Entry 201: Echo: The Quiet

Scratching and clawing

BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD!

The whispers gnawing at my mind

Many at a time!

One by one they’d grown silent

The Quiet silences all one whisper came

The Quiet tears apart your soul…

…Slowly…

The Quiet has a name

Though…

You’ll never learn it

Until it has overtaken you

Pray you never know the name

Though you will

Inevitably

The Quiet takes everyone…

I kept peeling at my flesh

I couldn’t stop

I was lost in twisted thoughts

Not sure what was real

Only that

Death would have me soon

Or perhaps it had

I don’t remember much

I’ve clearly gone

MAD!!!!!

Why can’t I stop?!

Why won’t it end?!

WHY AM I SCRATCHING?????!!!!!

AGAIN AND AGAIN?????!!!!!

I can see veins

My skin is clearly gone

I bleed…

HAHA!

YES!

I BLEED MORE AND MORE!

I see the dark blood

Falling to the floor!

I LIKE IT!

I LIKE RIPPING AT THE CORDS

BENEATH MY SKIN

I LOVE LOSING MY THOUGHTS

DO I EVEN HAVE A FAMILY?!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

The fleshy bits are gone

The red is all that is left

RED AND CORDS! RED AND CORDS!

KEEP RIPPING AND TEARING!

THE PAIN IS GOOD!

A piece of me screams inside

Telling me to stop

Yet I must continue

I am compelled to do so

I have to…

That’s what it wants…

The Quiet tells all

Arm is not enough

MUST RIP THE FLESH FROM MY FACE!!!!!

FIND A MIRROR TO THE SOUL

RIP THE SKIN OFF SLOWLY

NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT FACE

GO ON! GET GOING!!!!!!!

Finding a mirror I broke off a piece

I CARVED SLOWLY!

No more whispers

No more pain

The Quiet has overtaken my brain

The silence says many things

GO ON KEEP CUTTING!

MORE BLOOD IS A GOOD THING!

From the darkness and the silence I hear…

…My Name?…

-Echo: The Quiet-

Entry 200: Echo- Shadows & Insanity

Into the dark corridors of the ship

Deeper and deeper I went

My mind lost and scarred

I wasn’t sure who I was anymore

Oh the sadness and the pain

Was I the Devil or could I be a Saint?

On and on I ran

Probably towards my sanity’s end

The halls grew darker still

No doubt the ship had changed them again

I was wandering through a maze

For which there was no end

Groaning grew loud inside my mind

The whispers of the past dead echoing

If only I could find a way

To tell the truth from fiction this day

Sadly as the blood oozed from the walls

It became more and more apparent

This was not

A place where a happy end

Would be something I could attain

Their voices had grown

Tearing my soul in two

The whispers were driving me mad!

I knew nothing of the place I was in

Finally when I thought the hall would not end

The whispers continuing to tell my sins

It did…

I stood before a clock

The biggest I’d ever seen

It ticked persistently

Foretelling of the unknown

What was the purpose of this clock?

Every minute passed there would be a groan

Still the minutes passed like seconds

Hours like minutes

My reality distorted

Nothing made sense

I was barely conscious of anything anymore

Everything had felt a dream

Slowly driving me into insanity

It’d worked, I didn’t know who I was

Where I was

Anything…

The halls grew dim

The clock continued to tick

It now glowed a deathly black and white

The only light within the darkness at this point

Wake up! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!

The whispers began to chant

DO IT BEFORE HE COMES!

THE CLOCK TICKS CLOSER TO HIS TIME

RUN RUN RUN AND HIDE

IF YOU DON’T YOU’LL SURELY DIE!

There was a sudden fear that struck my soul

The likes of which I could never describe

I did not know who he was

I could however hear him coming

In the darkness of the halls

I heard their screams

Which soon were snuffed out

…slowly….

I turned and ran

I had no plan

I ran from something

For which Death was no escape

Running endlessly

I could not see its face

Still the screaming died out

The quieter it got

I knew the closer came my end

Such was the way of these things

The madness ever growing!

Yes…YES! I’M JUST A DEMENTED MAN!

LOST WITHIN HIS MIND!

THIS IS THE NIGHTMARE OF MY LIFE!

MADNESS I’VE BECOME!

I’M USELESS TO EVERYONE!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

MY THOUGHTS AREN’T MY OWN

HE ALWAYS KNOWS THEM

NONE CAN HIDE FROM HIS GAZE

HE KNOWS ALL THE WICKED’S WAYS!

I’ll…I’ll tear apart my flesh

PIECE BY PIECE!

Yes…yes that will fix my instability…

Surrounded in the darkness of the world I wait…

The shadows whisper many names

Here I sit peeling at my flesh

Watching the blood begin to drip

Scratching…

…SLOWLY…

-Echo: Shadows & Insanity-

Entry 199: Echo: Memories & Forgotten Sins?

I watched the memories play

It was as real as could be

I don’t believe this is true

Yet the evidence is there before me

The emotions…

They are so intense

Am I witnessing the truth before me?

Myra?

My wife?

It’s okay, I’m here for you

Listen to my voice, Eric

The thoughts echo inside my head

Does she speak truth?

She seems…

Lovely?

It makes sense

We’ve spent our lives together, you and I

It makes sense…but something inside

It warns me, but…WHY?!

It’s the lies, Eric.

The other one, has warped your mind

She tried to come between us once

You told me yourself…

She claimed you were hers

You told me she lied…

You’d never cheat on me, you said…

You loved our family.

Best not to dwell on such bad memories though

One step at a time and we’ll put an end

To her lies…

Right, Eric?

Right…yeah…I think it’s coming back to me

I can’t remember her name…

Her face though…

Quite familiar

Of course I’d never cheat!

DON’T LISTEN TO HER LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SHIT?!

The other voice…

Don’t listen to her/LIES!!!!!!!

The voices, my head…

Throbbing!

IT MAKES NO SENSE!

WHAT IS HAPPENING?!

The room went black and I awoke…

A hospital bed…

I believe I’m still on the ship

A voice appears over the loud speakers

Eric…

It’s not Myra, it’s the other one…

She laughs

Let me show you the truth Eric…

I think you’ll find it makes a lot more sense

Don’t you remember me, Eric?

Your actual wife…

The one you were pathetic and stupid enough

To treat like shit!

YOU FUCKING CHEATED ON ME WITH THAT SLUT!

I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU THE TRUTH AND YOU WILL RELIVE MY PAIN…

ETERNALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!

My head feels like it’s splitting as the place grows dark

I’m there, another memory?

I’m with Myra?

Someone is watching…

It’s a video?

Shhh…it’s okay Eric.

Forget your wife

If you don’t love her

What is the point?

Maybe you did once…but now we have each other…

The world comes back to and I hear the sound of metal grinding

People all at once scream

A man comes from the darkness

A sickening smiling

IT’S ME?!

He has a knife

STOP! NOT ANOTHER STEP!!!!

What is happening?

He vanishes into the shadows and I hear nothing

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Hello me, I’m the cold dark truth

The thing you hide deep within your psyche

Confess and be honest with yourself

This is who you are

In reality

You loved playing your wife

You got off on the thoughts

The ones in your head while you fucked her?

Yes, those thoughts!

Was it nice when you dumped her body in the trash?

Your daughter bore witness to this

Couldn’t have that so…

Off went her head!

It was fun for you!

All you wanted was an escape

Stupid bitch kept you on a leash

Men aren’t meant to be tied down, right?!

We do what we want!

FUCK WHO WE WANT!

That’s who you are…

A killer, a cheat

A proud one at that!

YOU ARE A FREE MAN IN A WORLD OF ENSLAVED!!!!

NO! STOP LYING!

It’s not true…

I’D NEVER MURDER MY FAMIY!

I’D NEVER CHEAT!!!!!!

I don’t believe any of the bullshit you spew!

QUIT LYING TO ME!!!!!!

Everything fell silent

A light appeared

There stood my daughter

Beheaded,

Her head in her hands

Blood all over she asked me

Why Daddy?

Why did you do this to me?

Her crying suddenly took over

Loudly she cried in my mind

I felt her sadness…her sorrow…

I felt I might’ve done the things said…

NO! I…

I DIDN’T…I COULDN’T!

I WOULDN’T!

She ran and I felt compelled to follow

Down the dark corridor I went

Drowning in sorrow

I didn’t know what to believe

Who spoke truth?

Who am I…really?

Echo: Memories & Forgotten Sins?

Entry 198: Echo- Myra

A dark rasping, echoes through

With it come a dreadful sense of impending doom

I walk into a room and am over come

By gloom

A despair that makes no sense

A longing without end

Kill yourself

The whispers say

Do it now

Or your family will do the same

I’m not sure what that meant

Nothing makes any sense

How am I to believe

Voices I’m unsure of

Inside a twisted reality?

Is any of this real?

It feels real enough

There she is again

Knife in hand

A wicked smile on her face

WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?!

I scream!

Laughter is all I’m met with

A dark, horrific laughter

Her mouth does not move

There is no sound from the lips

I feel her there

Inside of me

Echoing within my mind

Dreadful darkness creeping inside my soul

I’m tortured endlessly!

Why do you do this?

What is it you seek?

PLEASE STOP TORTURING ME?!

Eric

A voice says

This time I think it comes from everywhere?

It isn’t the woman before me

She stands there smiling

Frozen in place

It’s as though time itself

Had stopped

How chill the stillness of her smile is

The dread I feel overcoming me!

I hear the speakers bring forth

A symphony of laughter

Alongside the cries of the tortured and damned

What is this madness I am suffering?

This endless nightmare

Where is it coming from?

Who is the sound of that voice

I don’t quite remember it

Yet it is familiar all the same

Eric? 

Her voice resonates again…

Surely you remember your dear wife?

You remember me…right?!

You can’t be my wife?!

I remember her

A voice nothing like yours

If you speak truth

Show yourself!

A woman steps from the shadows

Blonde, ocean blue eyed beauty

The red dress is stellar

She is beautiful as can be

My wife however…

She couldn’t be?!

Nothing of it makes sense

I have no memory of the woman before me!

YOU SPREAD LIES, SPEAK TRUTH!

WHO ARE YOU REALLY?!

Your wife dear Eric…

You don’t remember me?

No…no…you can’t be!

I’ve never met you…

YOU’RE CRAZY!

Stop it, I don’t know what is happening?!

Is this some kind of test?!

Who are you?

You…aren’t…my…

WIFE!

Eric…

She says before disappearing into shadows again

I’m your wife Eric…it’s going to be alright

I know you’re facing memory issues

They said it’d happen after you hit your head…

After the accident…

We’re together now though…

Believe me honey!

No…

NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!!!!!!!!

QUIT LYING! WHAT IS THIS…REALLY?!

Shh…it’s okay honey

I assure you I play no games

Don’t you remember me?

My name?

I-

Myra, baby?

You remember me, right?

I..I…

I-NO!

I, I can’t remember my wife’s name?!

What did you do to me?!

I know Myra wasn’t my wife

I’m positive of this!

I…

I know I’m right!

It’s okay baby…

It’s me…

Your one and only…

I blink, the room has changed

We are no longer in a space ship

Perhaps…a memory?

It’s her birthday?

Happy Birthday Myra

I said, planting on her a kiss

She seems so happy…

There’s Isabella, my son too…

Wait…

What was his name again?

I-I can’t remember?

Is she my wife?

I flash back and I’m back here again

What is real?

What is reality?

There there baby…

Let me show you everything

I assure you

You’ll remember it all in time

That’s what Dr. Kensington said

Everything will be…

Just fine…

She smiled

I wasn’t sure who to trust

Part of me wanted to trust this reality

However,

I didn’t feel I could

Inside I screamed something wasn’t right

Then she appeared closer before me

I was transported to another time

THIS CAN’T BE…CAN IT?!

She is there

A Dr. Kensington as well…

Is this the Dr. of whom she spoke?

They are delivering Isabella?!

That can’t be…

Could it?

That’s right Eric

Sit down…

Watch the memories play

You’ll realize the truth

…Someday…

*Pleasant Smiling*

-Echo: Myra-

 

 

Entry 197: Echo: They Slowly Stalk Me

He…hehe…hehehe…HAHAHAHAHAHA!

The laughter sounds from the walls

All around the blood falls

I see my brother Jim

Constantly dying…

Over and over again

Suicidal suffering

Tormenting me with his emotional abuse

If what he speaks is truth

He is the one in the wrong

I the victim!

Yet here he appears on blood splattered walls

Stalking me up and down these halls

Showing me his death again and again

Cackling madly

No promise of tomorrow for him

Is there one for me?

What kind of hellish insanity

Have I found?

I’ve awoken to madness all around

He continues to stalk me

I continue to run

I feel my mind going insane

Slowly this place tears away at me

I can feel the breath of a living thing

Echoing within the these halls

Studying me

Picking me apart

Slowly, smiling, this place lives

I swear it!

Just as I feel the madness overtake

Jim vanishes

The ship falls silent

The silence becomes worse than anything from before

It is so quiet as I wander the halls

Has it been days, months even?

I’m no longer sure

Everything is blurring

It is all the same

The silence has lasted for an eternity!

Now I begin to question all

As I step through a door and all at once

I’m back within the same halls

Jim stalking me

Laughing

Committing suicide again

Still he haunts me

Unrelenting

Then I see her as well

My Isabella…

My baby girl

She bleeds from her head

I…I’m not sure if anything is real

For soon I sense her…

The woman who fills me with dread

The one I met at the beginning of all of this

She holds in her hands a fair sized knife

Licking it slowly

Her tongue splitting in two

Before she vanishes

Reappearing ahead…

SMILING!

That smile is the worst thing of all I think

The sinister thoughts no doubt

Housed within it

Red like the blood on my daughters head

An omen of death

For what lies ahead

The halls grow dark

The world black

I see nothing…but…

I hear her breathing…

The sound of the knife grating on the metal walls

It grinds and vanishes

Appearing ever closer than before

I run in the opposite direction

Though it is back the way I came

I find not surprisingly

I’m somewhere else…

ENTIRELY!

She’s here in the darkness

I hear her all around

The grinding of the knife

Echoing from the walls

Her smile is something I can sense

Much like her dark intent

I run and run some more

The place shifts and alters once again

Leading me deeper into the maze within

I’m terrified by all I see

For the lights come on suddenly

The woman no longer there

Instead

The walls fill with eyes

Staring at my soul

I see their pained expressions

Hear the screams

Then there is her laughter again

I can hear them slowly die

One by one she slaughters them

As they die the eyes that match the victims of each

Turn a horrific crimson

A shock on them

Just before they roll into the walls

Fading…

I press forwards

RUNNING FOR MY LIFE!

She slowly follows

Smiling…

I feel the stalking inside the walls

I feel her smile all around the halls

I know not how this will end

I suspect…

…In Death…

-Echo: They Slowly Stalk Me-

Entry 196: Echo: Confession

I’ve been running

How long, I do not know

The screaming continues

To echo

The walls, they speak things

The halls, only resonate suffering

I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do

I turn the corner

I’m hit all at once

One moment I see the halls of this ship

The next it flickers into the walls of home

Always shifting

The ship bringing blood and darkness

My home, my daughters smiling face

The shifting continues

Soon there is blood running from her head

I just need to reach my Isabella

Yes…that’s all I need to do

Pressing forth

I continue after her smiling

Now bleeding face

As she and my home

Fade in and out

It begins to feel as though I’m slowing

Almost running in place

I must press forward!

I have to save her

Drip…drip…drip…

Her blood flows from her head to her toes

Drip…drip…drip…

It runs down the floor

Still…she is smiling?

Arms reached out, like she wants my embrace

A hug from her father?

Something is out of place…

Then I reach her and all goes dark again

As the lights come on

That sick woman’s laughing is all I hear instead

Written in blood on the floor

Is the word

Home?

What is this?!

A low tapping echoes from ahead

I look up and there is a door

I’m quite sure there wasn’t one there before…

Right?

No…No…No…No…No…

I can hear a voice speaking from the room

No…No…No…No…No…

The words echo from the walls

In blood as I walk

They begin to appear on the walls

All up and down the hallway

I walk in and then I see exactly what it is

To my shock…

IT’S MY BROTHER JIM!!!!!!

No…not again!

I’m in the room again…

His place

The night I went for that visit

He wanted to play a card game

Then he gets up and I hear him whispering

Jim? I remember asking from the other room

*Low whispering*

I entered the room to find a gun to his head

He was still whispering

JIM! N-

A smile, a pull of the trigger…

…Jim…was dead…

I collapsed to the floor

He died smiling

The walls painted red

They now began to form words

Spread all over the walls in blood

The room shifts

There is no longer a way out

No door

Nothing.

I’m here for a moment

The words on the walls say why

Then I’m back in that room

There are images of Jim all around me

Smiling

Pulling the trigger again

All at once,

Their dead bodies falling!

Everything goes dark

As it lights up again

I see all over the walls

No…No…No…No…No…

*Audio playback*

I’m sick of living…

Smiling when I’m dying inside

I’m sick of living a lie!

She should just leave you!

I..we…talked about this

You were always off on a mission

That’s no way to raise a family Jim

She was lonely

I’d always loved her secretly too

So, vulnerable…

We began to talk

Then kiss…

Then…love…grew

SHE LOVES ME ERIC!

She only denies it because of you

When you’re around

She’s afraid to tell you the truth…

It’s suddenly, oh ERIC, I LOVE YOU!

She tells me keep quiet

Or…

I’ll have no chance at being with her again

She has me emotionally tortured inside

I’ve never been so conflicted in my life!

That…ends tonight…

No…No…No…No…No…

No…No…No…No…No…

No…No…No…No…No…

No…No…No…No…No…

*Audio Playback Ends*

The room lit up

The blood soaked corridors of the ship

They were almost inviting

Was this true?

Or just another game?

I wasn’t sure anymore

I walked out the room

The door there once again

Continuing deeper…

…Into the madness of this ship…

-Echo: Confession-

Entry 195: Echo: Whispered Memories

Open…slam…CRUNCH!

Open…slam…CRUNCH!

Open…slam…CRUNCH!

I awake to the sight of a door

Slowly opening and shutting

On what’s left of the head

Of someone clearly dead

Is this a nightmare?

It must be?

What do I remember?

The sight is disgusting

I grab a metal pipe

However…

As I go to push the body out

The door stops and slowly opens

On the other side

Only whispering do I hear…

Is that?

Daddy!

*giggling*

Daddy! Come play!

I missed you while you were away

Play now, this way I’ll have pleasant memories

When you are away again, for I know you’ll leave soon…

Daddy! I LOVE YOU!

ISABELLA! Can you hear me?!

It makes no sense

My daughter couldn’t be up here…

Could she?

She should be back on earth

Safe and sound…

Yes, I remember playing with my children

I remember my wife

I’m not sure what happened

Or where I am…

Another mission?

Following the whispers

My heart drops

I hear her…

SCREAM!

DADDY! AHHH!!!!

DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Sobbing*

ISABELLA!

BABY! I’M COMING FOR YOU!

It makes no sense but…

I can’t stand the sound of my daughters cries…

She couldn’t be up here?

Still, something isn’t right

I run down the hallways

Past the blood and decay

I’m not sure where I am

I follow her screaming

The tearful cries

Where are you my Isabella?!

Are you alright?!

IS THE REST OF THE FAMILY HERE?!

PLEASE STOP CRYING!!!!!!!

DADDY IS COMING FOR YOU!

I’M COMING HOME!

I’m…sorry…I wasn’t there for you more…

It’s all going to be alright…

*Screaming and crying stops*

I turn the corner

Down another corridor I head

Lights flickering off and on

I stop at a dark passage

That’s when I hear it

The demented laughter of her voice

The dark corridor lights up

A woman with a wicked smile on her face

She has someone’s heart in her hands

Blood dripping from her teeth…

She stares at me

Her stare all at once alluring

Terrifying as well!

I am frozen in a place for a moment

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

She just smiles and laughs

Taking another bite out of the heart

Her eyes are black

She looks almost ghostly at times

Her skin so pale

What am I seeing?

The dark corridor goes black

The lights restored and no longer flickering

This terrifying entity has vanished

A dead man with no heart in her place

He wasn’t there before

I’m so confused

I can still hear her laughter

Resonating within the halls of my mind

I walk further still…

In blood, on the walls

My name written thousands of times over

ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!
ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!
ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!
ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!ERIC!

What is this?

Why?

Nothing makes sense…

I can hear her voice within my mind

It speaks from within my head

And…

It resonates through the halls at the same time

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Eric, they’re all here

Soon they’ll all be dead

Go ahead

Run…GO AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

Follow the whispers…soon they’ll be their screams

Go forth Eric, follow the trail of dead bodies…

Soon your family will join them too

I’ll eat all their hearts…

Yours too!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

I ran as fast as I could

Corridor after corridor

Is this ship, this big?

I think I’ve been here before

I’m so confused

It feels as though the walls…

They are shifting?

Could that even be possible?

The lights went dead

Then I heard the worst thing

My daughters screams…

That twisted woman’s

…Laughing…

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

-Echo: Whispered Memories-