The Waiting Room

Skye never had the best life. All she ever wanted was to die, but now she has the choice, is it really that simple?

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3. After Life

It seems like hours have past before a man emerges from the light. He is tall and dark in a white suit, someone I would not ever trust. Moving away from him is impossible and he carries on walking towards me and holds out his hand.

"Hello, Skye," his voice is calm and friendly and welcoming, but something inside of me is screaming to just run away, "There's no need to be afraid. I'm your friend. You can trust your friends, can't you?" Truth is I never had any friends so I wouldn't know how to answer that question, but still I nod my head. As long as he doesn't come any closer and he doesn't touch me, I'll be fine. "Come on, I want to take you some place away from here. That's what you want, I can tell."

He comes closer and grabs my hand and everything goes dark.

***

When I wake up I'm in a bare white room with the man sitting on a chair in the corner. The bed I am in is comfortable, but that makes me uneasy and instinctively I jump straight out of it.

"How did I die?!" Is the only thing I can think to say, but it comes out more of a scream. The man stands up and straightens out his suit, the way business men do when they come out of a meeting.

"Now that I can't tell you," he says in that same calm voice, "It's against the rules."

So death has rules. That's just plain stupid. I'm meant to be in an eternal rest, but so far it's been worse than life itself.

"Skye, listen to me," he walks towards me again, "My name is G and I'm here to help you. In fact, I know everything there is to know about you."

I decide to stay silent and ignore him and then maybe he'll leave me and I can go into my eternal rest or eternal burning or whatever it is I'm supposed to be doing right now. But he just stands opposite me and I can feel in my heart that unlike everyone else he will stick by me.

***

G tells me that I'm not completely dead yet but I am in the "Waiting Room". It's the place where everyone goes just before they die while the Boss is deciding whether they go to heaven or hell. To be honest, I think it's pretty stupid I have to wait here, it's obvious I'm going to hell. Obviously, G completely disagrees with me.

"You have a very strong case to get into heaven," he says, "You've suffered a lot already, the Boss will want to give you peace instead of more pain."

"Yeah, and what if I want the burning?" I reply. Without pain everything is really strange. Since I've been in the Waiting Room, I can't even think properly. Can you get accustomed to  pain? Because if you can, then I definitely have and I think I need it to function properly.

"And why would you want burning?" he asks me as we sit side by side on the bed, "You'd be in eternal pain!"

"Obviously, you don't know everything about me!" I don't realise I've shouted it until I see the stunned look on his face. "If you knew anything about me then you'd know pain is all I've ever had that is mine!"

"But you don't want it! Why would you want it?"

I don't know how to answer that so I do what my brother did 10 years ago and just leave. Walk out the door and down the hallway. I don't know how this Waiting Room thing works, but so far it's making no sense at all.

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