The Darkness Within

The Flatline - Act II

"I warned you, didn't I?"


A sharp intake of breath, and I woke up. I felt strange as I got to my feet again. I felt empty, cold and… dead. I stood up, and looked around.

I was still in the twins' penthouse. But the roof was gone, rubble was everywhere, and not a single soul was there.

I walked towards one of the windows, but I nearly tripped over something, and struggled to keep my balance. I was confused at first, but I was horrified when I saw what I almost tripped over.

Leo's dead body. He lay there, in a small puddle of blood streaming from her chest. I turned her around, and cupped his face in my hands, my mouth wide open in shock.

Why? Why did he have to die? This wasn't fair! This can't be true!

I screamed in anguish at the top of my lungs. My body twitched, it felt weak and cold. I felt like a stranger in my own body. I fell to my knees, and cried. My tears splattered against the cold, unforgiving floor, and I caved. I was miserable.

"I warned you that this would happen, Jay." A voice that was all too familiar spoke behind me. I turned around, and saw a strange sight. I saw myself, lying face-down on the concrete, and I was bleeding as well. And sitting on a couch behind my fallen body, sat the spitting image of me, leaning back and relaxing in the comfortable couch.

Except he had bandages covering his eyes. And the voice I heard before wasn't my voice.

It was Akron's voice.

"Looks like it's only you and me left now," Akron said dryly. I looked around, and he was right. Apart from the dead forms of both Luna, Leo and possibly me, we were alone in the penthouse. As he spoke, insects seemed to appear out of nowhere, and flew around the room, and a disgusting smell filled the place.

"What's happening? Why are you here?" I questioned.

Beep… Beep… Beep…

"I warned you, Jay. You took the easy way out, and those you loved paid for it. Leo is dead, and it's your fault." Akron's voice became deep and menacing when he said those last two words, and I froze on the spot. I couldn't move, I couldn't think, I could only listen.

"I think you can see that this won't end well. But that's okay. This path was never going to be easy." Akron's mouth didn't move, and yet he spoke. Was this… a dream? I didn't know.

Beep… Beep… Beep…

"You look tired Jay. There's a warm bed right outside the window. Go get some rest." He was right. I felt really exhausted, tired, and really in need for rest. Without further thought, I turned around and began walking towards the window.

"One last thing." Akron spoke from behind me, and I froze. "They have Akiza. Lance took her. If you want her back, then he's your target." I felt… purpose. I knew what I had to do. I had to find Lance. Make him give me Akiza back, and then kill the son of a bitch.

"Now go and rest." Akron commanded, and I walked forwards to the window. When I was at the window, the air outside turned into a pristine white hallway, and my clothes turned into a hospital gown.

Beep… Beep… Beep…

I made it to the end of the hallway, and I was greeted with a sight that set whatever thought I had on fire. I saw myself, lying in a hospital bed, wearing the same gown I was, with the same bandage over the eyes as I did now.

I saw my arm was strapped into a heartrate monitor, and it made a haunting beep every time my supposed heart beated.

It was too much. My head began hurting like it never had before, and I struggled to bite down the pain as I fell to my knees in agony. I screamed, and fell to the floor.

Beep… Beep… Beep…

"-is he going to wake up anytime soon, doc?" My hearing was groggy and I couldn't move. I couldn't even open my eyes, I could only listen.

"My guess is as good as yours. He's been in a coma for days now."

"But doc, we need him awake yesterday! He's Jay goddamn Alkain, the Most Wanted fugitive in New Domino! We need him awake!"

"Look, I'm not a miracle maker. I can't do anything about this problem."

"Of course you can't. You couldn't even save the kid."

I phased out, but a moment later, I awoke. My eyes opened, and a sliver of strength filled my body. I unhooked myself from the blasted heartrate monitor, and got out of bed. I felt dizzy, and I could barely stand up.

I made it over to the door, and pulled on the doorknob. It wouldn't budge. Crap. And as I had pulled out the monitor, security would likely be here soon. So I walked over to the window, opened it, and crawled outside.

I edged slowly alongside the wall until I made it to an open window, and snuck inside. The room was empty, but a single door stood at the other end of the room, just barely closed.

I tried to walk over to it, but halfway through the room, I got overwhelmed by dizziness, and a high-pitched whine sounded in my ears. I fell to my knees and clutched my head. The pain was intense, but it was gone after a few seconds.

Alright. I can barely stay moving for long… better take this slowly then.

I slowly pushed the door open, and in front of me, by a few metres or so, I saw an elevator. It can… it can take me downstairs. They've got my clothes, they've got my Deck. I… I need it back.

I looked closely to ensure that I wouldn't get spotted, and when the coast was clear, I made a break for it. As I got closer and closer to the elevator my vision began to get fuzzy, I began to lose my focus. White began to obscure my vision, and I felt the whine returning. I breathed in deep, and focused for long enough to make it to the elevator and press the button to descend before the pain became too great and sent me down onto my knees again.

The elevator was soundless when the doors opened again. I saw a nurse walk right past me when the doors opened, but she didn't see me. I stumbled out of the elevator, and slowly walked through the corridor. Halfway down the corridor, my vision got fuzzy again, and I went inside another room to calm down.

In that room, I saw what I was looking for. I saw my clothes, and I saw my Duel Disk and Deck. Yes… perfect… My thoughts were beginning to get fuzzy now too, but I shook it away. I took the items under my arm, and exited the room again.

Right in front of me, I saw the main doors. Outside was the fresh air, outside was freedom. I had to make a break for it.

I walked as fast as I could, ignoring the low whine that slowly got louder. My vision began to get fuzzy again, I began to get dizzy, my thoughts were becoming slurred, and tunnel vision was forming.

But I didn't stop. In front of me was freedom, and I would grasp it. So I kept walking.

The doors opened themselves for me, and I stepped out into the fresh air. I felt dizzy still, but I kept on going. I knew my goal, I knew what I had to do. Sector Security had to know something about what happened, and so what I had to do was clear.

And so I kept walking, more determined than ever to right my mistakes.

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