He stood with his legs apart, his hands on his hips. He stood there in the middle of no where. Maybe he was in the middle of a desert. Maybe in he was in the middle of a national highway. Maybe. Right there in the middle, he stood on her way, patiently. Waiting to greet her.
She saw him. Panic gripped her heart. The space within the confines of her car seemed to suffocate her. She wanted to burst out of the door and at the same time wanted to stay in the pretense security of the four metallic doors. Her hands tightened on the wheels and she pressed the accelerator to keep moving.
But, he stood there, wordlessly demanding her to slow down.
“Do I have a choice?”, she asked herself as she slowly brought her car to halt. He was there on the other side of the door. Her hands still on the wheels, she slowly turned her head and looked at him. His face bore no signs of emotions. His eyes, yellow in colour with a small dot for pupil, spoke loud and clear. The black soot that he had spread around his eyes with his fingers added to the ferocity of his steady, cold gaze.
She was trapped in the confines of her fear. Her mind drew a blank. The flight response seemed to start kicking into her. Yet, she sat there, facing her storm.
“Would he cease to exist if I close my eyes?”, she wondered.
“Would he disappear if I breathe in slowly and deeply?”
“Would he ever go away?”
Her heart raced. He had managed to control her. He was successful in making her forget about her journey.
Her head started spinning. A bead of sweat broke on her forehead.
“Breathe!” she reminded herself.
She started begging for him to go away as panic gripped the core of her soul. At that moment, an agnostic prayed for things to be fine again.
Her eyes remained tightly shut. She knew now she had two choices, as usual. One – to let him, her fear, crush her to nothingness and let him hold her hand and take her into depression. Two – face him head on, confront him, accept him and fight him, and continue with her journey.
What would you do?
And then, she opened her eyes and…