No Escape by Declan C
There I was running as fast as I could, through downtown, passing screaming mothers, fathers, and children, that were running too. I risked a quick glance back, and the wave of lava and fire seemed to see me and loomed larger as it was coming after me. I make a quick right and a building with hundreds of people jumping out the windows crashes down mere feet from me. I do some quick thinking, look back and the wave looks like a fiery brick wall, so I take a chance and run through the building. The inside is full of broken beams and cement, it’s hard to get through and i'm second guessing this decision to go through the building, which is tipped on its side and held little oxygen. Somehow, I reach the end but before I step out. I see a half dead hand poking out of the rubble and piles of broken cement.
I think, “poor girl couldn’t make it out in time” I turn to run but I hear a small faint voice say, “please help me sir” I turn back and a frail looking women, her face is ghased and bloody. She looks dead, I can see a piece of cement sticking out of her forehead. I can only see her head, neck, and that one hand that is most likely broken. The rest of her body is covered by dust and cement. Instinctively, I turn and run, ducking through a broken window, the sharp glass cuts my arm and I stop to rip the piece of glass out of my arm. I take a long breath then rip it out and the pain is strong enough to knock me the ground. I look up and the wave is on top of me and I let out scream so loud people running look back then turn and sprint. The lava and fire crash down burying me under a fiery orange blanket. When I come too there is a strange creature standing over me. It has red and orange scaly skin and a transparent tail except for the tip which is completely black. I am almost scared to look at the face but when I look I get a big surprise the eyes are to big and the nose is way to small the beast has a unibrow and a double chin and three wisps of almost golden hair. I think I would laugh if I weren't so confused and scared. I manage to say “where am I” . My voice comes out raspy. “Hahaha I’m the devil and you sir are in hell” says the devil. “Why am I in hell” I say. “ Because you didn’t help the lady in the building.” “bu-but she was already going to die.” “Who cares and now you will be tortured for 100 years before you can either be reborn or go to heaven, but don’t worry you have a while to decide.”
I am lead away to a prison cell by a burly cyclops. “Have fun in there” he says. I step into the cell and the ground falls away except the part I’m standing on and a voice comes over the intercom “you will be tortured the way that lady in the building died, you will be crushed by bricks Hahahaha,” said the devil. I could tell it was the devil because his voice was very high and squeaky. I hear a rumbling and look up and millions of bricks fall down on me and everything goes black. I hear footsteps and manage to lift my hand out and then my head and the person standing over me is surprisingly myself! I ask for help and my other self turns a ghostly white color and I turn and sprint and again a fiery wave covers me in the rocks. But this time when I wake up I am in my own bed and I say out loud, “thank you god”. It was a dream. My mother walks in and I’m confused because she has her own house. She sits on my bed and I get a look at her face and it’s actually the devil and I scream out loud.
“Buddy boy, you will never escape me”. the devil cackles while telling me. I try to get out of bed but bricks fall and the fiery wave falls on me and I hear the devil laugh while I slowly die and fade out. I wake up and look up and see a women looking down at you she is smiling and has love in her eyes. “Is it a boy or a girl,” says the women. “A girl!” replies the doctor. The women asks a man standing by, “what should we name her?”. I am confused when I realize that I am swaddled in the women’s arms and that I am tiny. I think that I asked the devil to be reborn but I remember telling the devil I wanted to go to heaven I guess it was poor judgment to trust the devil. “Katherine” interrupts my pondering. “I think we should name the baby Katherine,” said the man. Then I hear it I’m a girl. I say out loud “ hi mom”.I think I shouldn’t have said that because all three grownups stare at me with aw. “HIS FIRST WORDS ARE HI MOM” shrieks the mom. “ I’m actually a man and the devil said I had to be reborn, also what year is it?” the grownups look almost dazed and the doctor says, “4335 why” “What! I came from 2035” I yell. The grownups all start laughing and slowly they morph into the devil and his minions. I hear laughing and the devil who unfortunately is holding me says “there is no escape”