for some reason she didn’t fall down. Her black wings extended outwards, flapping behind her to the point of kicking up wind. I took the initiative and changed course if she didn’t wanted to fall. So instead of dropping her down, I threw her into the wall.
Her long snout snapped near my face, she tried her best to tear off my head. Luckily I was able to swivel my head away from her face before my ears could get chomped off. Her foot caught me on my stomach, sharp pain riddle my body as she kicked me backwards. For an elderly lady her size, she had quite a kick. I was flung towards the opposite side of the wall and that was a good distance away.
I felt my body collide, causing a temporarily black out. My chest felt constrained as air escaped. What was worse was moving caused electrifying shock to pulse through my body, I couldn’t move for a moment. All it took was that moment for her to appear before me, her hands wrapped around my neck choking me out.
“How did you know?” She hissed lowly that only I could hear. “No one should’ve been able to see me.”
My toes was touching the tip of the floor, I was trying my best to get her hands off my neck. So far, it was not happening and it made it ten times more difficult to breathe. I was starting to even see white spots as my breath became short.
“It’s not possible for your kind to see me, that’s why you humans are so easy to posses.” She chuckled. “Still you entertain me for the moment, now it would be best that you die here and now.”
I squirmed, using my hand to hit her hard across the face. She barely budged and instead didn’t even seem to feel it. Who would’ve thought the strength that I had wasn’t enough. Especially beaten up by a monster lady? How pathetic is that? Right? No. She’s a monster, and it made every sense why I was being trashed around like some kind of rag doll.
This was my second time, I was heading towards death. It was in the hands of a monster that wanted me actually dead, and not because of stress. Stress was a slow killer, but this monster lady wasn’t and I had no time to prepare for this whole fight.
I didn’t want to die a second time and with all my strength I could muster, my hands reached forward as I dug my fingers into her eye. She screamed, reeling backwards in pain. With a heavy thump, I slumped onto the ground, coughing up a storm. The fresh air made my throat constrict, I didn’t have time to stay on the ground.
With a grunt, I pushed myself off the ground and threw myself at her. We both clamored through mid-tumble, hitting ourselves against the bed. My right hand snake across her neck, I choked her out as best as I could. Her fingers dug into my skin, taking away pieces of me under her nails as trail of blood formed downward. She bulked hard, trying to squirm her way out.
I searched around for anything that could help me in choking her out. Not to far away from me, I saw what I was looking for. With quite a bit of struggling, eventually my left hand reached over and grabbed the cord in hand.
“Let me…go…you stupid human!” She coughed and hissed in between her breath. “When I get out of this I’m going to destroy you!”
“Not going to happen.” I bite down on my teeth, using muscles that I never thought I had, I wrapped the cord tightly around her neck.
When she pulled away from me, I grabbed both ends of the cord and pulled with all my might. My knee went into her shoulder, pushing down to give me that extra leverage that I needed. She clambered, and partially screamed in outrage.
“Come on. Come on. Come on. Quickly knock out!” I mumbled with half exasperation, tugging harder and harder with the cord. Her elongated jaws snapped open and close, trying to get towards me with every ounce of strength that she could muster. Black scarabs started to crawl out of her body and headed straight towards me.
Fear gripped my heart, I didn’t want those nasty critters crawling up my body. I could already feel their legs climbing up, heading straight for my face. I knew that if I let go right here and now, this crazy monster was going to kill me. There probably wasn’t going to be another god given chance like this and right now I was in a pickle.
Sharp stinging pain riddled my body, the beetles started to clamp down biting every inch of my exposed skin, causing severe pain I never thought a beetle could inflict. I wound up, wrapping the cord tighter and I pulled. Eventually the nurse started to turn white, her hand and feet twitched as she let out her last breath of life.
The only thing that didn’t seem to want to stop was the beetle. It just kept coming upwards towards my face, I had to use my elbow to knock them off, till finally I couldn’t hold on any longer and brought up my hand to whack them away.
I jumped up from the ground, and started to widely brushed them off myself. Majority of them fell on the floor as I begun to do a wild stomp dance, trying to get those beetles to die. The thought of them getting inside me made my skin crawl, and seeing a single one of them alive was something that I definitely didn’t want.
A few minutes past, all the beetles died under my feet, while the monster lady didn’t move on the floor. I leaned over, nudged her with my foot hoping that she wouldn’t spring up into action. The black swirls of energy around her started to dissipate, turning into mist.
Eventually, what was left was the body. I froze up in complete disbelief. She was back to her normal human self.
“Oh, shit.” I mouthed, realizing what I had done. “She’s dead.”
The thought of killing someone made the end of my hairs stand up. I had never killed anyone before, and right now what I have done would make me end up in jail. I stumbled backwards till I tripped and fell onto my butt.
I just killed an elderly. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. I just killed someone. The words kept repeating over and over again in my head, turning into a mindless chant. My life was over, I knew I was going to be charged with first degree murder.
Quickly, I sprung to my feet, and headed straight toward the same door that she came out from. My body slammed into the wall with shaky hands, I pushed myself through the door, almost spilling out and slamming into the opposite wall. Luckily no one was there, and all I could do was run.
I ran as if my life depended on it, each turn I swiveled, jumped, and even pushed aside anyone that was in my path. The thought of what happened in the past five minutes horrified me, I couldn’t stay here any longer. I was a wanted man.
“Excuse me!” Someone called out, trying to stop me from running through the halls.
“Hey!” My shoulders hit into a passing doctor, causing him to stumble backwards. “Watch where you’re going!”
I didn’t have time to say sorry. The thought of stopping wasn’t even an option.
“Somebody stop him!” Someone shouted. I look over my shoulder, and found men wearing black and red suits pointing their fingers at me.
“I said stop!” A buff bald looking man, ran up from the side. He bulldozed towards me, causing me to falter backwards. I used that opportunity to swivel out of his grasp, luckily he didn’t get a good grip on me to force me down into a submission.
Scrambling onto my feet, I bolted forward. Another man in a suit jumped forward, his hand grabbed onto the back of my shirt, jerking me backwards. I faltered as his hands snaked around my neck.
“Let go!” I shouted.
“Not going to happen.” He grunted. “You’re coming with us.”
“Damn it! It wasn’t my fault! I swear she was a demon!” I wildy tried to get out of his hold, I could feel the power building up in my muscle, prying him away. This was one time, I wished that I took some form of martial arts or even self defense, but so far I lucked out on that aspect of life. I didn’t see the punch coming from the side by another person, and his fist landed against the temple of my head. I saw white and the next thing I knew it, I crumpled on the ground knocked out.