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-

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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-

Entry 194: Echo: After Life

10…

The thoughts begin

9…

I see their faces

8…

The memory’s flood in

7…

I thank God for all I have

6…

I say a silent goodbye to my family

5…

I prepare myself for what’s next

4…

The rush begins

3…

I hear a strange whispering

2…

Something isn’t right

1…

So begins the end of my life…

*Explosion erupts*

_______________________

Hush now my baby

Don’t say a word

No need to cry

It won’t even hurt

You’ll make a fine meal today

Just like your Momma did

…Yesterday…

________________________

Pound!

Pound!

Pound!

Shit!

Where am I?

What’s that sound?

It sounds like a baby crying?

Bones crunching?

Could that have been real?

No, it’s impossible…

How’d I wind up here?

___________________

*Audio plays over comm system*

They were all here

Then they disappeared!

Where did they go?!

I do not know

Beth never screamed

I never did anything to her!

Well…

It’s true if I say it is right?

After all…

Two of us went into that room

Only one came out

So the living speak truths

Am I right…Eric?

*Playback ends*

What?!

Who was that?

How’d he know my name?!

Who is Beth?

What is that noise?!

MY HEAD!

*Pulsing Sound*

Something isn’t right?

There is something clawing at the door!

I hear…whispering…

Something…isn’t…right…

*Collapse*

-Echo: After Life-