posted on Oct, 1 2021 @ 01:59 AM
The call rings out in his mind, echoes, but fades away quickly.
"Nelly?"... the sound is muted and... strange? It seems to come from himself, yet far away and muffled, but familiar.
"Nelly is that you?" This time slightly more clear.
He tries to open his eyes and has a swift moment of panic as only darkness presents itself.
"I'm blind?!" Panic grips him as he frantically strains to open his eyes fully. Light comes flooding in and he blinks rapidly. "I have
"My daughter... Nelly... It's all coming back now. Nelly... oh my God, Nelly. Where are you?!"
"I'm here Daddy, right here."
He sits up, his eyes slowly adjusting to the light. "I can't see you honey, where are you?"
"Daddy I'm here. I'm right here with you."
"I can't SEE you!" he exclaims, panic starting to set in again."
"I'm righ... ere... addy..." the voice fades away, echoing as it dissipates.
Confused, he swings his legs off the bed and stands up. "Where am I?" he thinks to himself.
"Hospital?" The bright white windows, shiny sterile floor and complicated mechanical bed he just stood up from seem to confirm it.
Various pipes, connections and switches are mounted on the wall behind the bed.
"I'm in a hospital. But why?"
He walks towards the window, squinting as he approaches it. "Bright... very bright."
His eyes adjusts slowly to the blinding light. Standing at the sill, eyes now adjusted, he peers out.
"Nothing... absolutely nothing." Outside the window a dull gray haze spreads out towards the horizon.
"There's nothing there. This must be a dream" he thinks out loud, and immediately gets startled by the echo of his own voice.
"Hello?" he enquires cautiously. A slightly less pronounced echo is all the answer he is rewarded with.
He moves closer to the window sill, determined to get a better look.
A sheer void, seemingly made of black, gray and charcoal rock presents itself. It seems to go down endlessly and for a moment, takes his breath
He feels oddly drawn towards it. Almost a feeling of "belonging". Instinctively he steps back... trips over something behind him and falls back
towards the bed.
Bright lights and flashes of color. Odd smells.
Sounds drumming, humming and pounding in his ears, then reducing in volume. Taking on a rhytmic tone. "Beep, beep-bob"... "Beep, beep-bop"...
Voices start to filter through the haze and confusion of sounds... "He's awake!"
Nelly pushes through the wall of nurses and doctors and hugs her Dad as gently as she can muster.
"Rockclimbing... of all the things. We thought we lost you. But now it's just you, us and the great gray wall."
- The END
*Critique, comments and suggestions are always welcome. I am by no means an actual writer, simply a fan of literature.*