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Hysteria is My Legacy MAG

June 24, 2010
By MumblingMelanie DIAMOND, Jackson, Missouri
MumblingMelanie DIAMOND, Jackson, Missouri
79 articles 0 photos 210 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't be a victim; be a titan.

The eerie forest was so familiar, but the situation so unreal. When I was a young, pretty girl, I loved these woods, these ancient trees that reached to the sky with all the ambition in the world. I loved the soft grass that danced around my ankles and caressed my bare feet, and the heavy darkness that had never been as dark as now.

But, at this moment, the leisurely stroll was a bit too fast-paced, the frantic pumping of my legs a bit too strenuous. I knew the house was in these woods somewhere. I knew if I could just make it a bit farther I would be safe and hidden in the shadows of my memories where he could not find me.

But the future wasn't a promise, and the present was a race. So I ran and I ran, and I prayed with all my power that I would make it out alive. Thunder erased the deafening silence, and the humidity grew with the moment. I definitely wasn't young anymore; if it got any hotter I would surely collapse on the spot. I guess when your life is a lot further away than your death, you just become someone else. God knows I couldn't have made it this far any other day of my life.

The thick trees ducked away from the sky in an opening midway to my destination. When I got there, I hoped for moonlight or at least star shine, but I got nothing. The cloudy, brooding sky took no mercy on me, and my blind parade was blind still.

It was obvious, to me even, that I was slowing down. The footfalls behind me were growing closer, louder. In a moment of sheer insanity, I found myself thinking that maybe the trees, who were once my closest friends, would hide me from reality and save me from my demise. I giggled timidly then said the hell with it and threw my head back and laughed. It's not like he didn't know where I was.

I spewed laughter until my eyes were foggy with tears of joy. Then, the sight my bleary eyes saw made my giggles stop in my throat: My house, my mansion, my childhood – it was gone.

Shocked, I fell to my knees. It began to rain, and I nearly cried at the cruel irony of the moment. What I needed most wasn't there. My safe haven, my life saver, my only plan, and my pleasant memories – they were all gone. And it was raining. My God, it was raining.

Hysteria edged its way into my thoughts and I allowed it to take over. And then I giggled 'til I chuckled 'til I laughed 'til I was rolling on the ground, fat, salty tears of horror and humor running races down my sun-worn face.

And that's how he found me, the man who so desperately wanted my blood on his faded blue jeans. Yeah, I didn't make it out alive, but so what?

I least I died laughing.

The author's comments:
That's me: always the optimist.

"And the day came where the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
--Anais Nin

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This article has 7 comments.

on Dec. 5 2016 at 12:55 pm
Cathyyyd BRONZE, South Pasadena, California
1 article 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."
-Jimi Hendrix

Very well written, interesting and intense. Good job!

on Dec. 15 2011 at 10:41 pm
lizzylindoe BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, therefore is winged cupid painted blind."

That is the most amazing touching icredibly deep thing I've ever read and I loved every bit of it.

on Oct. 7 2011 at 3:01 pm
Anusha17 BRONZE, Multan, Other
1 article 0 photos 1 comment
I loved it. I completely get the feeling you're trying to describe here. Perfect! Congratulations =]

on Oct. 2 2011 at 9:04 pm
MumblingMelanie DIAMOND, Jackson, Missouri
79 articles 0 photos 210 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't be a victim; be a titan.

 Thank you! :3

JulianneV GOLD said...
on Oct. 2 2011 at 8:01 pm
JulianneV GOLD, Shamong, New Jersey
17 articles 17 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Gandhi

i love this! so creative and funny. good job

on Sep. 28 2011 at 4:06 pm
MumblingMelanie DIAMOND, Jackson, Missouri
79 articles 0 photos 210 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't be a victim; be a titan.

Thank you very much! :D

on Sep. 28 2011 at 3:38 pm
lzcelloplayer BRONZE, Wayland, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It seems that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little." ~ Oscar Wilde

Interesting, and I like the ending. It was a bit mysterious in the beginning about what the girl was running from. 

I really enjoyed it, and you did a great job on it. Congratulations on getting it published in the magazine!