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The Evil Within: The Invisible Patient


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Prologue


The first time came to the Beacon Mental Hospital, I had just lost my aunt and uncle. I was about 17-years old at the time. The doctors didn't quite understand why the police brought me there, until they showed the reports of my interrogation. They thought there was something wrong with me, just because I did not cry when I saw the dead bodies of my aunt and uncle. They also suspected I was the one who pulled the trigger.
In reality my uncle was the one to put the gun on his temple and shoot himself, right after beating my aunt to death. I just assisted him a bit.

I knew I wasn't really "normal". Ever since I was 7-years old I knew how to move objects without touching them, or break windows and other stuff just by looking at them. I could have even started a fire if I was able to concentrate enough. I only trained my powers when others were sleeping, that way no one noticed a thing, or so I thought.
When my parents died in a car accident when I was little, I ended up to my aunt's house. She was nice to me, and treated me well.. Unfortunately my uncle didn't. He loved to drink, and whenever someone disagreed with him, he'd beat them up. No exceptions. So of course, being a stupid kid I was I just had to argue with him. He never used his fists to beat me up though, he'd much rather use the belt buckle for that.
My aunt tried to help me, only to get beaten up by him.

She was scared, I understand that, but she let him beat me up as many times as he wanted. That.. I could not forgive. So when he finally one night snapped, and beat my aunt to death, I stood there. I didn't do anything, I just stared at the scene quietly. After he was done, he took out a gun and pointed it at me. I stared at the gun. I wasn't scared, I wasn't even surprised. I actually waited this day to come. I only wished it would have come sooner. So I concentrated. More than ever. I looked at the gun in his hand, I managed to control it. So I moved my hand towards my head, He did the same. I pointed at my fingers at my temple as if I was holding the gun, and he followed. He tried to speak, but he was too horrified and confused of what was happening. So then I pretended to hold the gun, and pull the trigger.
There was a loud "bang" sound and his body fell on the ground. I walked up to my aunt and stared at her for a few minutes before calling an ambulance. I didn't know why I did that, she was clearly dead, I just felt like I should do it.
When the paramedics came in they saw them lying on the ground, and me, sitting quietly in the corner hugging my knees. I didn't feel sorry at all. I always hated my uncle, and I hated my aunt for leaving me with him. She'd either look the other way or pretend I didn't exist.
The paramedics also called the police, naturally. They asked me questions and I answered.

The next thing I knew was that I was being taken to a mental hospital. I didn't really care. Anywhere was better, and I had no relatives to live with anyway.
I was forced to go see the psychiatrist daily. I didn't like him. Always the same questions over and over again: "How do you feel about your aunts death?", "Why would your uncle do something like that?", "Was he always violent?", "Do you think it was because he had a drinking problem?" I never answered to him. I crossed my arms and sit there until the time was up.
I had to share a room with another patient called Emily. I never remembered her last name it started with a W.. "Watson? Weston? Washington...? No, no that wasn't it..." We always stayed on our own side of the room. She was constantly mumbling something and REALLY paranoid. She always had to wear a straight jacket, otherwise she would've attacked the nurse, who always brought our medicine.

I didn't trust the nurse either, that was pretty much the only thing me and Emily seemed to agree on. The nurse didn't like me either, mostly because I never ate the medicine she brought me, I either hid it under my tongue or "accidentally" flushed it down the toilet. They had to hire new a new nurse every time the former one got tired of me. I didn't mind. At least I got to keep my usual clothes instead of the ones in the hospital.
If they ever tried to force me to wear the hospital's clothes, I usually got pretty aggressive. Once I almost bit someone's ear off. So they decided, it wasn't worth it. What can I say? I just love my own hoodie, and sweat pants.
Whenever I wasn't a prisoner in my own room, I'd either draw or practice my skills. I learned how to see few minutes to the future, via quick flashes in my head. I knew when the nurse would come to take me to see "Mr.Shrink McCreepy", or when it was time for Emily to "cool off". It was useful. It gave me some time to prepare for that.

Now I liked Emily, she didn't ask much questions, she stayed on her side and didn't try anything stupid, like attack me at night, or try to take away the necklace my mother gave me as a birthday present when I was 5-years old. It was a small stone ring, but to me it was a treasure.
There was one exception, one person who I could trust. She was also a nurse hired after the three first ones quit. I thought she'd be like others, forcing me to take the medicine, but surprisingly, she didn't. She actually wanted to hear my story. She came to talk to me, and asked how I got there, so I explained. I asked: "are you afraid of me now?" Instead of showing any signs of disgust, she hugged me. I don't know why, but for some reason I started crying, like the day when my parents died. I hadn't cried after that. She told me that "everything would be okay", that I "would sooner or later get out and be able to live a normal life." I don't understand why, but I believed her... Before she came to work at the hospital, none of the workers had ever shown any compassion to me, well not like that at least. Besides I usually knew what they thought anyway. But her thoughts were sincere. She actually said "you matter", unlike the others, who clearly hated me and I them. But that was okay. If I even had one friend, one person on my side, I would be able to go through this hell.

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Chapter I: The System


The new nurse was called Natalia, she usually stopped by my room to talk about various things. Mostly about life, future, hobbies and all that, I didn't answer to the questions she asked but she didn't seem to mind. It was only a few weeks after that I heard about this odd rumor.. About some secret experiments going on at the basement level.
I had noticed some patients had gone missing, but I never thought much of it. I usually stayed in my room until it was time for my: "Happier and better life with Mr.Shrink!" sessions. They usually lasted about and half an hour, but to me it was all far too annoying. I once gave him a headache and a bad nosebleed, by concentrating enough. Obviously he had to cancel the days session. Needless to say I was happy.
One night, I decided I would go to explore the basement level. I knew how to open my rooms door, but I only did it when I was sure no one else but Emily would see it, after all she's crazy enough. They wouldn't believe her even if she WAS telling the truth. I lifted my hand pointed the door and waved my hand to left. I heard a clicking sound, I walked to the door and quietly opened it. I gestured Emily to keep quiet and leaved the room.

I walked bare footed since I didn't want to attract any unnecessary attention. There were always about four nurses at the night shift, so it was quite easy to sneak past them. The difficult part was to steal the keys needed to open the door to the staircases leading down to the basement. The keys were usually hanging behind the reception desk, in a small stand. But there was no way to sneak there without being noticed... Or so they thought.
I picked up an empty cola can from the trash can, lifted it up with my powers, and shot it at the back of the hallway.

The nurse on duty went to check it, as I sneaked to take the key, then I quietly walked towards the staircases door.
It was old rusty looking door, like something straight out of a horror movie. It made an awful creaking sound, but I managed to open it quietly enough without distracting the nurse again. She wouldn't notice the key was gone, She didn't even notice the time when I went to the cafeteria to get some coffee after midnight. That time I wasn't even trying to be quiet.
I knew I had more than enough time, so I walked down the cold stone stairs, getting closer to the basement floor, as I smelled something awful, like a corpse rotting. Wouldn't surprise me since the basement was used as an old morgue, the disturbing part was that it was used as such 20 years ago. There shouldn't have been a smell like that anymore. I opened the door and entered the room. It looked like a laboratory, used just recently. I also saw some blood on the floor. It was still wet.
I followed the blood trails behind a curtain and what I saw, was a dead body hanging from a hook. There were cut marks on it's head. I had noticed a weird jar on the table, I guessed that must have been the rest of him.
I heard someone coming in, and I heard quiet talking. Two men.

I didn't have much time to hide, so I quickly climbed on one of the beds and under the blanket, where the next "quest" was. The smell was awful, but I knew my powers wouldn't help much since I had already used them enough for one night.
I could hear some words from the passing conversation: "The last test failed...", "We need better samples.", "Ruben should prove to be useful...", "The STEM-system is still only a prototype..."
I had no idea what they meant, I had heard about some patient called "Ruben", but I had never met him. Apparently he was another "special" case like me. So either they forgot him and dumped him to the darkest corner of the hospital, or they kept him as secret because of violent behavior. In my case it was 50/50 both. 
The STEM-system however.. was new to me. I had heard something from some detectives who came to take a look at the "Wonderful Place of Happiness" as I sometimes called the hospital. I also heard something very disturbing from the other guy, who I assumed was the one who sponsored the doctors "Little hobby" down in the basement. ;"What about the girl who came here three months ago? You said she was.. special."
I knew they were talking about me.
;"But she is only a mere brat compared to Ruben's intelligence!" The doctor said. ;"Could be, but if something goes wrong, we'll need someone to "test" the system now don't we?" The sponsor said. "Besides she's a complete nutcase! No one would miss her, and from what I read she doesn't even have any relatives. We'll just say it was an accident. Those have happened a LOT lately..." He continued.
That was the first time I knew I wasn't going to like the guy. Or to put it nicely: "If he was to fall and break his neck, I would laugh and dance on his grave."
I quietly sneaked back upstairs and towards my room. As I was about to open the door I felt a hand on my shoulder.
;"Why are YOU sneaking around so late?" I heard directly from behind me. Surprisingly I didn't hear any negative tone. I turned around and saw Natalia. "You shouldn't be here. How did you even get out from your room?" I put my head down in shame. She opened the door to my room and let me in. I quietly walked in as she closed the door and said: "May I also have the reception's keys back? They will start suspecting things if they're not back." I slid the keys from under the door. How did she notice? She was WAY too smart for a nurse. But she was a friend. No doubt about it.

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Chapter II: The Detective


I couldn't stop thinking about Ruben and the STEM-System. What was Stem? Why were they testing it with possible patients? and how did they know I was "special" case... and who was that man? The sponsor. I needed answers, but I couldn't do anything without Natalia knowing about it. I didn't want her to get involved with this. I didn't want to hurt her either, but she can not come in my way.
I had to go back there. To the basement. I needed to explore it more, maybe I would find something. I was pretty sure no one around here would know about it anyway.
I looked at Emily. She was shivering on her bed, rocking herself back and forth for no apparent reason, mumbling about something. That's when the door opened.
I supposed it was time for the medicine so I showed my: "Do not get any closer or you will be scarred mentally" look. I even did that in Natalia's case. She might be a friend, but there is no way in hell that I'm going to take any medicine here. It only weakens my powers, and I can't have that. I need them to be able to survive the Shrink.
When the nurse came in I noticed two things: One. She wasn't Natalia. Two. She had way too expensive shoes to be a nurse. All shiny and new. She looked otherwise normal. Hair tied back in a bun, normal clothes, though she didn't have any nail polish like almost all the other nurses.
Hey, they might work with lunatics but darn they have right to look better than us!..Is what I thought they must be thinking. She walked towards me, with the medicine on a tray as usual, that's when I noticed the gun she was carrying.
I lifted my arms behind my head and took a more comfortable position while sitting on my bed legs crossed, as I then said: "Nice outfit. Though do you really think it suits an agent such as yourself?" 
She stopped. She stood perfectly still and stared at me. ;"The gun gave it away didn't it?" she started. ;"Nope. The shoes." I said. "Now, I have seen some proud nurses around here, but none of them could afford shoes like that. Agent." I said saluting to her sarcastically. "So... Why ARE you here? It's not like the nurses gave up on me the first time. What you gonna do now? Shoot me if I don't take my medicine? Because if so, then go right ahead my head is right here!" I said and pointed my head as if I was holding a gun, and made "bam" sound before "dying" and then getting back up. 
;"They did say you were a difficult patient." She said laughing a bit. ;"I'll take that as a compliment. It is my sworn duty to make their lives miserable and more complicated." I said smiling. She looked puzzled. I think she must have been trying to decide whether I was being serious or kidding, and I absolutely loved it. Confusing people was always nice, especially if it was someone "better" than you.
;"Anyway.. " She started, "I need to ask few questions from you.. about this place. Is that okay?" She asked. I stared at her for a while. ;"Why are you acting like I matter? No one does that. Why should you?" I said. She looked shocked. ;"I don't know what you have gone through kid.. But I know you ARE a person that matters. Everyone, everything matters" She said. 
I followed her to an office. While on way there I saw some nurses and doctors staring at me, like they have just seen something disgusting. I glared at them, and immediately they looked away.
As soon as we entered the room I sat on a couch and the detective introduced herself.
Her name was apparently Juli Kidman. She and her partners had been working on a case about some secret organization. She asked the usual questions. ;"Do you know anything about this group?", "have you seen anything strange lately?", "have you heard or seen about anyone suspicious?" 
;"Who here wouldn't be suspicious looking?" I asked from her. She seemed nice. For a detective. Once we were ready I was heading towards the door but Kidman stopped me from going out. "There's on more thing I must ask from you." She said with a serious tone looking directly at me. I simply nodded.  ;"I must ask, that you come with me. My employer seems to be very eager to meet you."
That's when I understood that the Sponsor, and this detective were connected. I glared at Kidman and managed to gave her headache bad enough for her to lose her concentration. So I ran out from the door an into the hallway. "Do not make me use force!" She yelled after me. I didn't listen, but I kept running. 
My only hope was to lose her, but it turned out to be a lot harder than I had imagined. I ran and ran what seemed like hours, and when I finally made a sharp right turn I bumped into someone.
"Natalia! You have to get out of here! Quickly! Otherwise she will..." I didn't have any time to finish the sentence when I felt a hand on my shoulder.
;"Got you. Now let's go." Kidman said. Natalia stepped forward. ;"Excuse me, but where do you think you're taking that patient?" She said strictly. Of course Kidman tried showing her badge to Natalia, thank god she did not even care. "I'll let you know that this girl is a patient here at the Beacon Hospital and you can't just drag her along with you how you please. First of all there are rules that deny it, and I don't suppose you have the acceptance of the manager?" She asked Kidman. Kidman didn't say anything but looked rather angry. "I didn't think so. The door is right over there, now please LEAVE." Natalia told her. The detective left, but I had a feeling this wouldn't end just yet..
;"Thanks for helping me.." I mumbled to Natalia. ;"You're welcome. Isn't it our job to keep patients like you safe? After all like the manager said, YOU especially need more rules, and strict surveillance." She told me as she showed me the way back to my room. Emily was there to welcome me, of course. Mumbling something about a monster or something like that..
Little did I know that Emily here, was for once right.. and that I wouldn't be sleeping well anymore. Ever.

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Chapter III: The Nurse

After the incident with the detective, Natalia started visiting me less and less often. I didn't know what was going on, but I certainly didn't like it. It didn't help much that Emily had tried to bite off someone's ear. She had been given more sedatives lately and to be honest, she was pretty boring. She mumbled less and less, and wasn't all tense like usual, but now she was sometimes shivering.. Like she was afraid of something. I tried not to care, but it proved to be impossible after a certain little "accident" happened. 

We usually had some free time out of our rooms, and in a secured "play room". I usually sat down somewhere near the tv, and drew things I saw, or I sometimes tried changing the channel on the guards little tv, which was in his booth, not too far away, it was funny seeing him getting all confused. Emily would usually fight for the place on this really comfortable armchair, near the window.. But now thanks to the sedatives she was just calmly sitting in the corner, heck, she didn't even TRY to bite the nurse's leg like usual. I was getting pretty bored watching her wabble back and forth in the corner. So I walked up to her, and sat down next to her, usually she wouldn't want to come anywhere near me, now she didn't even seem to care. I waved my hand in front of her face, but she didn't react at all. ; "Yo Em. Emily? Emilyyyy? Anybody home?" I said tapping her head with my index finger. She didn't react.  ".... EM!" I yelled right into her ear. She slowly turned her head towards me, it was kind of creepy. She had this odd almost like glazed look in her eyes, even I had to back away from something like that. That's.. When she grabbed my shoulders.. She looked straight into my eyes and said with an unusual whispering voice: ; "Help.. You have to help me, you can see them too right? The spirits? You can hear them too can't you?" She asked, with an oddly normal tone. ; "The spirits? Em, what in the world are you-?" I tried to ask, before she covered my mouth. ; "There's no time to explain, You have to help me! Please! Don't let her see me!" She said, shivering and scared. ; "Don't let who see you??" I asked confused, trying to back away. ; "The nurse! If she sees me I'm done for!" She said, now almost crying, she spoke as if she was pleading for her life, I couldn't do anything but stare in confusion, before some of the nurses came and dragged her away for "bullying another patient." I sat there for what seemed to be hours for me. I couldn't move, I couldn't think, I just sat there looking in front of me. 

I sat on my bed, in the familiar room, with the familiar walls. Emily had been moved to a "special" room, because of her behavior. I can't believe those idiots did that to her, after all it was half way their fault for giving her sedatives making her act all crazy. (Not that she wasn't already but).. I missed her. She was the only one to keep me company besides Natalia. Who hadn't come to visit me in almost a week now. I had a talk earlier that day with Mr.Shrink, who asked me about my "feelings" and "how my day had been ", I responded with a glare. I hated, I so much hated shrinks. I had to go to meet one before coming to the Beacon Mental Hospital, and it was awful. Especially since my Aunt didn't even try to defend me back then.... I lied down on my bed and thought about my past, what Emily had said, and who was going to be my next visitor. For the first time I actually tried to sleep. I was just about to fall asleep, when I saw a bright light, coming from the hallway. I thought it must be one of the nurses or the guards making their rounds, but I ditched that idea after I heard an odd static like sound. I sat up on my bed and looked at the hallway, I saw a big shadow closing in, and I heard footsteps. The steps became louder and louder every minute, and the static sound was almost unbearable. Then I saw it. It was very tall figure, wearing shredded long white coat on it, it had a big lantern as it's head, and it had a red shredded dress and high heels. If I didn't know better I would've said that thing used to be a nurse.. at some point at least... It walked oddly, every time it took a step, it looked like it was going to fall. Maybe it's head was too heavy for it? It's voice was inhuman. It was half static sounds and half normal speaking. It crouched every time it took a step, and it didn't seem to have any arms. It didn't have any mouth either so I wondered how exactly was it speaking. It said with almost whispering voice: ; "Leslie..." the voice itself sounded like dried leaves rustling. It walked in the hallway, it's lantern showing it a way. Then it suddenly stopped. Right in front of my room.

My room had a glass door (bullet proof) of course. It WAS the room for unnatural cases. The thing turned, to look at me, it's lantern shone bright light, right towards me. It made an odd clicking sound, and made what sounded like an old plank squeaking sound, before walking towards the door. It stopped, and hit it's head against the glass with full force. I backed away, towards the wall, and continued watching it. The thing's lantern turned off, but it held it's head against the door. It then backed away, and tried to kick the door with it's heels. I don't know what it wanted, but it was desperately trying to get in. When it failed, it let out a high pitched scream, which made my head hurt. I had to cover my ears to be able to stand the sound. Then the thing stopped. It held it's head down, it didn't move, it didn't breath, nothing. I stepped down on the floor, and slowly walked towards the door. I put my hand against it, and stared at the thing. It was unnaturally tall, and I'm pretty sure it's neck wasn't supposed to be turned that way. It was breathing heavily. As if it was struggling to breath. ; ".... What are you?" I asked. The thing's neck snapped towards me, and it turned it's head. ; "...P..a..tient...?" It asked me. I nodded, still staring at it, trying to figure out how it was still "alive." It walked towards the door again, it was much taller than me, almost 2 meters tall. It's lantern's light worked again. A light blue light shone down at me. The thing turned it's head, like it was trying to figure out who I was. It crouched down looking directly at me. Suddenly, it started shaking. The light in the middle started spinning, I backed away and got ready, to whatever it was trying to do. I covered my face with my hands, and waited. I didn't hear anything. I didn't dare to look, so I took two steps forward, my hand touched something. Like a cloth. I opened my left eye, and I saw the thing standing mere inches away from me. 

I felt it's breathing, but I wondered where it came from, it had no mouth. Or so I thought, I put my hands down and stared at it, The part from it's stomach looked weird, it looked like it had a huge scar vertically starting from it's throat and down to it's stomach, I looked closely... and I saw teeth. Three rows of big sharp teeth... It had a mouth at where it's stomach was supposed to be. I stared at it for a while before saying: ".... Guess it's difficult for you to brush your teeth huh?" I have no idea why I said it, I panicked. I was pretty darn scared at the moment, but my usual thing was to lighten it up with sarcasm. It didn't seem to respond, but few minutes later it made a sound similar to giggling. ; "Um.. My name is Vivian.. Who are you?" I asked it. The thing looked at me, as if it had never heard a question before. ; "V..Vi..ian?" It tried to say. ; "Almost." I said. The thing looked around the room. After it didn't seem to find whatever it was looking for, it walked out. That was when I noticed a huge hole in the middle of the door. It was like it had created a doorway for itself. The thing showed the light towards the door, and just like that, the door was whole once again. The thing did the same thing to a near by wall, and a door appeared, with an oddly familiar looking symbol on it. A star at the corner of the door. It walked in, and the door closed behind it, and later disappeared. I had no idea, that the thing would be my night guest every night from now on.

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Chapter IV: The Shrink

So apparently after having "a few" sleepless nights due to the nurse..monster.. thingy visiting me, the other nurses thought I needed to see Shrink McCreeps again. As usual, the nurses tried to force the straight jacket on me... It didn't go well. For THEM. As soon as the first one approached me, I immediately clenched my fists and waited till she was near enough, and then.. I punched her right in the chin. She fell down, I jumped towards the other nurse, but I did not know she had quite the grip when she managed to grab my right arm. Then that other bi- beautiful nurse, injected some weird medicine in my arm. The next thing I realized was that I was sitting in the chair, opposite the Shrink. ;"And how are we feeling today sleepyhead?" He started. I already wanted to kick his stupid bearded face. ; "Oh I'm just FABULOUS Mr.Shrink. I think I'm aaaaaaaaaall better now. Please do come closer, so I can shake your hand- oh wait. No. Because I'm in a freaking straight jacket!" I yelled and started squirming out of the jacket. ; "Now now, there's no need to get all worked up, the jacket is for your protection." The Shrink said. ; "Don't you mean, for YOUR protection? Because we both know what would happen to YOU. If I were to break free." I said. I saw the fear in his eyes. He was trying to act all calm and professional, but I knew he was afraid. He was ALWAYS afraid. Especially during our meetings. There were always certain conditions that had to be fulfilled before, could meet him. 1. There were supposed to be at least 4 guards ready outside the door, in case I tried something.   2. They needed to make sure I couldn't move around so freely, whether it was by giving me some weird drugs, or forcing me wear the straight jacket didn't matter.   3. I needed to sit on the "special chair." 

It was a normal chair, but it was bolted to the floor. It was connected to certain wires, which made sure that if I ever tried anything the meeting would become... Quite SHOCKING. Those rules were added ever since I broke the window in the room, as well as the Shrink's glasses. They had to use stitches on the wounds, given by the sharp pieces of glass in his face. Not to brag.. But that was one of my best works so far. ; "So Mr.Hitler. What are we discussing about today? How my life was so terrible? How I FEEL? As if you'd care about it. I know what you REALLY think of me anyway." I said and smiled innocently. He looked nervous. Even more than usual. I'm sure he was even ready to ran to his desk and push the red alarm button, or to call the security. He even thought of using the special chair. But he didn't do it. I stared at him. He didn't move. He seemed to be in a shock. "So... What now? Silent treatment?... Heart attack?" I asked, and made myself as comfortable as I could in the straight jacket. I looked at the Shrink bored, when I saw no reaction. But then I realized something. He wasn't looking at ME. He was looking next to me.I turned my head, and two unknown eyes stared back at mine. I did not recognize him, but an older looking man, was standing right next to my seat. He wore a white cloak and his skin was completely white. As if he was a ghost. He had some odd scars on his face and hands, and when he walked it looked like the shadows in the room were following him. I couldn't help but stare at him, since I thought he was pretty cool with that shadow trick of his. He slowly walked towards the Shrink's chair, stopping mere inches away from him. I looked at the two, interested of what was going on. It looked like Mr.Hitler knew the guy, a bit too well even. He tried desperately to get out of the chair, but it was like the unknown man's shadow was holding him still. I have to admit it was far better than any movie I've ever seen. The man suddenly turned to look at me, and I immediately felt my heart beating faster. For a second, I thought he was going to kill me or something. He raised his hand, and snapped his fingers. I felt something fly right past my face. When I opened my eyes, I saw my straight jacket was cut in two. I was free. I looked up, and the man smiled at me. "Who are you?" I asked him. 

; "You don't need to know that now, for my name does not matter." He said with a low voice. "Worry not young one. We will meet again, in another place. For now.. Let me get rid of any "obstacles" you might have here. Think of it as a gift." He continued. He turned back towards the shrink, raised his hand once again, and he made and invisible cut through the air. I felt a powerful air wave rushing through the room, right towards shrink's chair. It went right through the chair... and through the shrink. The next think I noticed was a blood puddle around his chair. I couldn't do anything at the moment. I just stared, I stared at his dead body.. Well.. what hadn't gone flying to the other side of the room. I stared in awe as the strange man walked through the wall, disappearing. All I could hear was his voice: "See you again." About a minute later, when a nurse came into the room, she screamed like there was no tomorrow. I simply walked past her, due to her being in a shock she couldn't stop me. ; "Hey! How come you're free?? What happened there?!" A security guard asked me, grabbing my shoulder. I glared at him, and pointed my finger towards him, he had about 0.5 seconds to react, before he flew across the hall right into the wall. ; "Mr.Shrink is taking a nap. An eternal nap." I said, as I walked to my room. I closed the door behind me, and I sat on my bed. I couldn't help it.. It's not like I wanted to... But I couldn't stop laughing.

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Chapter V: The Decision and Frustration
 
It had only been days since that little "accident" with the shrink. Of course, I was the first suspect. I mean who else would they blame of it? I always hated them, disobeyed their rules, questioned their system, and insulted the staff. In short: the feeling of hate was mutual. They had hired more guards, and tightened the security in the hospital. They even went as far as to give me my own little special cell. They were being extra careful. They weren't going to take any chances with me anymore. At first I was at worst, an annoyance to the nurses, and possibly to other patients. But now, I was a real threat to them. If I even looked at them funny, they'd give me an injection. I would wake up after few hours, groggy, weak, and with a terrible headache and dizziness. I hated that. I hated them. I hated the hospital. I hated EVERYTHING. There were still no signs of Natalia coming back, and.. as weird as it was, I was beginning to.. WORRY about her. I didn't understand why, and that made me even more angry. I couldn't use my powers because of the stuff they gave me, though they still wouldn't even consider giving me any other medicine, which was good, I would've ripped off their arms if they had tried that. They still hadn't bring back Emily. I kinda missed her too. Wherever she was, it couldn't be any worse than stuck here.
 
I was starting to get bored, the guards wouldn't answer to my questions, or flinch when I kicked the cell door. They gave no reaction what-so-ever, so I sometimes wondered if they were robots instead. The worst thing wasn't that I was locked in a cell, heck I could get out whenever I wanted to.. The absolute WORST thing was, that whenever I did try getting out, I'd get shot with a tranquilizer. Now that really cramps my style. In more ways than one. I couldn't even drink my coffee in peace anymore! I stared at the ceiling quietly. By every passing minute the, the ceiling looked like it was getting closer, at times I kinda hoped it was. This cell was boring. It was completely gray, only one window, and heavy metal door keeping me in. I had a bed though, but it's sheets were boring, dark gray color. I hadn't been this bored since the day my aunt died. I had nothing to do, even my time in "the play room" had been shortened By a half an hour, and they wouldn't give me any sharp objects, not even a simple pencil. Every time I would try and make a conversation with the other patient (despite them being in their own special Place in their heads, and not noticing me at all) the nurses would call the security to keep me away. Really now? Now I would NEVER kill off my fellow patients. No, never. Maybe a few guards if they get in my way, but definitely not the patients. It always nice to see when one of them tries to climb the wall like a chameleon. Or when one of them ges all psycho on the nurses, because they tried to take away their baby (which was nothing more than a doll, but still). Now I couldn't do that anymore either. All thanks to Mr.Bleach Skin. Okay it was amusing to see the shrink almost soil himself, but by killing him off, he made my life even more difficult.
 
The only lucky break from my isolation, was when another patient Lesile, had gone a bit too wild once again, and he was put in the same cell as me, due to the lack of rooms. He was kinda like Emily, but more silent. He was just shivering in the corner, holding his legs. I sat next to him, but he didn't seem to notice me. I waved my hand in front of his face, still nothing. ;".... Yo. Less? Less? Are you alive?" I tried poking his forehead. Nothing. I remembered the monster that had visited me some time ago, which had called for him. "... Leslie. Do you happen to know anything about... a nurse with a lamp for a head?" He stopped moving. I couldn't really tell what he was thinking, but he was looking at me this time at least. Neither of us said anything for a while, we just continued our staring contest, until Leslie finally said something: ;"STEM-system..." I stared at him in awe, how did he know that word? Did that mean he knew about the cellar? Without thinking, I grabbed his shoulders, not even realizing I was shaking him: ;"Leslie, How do you know that word?? Do you know what's going on? Please tell me!" He held his head looking at the floor, he was slowly swinging back and forth. ; "No.. Can't tell... Ruvik mean." He was mumbling bunch of weird stuff again. He was like a fragile child really, if he was my brother or something, I would definitely be the first one to protect him. Well he was still my cellmate, but he was an oddball. I wondered if he had been in an accident, which had caused him to stay mentally at a child's level. I wondered if I would've been like that too if I hadn't.. Well. It was only guessing. Not much point thinking about it now. Leslie fell on the ground, shaking violently. Good for me, since I HAD TO get out of here.
 
I punched the door repeatedly, wishing the guards would get fed up with it and open the hatch to see what was going on. Lucky for me they did! ; "Be quiet in there! Don't force us to use the tranquilizers again!" The guard named John said. ( I didn't actually know their names, nor did I even care... But they looked like John and Josh for me so..) ; "Oh sorry Mr.Guard. I was just going to inform you that Leslie is having one of his seizures again, and needs immediate help. Unless of course.. You want to live with the fact that you let a patient die. That won't look good in your resume. I smiled innocently. He opened the door as soon as he saw Leslie, his mouth foaming, and shaking violently on the floor, and that was just the diversion I needed. I pushed John aside, and kicked Josh right between the legs. (They REALLY didn't think this through, now did they?) I ran as quickly as I could towards the exit from the "Special" Ward, and took a turn to the left, towards the shrink's office. It WAS off limits... but I wasn't one to follow rules anyway. I heard the alarm go off, and I knew I only had few minutes to find what I was looking for. I finally found the papers with a certain someone's phone number. I rushed out from the room, knocking down the nurses, who had been going for Leslie. I ran to the reception desk, and dialed the number. ; "C'mon, c'mon.. Pick up....." I wished out loud. I heard the footsteps coming closer, and closer. Finally I heard a voice from the otherside of the line. ; "KCPD, Detective Kidman speaking, who is this?" For once I was GLAD to hear her voice. ; "Hey Detective! It's me, the kid from the Beacon Mental Hospital you visited!" I couldn't see her face then, but I was SURE it was hilarious. ; "What?! How did you get this number??"  I saw one of the guards coming too close to me, so I quickly ducked under the table, taking the phone with me. ; "Does it matter? I- I'm kind of in a hurry so I'll get to the point. You said your boss would like to meet me right??? Well I've changed my mind! I want to meet him!" The line went quiet for a moment, but I heard her voice again soon. ; "Why the sudden change of heart?" She questioned me. ; ".... Let's just say.. That a friend of mine helped me to decide... But anyway I- " I felt someone yanking the phone ; " I want to take whatever job it is he needs me to do!" I yelled, while trying to get the phone back. ; "Kid?! Are you okay??" I heard Juli ask.
; "JUST GET.ME.OUT OF HERE!" I managed to yell, before the phone was taken away from me, and I started feeling sleepy again.
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Chapter VI: The Meeting With The Devil

I woke up in a small black car. I was laying on the backseat, trying to remember what had happened. I couldn't remember much, other than the fact that someone was going to pay for drugging me. AGAIN. I looked forward to see the driver. ; "Hey. Where are we going exactly? and WHO exactly are you?" I asked holding my head. MAN I HATE when they give me weird stuff. It always gives me a headache and makes me tired. Besides it blocks my powers. I LIKE my powers. I tried to focus and make the world around me to stop spinning so much. I started to see things more clearly. The driver didn't seem to listen to me at all, but there was someone else besides them in the car, a big bald guy with sunglasses. The guy looked at my direction. Or at leas I think he was? It's hard to tell when you can't see his eyes behind the sunglasses. He kinda looked like the type who has probably killed at least 10 guys by breaking their necks. I looked back at the driver, and I immediately saw who she was. It was Juli. "Hey! It's my favorite creep detective!" I said happily. She seemed irritated by it for some reason, though the big guy seemed to understand my humor, as I heard him trying to hold in the laughter. It didn't work. ; "Shut it Muntz." she ordered him. So the big guy was called Muntz, huh? I thought it was something else like Fist or Killer? ; "So who is he exactly? Your new boyfriend or..?" I asked Juli. ; "He's your bodyguard." she answered me, emotionless. I stared at the guy quite a while before I spoke again: ; "Sweet! Does that mean I can ask him to kill my enemies or just shoot someone?" I asked her excitedly. He turned his head towards me and with a low voice he simply answered: "No." I sat there legs crossed and mumbled: "Well you're no fun." Just for that I decided to call him "Munch" instead. It sounded more appropriate to me at least.

We arrived to an unknown facility, I had no idea where we were, since I was either too bored to take any interest in what was going on outside the car, or I was simply napping. Juli covered my eyes with a bandana, and led me inside. I heard various noises around me, such as machinery, some people talking about an experiment, and some even seemed to be interested in who I was. That's a first. We arrived to this small room I guess? I couldn't hear anything. Juli removed the bandana and Munch sat on a chair near the door. I couldn't exactly see much, the lighting in the room sucked. I barely saw the "big man" himself sitting opposite me on his chair, behind the desk. I couldn't even tell whether he was looking at me, or away from me. ; "So. YOU'RE the one I've heard SO MUCH about." The man said. I smirked and answered: ; "So YOU'RE the one I've heard NOTHING about!" , "Nice place you got here, does it come with lighting or are you just shy about your looks?" I asked sarcastically. I heard silent laughing. ; "You truly are a little problem aren't you?" he asked in a creepily polite manner. ; "I try my best." I answered proudly. This guy.. I had never actually SEEN him, but I had HEARD him speaking bs, about me behind my back in the cellar. But if I was going to learn more about him and his little project, what better way doing it than pretend working FOR him? Besides I was interested about this guy.. Ruben. Who was he? and where was he exactly? Somewhere around here? I HAD TO get answers. ; "So why did you suddenly change your mind young lady? I heard from Kidman that you weren't exactly... cooperative." He said putting his hands on the desk. If I could SEE something I bet he was having this smug face right about now. ; "My FRIEND, Helped me decide." (and I got bored) but as if I'd tell them that. "and I know about the system." I continued. I saw him twitch slightly. I bet he wasn't expecting that. "and.. about RUBEN." at this point everyone in the room stared at me, I was proud of myself. Only 10 minutes in, and already I seem like a potential threat. Good day. Of course, I really had no idea about what the system is, or who the heck was Ruben, or what he was doing, but hey, messing with people is what I do best.

; "But you don't know why we need you, do you?" He asked, sounding almost TOO victorious. I froze. Completely. I had thought about it, but if they needed me, there was no chance they'd hurt me or study me right? Because I absolutely DESPISE that kind of behavior. It reminded me of the Shrink BEFORE, the "accident" happened, and before he became part of the red carpet in his room. ; "No... But I'm sure your highness will tell me." I said, trying to sound like I wasn't afraid. I knew nothing about this guy besides the fact I truly hated him. He could do ANYTHING. He stood up from his desk, and walked towards me. I tried to back away, but Munch blocked the exit. The man stopped right in front of me, and reached his hand towards me. I closed my eyes, and waited. When nothing happened I opened my eyes, and saw that he was giving something to me, a small device. ; "I need you, to take this with you to the STEM-System. You only need to find the main control room, and plant this device on the main computer. Understood?" He said with a monotone voice. I nodded and took the device. ; "So.. What does it do exactly?" I asked scratching my head a bit. ; "You don't need to know that. Detective Kidman will join you with Mr.Muntz. They will make sure you'll be safe, and that you will do your mission as promised." He stated coldly, walking back towards his desk. ; "...And.. what if I CAN'T do that? For some reason?" I asked. He glanced at me. ; "That would be... very unfortunate.. For you." He said. I didn't really understand what he meant. "You see.. while you were sleeping, we took the liberty to plant a little chip in your head. Now IF you succeed, we will remove it. But if you fail.. Well. Let's just say it will be messy." I bet he smiled. I was so angry. ; "So.. How do I get to the STEM-System anyway?" I asked holding in all of the rage. ; "Oh I'm so glad you asked." He said. I was confused, until.. I felt a sharp pain on the right side of my neck, and I saw a needle. ; "Son of a-" I said, as I fell on the floor, and passed out AGAIN.

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Chapter VII: The Return to the Hospital

I can't exactly remember what happened then. I knew I was no longer in the office nor even the facility I had been brought before, I was in a different place.. It was much more dark and.. old. I woke up from what looked like the storage of the mental hospital, except this one was clearly covered in rust and dirt. I was apparently sitting on a chair, with a needle stuck to my arm. My head hurt like hell, and my legs felt heavy, as I slowly got up and removed the needle. I didn't see the detective or "my bodyguard" anywhere. I DID however find a flashlight. I couldn't hear any sounds from the outside, so I opened up the old door, which made an awful sound, and was quite heavy despite the appearance. I looked around to see if anyone else was there besides me. Besides a black cat, I didn't see anyone. Nor did I sense anyone either. The whole place looked like someone had dropped a nuclear bomb on it, but somehow the main exist wouldn't open. I was stuck, inside the hospital I despised so much. It was a bonus that there were no guards or nurses around, but now who was I supposed to torment with my witty comments, and my powers? 

I walked for what seemed like forever around the entire hospital first floor, and to my surprise, I actually met someone. There was a man standing in the hallway, he was breathing heavily, and he was standing his back towards me, in front of a room which seemed awfully familiar to me. It was Leslie's room. I walked towards the guy cautiously, holding the flashlight towards him: ; "Excuse me... um... Do you know how I could get out of here...?" I asked the guy, who didn't even turn to look at me. He continued breathing heavily for a while, and making some low grunting noises. Only when I was about 5 meters away I noticed... a certain smell. It was awful, like a mix of blood and sewer water combined... Like.. a corpse or something. I slowly walked to his side, and pointed the light directly to his face. He turned his head towards me. I stared at him for way too long but I couldn't look away. Half of his head was missing, his skin was grey, and rotting, he still had a kitchen knife stuck to his side (not that he seemed to notice), and I could see part of his skull and other bones sticking out from the skin. Now normal people would've probably ran away screaming, while the thing would chase them down, and eat their brains or whatever.. But I didn't do that. He didn't seem threatening to me, but more.. sad. He wasn't doing anything either, he did see me, but right after he'd turn back looking at Leslie's room. It was empty. The man stared at the empty room, like he knew who it belonged to, I would say he's eyes were filled with sadness.. But since they were mostly melted goop by now, it was kind of difficult. I felt like I was supposed to say something to him, but I wasn't sure what to say. What DO you normally say to a dead guy anyway? Would he even understand me anymore? 

I was just about to leave, when I felt something touch my shoulder. It was a hand. I don't think I've ever reacted as fast as I did to that. I swung the flashlight towards the person as hard as I could, but my attack was stopped. I saw a big guy with sunglasses holding my arm in a tight grip. "Whooops. Sorry Munch, I thought you were a zombie or something." I was partly relieved there was someone else who was alive besides me, but I was angry that the two people who were SUPPOSED to be with me and protect me decided to go on a freaking picnic or something! (also the dude totally ruined my good attack. ) "So... where's Kidman?" I asked him. Much pointed towards an elevator. "...Top floor?" I asked. He shook his head. "Let me guess.. the basement floor?" He nodded. (OF COURSE it had to be the basement.) "You know it's rude not to answer to a lady." I pointed out. ; "Well good thing you're not a lady." he answered. (ouch. My first burn.)

We were just about to leave to where Kidman was, when suddenly we heard footsteps. They came closer, and closer. My flashlight must have ran out of batteries, since it suddenly stopped working. We heard an odd gurgle sound. It sounded so familiar to me, but I couldn't quite remember where I had heard it before. Munch took out his gun, and pointed it towards the sound. Just then a bright red light shone towards us. It was too bright to look at. The footsteps became louder and louder, as I saw what was coming running towards us. It was the lantern headed monster. It started screaming again, it was unbearable. I quickly covered my ears, but Munch didn't have the time. The next thing I saw, was that thing heel kicking him right to the stomach, as he fell on the ground, with a bit of blood coming out from where the thing had kicked him. The monster didn't hesitate, and jumped on top of him, revealing the sharp teeth, before sinking them to his throat. I didn't have any time to react or to help him...and then.. He stopped moving. That lantern headed thing was now EATING him. 

Then it stopped. It turned to look at me, it's light changing to a light blue one. ; "...P..a..ti..en..t?" it asked me. I nodded without thinking. The monster stood back up, and walked up to me, twitching it's head, closing it's "mouth". I backed away towards the elevator door. It was now uncomfortably close to me, I could smell the blood on the monsters clothes. I was ready for the worst. Then, the elevator doors suddenly opened. I saw a gun pointed towards the monster, and I heard 3 gunshots, and screaming. I was pulled inside the elevator, as the doors closed, I saw something, as the light from the elevator shone towards the thing, I saw a name tag on the "uniform" if you can call it that. It read: "Natalia." 

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Chapter: VIII The Truth

The elevator ride felt like years. I didn't know what to think. Kidman reloaded her gun, keeping an eye on the door, she didn't say anything. I kept staring at the floor. It all made sense somehow. I hadn't seen Natalia in a while, and then that thing appeared. Besides the fact it didn't seem hostile, at least at first. But.. the monster didn't seem to try to hurt me, rather it hurt Muntz. It didn't even hesitate. SHE didn't even hesitate. Why? Why would she hurt him? I mean besides looking like a giant gorilla, I couldn't figure out any reason for it. I looked at Kidman again, who was still facing the door, as soon as we'd get to the bottom floor, she'd go all Rambo on.. whatever it was down there.

;"...Did you know about it?" I asked, still looking at the floor. ;"Did I know what?" Kidman answered FINALLY facing towards me. ;"Did you know what happened to Natalia?" I continued, looking into her eyes. If she was going to lie, I'd know. If she did that, I wouldn't be very happy about it. In fact I might even be slightly mad. I didn't understand why, but I was... Upset? I guess that's the word. But why would I be? I didn't know Natalia THAT well. It's not like we were best friends either, or even gossip friends. I didn't really know anything about her either, and she only knew what was written in the files. But for some reason.. I felt kind of bad, as if I was going to break down. I felt sick, I wanted to throw up. ; "I did know about it, what happened to her I mean." Kidman said in a calm, but yet somehow cold tone. I stared at her for the longest time in silence. ; "What did you people to do her exactly?" I asked as calmly as possible, given the situation I felt like punching something, or breaking something. I clenched my fists, biting my teeth together, trying not say some very colorful words. "Are you people the reason why she became like that?" I continued. ;" No. Were not the reason for THAT. She did that to herself." She said, placing her hand on her hip ; "How exactly does a human suddenly become like that?! If anything, whatever it is you people made her do, must have affected her!" I yelled pointing a finger at Kidman, who didn't even seem slightly guilty about anything. ; "It is no secret that the system we were testing was highly experimental at the time when we asked for your help.." she started. ; "You mean tried to kidnap me, and make me do whatever it was you were planning?" I said crossing my arms. ; "...Anyway. Since you didn't seem to be the least bit cooperative, we asked if anyone else would be willing to... 'help the government'. As my boss put it. Natalia then recommended herself. The other patients didn't prove to be too.... Intelligent for the job. I did explain that the job was very dangerous and it would've been best if someone more "unique" like you were to test it instead." She explained. ; "Wow. Flattering." I said with a HINT of sarcasm. ; "Natalia herself insisted that we'd use her instead of you. So we did. However... she failed the job. We're not too sure what it was that happened, probably a bug in the system, but after her disappearance, we sent someone to check the system... But they never did come back, the last thing we ever heard from them was about a strange monster. Now we know what it is." I couldn't sense even a bit of guilt in her voice, or empathy.

I couldn't understand just what was this woman. She was supposed to be an agent, not a god damn iron wall. Then again her personality would also match one. "My guess is that she was attacked, during the mission, and corrupted as well." she continued, looking as uninterested as ever. ;"That can happen?" I asked her. ; "Under certain circumstances, yes. It can happen. But that's not going to happen to you." She said placing her hand on my shoulder, which I quickly removed. ; "If you think I'd do anything for you or your boss after all this, then you're mistak-" I started, suddenly feeling ill. My head was killing me. It felt like someone was trying to rip it open. I fell on my knees to the floor, holding my head in pain. "What..is this?" I looked at Kidman, who didn't seem very surprised at all. ; "That would be the little chip in your head. Didn't you heard when boss said that "it'd be messy if you don't do as told? I'm really not trying to be your enemy here. I'm just doing what I was paid to do, I don't let the emotional stuff get to me, and neither should you. The sooner we finish this little task, the sooner both of us will get out of here." She said offering her hand. I took it mumbling a few curses, which I hoped she didn't hear, as most of them were meant for her.

We finally arrived to the bottom floor which led to the basement. We both stepped out of the elevator. "Now, we should check every room for possible clues.." Kidman suggested. I got the feeling like she wasn't telling me something. Something very important, but I couldn't figure out why. ; "I'll go check the bathrooms and the office on the left then.." I said walking to the said direction, not even looking back at Kidman. I really had no intention on playing friends with her, especially not now. As I entered the women's bathroom I immediately ran in to the closest stall, locked it, and fell down on the floor. I didn't know what was wrong with me, but I couldn't keep the feelings in anymore. I broke down. I cried for the longest time. I just kept calling for her name, even though I knew no one would answer. I felt truly alone.

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Chapter IX: The Monsters

I walked for what seemed like hours, which probably in reality, were but mere minutes. I caught up with Kidman, who was waiting for me near the stairs. I don't know whether the look she was giving me was full of anger, or pity. Either way I did not like it one bit. I could end it all here, I knew I could. It would all be so easy. Just by simply doing something against that organization. That way I could probably escape it all. There was nothing for me in the outside world. No family, no friends, no home, not even a pet. I started to wonder what was it, that I had been doing up to this point. Was it called having fun? With others expense. I couldn't even remember what it felt like, to stay there. In that cell for months. With... who was it again? I couldn't remember her name, nor her face. She wasn't important to me in the slightest. No one was. The only ones I DID remember were out of pure hate. I despised those people. They reminded me of that man. He was the reason I was there to begin with. If it had only been me and my aunt, maybe none of this would've ever happened in the first place? Or was it because of me? Was it because I had these "powers?" Was it because I was crazy? Should I not have been born? Should I have died back then instead of them? Was anything I did up to this point, even somehow relevant to anything? Maybe not. Probably not.

It looked like she wanted to say something to me, but she held back instead. I walked downwards before her, she loaded her gun, and checked for the necessary supplies. The more we walked, the more darker it got. I had almost forgot I still had that "device" whatever it was. I still didn't know what it did, and I doubt my dear miss detective would tell me anything that she didn't deem necessary. (Which was about half of the important stuff anyway) As we went deeper to the building and what I think was the basement floor, the more I could hear all sorts of whispers. I couldn't hear what they said exactly, but there were many different voices speaking at the same time. I glanced at Kidman, and it seemed as if she was oblivious to the noise. I decided not to bring it up. But the closer we got to the source, the more my head started to hurt. Everything was spinning around me, I lost balance. It wasn't that much of a fall, but hitting the cold hard ground still hurt a bit. We were at the end of the stairs. Kidman knelt down next to me, trying to help me up, and I suppose checked me for any damage. There wasn't any. But I felt so sick. Like I was going to throw up. My head hurt, and it felt as if it was going to split open. Then it stopped.

I looked around the room, It was dark, rusty, and had dried up blood and ink all around. Some writing equipment had been thrown around with chairs, and vials. The different scents mixing together made a horrible smell. It was like rotten corpse in a dump. A rotten BURNING corpse. In fact, that's what was missing from this picture. CORPSES. Where were they? I saw lots of blood, but no bodies lying on the ground. Nothing. There should've been SOMETHING. But no matter how me and Kidman tried to look for any signs of someone moving the bodies, or burning them, we found nothing. That's when I heard an odd sound coming from the hallway. It was like shuffling. The smell of burning corpses became unbearable. I clicked on my flashlight to see what was making the noise. The light hit something. Something that looked like a big bag of something on fire. It was attached to someone, something. No, it wasn't a bag, that was swollen skin. It was charcoal black, and it was moving up and down to the beat of that THINGS breathing. The whole stomach of the thing was glowing yellow. It was on all fours, like a person. I saw something poking out of the sides of the thing... Was that bone? It didn't seem to react to the light. Kidman pulled out her gun at it, she stepped out to the hallway, and moved towards the creature.

I noticed two other ones on the other end of the hallway, swarming around something. The swollen part of their stomachs glowed red. It looked like they were ripping something apart. Then all of a sudden, an explosion. First one of the red glowing creatures exploded, and it caused a chain reaction, making all of them to explode. Kidman startled by this looked back, as the creature before her changed it's color from yellow, to red. It bolted right towards her. She reacted quickly however, and shot it. It screeched loudly, and fell on the ground, it's stomach swelled even worse than before, and it too exploded, blood and entrails going everywhere. Then silence. I silently walked to the hallway, and watched the whole scene. It was so odd, I suppose I would have had to feel something, but I didn't really feel anything. Kidman looked at my blank reaction and told me to stay close to her. Those creatures, just died. Just like that. I had no idea what they were, they were humans right? Or experiments? I wonder why they had become like that. They looked to be in pain, their bones sticking out, their skin burnt, and black, no eyes, and they seemed to navigate by sound and touch alone. Were there going to be more of those things? Was Natalia a monster too? Or did she still have part of her that was human? She seemed to react to my talking voice, she didn't attack me. She could've. Why didn't she? Was the agent just going to kill her too, if she appeared again before us? For some reason that thought made me feel extremely sad, and angry? I don't want her to suffer anymore than she already has, Natalia didn't do anything. She didn't want to become like that, it's not her fault, it is NOT her fault. I clenched my fist because of the thought. I just wanted this all to end already. But I couldn't do that. Wait, why couldn't I? I had no reason to go on. I could do it, all I had to do, was to refuse to help Kidman. That's right. If I did that, this would all be over in a second. I could do that, I SHOULD do that. Then, why am I not doing it? My body won't do it, I can't open my mouth. I don't know what's wrong with me anymore. Or.. Was there anything right about me to begin with?

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