Deep Calls Unto Deep (Ordinary Horror)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
The inner turmoil of a college student battling with depression.

Submitted: January 15, 2012

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Some days she wished she could be like the little mermaid in the real story, the one by Hans Christian Anderson, so that she could just float away like foam in the surf. But death was never that easy.

At the end of the semester, when the gulf between her roommate and herself had only widened, and the pit in her mind made her a prisoner of her bed, she’d tentatively imagined how simple it would be to lie in a warm bath and slit her wrists. Just let the water around her grow pink, and then scarlet and she’d be free. There was a small metal tool with a sharp edge in her drawer. It had come in a care package, courtesy of her mother. It was supposed to be some kind of multi-tool; one part of it seemed to be a bottle opener. Something that was meant to be helpful, but wasn’t.

Metal thing aside, it was only her mother she called when she felt this poorly. And, on one occasion, her father, who seemed to understand when she told him of the curious effect the evening had on her. She told him that, when it began to get dark outside, for no reason, she’d become frightened. She had never felt this panic before. And she had never spoken so confidingly to her father before, either.

Her father told her that most people, including himself, sometimes felt that terror.

Finding that senseless fear of that kind was shared, and that it was real, added to her nightmare. Her banal nightmare, her ordinary horror. And yet, despite the darkening sky, the rambling vulnerability of her father’s voice held more substance than the rip tide inside her.

The water could wait.


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