Shadows choke me alley by alley as I tear through the streets of this god-forsaken city. My legs move like pistons against the coal-dusted asphalt, muscles tense as bridge cables, every moment ready to snap. I hear his footsteps as they slowly shuffle around me, I don't know which direction his easy breath is coming from. He's so close, I can feel his every heartbeat, his veins pumping, every drop of--
Blood. Something wet trickles down the back of my neck. I didn't even feel the blow but I know what hit me. Who hit me. I can't take much more of this. I can't let him touch me again.
I can feel every ounce of adrenaline in my blood as I somehow manage to push myself harder. I'm moving like a bullet but somehow he's still so, so close. This accursed highway seems to stretch on forever, no end in sight. If only there were somewhere to hide, somewhere to escape to, but his laughter follows me everywhere. Everywhere I go, everywhere I am, everywhere I've ever been. That voice haunts my memories, not one moment in my life when I didn't hear him laughing, howling, screaming--
Screaming. My leg sears with pain as he cuts me, I tumble to the ground, already crawling as I land. My hands bleed from where they hit the blazing hot street, but it doesn't matter, I can't stop moving.
The shadows seep from the alleys into the street, drowning me in his dark tides. I hold my breath, not daring to let him inside me. Whatever I do, I can't let him inside me. My lungs burn, but I can't, I won't let any more of his dark soul into me. He's already infected me, his spores multiplying in my head. I just have to keep moving, just don't--
Breathe. I inhale like syrup as my lungs burst, the darkness fills my chest. Suddenly I don't want to move, I don't want to fight. I don't want to do anything, just collapse and let his sickly sweet smog fill me, kill me.
Why not? There's nothing else to do, nowhere else to go. Nothing, nowhere, no one. Lethargy overwhelms, I let my body fall like lead, let my spirit darken. Let everything darken. Darken, darken, everything darkens, my vision dims, my soul dies, my heart fails, the world blackens, there's no light, no light, no light, no--