The Restraint - Act I
"Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were once held captive in."
Shannon L. Alder
My back felt like it was on fire. I could see the mark on my back glow a dim purple light as I turned my back slightly towards the mirror. What was this mark?
The mark began to glow brighter, and my skull felt like it was tightening around my brain. I gritted my teeth to try and will the pain away, but it was simply too great, and I fell to the ground, my brain thumping in agony.
"You are my vessel for all eternity."
What was that voice in my head? It wasn't Akron's voice. This voice was dark and demonic, and every word felt like it engraved itself in my mind with a red-hot steel mark.
I grabbed the sink in front of me, and pulled myself up again. I felt sick, like I would fall over any minute.
And so I vomited into the sink.
The bitter, disgusting taste of gall remained in my mouth long after I had thrown up what was left in my stomach.
I turned on the water, and let the sick flush down the drain. It was quick; I hadn't had much to eat, and so there weren't any big lumps.
I looked into the mirror, breathing heavily from my sudden outburst of illness. I decided that water would help; and so I splashed a handful of water on my face.
It felt refreshing, as always, but the feeling quickly went away, unlike the other times, where it stayed for a while. I felt like I was about to vomit again, but this time I rushed to the toilet, and I managed to open the lid before the gall flew out of my mouth, and into the toilet.
I immediately flushed the toilet, and decided that I needed to wash the taste of gall in my mouth away. And so I turned on the water, and drinked a handful of water.
The disgusting taste went away soon enough, and so I put my clothes back on. Sayer wanted his report, and I didn't want to think what would happen if I wasn't quick enough to tell him.
I splashed water onto my face one last time, and then went out into the hallway, heading for the elevator.
I pressed the button, and patiently waited for the elevator to arrive. But it seemed to take forever to arrive. I knew that this building was big, and that the elevator would take a short while to arrive.
I began tapping my foot impatiently on the floor, until finally, the elevator arrived, and the doors opened.
And our eyes met again.
She was in the elevator, and the moment the doors opened about halfway, we were staring at eachother.
My brain was on fire. What if she recognized me? What if she began to think I'm a weird stalker? Oh man, I am done for!
You sure are.
"Hello? You awake?" I heard her say. Truth be told, I didn't really hear what she said. I was too caught up in how unbelievably sweet her voice sounded. It sounded like I was swept down a soft river of sweet milk, while the sweet scent of roses was eminent around me. Yeah, it sounds cheesy and corny, I KNOW. But it was how I felt, and damnit, I'm not gonna lie!
"Hello?" I blinked, seeing her wave her hand in front of me in an attempt to bring me back to reality. I felt dizzy, the scent of roses clouding my thoughts. Akron was saying some sort of snarky comment, but I couldn't hear him. Not that I wanted to, either. Right now, I couldn't care less about what he was saying.
My sight went black, as I heard a loud;
And then I was out cold.
The first thing I felt was the back of my head. It was sore, and I made a noise. I didn't know what kind of voice, but a noise I made, I knew that much.
I opened my eyes, and what I saw was blurry. The only thing I could make out was the ceiling, which was white, just like in my own room.
Next, I saw that the sun was shining. So I had been out for a long time. When I fainted, it was late in the evening, so I must have been out for several hours.
My vision began to clear, and so I began to turn my head to look around where I was. My first idea was that I was back in my own room, but- wait a minute.
I fainted by the elevator, no way I just walked back to my own room. Either someone must have carried me, or maybe Akron took over. But then he'd probably go on a rampage, and I'd wake up in an alley, not in a soft bed.
Then someone must have dragged me in here. But who could have-
What was the last I saw before I went out cold?
My brain instantly lit on fire as I found my answer.
Was she really that beautiful? That I fainted because she practically made my mind go blank? What was wrong with me? Why was I like this?
No. I thought. It'll only make you feel worse. It's just puppy love, you just think she's pretty, that's all. My thoughts began to calm down as I heard water rinsing not far away.
I'm not in love, I'm not in love, I'm not in love, I'm not in love, I'm not in love! I kept repeating it in my mind. The sound of rinsing water faded, and I heard footsteps.
I'm not in love, I'm not in love, I'm not in love, I continued as out of the corner of my eye, I saw her walking towards me with a small towel in her hands. I'm not in love, I'm not in- I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love! Oh crap!
I tried to close my eyes, in an attempt to fool her into thinking I was still sleeping. With those thoughts I was having right now, I was about to burst, and that would be bad. Really bad.
And so I closed my eyes, blocking my vision in an honestly pathetic attempt to quell my emotions. What? I was desperate!
And it worked… for about three seconds. For when I felt a moist warmth cover my forehead, my eyes flickered open immediately.
And then my eyes met her hazel-colored eyes.
I felt tense as our stares remained fixed; the only thing that interrupted out eye contact was us having to blink in order to keep our eyes from getting dry.
"Uhh…" I began. I didn't know what to say, but I had to break the ice. "Hi?" I managed to stutter out. I could feel the blush going right to my head. My only consolation was that she was blushing as well.
"…Hi." She returned. That voice went straight to my head. I did my best to keep myself focused and not faint again.
"So… where am i?" I asked. I needed to know, and I also needed something to get my mind off of her.
"You're in my room. You passed out by the elevator, and so I dragged you in here." She said. Now I felt bad. I felt bad that I had caused her such an inconvenience.
"Oh…I'm sorry." I managed to mutter.
"It's okay. Just try not to pass out again, right?" She said with a smile.
"…I will. Thank you." I said, smiling as well. Her smile widened a little, and she moved away so I could get out of her bed. I was still wearing my clothes; and that was a good thing. She might have seen the mark on my back.
I was still blushing like a madman when I walked over to the door. I was about to open it and walk away, but something stopped me. So I turned around, and asked.
"…What's your name?" I asked, stuttering. What if she just threw me out? What if she's get mad or something, what if-
"I'm Akiza." She said with a smile. My train of doubt grinded to a halt immediately. I guess she doesn't hate me for yesterday. "I'm Jay." I smiled back.
"Well… I guess I'll see you around."
"Yeah. Maybe we will."
I walked out feeling ecstatic. She doesn't hate me! Maybe we'll even be friends! Or even best friends, and then we'll go out in the city, then we'll eat at diners, and be like a sweet romantic couple! Then I could confess over a beautiful dinner, and then we'll-
You really think that's gonna happen? You really think it's gonna be that easy? Or did you forget what you saw yesterday?
Akron was right. I began to see it all again. How she and Sayer laughed, how she smiled in his presence. Once again my heart felt like all life was getting squeezed out of it.
A tear fell from my eye as I walked over to the elevator.
I could smell the scent of burning wood when I entered Sayer's neatly decorated office. I hated it to begin with, and now, after what I saw yesterday, I hated it even more.
And the ancipitation for how Sayer would yell at me this time made it even worse.
"Sit down." Sayer commanded, and I followed. I sat down on the uncomfortable chair that stood in front of his desk.
"You took your time." Sayer said coldly.
"I know, but I-" I tried to explain myself, but Sayer was quick to interrupt me.
"So, as a precaution, I've had a collar put on your neck." I immediately brought my hand to my neck, and sure enough, there was a thin strap around my neck, with some sort of small metal things attached.
"If you should be disobedient again, well, let me show you." Sayer pulled out a small button on a small device. He adjusted some sort of gauge, and pressed the button.
And the collar began to send high voltage through my body. I fell to my knees, screaming in pain as I desperately tried to get the collar off. I could see Sayer smiling with glee.
And slowly, the electricity drained me of my strength, and I fell on the floor on my stomach. Then the current stopped, and there I was. On the floor, panting heavily from the hellish ordeal I had just gone through.
"Now," Sayer began. "You will obey me, and everything I say you must do, you WILL do. Understand?" I nodded my head weakly. "Good. From now on, you will call me Master Sayer, and you will only speak when spoken to. Understand?"
I nodded in response, and immediately, the current returned, and I was met with the same agony once again. "Not good enough, Jay. Try again."
"Y-Yes Master Sayer." I spoke out-of-breath, and on the verge of fainting from the agony, that though had stopped for now. "Good." He said, sounding satisfied. "You may leave now."
I pulled myself up, and began to walk to the door. I opened it, and began to walk along the hallway to the elevator.
I didn't make it that far. My legs suddenly went limp, and I was on my stomach once again. But I didn't have any intention of staying here.
And so I used my arms, which were luckily still working, to drag myself along the floor to the elevator. I could just raise my hand far enough to hit the button to call the elevator, and the doors opened with a loud 'PING'.
I dragged myself into the elevator, and ensured that my legs wouldn't be caught in the door. Then I had to press the button for third floor to get to my room, but my arm wouldn't go that far.
And so I grabbed the small steel pipe that you could hold onto while the elevator was moving, to try and pull myself up so I could press the button. My legs felt like they would snap at any time, and tears began to well up in my eyes from the agony I was in right now, and worse, my vision began to fade.
My eyes went against my will and began closing as the button was almost in reach. Just a little further, just a little further…
A soft 'click' was all I heard before my body fell to the floor. I cried out in pain, and my eyes snapped open. The elevator was going down. I did it.
The loud 'PING' noise signaled that I had arrived. That I was now close to the bed I so desperately needed right now. My stomach rumbled in hunger, but that was impossible to please right now.
No way I could get any food while being forced to use my arms to drag my entire body around.
And after 30 minutes of agony, where I was running off my anger, I finally managed to drag myself to the door and open it.
My room had never seemed so safe before. And my bed felt like I was on a cloud, high in the sky, without any troubles. Where I was free from Sayer, free from Sector Security, free from Akron, and free from my dreams. I had all I wanted there. Peace, tranquility, somewhere to truly call home.
Oh how I wish that was my reality.