Unknown: "Salutations"

I freeze up, a few seconds pass and I respond "Hello".

Unknown: "How have you come to be inside my domicile?"

I raise my right eyebrow due to my surprise, not because of his strange manner of speech but because he does not know how I got inside his house.

"I have not the slightest clue how I came to be inside your domicile. I woke up here and the last thing I remember is falling asleep in my bed." After my answer I hear the sound of coins, most likely the person is there so I turn towards him.

Unknown: "Where do you come from?"

Should I tell him my home address? "Umm, Bilbao" Damn why did I say I have no idea how I got here, I could have mentioned that my friend told me this would happen today or something. Now he knows that most likely my family and friends have no idea about my current location.

*Silence* Did the guy leave? Even if he doesn't know Bilbao...



"Ehm, Hello? Are you there?"

Unknown: "Yes, I am present, I do not recognize those names."

"What? How can you n... Ahh, I get it, is this part of the setting? So that the dragon replica has more effect on me? Next are you going to tell me that magic exists?"


"What? I spoiled the fun? Well I am not having fun at all crawling around on cold stone for hours on end. Can you just get on with the prank or whatever?"


The silence makes me frown, what if this guy has intentions that are more sinister than just an elaborate joke. I unconsciously take a step back before I realise I am at his mercy. I feel a shudder run through me as I start looking in all around but all I see is pure darkness as before. I start to feel real fear set in and panic starts to swell in me. My heart rate speeds up as my breath becomes deeper and quicker.

Unknown: "Calm, you are safe."

Instantly my fear and panic disappears, I am utterly flabbergasted when I realise that I have calmed down. My mind goes in circles trying to understand, first I feel a load of confusion then I feel anger at this foreign control of my emotions and finally I realize that I can not feel fear. This makes my mind go blank, as I am forced to accept the reality of having lost my fear.

"Impossible... what?, what, how?" I can only think of hypnosis as a explanation of his control over my fear.

"You hypnotized me?" How? To have such a strong effect on my emotions... what else has he done to me? How much time is needed for such control over my emotions... how long have I been here?

I am trying to deny what is happening inside my mind when I freeze, I realised something else, something very important. Something that breaks whatever removed my fear and it comes crashing down again tenfold. I go pale and my vision goes black when I realise...


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Tony Ippolitov


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