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The pounding of my footsteps began to follow a beat that sounded in the distance, each thump onto the pavement echoing out into the street. The more I ran, the louder the beat grew. I could feel my heart pulse with the rhythm, as did the pounding in my head. Everything I was doing, every thought I created, was repeating that same - repetitive - beat.

I caught my breath, suddenly realising that the beat was drawing me in - hypnotising me like an Anglerfish does to its prey. I continued to run, knowing that if I were to stop, It may catch up to me and then all of this running would have been futile.

I could now feel the pulses from the rhythm being absorbed into my body. It was so tempting to stop running, to allow It to engulf me - taking me to the source of the rhythm itself and to just stay there forever - as if I would always be high on the drug that was the beat. But this wouldn't happen; It wouldn't happily take me away to the source. I would be engulfed entirely; I would be drawn into Its jaws of eternal nightmares - I would die.

I looked behind me - It seemed so far away, as if It would never catch up to the speed at which I was running. However, I knew that this was just a psychological mind game It was playing. Draw me into false security, make me slow down... and then pounce. I couldn't risk slowing my pace - not even slightly; I had to speed up, I had to run faster. But I was tired, oh so tired...

That's when I heard the quickening footsteps of It behind me; I panicked, fear striking me in the heart. I couldn't believe that I had slowed down - how could I have even dared it? Now It was approaching me at a much faster pace than my own; the beat was deafening by now, growing more monstrous and destructive rather than how hypnotising and breathtaking it had been earlier.

I forced myself not to turn around, if I did so, it would all be over; I had to keep running, I had to sprint faster... I had to escape. If I didn't, how would I ever be able to right my wrongs? I needed to find her, to tell her... That was the only reason I had risked travelling out in the open, just to see her.

I had never noticed the empty streets I was running past, I was filled with too much fear and adrenaline. I never saw the empty shop windows, the warnings spray-painted across the walls, reading things like "Stay away!" and "Avoid the Beast" and such other warnings that had trailed off mid-sentence, suggesting that the authors had been engulfed by It during their hurried scribblings. I didn't see anything, only the pavement beneath me, the light ahead of me from the sun above and the nearing shadows that approached me from behind.

I dared myself to turn my head, to look behind and see how much closer It was coming. However, I had never gotten the chance to, for a long, black tendril had snapped out from behind me - wrapping itself around my arm.

"No!" I cried out, the tears streaming down my face. Another tendril whipped out and wrapped itself around my other arm and, immediately, I felt a force pull me backwards, dragging me along the pavement towards It.

I struggled so much - an attempt to break free from Its hold, but It was too strong and I knew my time was nearing an end. The dragging stopped and knowing that It was right above me, staring down at me with hunger, I kept my eyes closed. I was filled with so much fear, so much horror, that I was too afraid to look at Its face just before I was engulfed into Nothingness. My trousers dampened, a clear sign of how afraid I was. As I awaited my end, I thought of her one last time - my one and only love, the woman I never got the chance to apologise to...

"I'm sorry," I whispered, screwing up my face as I awaited the final blow. I was waiting, for several moments, for my life to end... but it never came. I opened my eyes, wondering if It had spared me - but there It was, the black, round face with nothing but piercing yellow eyes and a large, razor-toothed grin. I watched as a drop of drool hung off Its bottom jaw and, as it fell slowly and landed on my forehead, I knew why It had waited; It wanted me to see the ending of my life.

It hovered there for a few moments, swaying Its head in a terrifying, animalistic manner. After what seemed like a lifetime filled with horror, It opened Its large, gaping jaw and hovered there, again, for a few more moments. I stared into what seemed to look like a never-ending hole, the fear inside of me rising to an impossible level. Then It lunged.
A submission for the :iconlive-love-write: writing prompt "The Escape"
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ChloeDominique Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ooooooo that was suspenseful! And the creature at the end sounded so creepy *shudders* Good job :)
I particularly liked the line "I would always be high on the drug that was the beat."
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Kerriinabox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! :jawdrop: Brilliant :D
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, haha, I'm glad you liked it ^_^
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ToastMonstar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Im scared to know what it was, but I need to . (LOVES IT)
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :dummy:
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EndlessDoubt Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, nice. Good suspense feeling to it, as well as a good choice of words.
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :dummy:

Glad you enjoyed it xP
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X-ArtSmartElli-X Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Ad, have you ever heard of Stephen King?
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Um... yup. Why? :P
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X-ArtSmartElli-X Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Coz I've got some of his books, and your short stories compare to the stuff that he writes!
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:dummy: Thank you! :squee:
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madzleigh Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Since I didn't comment before.. I really liked it, and it works because it hooks the reader in. I wanted to read on to see what happened next and to find more out about the story. n_n
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:dummy: Thank you :squee:
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madzleigh Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! n_n
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KennyEchelon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I really like the pace of this. You built up the suspense really well which made me read faster wanting to know what happens. Good job :)
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I am really glad that you liked it, your feedback is greatly appreciated :D
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KennyEchelon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
No problem, I'm glad to help :)
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BunnyFroofroo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Nice, I kept wanting to skip ahead to see what happened XD
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well then, I guess my writing style... worked... xD

Glad you liked it ^_^
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RollingTomorrow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   General Artist
Thank you for participating in our prompt at #Live-Love-Write! :iconlaspinplz:

This was a very suspenseful piece! You built the situation up so well without dwelling on too much background information.

The careful capitalization of "It" added to the sense of urgency here. Great work!


*TheFinalHikari
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Sealboyno1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really glad you liked it, I aim to do my best ^_^

I hope to do more prompts, so you may be seeing more of my work in the gallery :P
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RollingTomorrow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   General Artist
I hope we do! :D We hold them weekly and always try to provide everyone with interesting prompts. :la:
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