The Father of Darkness

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David woke in a room so bright, it was almost unbearable. He could make out the figures of people in the room, but couldn't tell who any one them were.

As soon as he adjusted to the light, he could make out who some of the people were. "David. I can't believe you made it through that forest alive, with all those monsters chasing you. What happened?" Someone said.

"Felix? Am I glad to see you." Felix was the counselor at Bright Falls High School. "I don't know what happened. I was surrounded, then a couple flashes of light brust around me, so I took that as a chance to run."

"Well, we're all glad that you're alive."

David stood up from the bed that he was in. In a bed across from him was Sofia, laying still. "What happened to her?"

"Same thing that happened to you as soon as you crossed into the light. Except, she won't wake up." Felix explained.

"How long was I out?"

"Half an hour maybe." Felix answered.

"What time is it?" David asked.

Felix rolled up his left sleeve, and looked at his watch. "Eleven."

"At night?"

"I think so. It's hard to tell."

David walked over to Sofia. He stood over her. Why her? Why couldn't I have been put through this alone? But if she wasn't with me, she might have been turned. He put his ear to her mouth. She was still breathing. Thank God. "Do you know why she isn't waking up?" David asked.

"No." Felix replied.

"Isn't there a doctor that stayed up all night?" David yelled.

"Sadly, Bruce hasn't found a doctor."

"If she doesn't wake up, then it's my fault." David brushed his right hand through his hair. "Are her parents here?"

"She doesn't have any. She lives in a foster home." A woman said.

"And who are you?" David asked.

"I work at the foster home she lives at. I'm Marie."

"Is there someone in charge around here?" David asked.

"Yeah, Mr. Philips." Felix said.

"Cecil Philips?"


David hurried around the cabin, until he came upon Cecil Philips. He stared at him for a long while. Then he went up to him.

"Cecil Philips."

"Yeah?" Cecil answered.

"I'm David Park. I read in a book about nightmares, you're quote, 'You should always be afraid of the dark, you never know when a dream about darkness will come true.' "

"What about it?"

"You quoted it the day after this page was written." David said as he handed the page to Cecil. "You wrote that didn't you?"

"I... uh..."

"Didn't you?" David yelled.

"Yes, I... had a dream about it. My wife used to make these stories, and after she died, I read them all. Everything that she wrote came true."

"So... you just decided to write this? The end of days!"

"I didn't want to write it. It just happened. I sat still for two days before I wrote it. I could hear the whispers."

"What whispers?"

"Whispers from my dead wife. She told me to do it. After I wrote it, and hid it. I forgot all about it. Until today. I now realize that it wasn't a dream, it was my wife, telling me to do it."

"You were hypnotized?"

"I guess so." 

"How does it work?"

"How does what work?"

"The writing. How does it come true?"

"I don't know."

David smashed his hand onto a end table, sitting next to Cecil's chair. He cursed Cecil, and his dead wife. "Because of you, it's the end."


"Shut it!" David yelled.

David stormed into the room he awoke in. Sofia still lay in the bed. "I think she is in a coma." Felix said.

"I'm going to make her wake up." David said.

"How?" Felix asked.

"I'm going to write it." David said. He grabbed a piece of paper, and a pencil. And wrote it: 'The light room was welcoming Sofia. She awoke to the sight of her friends'.

"Period." David said.

He waited. After nothing happened in five minutes, he wrote it again, this time adding: ' She awoke at eleven-twenty to the sight of her friends'.

"What time is it?"

"Eleven-ten." Felix answered.

They all waited patiently for ten minutes. When she didn't wake up, David got mad. He slammed his fist into the fall. It left a small dent, and him with bloody knuckles. 

"She has to wake up!" David yelled.

"It doesn't work like that?" Cecil said, as he entered the room.

"Then how does it work?"

"With a typewriter."

"Of course."

David hurried to the typewriter. He placed a fresh sheet of paper into it, and began to type: 'The safe house welcomed Sofia, her friends all greeted her when she awoke to the voice of her English teacher, Mr. Park'.

David pulled the sheet from the typewriter, and placed it on the desk. He strode into the room, and talked to Sofia. "Wake up, Sofia. You're safe."

Seconds later, she opened her eyes. "David?"

"I'm so glad you're awake." 

"What happened?"

"When we crossed into the light, we fainted."

"Are we here? The safe house?" 

"Yeah, we made it."

"Is your wife here?"

"No, but, I'm going to go find her. I want you to stay here."

"No! If you go, then I'm going too!" She proclaimed.

"Okay, we'll leave at midnight. That's in about half an hour."

David prepared himself for the dangers ahead. He packed more batteries into his backpack, and put his page in too. A memento. He looked out the window of the cabin. Lights shined off in every direction from the cabin. It truly was safe.

"You know what I just realized, Cecil." David asked Cecil.

"What is it Mr. Park?"

"You are the father of this darkness, you created it. Even if it wasn't entirely you. I don't blame you for this, but I don't trust you either."

"I see."

"Maybe we will see each other again. Wait. Have you tried reverting the darkness?"

"Yes, it doesn't work."

"Alright. I'll see myself out then. Goodbye."

David, and Sofia were then off back into the darkness of Bright Falls. They stood at the edge of the safe zone. "Are you sure you want to do this?" David asked Sofia.

"Yes, I'm sure. I want to help. Remember, we're both a part of this."

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