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Genre: Psychological Thriller
Heat Rating: 1 of 5
Length: 28,100 words
First there was darkness...
A young woman wakes up to find herself in the dark. She does not know how she got there; she does not know why she is there. She feels for a light switch, thinking the light heals all pain.
Then there was light.
Death is only an instant. What light reveals to her is way past death itself. Realization sets in, and it is made clear that escape is out of the question. For a puzzling madman holds her captive, her freedom at the palm of his hand.
Now there is only a decision.
He will kill her only if she exhibits signs of a certain syndrome, and as of now there are only two different ways of ending this madman's reign: Kill him or stay alive.
Staying alive requires tolerance to pain and despair. It asks of her a precise resistance to a syndrome—one she knows nothing about. If she doesn't die, no one else has to.
Killing him vanquishes all hopes of freedom, for the key will die with him. Killing him will make her the one monster she swore she would never be: The same beast responsible for building a definite barrier on the line that divides her past from present to possible future—one who has silenced her past forever.