February 16th, 8:55 AM
Em wanders the halls searching for Darien, as he kept searching he felt a presence around him. He keeps turning around, praying to himself that he doesn't slip back into the hellish void he had envisioned. "Come on Darien where are you?" he leans against the wall only for it to push in and he falls into an office. He looks up, the office looks like it's in perfect condition. He heads to the desk which had a pile of notes with familiar handwriting...
To Dr. Manson
February 16th, 2010
I saw her messing around in the main security room. I confronted her and she tried to attack me, but I pushed her back. She laughed and said that she was coming after you, that's why I would rather keep sending these notes so she can't track them. Be safe for our unborn son...
"She was pregnant? That's a turn of events, but why am I finding these notes and what does this have to do with that thing I saw in the hall" Em said to himself as he found a staff photo, two of the women in the photo looked familiar. "This must be Eyleen and Dr. Manson, but why does this woman look familiar?" he scans the picture more he pauses when he sees Dr. Malfore standing next to a dark-skinned woman, Em looks at the picture more closely "Mom?" He tries to piece everything together until he finds another note.
From Dr. Manson
February 16th, 2010
Eylene I need you to get out of the hospital before 8 AM she plans to enact the locking mechanism and release him just to catch you. Please get out of here for the sake of our unborn son, I'll find you after I deal with her.
"Did she get out?" Em asked him as he tried to find more notes, but he instead found a nameplate on the desk instead. He picks it up and slowly reads it. He pauses before he looks onto his desk to see something that looks like an obituary he goes to pick it up as something grabs him from behind.
February 16th VoidWorld 00:00
Em wakes up on the ground in some strange room, "What the hell?" He said to himself as he stood up. He sits up and sees that the office has changed, it has become a part of the hellish void he had seen in the hallway. The floor felt wobbly, so he stood up as soon as slow as he could, but the floor caved in. He falls onto a rusted pipe and it rips his shoulder. He places his hand over it to stop it from bleeding. "Where the hell am I?" he scans the wall to see a sign, it was covered in rust, but the colors were the same black and blue, Em tried to make it out the best way he could, "Ward L12?" he said, confused.
"Get away from me!" Em hears someone screaming, he follows the screams where he sees a nurse staying close to the wall. Em gets to him as fast as he can.
"Hey calm down," Em said to him as he saw two more nurses come into view only for chains to trip them both and drag them, but they both grabbed onto pipes, "Stay here" Em ran to them.
"Please don't let it get us" one of them cried out.
"I won't," Em said as he saw the chains receding, "I'll be back". Em runs down the hall, the chains to him like the hall look endless. He comes to an entranceway where he sees the same creature he had seen before. Its head was still scraping against the ceiling and carrying caged bodies, and another set of arms were carrying the chains. It sees Em and drops the chains, its eyes were in agony, but Em also saw a void within them each one consumed with hatred and lust for blood. They both lock eyes for a moment until it drops its cages, Em's empathy reacts where he sees the aura of the bodies, they have no souls, but he sees leftover pain, fear, and hate. Em backs away as the bodies begin to scream and their arms were broken and nothing but flesh dig deep into the rusted floor peeling back skin start to pull themselves towards Em,
Em stands his ground, as he begins to emit a bright aura it begins to pulsate through the walls causing the bodies to cry out and fall over. Em then focuses on the creature, it begins to tilt back. Em's starts to cry, but blood also creeps from his eye sockets as his mind is filled with images of hell and terror at the hands of the creature, showers of blood fill his eyes. Both of them finally give way and both fall over.
February 16th 10:15
"Em! Em! Wake up!" Em hears a voice as his eyes start to flutter open, "Come on Em! It's Darien". Em wakes up and Darien hugs him, "Damn it you scared me". Em sees the three nurses he helped up against the wall.
"Where am I?" Em asked him.
"Not far from the security room" Darien helps him up.
"Are you guys okay?" He asked the nurses who only looked at the third nurse who sat up lifeless with his eyes open and blood splattered on his face. Em turns away, as he coughs up blood.
"You're going to be okay" Darien helps him up.
"I can't move Darien, go turn off the system" he could barely speak trying to catch his breath.
"I already did, after I came back from following a strange woman who was moving in and out of rooms she led me back here before I lost her," Darien said as Em looked at the nurse. He could feel their fear of being pulled back into that world.
"I want you to take them back to my office with the others, okay" Em struggled to keep his eyes open.
"I'm not leaving you out here by yourself, there are still a couple of dangerous patients running around," Darien said as Em looked down the hall to see that the office he discovered was gone.
"I promise I'll be fine" Em smiled at him, as he just nodded and helped the other nurses up.
"I'll be back" Darien and the other nurses leave. Em then slowly crawls to the dead nurse and goes to close his eyes, before he could, the nurse wakes up and coughs barely breathing.
"We're gonna get you help" Em tried to stand, but he only tumbled back down.
"You stopped it, thank you for not letting it get me," the nurse said as Em looked at his badge.
"Stop talking Ryan, you need to save your energy," Em said as he kept trying to stand.
"No, I'm done, but there is something you need to know about this Hospital. It's not what you think it is, but you already know that don't you?"
"Yeah" Em replied back as Ryan grinned.
"I know someone else just like you, but you're different than him. Yours pulls you into worlds and I'm glad you were able to pull me out of that hell" Ryan tried to smile but each time he lost his breath and more blood. "But this hospital, you've seen it at night, what it really is. It's a way to hell. I didn't believe it at first until more of the patients went missing, and I saw that thing creeping in and out of the rooms, one night she was also there..."
Ryan stopped talking as Em noticed that he had stopped breathing, Em could feel the tears filling up in his eyes as he looked down the halls for help. Em turns to head to Ryan as he closes his eyes. Em cries before passing out again.
"Wake up" a voice calls out to Em, "It's time to wake up".
Em's eyes burst open as he wakes up to the scene of various mutilated bodies, some strung up to the walls, while others neatly order against the walls like dolls. He stands up holding his side to keep blood from running down his leg. His leg brushes up against a body where he sees their final moments, a creature rips them apart clawing, relentlessly clawing at their entire body, they scream so hard that no sound comes from their mouths, just a face of terror until their face is emotionless but left with a demented smile, eyes wide open lifeless. Em backs away and throws up trying to get the image out of his head, he looks up at a clock where it only says 00:00.
"You should be down there with them," a woman says to him as she walks from a corner of the room. She was covered in blood, but the rest of her exposed body is spotless, her olive skin shines even though the light is so dim. Em then notices they are not even on the same floor, but nonetheless he looks up at her.
"I didn't come here to die" he wipes his mouth and tries to catch his breath, the woman stares at him as a sad and depressed look falls upon her face as she slowly approaches him.
"But you did" she whispers to him, "And now you've accepted a fate worse than death..."
Em's face hears his heart pounding as the woman looks at the bodies around the room "Death would have been your beginning, but now living will be your end..."
she places her hand at his side, draws some of his blood, and puts it into a vile. Em feels no pain as she does, but as she touches him he could see the hell past her eyes, the pain buried deep within her calm and whispering voice. "What you see is true" she looks at him with a withered smile.
"How long have you been down here?"
"That's not important, but what is important is the job that you have chosen. More than Demons of hell roam the streets of Wayward Hills, but even this place they wouldn't dare step foot in.
"You've seen it" her voice rings in his ear as Em goes back to the appearance of the creature that was taking bodies and caging their heads. "But if this was hell, that creature would only represent the first circle" she takes a deep breath and looks at him, "This place is for Demons of the mind, not nature..."
Em then stares down at the bodies and notices Ryan, to him he was still breathing his eyes widen as the creature advances to him, "Not him" Em's eyes glow as the creature backs away for a second. It continues to advance to him, "I said not him!" Em's eyes then glow a darkish red as the creature turns the other way.
"So much control, but be careful this place also brings out demons of the mind" she waves her hand and Ryan appears next to him. "Be ready for what's to come, leaving this town will not be an option at least not for a long time. "Welcome to Wayward Hills...Emery" she vanished in a big ray of light.
February 19th-20th: Peak Reaping Hour
February 19th, 12 PM
"Hey you're awake" Darien walks into Em's room.
"Yeah, after like a whole day" Em chuckled as Darien sat next to him.
"Good news, Ryan is going to be okay," Darien said as Em's face lit up.
"Good, is he talking?"
"No he's not, but the doctors said to give it some time, oh and the hospital will be opening sometime next month. They said it's going to be hard to disable that locking mechanism and some of the patients are still missing so they just want to be sure" Darien said as he noticed Em looking out the window. "Bright side is paid time off," he said but Em doesn't hear him
"Cadence and Michael doing okay?"
"Yeah, she's visiting him now, weird ever since he got of the hospital he's been doing better, and you've been in there with him"
"It's only been a few days we need more time to tell" Em gave off a weak smile.
"Hey, you know you can tell me what really happened down there?" Darien held his hand.
"I could, but I don't know if I should. You would have to see it to believe it" he said as someone knocked on the door it was Em's nurse.
"Hey this will only take a minute" she smiled at them.
"I guess I better go" Darien slowly lets go of his hand, "I'll be back" he left the room.
"I'll see you later" Em smiled at him as he nods and closed the door.
February 20th, 12 AM
"This place has always been strange" a security guard and doctor continued to clean out a room while another took pictures. "This freak has been missing since 92 after he killed that woman and then all of a sudden he's back in his room with a gash in his head," The guard said as he sees dolls with cages on their heads.
"We just need to finish this for Dr. Malfore. He wanted this done before midnight"
"Well it would have been if we didn't have to search for her, and she's gone too the patient she was screwing pops up and she vanishes"
"Don't dig too into it Carl, we're not meant to" Dr. Young rips down an old photo, it was the same Em found in the hidden office, Dr. Young sees a woman's face scratched out along with a heart drawn around another, "Pamula, we'll free you no demons can keep you from me" Dr. Young had a tear run down her face before wiping it away. "Get this shit done in the next 20 minutes" Dr. Young rushes out the room.
"You heard her!"
Peak Reaping Hour
Ms. Oakley stands outside the office Em found and she hesitates to go in until she sees the chair rocking, it was facing the other way, but she knew someone was sitting in it. "Still afraid of me, I see" a chilling voice heard.
"Nathan?" she said to herself as the chair swung around and a young man with flawless dark brown skin looked at her.
"In the flesh" his eyes turned to pitch dark red as he smiled at her.
"You haven't aged a day" she slowly walks into the office marveling at Nathan's face.
"Neither have you, but death is the only real mortal way to stop wrinkles" he chuckled as her knees got weak, her body shivered and she saw her breath. "It's good to see you again, the last time I was here I took your husband instead of your son" he tilted his head. Ms. Oakley could not tell if he was being comical or not.
"How is he?"
"Pissed off still, you would think after almost 20 years he would have gotten over your affair?" the words send flashes to Ms. Oakley, closes her eyes, and shakes them off.
"You're not here for him are you?" she pleaded to him.
"No, I don't even know who your son is, and if only I could say your name I'll be dragging you with me to see your husband if he wanted to see you of course. You have a lot to answer for when that happens, but in due time" Nathan smiled unapologetically as Ms. Oakley tried to hold back tears, "But as for your son, he's in a different darkness now, this whole town and especially this place will be too. Now you know what I'm here for" his eyes revert to normal, but they still gleam with a hint of red. "It's going to be peak reaping hour, and I don't want to be late" he stood up from the chair and walked right through Ms. Oakley. She closes her door and it vanishes as if it was never there.
They walk through the halls until they get to a room that has been sealed off, Nathan waves his hand and the swings open. The room was empty, but Nathan waved his hand as it transformed, the walls were filled with dolls. Some hung from the ceiling with their heads in cages the walls turned white and black with red stains splattered everywhere. "I'm glad he's gone," Ms. Oakley said to herself.
"But now she's stuck here" Nathan whispered leaving her silent. "He claimed a lot of lives, and there it goes. A man appeared with his head bent over, neck bone sticking out. "Not as Dark or Corrupted as I thought it would be" Nathan pulled out a locket, the man moaned as he slowly transformed into a stream of shadow and was sucked into the locket. "Into darkness you go".
"Finally," Ms. Oakley said to herself.
"Don't get so comfortable, that was only the darkness left over, the real source of this evil still hides in this Hellmouth. And it rests in her now, what was her name? Pamula" the mention of name triggers a scream that echoes throughout the Asylum. "I guess that was it" Nathan chuckled as wind blew throughout the room.
"Where is she, I have to stop her before they open this place back up".
"She belongs to the darkness now, trapped by the same void that trapped him all those years ago, she won't show up until she's ready to claim lives and fulfill her vengeful appetite. This place has evil humans and demons alike running through the halls, but don't worry you're already in the darkness, just pray that your son doesn't step foot back in it. I'll tell your husband you said hi" he said as his eyes reverted back to the pitch darkish red and the light flickers and Nathan is gone, but his laugh echoes in Ms. Oakley's ear.
March 12th: Into Darkness Conclusion
WayWard Memorial Hospital
Em checks in at the hospital desk where he feels a strange presence, he looks up and down each hall. “Em?” someone calls his name, he turns around to see Ryan in a wheelchair.
“Hey, how are you doing?” Em smiled happily to see him alive.
“Doing better, still trying to remember what happened” him and Em share a look and then an unsteady silence falls between them.
“Don’t remember, leave it all back there”
“Once you’ve seen hell it’s hard to forget” Ryan pauses leaning back in his wheelchair.
“Yeah, but it’s easy to not go back too”
“But you’re going back there when it reopens aren't you?” Ryan asked him as Em’s eyes fall to the floor.
“I don’t think I have a choice”
“Is it because of me?”
“Ryan, no. I saw something else down there, something that doesn’t have a hold on me, but a hold I have on it. I knew something was waiting for when I got here” Em sat down on a bench next to him. “And I know something is waiting for you outside this town”.
“Strange, I feel like I know you”
“Empaths have that touch on people” Em smiled at him.
“That’s what it’s called”
“Yeah, but keep in touch with me I gotta go and check on a patient” Em stood and went to the elevator.
“See ya later” Ryan waved him goodbye as the elevator doors closed.
Em steps off of the elevator and starts walking down the halls of the hospital wing he stops when he sees a man lying in a bed. Half his face is missing and Em gets a vision of the creature he fought in that hell world. Em just nods and passes the room as if he saw nothing. He makes to Michaels’s room where he was sitting up and talking with Candence.
“Em, how are you?” Cadence hugs him.
“I’m doing fine” he hugs her back, “How are you feeling Michael?” Em asked as he saw a glow appear around his body, it was golden and full of life.
“I’m doing great,” he said as he grabbed Cadences hand, Em then saw a pinkish glow appear.
“Good, well I have some good news, you’re not going back to the hospital,” he said as both Michael and Cadence stare at in shock.
“Are you serious?” he asked him.
“Very, you’ve made progress being here than you ever did in there, but you’re still gonna need checks up, and I have some medication I want to prescribe you” Em takes out some papers, “Cadence, you won’t be returning either”
“Are you firing me? Can you fire me?” she looked confused.
“I’m not, but yes I can” he winks at her, “You’re going to be assigned to care for Michael. The other staff members feel he needs to be monitored for a while just to make sure you don’t relapse and to make sure the meds are working” Em stood up and smiled at them both.
“Thank you” Michael tried to fight back tears.
“I’ll see you for our first official session next week,” Em said and he nodded, “Alright I’ll
see you guys later” Em leaves the room, as soon as he steps out of view Cadence and Michael hug.
Em finishes putting boxes away in his garage, his eyes widen as he smiles “Hey Darien” he turns around to see Darien holding boxes of food.
“How do you do that?”
“I smelled the food, and you’re the only guy I know in this town who wears old spice” Em grinned as Darien in agreement.
“This is true” Darien holds up the bags, “I got Pizza and wraps” he holds up the bag.
“Perfect I was just finishing up” Em closes his garage door and they both head inside.
They both sit down in Em’s living room, “Oh and Riley says hi”. He said as he takes one of the takeout boxes out of the bag.
“I’ll have to go by and visit her some time, from what I heard the hospital will not be reopening for longer than anticipated” Em took a bite of Pizza as Darien just nodded.
“Yeah, but we’ll be working remotely at Memorial for the time being. Locking mechanisms are fried apparently in every part except for the Off-Limits Area”.
“You mean the one with Dr. Malfore?” Em looks up trying to hide his suspicion.
“Yeah, those patients can’t be transported so they decided just to keep that part going for the time being”.
“Give me time to explore this town a little bit more then” Em smiled as he heard a knock on his door, “I’ll get that” he jumps up and heads to the door. He opened it, and it was a man with strange red eyes, he was wearing a black blazer. Looking younger like Em, but a maturity stood out about him. His skin also shined in the light. Dark brown and it hypnotized Em.
“Hi, I’m Nathan I’m just dropping some things off from the Hospital, they were addressed to you from a Ms. Oakley,” he said as Em examined the box.
“Is she okay?” Em asked him.
“She’s fine, she’s on vacation” Nathan’s tone alarmed Em slightly “And she just wanted me to drop these off to you,” he said as Em went back to examining the package. “I like your hair by the way it reminds of how I was back in the 70s,” he said with a grin that showed a somewhat sinister presence.
“Thank you,” Em said but his eyes widened after realizing what he said, “What do you mean back?” Em stepped outside to see Nathan was gone. Em shook it off and went back inside while Nathan watched him from afar his eyes enveloped in a pitch solid dark red.
“Into the darkness of Wayward Hills,” He chuckles as he vanishes in a stream of red fog.
Back inside Em opens the package and sees a thick folder filled with files on various patients and staff from back in the 80s and 90s. Em flips each one in confusion he stops when he hears Darien coming, he quickly puts the folder back in the box.
“What is that?” He asked him.
“Oh just some stuff from back home my mom sent me” he quickly puts the box under a table. Darien couldn’t help but see he was shaken a little.
“Everything is fine” they both head back to the living room, but not before Darien looks at the box.
“So, how has your first month been in Wayward Hills?” they both sit back down.
“Nothing like I expected, the locals are nice at least,” Em said as Darien moved closer to him. “Little close don’t you think?”
“You tell me?” Darien leaned in before Em chuckled and grinned.
“Not on the first date” Em winked at him. Darien took a deep breath and backed away, “But who knows what may happen, it’s the weekend I don’t have anything to do tomorrow” he shrugged his shoulders.
“What did you have in mind?” Darien got closer again, but he heard a click and the TV came on.
“Due to all the excitement, I’ve fallen behind on my Anime wanna watch with me” Em held back laughter as Darien.
“I guess you can say that I’ll let you pick something” Em hands him the remote.
“You know I’m going to pick something boring right?”
“I know,” Em said as Darien threw the remote and got on top of him. Em hesitates before letting Darien kiss him. The kiss lasts for a minute before they pull apart, “Isn’t their rules to kissing coworkers?” they both smile as they kiss again.
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Em just moved to Wayward Hills where he takes over as one of the head psychologists at the Wayward Hills Psychiatric Hospital. While he is there he discovers things are not as they seem and something sinister is at work...