Chase in the Dark

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.


I ran through the tunnels, following the sounds of your laughter as they bounced off the walls around me. The shape of the tunnels played tricks on my ears -- every time I thought I was close to catching you, I turned a corner to find you were no longer there. You ran, with no sign of slowing, and so I ran too, trying to keep pace. Eventually the sounds of your laugh faded altogether.

I ran anyway, expecting at every turn to find you waiting. But you remained out of sight, somewhere ahead of me. How far I didn't know, but I never gave up. I continued my chase, determined to keep you from walking these dark corridors alone, despite your seeming determination to do just that.

And then suddenly everything opened up into the largest room I had ever seen down here, and it immediately gave me vertigo. I had to put a hand to the wall to keep my balance or risk tumbling off my feet. The room ahead was full of pathways, above, below, to the sides, in an abstract nightmare that defied logic, sense, and physics.


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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Interesting, especially the last bit, although I identify with the horrific dream-like chase as well.

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HSAR

HSAR

This reminds me of some of your earliest work back on Ficly.

  • #3782 Posted 5 days ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Interesting, HSAR. Care to be more specific, just for the sake of my curiosity?

  • #3785 Posted 4 days ago
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HSAR

HSAR

I remembered that some of that work had a certain frenetic energy to it - a la http://ficly.com/stories/15347 - but I had incorrectly recalled that there was also some of the supernatural horror aesthetic to them.

(That was 8 years ago, dear me!)

  • #3786 Posted 4 days ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Well, some of them did have the horror element, some not so much. It's actually interesting to go back and read some of my stuff from back then and to see how much my writing style has changed over the years.

  • #3787 Posted 4 days ago
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Inspired by (sequel to):

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