Danger From the Other Side

By Nichole Haines

Sci-Fi, Short stories | Paperback, eBook


I wanted to shout out, but no sound would emerge, I couldn’t move, speak and worse I couldn’t scream. I couldn’t release the huge energy buildup of terror from my body, I was sure I was going to explode. I was suspended in in-animation between sleep and wakefulness, hanging in neither world and aware of both, silent, trapped and tormented. The light from the icosahedron hanging just above my head raped my mind, there was no place I could hide, yet I must resist, Alexis was mine, my baby girl, barely old enough to speak in full congruent sentences, she needs me my mind was screaming, he’s not having her, I’m her Mama. The icosahedron began to move up and down my body, from my face to my feet, with each movement it became more invasive, more terrifying, more evil. Then the pain started, my whole body wracked in agony, silently I was screaming but still I couldn’t make any audible noise, still the worst torture was I had to suffer this in silence, my mind terrified for me, for Alexis, for everyone I knew, what was this magic, this indescribable evil that had complete control over my body? The pain stopped as abruptly as it had begun and somehow silently I could hear a voice in my mind, clear, menacing and oh so powerful and persuasive: “Give Alexis to me, that’s all you need to do, agree to my demands and you’ll be free, refuse and you’ll never see her again, agree and she’ll live with you under your care until her 16th birthday and then she’ll be mine.” Surely, I was sleeping, as realistic as all this seemed, all of my life experience was telling me none of this was real, no strange three-dimensional shapes could control my body and make me mute, this was just an hallucinogenic effect of something I’d eaten, Alexis was in her bed in the next room, she wasn’t in any danger, no-one, supernatural or otherwise, wanted to steal her. I began to breathe deeply attempting to get hold of my anxiety, one deep breath after another.


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I wanted to shout out, but no sound would emerge, I couldn’t move, speak and worse I couldn’t scream. I couldn’t release the huge energy buildup of terror from my body, I was sure I was going to explode. I was suspended in in-animation between sleep and wakefulness, hanging in neither world and aware of both, silent, trapped and tormented. The light from the icosahedron hanging just above my head raped my mind, there was no place I could hide, yet I must resist, Alexis was mine, my baby girl, barely old enough to speak in full congruent sentences, she needs me my mind was screaming, he’s not having her, I’m her Mama. The icosahedron began to move up and down my body, from my face to my feet, with each movement it became more invasive, more terrifying, more evil. Then the pain started, my...


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My name is Nichole and I have a mild to moderate case of Cerebral Palsy. I have a 12 year old daughter and a two year old daughter. None of my daughters have Cerebral Palsy because it isn't genetic. I was a Computer Science major in college.



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