A lot of emotional upheaval going on this past week! Which explains the sudden slowdown in updates. More so, the once-a-year VBS (Vacation Bible School) is here again! And my brother's getting married. And work's coming in fast and furious. Bring it on, world! But ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no schedule busy enough to keep me from writing! Only 2 more chapters to unravel everything. Something's. Gotta. Happen. Soon!
BTW, I've recently fallen in love with The Twilight Zone series. I wanna write for it! I mean, come on - Twisted Tales meets the Twilight Zone? Gold, baby, gold.
The Asylum (Part 4)
Without warning an overwhelming fear came over me. I felt - no, I knew - that the three of them were hiding something.
They were part of Amanda's plan to kill me.
It didn't make sense. But it was the truth.
I couldn't stay here any longer. I turned and ran.
Like guided by an unseen force, I fled down the hospital's dark hallways, slowly allowing their surprised cries to fade into quietness.
In the stillness of the night, each step echoed with a haunting melody, as if leading me to some unknown destiny.
Still, the very real and raw sensation of fear lingered.
Somehow, everything was connected. I could sense it.
Suddenly, nothing seemed certain any more. I wasn't even sure who I was.
I shut my eyes, trying to recollect my thoughts.
I couldn't remember anything.
What's happening to me?
I needed someone to talk to. Someone I could trust.
Fumbling, I dialed Thomas' number.
One ring. Two rings. Three rings.
Come on, pick up already.
Twelve rings passed without reply. He never waited so long before picking up. He must have left his phone somewhere.
I pushed the phone back into my pocket and slumped against the wall, drained of all hope.
I had never in my life felt so lost and depressed. And yet tears refused to come out of my eyes. I had no way of explaining this emotion I was feeling. It was most parts fear, but also with tinges of anger, disappointment, loneliness and sadness.
Yes, a very, very deep sadness.
It was my phone vibrating!
Thomas! It had to be him.
Without even checking, I pressed to receive the call.
"Hello, Ling." It was a girl's voice, not much different from mine.
It was Amanda.
"Amanda, where are you?" I tried my best to remain calm.
"I am at the corridor on Floor 6B-11, East Wing. You know where that is."
"Yes I do."
"Good. Come quick. We have lots to talk about."
"Amanda, I need you to just stay there okay? I'll be there in 3 minutes."
"I know you're thinking of calling the doctors. No doctors. You know why?"
"Because," a loud interference was heard on the other end, as though she had switched the phone to loudspeaker mode. "Your friends are with me."
A muffled Help us could be heard over the background. I was pretty sure it was Crystal's voice.
"If you bring someone else, I will kill them." Amanda explained in a most polite voice, almost like a teacher explaining something to a child. "I'll see you in 3 minutes. Bye."
She hung up, leaving me even more confused than ever.
How could she have abducted all three of my friends in the short space of 5 minutes?
How could she have wandered all the way to 6B-11 without anyone noticing?
How could she even have obtained a handphone, or my number for that matter?
It all pointed to a simple yet glaring conclusion.
The incidents of tonight had all been carefully and deliberately orchestrated for one reason alone - to murder me. Amanda wasn't alone in this game. A much greater, more sinister force was at work.
The best thing for me to do now would've been to ignore all the questions and run.
But I just couldn't.
Something had to be accomplished at 6B-11. Something that required me.
Slowly, fearfully, one step at time, I made my way there.
To be concluded.