June 13th, 2010

cass, can you not

Fic: Boundary (PG13, DC)

Title: Boundary
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DC, although not necessarily so.
Author Notes: A bit of an experimental fragment.

I was careful. I didn't want anyone to think I was crazy. I had a notebook on one hand as I walked through the halls, always keeping my right hand lightly touching the wall.

Hours later I was back when I started. Not once had my hand brushed over an opening or a gap. I tried to remember the path I used to go home to sleep, but I couldn't even remember how my bed looked like. And I couldn't ask my fellow doctors, could I? They'd think I was insane, and get me committed. Perhaps here. That... that I wouldn't be able to stand.

"It's alright, doctor," said one of the patients from behind a door I never crossed. "You're just tired. Take a nap." He was right, I thought, and went to look for a bed in the resting rooms. Perhaps a shower, later. It wouldn't be the first one to go from shift to shift like that. I couldn't remember, in fact, the last time I had seen anyone come to work to Arkham from outside.

"Do you happen to remember," said the patient as I walked away, "the definition of inside?" His laughter was frightening, and I wished I knew how to get away.

.finis.

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