Hospital Whiteness

I remember how dizzy I was. I could barely keep my eyes open. The sounds of the loud sirens were fading. The ambulance was shaking, driving so fast, the doctors could barely keep their balance. I had this big, white mask over my mouth, helping me breathe normally. I ignored the whole situation and just disappeared into a half sleeping condition. My mother stood on my right side, held my hand. Black tears of mascara were pouring down her face. You could see the look of her face was screaming. She was almost screaming, but held it back. She held my hand tighter and tighter, in hopes of it would keep me awake and sane. I was scared, but at the same time, I was too exhausted to stay awake in the situation.

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3. Sneaking around

Midnight. The room was all dark except for the red and green tiny lights on the machines next to me. I had no idea of what they were there for. The hospital was silent. All I could hear were some of the nurses walking down the hallway. I hadn’t been outside the door yet. I hadn’t even seen this place. All I knew was that I was in a room on a long hallway filled with other rooms with patients in them. All I knew was that it was a hospital. I didn’t even know which one. I didn’t even know where. I could still hear the sirens on the ambulance I had arrived in.

I wondered what the other patients were there for. If I could find out why they were there, I’d know why I was. At least it would get me closer to knowing why. But how would I be able to talk to some of them?

I waited. I waited till I couldn’t hear anything. The footsteps in the hallway faded, and I knew that was my chance to go. I got up. The bed made a few squeaky sounds, but it didn’t seem like anyone noticed that.

I walked slowly towards the door. I put my hand on the doorknob. Then I realized, there was a little window on top of the door. I stood on my toes and looked out the window. There was no one behind the door. I put my hand on the doorknob again, and turned it slowly. It made a clicking sound, and I opened the door a little bit. I looked through the gap between the door and the wall. I opened the door widely and stepped out. It was a very long hallway, so long that I only could see two walls, no ends. Both walls were covered with doors. Those were the other patient’s rooms. Everyone was sleeping. I looked up and saw a few signs telling which way to go. Black on white, one of them said: “Entrance” and pointed to the right.

I walked down the hallway towards the entrance, as the sign told me to. I could knock on one of the doors and ask some of the patients, why they were there so I could get some answers, but if I woke them up, they’d probably call the nurses.

I got to the end of the hallway. A big glass door opened automatically and let me out.

It was the entrance. Where people got in and sat and waited till the person behind the big glass wall that covered them in the reception told them, it was their turn. There were candy machines and water machines and a big TV. The room was filled with chairs and tables with cheap magazines on them. This room was also white, just like the rest of the place.

What would happen, if I walked outside to see the sign? To find out where I was? I didn’t know if I dared to. Would an alarm go off? I had to take the chance. Nobody wanted to tell me what was happening, so I needed to figure it out myself. I walked slowly towards the exit. I took a deep breath. As the door opened, it made the sound of a bell, like when you enter a kiosk. I panicked. I heard the nurses footsteps run towards me, but I needed to know what was going on. I ran for it. I ran outside. It was cold and windy, and all I was wearing was the hideous hospital dress they give the patients. I ran down the parking lot towards the street. There was a big sign at the parking lots entrance, so I thought the name of the hospital would be written there. I needed to know, where I was.

There was a huge, black fence all the way around the hospital, but luckily the gate wasn’t locked.

I ran down to the street, and across the road. I turned around and looked up at the sign. My eyes widened and my hands were shaking. I felt like throwing up and screaming at the same time.

The sign was huge and white, and written in red it said:

“Greenwood Mental Hospital”

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