I've had many labels stuck on me in the time I've been in here, insane, paranoid, delusional, schizophrenic, liar, to name but a few. I think liar was the one that hurt the most.
Not for one single moment did any of these so-called experts consider that maybe, just maybe, I was telling the truth.
For my own safety, their words not mine, I was detained under the mental health act, and brought to this 'hospital'.
Eventually I had grown to like my room, the fabric covering the walls and floor was tough and yet soft at the same time.
“For your own safety.” They had told me, as they ushered me inside.
And yes, it was safe, for now. Eventually things on the outside would get so bad there would be no-one left in control here, and I would have to leave and take my chances, but for now it was safe.
And here I was, in the interview room once more...
The man in black looked across the table at me, his face expressionless, but the glint of concern in his eyes betrayed his inner thoughts.
“People are disappearing.” He said.
“Yes, I know.”
“A lot of people, thousands each day.”
“Yes, I know.”
He shifted slightly in his chair, his body language betraying him further.
“Do you know where they are being taken to?”
“No, but I know where they end up.”
The man in black straightened in his chair, then leaned forward, resting his elbows on the table, he stared at me intently.
“Where?” He asked me.
“The same place as your breakfast, and your Sunday roast, and your Saturday night beer and pizza.”
“Where do all meals end up? Down the sewer, they end up down the sewer.”
“You could have helped to prevent a lot of this you know.”
“When I tried to tell people that these creatures were living amongst us, when I tried to warn people about this, when I tried to convince people to defend themselves against this, I was brought here, for my own safety. No-one wanted to listen to what I had to say.”
“Well, we're ready to listen now.”
I sighed, stood up, and walked slowly towards the door. “It's too late.” I told him over my shoulder. To the guard I said “I'd like to go back to my room now please, for my own safety”
©2011 Stephen. J. Green.