t h r e e
Sadness. Dread. Insanity.
These are the emotions I am wrestling with. Eventually, I know I will lose.
With what feels like an eternity, I do nothing but stare out of the window across the room from me, watching the slow shifting space pass by. Dread increases within me more and more as each minute passes me by.
The room is eerily quiet the entire time. The hooded man who is watching me makes no sounds and does nothing but keep sharp stares on me. He keeps his shadowed eyes under his hood locked onto me, studying my every move. So I stay still, staring out into the deep dark space.
Eventually, a deep dark planet starts to appear into view. The planet looks as though it has a dark veil surrounding it like a ring. Within the deep blackness on the planet are streaks of dark red coursing throughout the surface.
The commander appears as a hologram on the device next to the hooded man who is watching me.
"Prepare the Princess. We are arriving shortly,"
"Right away, sir,"
The hologram disappears back into the device. The hooded man swipes it up and puts it away within his cape.
The feeling of dread increases within me every step he makes towards me. I have to do what is expected of me now. They have me trapped. I am at their mercy.
He unlocks the powered door and waves his hand towards me, motioning me to leave, "Get up,"
I slowly stand and make my way out of the small space. Once I am within his reach, he grabs me by my upper left arm, "Walk,"
I begin to start walking, "Faster,"
As he tells me this I feel a sharp shock shoot through me that came from the device clamped on my arms, surging through them before reaching the rest of my body, "Ah!" I cry out.
It makes me stutter and my legs almost give out from underneath me.
Ow... He can send shocks through me that come from this device latched onto me?
"Move!" I feel him shove me from behind.
I guess from now on, I am a prisoner, a criminal, that has escaped the planet or something...
More surges of dread fill me up to the brim as I stumble forwards, being forced to leave the under belly of the ship.
Extremely high amounts of sadness fill my eyes the closer I get to arriving to the end of the starship. I cannot control which emotion I show, and I cannot compress any of these emotions anymore. My emotions control me now.
We pass through door after door, each one hissing behind me as we go. Once we reach the final door, the door hisses open and the commander appears before me. His stern and emotionless face looks me over and smiles in approval. The other hooded man grabs my other arm and forces me to follow the commander quickly to the main door of the ship leading outside.
The commander punches a code into the keypad and the large door hisses open, revealing a new larger feeling of dread splashing on my face as the sight of the Dark World appears into view.
The deep dark vibe of the planet hits me at once. I hear nothing. The eerie, empty, silent planet gives under my feet as I am forced to step off of the starship. The surface appears to be soft and squishy as steps are taken. The atmosphere is thick with large amounts of black particles and clouds of gaseous blackness everywhere I turn. The sky is tinted with a deep purple and no clouds to be seen.
Close by, on the horizon, looks to be the large city where the castle is probably located. My stomach heaves with the realization that I could be cut down at any moment and I still stand now because the King, who is in my near future, asked his commanders to bring me alive and not dead.
My life Is now at his mercy... If he ever wishes me dead, he will have it right where I stand...
"Walk, Princess," I hear the commander call from behind me.
I hesitate and I feel a shove from behind me, "Go, now!"
Without me realizing, my feet are obeying his commands, walking forwards towards the large city ahead of me. From what I can see in the distance, the city has only tall skinny skyscrapers and most movement appears higher in the sky than on the level where I stand now. The buildings get wider as they gain elevation.
I dart my eyes to the ground in front of me as I walk, beginning to realize I am beginning to fight massive feelings of sadness and dread.
If I die here... then so be it. I feel like I am replaceable and unimportant to the happenings around me now. I feel like nothing I do will change anything and I should just give up, give into my fate that was given to me before I was ever born.
I fight back the sudden urge that I want to cry.
I accept my purpose.
I lower my head in submission, as to cover my eyes with the shadow of my hood, and without hesitation, I do everything that is commanded of me. I speed up when they tell me. I slow down when they tell me. I stop when they say. Everything. I keep my arms lowered in front of me, pointing down at my feet, as I walk along in front of the commander and the other two hooded men.
Once I notice other hooded magicians, I realize all eyes have been set onto me. Sudden feelings of being exposed overwhelm me as I continue walking towards the big city rapidly approaching. There are not as many as I expected though.
Why is this place so empty?
Before I know it, the city is approaching, "Go faster,"
The commander prods from behind me. I obey quickly and do as I am told. I keep moving forwards, moving past all of the tall buildings to my left and right. More and more dark magicians find me and hold their gazes, each and every one of them with their hoods up, shadowing them from me.
"Stop, Princess," I quickly stop walking and stand there, keeping my gaze on the surface before me. Then I feel a hand tug at my hood, pulling it down, revealing me. I hear a couple of gasps from around me as the magicians stare at me.
This is it, I must be the princess. My entire life was a lie. A dream. Now I am back to reality. This is who I am. I am a criminal.
I hear some mumbling to one another around me as I see more and more appear from within the buildings.
"Citizens, your disrespectful and dishonorable Princess has been captured and returned. You no longer have to live in fear," More murmurs rise around me as I keep looking down to the surface. Then I feel a shove behind me, "Walk," So I do as I am told.
Another minute passes by as I walk, and the large castle begins looming before me, staring down at me. The castle feels as though it is belittling me. Every step I take, I feel stress begin to take its toll on me more and more.
Sadness. Dread. Insanity.
Stress. The pressure is forcing itself onto me. I suddenly feel my lungs heaving as I struggle to breathe when I enter the large double doors to the castle looming over me.
This is it. This is where it takes me.