And that was it….
Until it wasn’t.
Something gave, something out of nowhere: a slight, infinitesimal breath. A moment, an idea. A Word.
Then Everything boiled over.
Life took hold and yanked me free of the void. Stretched out through my body and mind, reinventing memories and pathways. A tone filled my ears, suddenly pitching up, as if some electronic device had raged to life. From out of that complete and whole darkness, a bright, white light struck my eyes.
A rough voice shattered the stillness. “That’s long enough.”
Color slid in from my periphery. Earth tones. Wood and stone. Iron. Wooden planks. Rusted cans with weathered labels.
A familiar face ebbed into view. A gray, oblong face. Teeth. And those eyes. Those, massive, terrible, monstrous eyes.