Sample of: Choice and Consequence of "Normality" (Chapter 1)
Chapter 1 – Never-ending Nightmares
Someone wakes up in a dark room with two doors. One has a glass design of a naked male with blue flowers surrounding him while the other has a design of a naked female who is surrounded by red roses. The unknown individual walks through the female door and is presented by another set of two doors with one label yes and the other no.
“Do you know who you are?” a feminine voice asks.
The individual walks through the “Yes” door and a girl with markings on her body grabs the person and throws them into a pit of hands that grab them and pull them in while sinking them into a deep abyss.
A woman wakes up in her bed, sweaty and afraid.
She shakes off her feelings of fear and says, “Just another damn nightmare.”
She takes her medication then throws away the empty bottle.
“And these shitty medications don’t help.”
Her name is Rose, she’s twenty-five years old, and isn’t really anything special. She works as an accountant at a bank while living in an apartment in a city called Hillside City. She doesn’t talk to her family and only has one friend a man by the name of Richard. Today is another normal day for work so she gets dressed and walks to her job. Along the way things get strange as the morning sky becomes cloudy and the city foggy. The people who rush to work in cars, buses, and on foot see to vanish in the fog leaving Rose to walk the streets alone and confused. She tries to ignore what’s happening and keeps walking forward. Further into the fog, dark figures are seen on the edge of the fog, but don’t physically appear. What can only be described as a rusty machine is heard as Rose continues her way to work and as she gets closer, the fog seems to consume her, but as she enters the bank, everything goes back to normal. Rose checks outside to see if everything is normal and she sees the busy people that she was supposed to be seeing and the other people who walk the streets, but didn’t. She then immediately goes to her desk and takes her medication again that she keeps in her desk in case of emergencies.
Richard, a close friend of Rose, who has brown eyes, hair, and wears black clothes, with a red tie, approaches her and says, “Hey, how are you doing?”
“Just fine. You?”
“Really? Because I just saw you taking your pills. Don’t you take them at home?”
“Yes, but a normal dose doesn’t help.”
“Well try not to overdose alright?”
Suddenly, three armed robbers disguised in clown masks come in, shoot the guards, and demand money. Everyone including Rose and Richard get down as one of the robbers explain that they’re robbing the bank to get revenge on the government.
One person gets up in protest and says, “Then why involve us in it you pieces of shit?! You’re not only gonna hurt them, but you’re going to hurt us as well!”
The person gets shot in the leg and the crowd screams in fear.
The robber then says, “Now if anyone else wants to end up being shot then you have permission to speak.”
‘These guys are such assholes’, Rose thinks to herself, ‘Thankfully I actually have something to deal with them.’
She pulls out a high-powered magnum that she carries around in case of emergencies from her desk and crawls under her desk as she aims at the robbers’ legs and shoots them with one bullet that knocks down all of them. Once they are down, the crowd pounces on them, knocking their weapons away and beat them up. One of them activates an explosion that blows up certain parts of the bank like some of the walls and the ceiling. Everyone in the bank scatter as they leave the bank just as the police arrive. They pull out the robbers of the collapsing building and arrest them.
Rose watches her only source of income be destroyed right in front of her and feels the anger and headaches she has get worse.
“Well this is turning out to be a great day isn’t it?” says Richard.
“If great means absolutely terrible, then yes. Today is a great day.”
Rose starts to walk away and Richard follows her.
“Oh come on. Something like this always happens in this city.”
“But did it really have to happen to our job? I mean really as if I didn’t have enough to worry about.”
“That’s how it is though. Some people think only for themselves and end up ruining the lives of others.”
“Hey since I didn’t really get a chance to get breakfast, do you want to eat with out with me?”
“Sure. I got nothing better to do.”
The two go to a nearby dinner and sit down and order what they want. While waiting for their dishes to arrive, Rose doses off and wakes up in a dark area with the dinner table and chair she sits at still there except there is a lighter and a flashlight.
‘Where the Hell am I?’ Rose thinks to herself as she picks up the lighter and flashlight, ‘Is this another nightmare?’
She wanders the abyss with the flashlight on as rain falls from the empty sky. She follows dark marks on the ground that seem to be arrows that lead her to a maze-like area made of corroded concrete. Movement can be heard in the maze as Rose moves forward along with the shadows of what look to be monsters can be seen moving away from her as if they are stalking her. As Rose keeps moving through the maze, the noise of movement grow louder and louder until it suddenly stops. Rose stops walking as she looks around and when she turns around, she sees a horrible looking monster that has the face of the robber’s masks and chains that go through its body. It swings at her as soon as she looks at it and breaks the flashlight that she is holding, which hurts her arm and causes her to run. She runs away from the monster as it chases her. It moves considerably fast despite the bullet wound in its leg, but Rose manages to get away with enough sharp turns. Rose sits down on the floor and takes a quick rest while holding her arm.
‘Ah! That thing really hit my arm really hard’, she thinks to herself.
Rose searches for her magnum on herself, but can’t manage to find it.
‘Damn it! I thought I still had it with me. Did I lose it? Whatever I just have to worry about getting out of here.’
She uses the lighter to light her way as she makes her way through the maze. It doesn’t give as much light as the flashlight, but it’s better than nothing. After making her way further into the maze, she stumbles into the monster again. She jolts back a little, but quickly notices that it hasn’t noticed her yet despite being so close to it. It moves closer to her, but she tries to keep the same distance away from it as it moves past and away from her.
‘So that’s how it is. I just gotta keep a good distance away from them with the lighter, but I still can barely see anything.’
After a little more wandering, she finds a sees a light ahead and starts to run towards it and as she does, she hears the sound of footsteps chasing her. She picks up her pace as the light grows brighter and the footsteps grow louder. The bright light envelops her as she continues to run, giving her the hope that she’s escaping. As Rose thinks she’s at the exit, she looks behind her and sees the monster that is chasing her. It isn’t the monster from before. It’s something different, something indescribable. The monster reaches out for Rose and grabs her shoulder.
Rose wakes up in the dinner she was at before with Richard.
“Breakfast is here,” says Richard.
“Oh…cool,” Rose says as she shakes off what happened.