Do you need, desire or crave a new challenge? Are you open to sharing your dark side? Then read on.
Do you have a dark side?
Or, think you may have one. Or indeed worry that you might have one. Or, for that matter, worry that you don’t and would like one? If so, join me here each week for dark | side | thursday.
Over a period of 52 weeks, I am writing a story. A dark story that will unfold as the weeks pass. Each Thursday, at 13:00 UTC, I will post a new chapter. Each chapter will be exactly 500 words long, and will be accompanied by a photograph. You can catch up on the story so far by clicking here on dark | side | thursday
Share your dark side?
I invite you to join me either by writing your own dark story, week by week, or, if that is too much, by dropping by, now and then, perhaps when the mood suits you or, perhaps, when it doesn’t, and by sharing a photograph, poem or a suitably dark piece of prose. To cross over to dark | side | thursday create your post, tag it dark side thursday and link to it by clicking on the dark | side | thursday badge below, where you can also find all the contributions so far. Or you can simply share your link in the comments section of my weekly post. And, should the mood take you, you can add the badge to your post.
dark | side | thursday | fourteen
He pushed the door open, there, in front of him, his desk.
And on it the box lay open. He had taken the key when he had last left this room, walking along the corridor, expectant, remembering his anguish as he reached the dark stairwell.
And then? What? His mind blank. Or unwilling to comprehend, not wanting to believe.
And yet. The acrid taste in his throat, his nostrils, tugged at his memory. Sharp scratches scored deep into the flesh of his back demanding he remember.
Remember her? And then he did. And what he had done. With, and to her.
He sat down heavily. His elbows on the desk. His head in his hands. Her screaming echoing in his skull, would it ever stop? He reached into his pocket, took the flask, pushed it against his mouth, drank deep. Then drank again. And again.
Fighting for air, gasping and straining. Her eyes blinked open. Darkness. Endless total darkness, no sound, nothing. She was freezing cold, soaking wet and shivering. She moved her hand, intent on raising it to her face, her hand struck something, hard and unyielding. In the darkness fingers scraped against splintered wood, sharp slivers sliding straight under her split and torn finger nails. She tried to shift her body, realising she could not move, jerked her head from side to side, scraping her face against more splinters, more blood flowed. Then she realised. She was trapped. Inside a box. Nausea overwhelmed her, she frantically pressed and heaved, and once more began to scream.
The clear cold liquid burned down his throat. Flared inside his belly. Easing the pain that coursed through his entire being. He slammed the flask down on to the desk.
The screaming inside his head, her screams, the screams that had driven him deeper, would not stop.
He felt the key in his hand. It felt alive. He ran his fingers over its dark indentations, imagining it sliding slickly into the opening for which it was designed, wanting to turn it, feel the movement, feel it unlock that which should never be released.
And that screaming. Would not stop.
He turned his head back to the door, at last realising the screams inside his head were real, not merely the remnants of what had gone before. Real screams, screams of terror and panic. Her screams.
He stood, again, and walked back to the door. Opened the door and stepped once more into the corridor.
His blood froze as he saw the rough hewn box, wider at one end than the other, that lay in the corridor, the floor covered with dark foul smelling water, water running down the tiled walls, dripping from the ceiling, water lapping against the side of the box. The screaming, frenzied, despairing, came from deep within.
The key. The key was in his hand, still. He knelt in the water. At the head of the box, in the centre, a dark slot.
He slid the key inside, and turned.
The portal to dark | side | thursday opened on the twenty first day of may in the year twenty hundred and fifteen and will remain open for fifty two weeks.
fourteen | fiftytwo