Dusk settled over the hospital like a velvety blanket. The first stars began to twinkle in the darkening sky, and Andie began to fidget. The observation room was padded and there was a window looking down from the small room above. The person on duty would watch her for the rest of the night to make sure that she didn't inflict further injury upon herself.
The room was furnished with nothing but a mattress. Andie lay there staring at the ceiling. The minutes ticked away slowly. In this room, they didn't turn all of the lights out. They were only dimmed, so that the attendant could still see their charge.
She silently hoped that tonight would be different. She would gladly stay under constant observation if it meant that they would stay away. She could finally sleep. Maybe she could even begin to forget a little.
Just as she began to imagine what it would be like to sleep through the night, the lights dimmed. At first she tried to convince herself that it was just a power surge, but they continued to to flicker.
"Hey! Hey! Open the door! Don't leave me in here! I need your help!" she screamed at the bored looking nurses' aid that sat behind the glass. She was texting and never even bothered to look up even though she could hear Andie.
"Just another night with the crazies," she thought to herself as she finished sexting her boyfriend. "The lights flicker all the time! It's an old building!" she answered, swinging her chair around to face the other direction.
Suddenly, the lights went completely out, and silence followed in the room below. The girl jumped from her chair and pressed the alarm button. She couldn't see anything in the room below.