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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Black (10/15/09)

TITLE: Afraid of the dark
By Shellie Bailey


Jamie sat alone in her room surrounded by a thick darkness. She was afraid. The psychologist explained to her in order for one to conquer their fear they must overcome the fear. So for her, she was attempting to overcome her fear here in this dark room, alone. Telling herself she would be strong and jumping at every noise she heard, seeing things that were not there, feeling trapped and defeated she sat and she cried. She knew the psychologist was right you must face the fear in order to overcome it. She raised her head up and stared into the blackness.
The feeling of fear crept upon her, a deep overpowering and all consuming emotion. She trembled and she could feel her heart pounding in her chest.
She gently lay down and closed her eyes attempting to calm herself and steady her breathing. Here she lay in her most vulnerable moment alone and afraid. She did not know what she was afraid of only that she was afraid and so she continued to cry uncontrollably until deep sleep consumed her.
Jamie awoke. Her eyes fluttered expecting it to be morning, but it was not. Her room still lingered in utter darkness. Even darker than she remembered. Her heart raced and she sat up. She peered around and realized she was not on her bed and not in her room. Panic engulfed her entire being. She felt around her immediate area for something for anything remotely familiar. There was nothing around her. Her mind screamed and set her body into a tailspin of emotions. She closed her eyes attempting to will away this scene she was immersed in.
“Jamie.” A strong voice called.
She opened her eyes. She wasn’t alone. She gasped and tried to answer, but the words would not form and make their way off her tongue.
She spun around looking for someone, but nothing. Just the darkness so vast and terrifying. The darkness seemed to move around her and increased her fear. She felt any moment she was going into a panic attack. She tried to steady her breathing and closing her eyes, but her mind continued to scream out and her heart just beat louder and faster in her chest. The blackness was consuming every inch of her being, she was being defeated and overtaken with no hope on herself to recover.
“Jamie.” The voice called again.
Jamie thought she heard the voice again, but her mind was screaming so loud she wasn’t sure if had heard anything. She covered her face with her hands and wept.
“Jamie. I am here.” The voice called out, seemingly closer than before.
Jamie pulled her hands from her face and looked around trying to find where the voice was coming from. Attempting to determine if it was just her mind or if it was real. She knew in moments of fear it was easy for the mind to create things which weren’t real, but this voice sounded very real.
A glimmer of light caught her eyes. A small flicker shone far away in the dark. A sense of hope surged through her veins. The light come closer and closer lighting up the darkness which was all around. Jamie wanted to run to the light, but her feet wouldn’t move. The light now fast approached her.
“Jamie, do not be afraid of the darkness, for I am here. I am your lamp in the darkness and the light will always overcome the dark.”
She felt the voice in her being, the light was upon her now and peace enveloped her. She broke down and cried again, but this time not from fear, this time from the immense realization of the love of Jesus. The realization that he would be there in her darkest hour and save her and light her way in even the most hopeless situations. She felt complete peace and rest. The fear was replaced with the truth and her mind was set free.
Jamie awoke to the sun beaming through her bedroom window. Remembering the events of last night she smiled. Was it a dream she was not sure, the only thing she was sure of is she was not afraid of the darkness any longer.

For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29

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Marie Fink10/24/09
This reminded me a verse I hadn't thought about for along while..."The Lord is my light and my salvation, Whom shall I fear..." Good job.
Jan Ackerson 10/27/09
The lightness talking her through the darkness was lovely.

You started her out with a psychologist working with her phobia, but ended with it being only a dream. It's best to avoid the "dream" scenario--it's been done far too often in fiction.

Wonderful that she was able to find help conquering her phobia.
Debra Elliott10/29/09
Wonderfully written... I think we've all been there.