The Pain Barrier
Lay upon the bed, coughing. Coughing so hard that it burst blood vessels. Agony was the only thing he could feel. He didn’t want to move, in fear of even more pain pulsating through out his body. Darren lay with his eyes closed and breathing deeply. “Its probably just food poisoning…” he thought to himself. His stomach churned. Another round of the sweats, tiny little droplets formed on his forehead. He rolled over on his bed to face the bucket once again. He glanced at this clock. It read nine-thirty in the morning. It had only been ten minutes since he last checked, although to Darren it felt like a life time. He closed his eyes and tried to imagine being with his girlfriend again. It had only been a week since she left to go on holiday, but he missed her terribly. Once again he could feel his stomach churn. He tried to fight the urge but he was fighting a loosing battle. With his curtains still drawn closed, tiny beams of light seeped into the room. They felt as if they were burning into his eyes. Darren tried to focus himself onto one object, to see if that could stop the constant violent puking and swirling motion from within his head. He stared at his fish tank, watching the little, sparkling fish gracefully cruising around in the tank. He concentrated on the faint humming of the tank filter, as if it were a song, that the fish were dancing along to. Sweat started slowly dripping down the sides of his head once again. The faint humming got louder, almost causing a painful ringing effect in his ears. He wanted to look away, but something was stopping his. Something he couldn’t control. The fish slowed their speed, and there before Darren, things were moving, coming together to one centre point, Two small glowing points grew, either side of the centre point. A face. Darren swore he could see a face form within the darkness. But he couldn’t tell if it was human… The face drew closer....
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