Into The Void

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic
If you could travel to an alternative universe or change your life, would you? If only you knew what was on the other side.

Submitted: April 08, 2016

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Submitted: April 08, 2016



My cell phone rings as I lay in bed. For a second I forget where I'm at and wonder why in the hell someone is calling me so late. I look around and remember I am in the hotel room as my eyes try to focus on the glowing phone on the nights stand. "Hey baby, I've been waiting for you to call what took ya so long?" "I was trying to put Sarah to bed again. I think she misses you", said Alexis. "I miss you both too. It sucks that I have to do this training before I leave for six months", I said. "It's like my supervisor doesn't even care about me spending my last week with my family. I just want to hold you both. I hate this fucking job." "Don't worry, we will be here waiting for you when you get back" "Do you promise?" "I promise." "Good you better!", I laughed, trying to brush of the inevitable feeling of dread seeping into my heart. "Well, I just wanted to call you and tell you goodnight", said Alexis. "I'm sorry if I woke you. I love you and miss you very much John. Be safe. Im so proud to call myself Mrs. Richards". "I always am", I said. "I love and miss you too. Give Sarah a kiss for me. I'm proud of myself that I was able to be apart of your life". I end the call and lay there with the phone on my chest. Why does it have to be like this? Why do I have to leave my family for six months only two months after my daughter is born? I guess that's just what I signed up for. I should have went to college instead of enlisting for 6 years. I wonder how much better my life would be if I just did that. I would do anything right now to get out of this deployment. The cold in the night is slowly starting to penetrate into the room as I shiver under the covers. I get up to turn on the heat when I hear a faint sound coming from outside. "Maybe it's just the wind", I say out loud as I drown it out with the noise of the heating unit. As I lay back in bed I can hear the noise getting louder as if a storm is picking up outside. What the hell is that? All of a sudden I am ripped from whatever reality I am living in, into total darkness. This isn't the kind of darkness you encounter when you're closed in a room at night where no light can get in. And I think that this can't even be the darkness that a blind person experiences. This was more than darkness, this was nothingness. This is a place void of everything. I don't know how I knew but I realized that not even a single atom filled this great nothing. I also knew what had happened. The Earth was sucked into a black hole. But that wasn't the scary part. The scary part was when I realized that I, myself, was nothing. Only a thought in this black space. No body, no feeling, something that I couldn't even grasp or explain to myself. Was I dead? Is this what happens when you die? Drifting for eternity? In this plane of oblivion nothing seemed to make sense. I could have been there for only a millisecond or I could have been there for billions of years already. No laws of space or time mattered here. But then out of the darkness, I could hear the faint familiar sound that brought me to this purgatory. And no sooner then I could think a single thought, I was brought back into the light. Brought back into existence with a single snap. But I wasn't in that cheap hotel room any more. I was standing in the middle of a white hall while people pass by me. My first thought was how weird it was that these people were unaware that I just appeared out of thin air. A young woman dressed in scrubs approaches me and says "Are you ready to prep for surgery Dr. Walter?" Confused, I ask, "What do you mean?" "Didn't you hear your page? You are wanted in the ER" I look down at myself finally realizing I am no longer a disembodied though. I see that I am also wearing scrubs and without blinking I rush to the nearest bathroom. And as I stand there at the mirror with horror, it's not my own face staring back at me.

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