Running Scared

Sometimes I run,
Sometimes I hide,
Sometimes I’m scared of you…

–Brittney Spears, Sometimes

It didn’t matter how far she moved away, the mocking laughter was always there, surrounding her, hounding her, letting her know that all of her attempts to escape were in vain.

“You can’t escape, darling,” the voice taunted, “Wherever you run, I will be there waiting. Wherever you hide, the light will shine.”

Sweat trickled down her neck, disappearing into the opaque clothing that she always wore. Her eyes darted about, but found no one stepping forth from the shadows. Harsh light glared down at her and only her ability to quickly adjust her eyesight saved her from being blinded.

“And though you have always loved the light, you find that it is not what you thought it was, was it?” the voice continued, “Not so comforting nor warm.”

She continued to run, but the harsh light followed after her and the shadows only grew larger.

“You can’t escape something in your own mind~!” the voice, her voice, singsonged at her.

She closed her eyes and kept running.

Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one. —Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)


Little snippet inspired by today’s prompt from Light and Shade Challenge. It’s only a little snippet because I’m still sick with that cold and having a hard time doing more than little snippets of work. Just can’t think.

EDIT: Got the first quote slightly wrong, Thanks, joetwo, for pointing it out to me.


About martha0stout

I like to read and write and hang out with my family and friends. I currently live on a farm and all that such a living entails.
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14 Responses to Running Scared

  1. This is a really excellent snippet if I say so myself. I hope you feel better soon my friend. Colds this time of year are the worst.


  2. joetwo says:

    I hate that I know this but I think you’re quoting the wrong Britney Spears song. This one is “Sometimes”. Anyway good use of the prompt.


    • martha0stout says:

      Oops…now that I think about it, you’re right. I’ll change that.

      This is what I meant by not being able to think clearly.

      I’m glad you liked the prompt regardless and thanks for catching that.


  3. Uma says:

    thoughts in our head have the capability of turning into a monster. Well done!


  4. Ally says:

    I love your snippet, this is dark and creepy and I like your style

    Ally 🙂


  5. Tara R. says:

    Those inner voices can be incessant with their menacing chatter. This gave me chills. (Hope you feel better soon.)


  6. yarnspinnerr says:

    I liked this. Well done. 🙂


  7. I love it when one must face oneself. Mainly because it’s a battle everyone must endure before real change can happen. And not to mention discovering what is truly light and truly dark.

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