Chapter 3: Hear It &
“What is your point? We aren’t getting nowhere” Andy finds himself in a nightclub.
“Just drift away Andy” the voice says to him, but Andy runs into a bathroom and locks the door.
“No, tell me what the hell is going on, now!” Andy tries to focus and force the voice to speak and tell him the truth.
“The one in here is the one who killed you, the one who tried to so call fix you” the voice makes the mirror crack. “He made me go away, so that he could take advantage of your power, your gift, take advantage of you,” the voice speaks and the back of Andy’s head begins to sting and it travels down his whole body. Andy flashes back to a therapy sessions when he was a child.
“It’s okay the voice, the bad man is gone,” he said as he shakes Andy’s hand, “And now I need
you to do something for me” Andy comes back.
“I don’t remember that” Andy said as the voice pushes him to go back into the club.
“That’s because he wouldn’t let you, and when you started to remember, he tried to kill. He tried to destroy you. Now, it’s time for some payback” the voice says as everyone stops dancing. The music is still going on. “Hear him, his lies, his abuse, his guilt” Andy begins to hears a man.
“I did it, I stopped him” the man says as Andy scans the club. He sees a man sitting at the bar not frozen but completely zoned out.
“Why isn’t he frozen?” Andy said as the Voice says nothing. Andy goes up to the man, he touches him and he turns around. His face was transparent, it was hollow he could see his skull. He screams at Andy causing him to fly backwards into the crowd knocking him out.
Andy just stands in the middle of the frozen crowd, “How are you doing this?” Andy’s heart begins to race.
“Don’t you mean how are we doing this?” the voice answered him back.
“I can’t do this” Andy replied back looking around.
“But you can, we can” the voice, “If you want it all to stop, just make it stop,” the voice told him.
“I told you I’m not doing this” Andy said as he bumped into someone causing them to unfreeze.
“Hey watch where you’re going?”
“I’m sorry, I don’t know” Andy backs up.
Andy looks up to see the person’s face, “Stan” Andy said as he got closer to him.
“What’s wrong” Stan looked around and noticed that everyone is frozen, “Whoa” Stan goes to poke someone and they don’t move.
“I don’t know how he’s doing it, or if it’s even a he” Andy just stands there trying to piece everything together.
“Andy, who are you talking about?” Stan grabs his hands and the voice chuckles.
“His thoughts are everything, his mind deep, but your Andy has a certain touch that I’ve become accustomed to” the voice laughs as Andy soon sees various images flash in his mind. All of the images have Stan and Andy. Andy rips away from him and runs away and out of the crowd as soon as he out of view the crowd unfreezes and the party begins again.
“Andy!” Stan runs after him.
Andy hides in a park and he stares at his hands, “What was that?” Andy asked.
“Power, our power,” the voice says.
“What power? Who are you?” Andy cries out.
“Let’s continue our trip, and I’ll show you”.
Andy steps outside his door asking the voice in his head “where are we going?” Andy's heart began to race.
“Just let me drive for a minute, I'm telling you it will be worth it” the voice says accompanied with a chilling chuckle. Andy is walking down the street he soon comes across a crowd of people cheering. Andy pauses as he heard the voice talk to him “Now, let's see if you can remember this little trick”
“What trick?” Andy says as everyone Freeze's. “What the hell? What happened?” Andy just looked around he sees everyone just standing still in time. “Did...I?”
“No, we did” the voice said as Andy tried to touch people. “They are frozen well their minds are at least, I'm very glad to see you're as powerful as you were before our long separation” the voice says with satisfactorily.
“What are you? What am I?” Andy begins to feel scared, he wants to panic, but the voice will not him.
“Be calm Andy one bad mistake and all these people will bleed, and when the mind bleeds out it's never a happy ending for anyone. You wouldn't want any of these innocent people to die because of you would you?”
Andy's thoughts are still rushing trying to piece together a response, he tries to cancel out the voice but it just laughs gently. “Stop fighting me, and start embracing me”.
“How can I embrace what I don't know!?” Andy screams at the voice.
“You've know this all your life, you've embraced me before when you were a child. Let's make a deal, remember those?”
“A deal?” Andy tries to remember but it's vague.
“Let me help you remember” the voice says as images begin to appear around him. He sees his younger self in a room by himself playing with toys.
“This was me as kid, I should remember it. My favorite CD broke” he looks around to see his old room, it was filled with CDs and music posters. Andy then sees an older man sitting across from the room, it looked like an older him, but his eyes were something else. Red, like fresh blood, and rimmed with black so dark it resembles shadows. “It broke” Andy said depressingly as the older him picks up the CD and smiles at Andy.
“It’s not broken, just scratched” the older him runs his fingers on the edges of the CD gently touching the scratch marks.
“Will it, will it still play?” Andy asked him.
“Of course it will” the older him kneels down, “Look at the scratches as forgotten memories, you just have to fill them in when they come, and be patient even when the music it stops and when it freezes to catch up” the older him says, but Andy still looked depressed as the older him then cleans the CD. “Look, I’ll make a deal with you if it works we’ll sing it together, and if it doesn’t we’ll make your parents buy you even more CDs. Deal?” the older him holds out his hand.
“They said I’m not supposed to sing….”
“If I sing I let you out….” both the younger and present Andy said together. Andy comes out of the vision.
“Was that?” Andy asks.
“In due time, but let’s make a deal”.
“Andy…” a voice whirls around my ears. “Andy, wake up” it’s gentle yet for some reason I feel something dark underneath it’s concerning voice.
“Who are you?” I stand up as I feel my head, it feels like as if something has been drilled into it, “I asked who are you!?” I say again as I feel something in my hair, it was wet and sticky. I pull out my phone before I can even turn it on I see a reflection, but it was not mine. It was dark, it’s eyes were glowing a blackish red.
“You’ve changed since we last spoke” the voice gets more comfortable.
“I don’t know who you are” I say as I look at my hand to see it’s stained with red a chill slowly goes down my spine as I feel at the back of my head.
“Yes...it’s a hole”
“What happened?” tears being to rush down my face, “Am I dead?” I ask the voice.
“Never, why would I let you die, you didn’t let me die” I ponder what the voice meant, thinking hard about what it could mean “Now, Andy listen to me closely, I want you to close your eyes” without any hesitation I close them. “Now, I want you to feel the hole in your head close up” I feel the back of my head healing, but then I feel something spit out of the hole, “Don’t stop, keep going feel it close up” it says as I feel some type of energy flow through me, I finally feel the hole in my head close up. I collapse down to the ground, and I begin to feel around on the floor, looking for the thing that fell out of my head, I pick something up.
“A bullet?” I say in shock, “What the hell happened to me” I come to a mirror and my eyes are vacant, lifeless, but something else was inside them.
“Don't worry you're still alive, you're just empty for the moment” the voice chuckles and it scares me. I didn't dare to ask what he meant by I was empty for a moment. “Now, listen to me slowly this is what we're going to do…”
It was those words that let me know that my life had changed, and that I was sharing it with something else…