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Topic: Dead End (02/06/14)
TITLE: Into the Darkness
By LaCretia Peters
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She entered the dark alleyway. The light grew more and more faint. She felt fear to enter the darkness, but something compelled her to continue. She was searching, she thought, but she was not sure for what. She became very scared suddenly and she ran deep into the darkness. She ran until she could only feel her way forward. As she reached out, she realized that she was at a …. dead end. She backed herself against the wall and let out a scream....
She awoke startled not understanding why she had dreamed so intensely but felt as if the contents of the dream was a foreboding warning. She knew she needed to straighten out her life. She got up most every morning with the faint thought in her mind that she needed to get her life right. But the temptation was too much. Her body craved the addiction. She couldn't get her mind off another hit. It was her obsession. She was obsessed with her fix and it possessed her soul.'
As she slid in the needle and the euphoria began, she began to feel a strange sensation that she had not experienced before. Her heart was beating rapidly. Her breathing became shallow. Was there something in the drug different from normal? She had shot up thousands of times. What was different now? Fear swept over her body but her consciousness was growing faint. As her eyes closed, she re-entered the darkness of the alleyway.......
She found herself running breathlessly into the darkness filled with fear. The light of the street grew more faint and her eyes could adjust to the darkness no longer. She reached out to feel her way and found, once again, that she had reached a large, stony cold wall that marked the dead end. Panic surged through her being and she turned backing herself to the wall in deep terror. As she turned, she noticed a bright light and a voice saying, “It will be okay.” The fear diminished and a calmness fell. But she suddenly sobered and felt dirty in the midst of the brightness and purity of the light. “You are not at the end. This can be your new beginning.” Like an innocent child, she reached for the light and said, “Save me from myself. I'm sorry. I'm ready to make a change. Let me live. Let me live!”...
As if someone had suddenly pumped clean oxygen into her lungs, she gasped for air and raised her head from the floor. She saw the paraphernalia lying beside her on the floor. It seemed more disgusting than normal and she somehow didn't feel the urge to use, much less even touch the stuff anymore. She staggered to her feet and left the darkness of her bathroom to find the newness of life on the outside of the door. The light of the day seemed brighter than normal...
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