Smelling salts woke her. Despite the thick fabric covering her head, the ammonia burned strong in her sinuses. It was a smell she knew well; she used it on a regular basis. Her first attempts to move failed. She was bound with her wrists restrained behind her. An overhead light provided little more than a shadowy figure through the hood.
“Welcome back, Ms. Kline.” The voice of a long-time smoker rasped.
The woman struggled against her bonds, nearly capsizing the chair.
“I suggest you settle down a bit,” he said. “Otherwise, I may be forced to do something I wasn’t planning on.”
“What is this?” she shouted back. “Let me go!”
She watched as a thick hand reached out to her and ripped the pillowcase from her head. She winced and turned away from the brighter light. After a moment of blinking, she whirled back around, flinging a verbal assault as she turned, “Fuck you, you so—”
She fell silent.
The sight of him caught her off guard. A middle-aged, obese man stood before her wearing nothing but off-white briefs and rubber boots. The random patchwork of hair on his body and chin glistened with sweat. His mouth rested in a subtle smile, but his eyes glared at her with a palpable intensity.
When she tore her eyes away, she realized she was without clothes as well. Naked and bound, she was sitting in a small space with masonry walls that reminded her of the little coal closet in her grandfather’s basement. This one, however, was lined by a collage of pornography clippings.
“Can you feel how special this place is?” he asked.
She stared at him in silence.
“Here, I can make people see me. Out there, you looked right through me as if I were a ghost. But here, in here, I get all the attention.”
The man stepped closer and caressed her cheek. He let his chubby fingers slide along her skin, all the way down her torso as he watched her. She gave no response, only continued her emotionless stare.
“You know, most women I bring here weep incessantly or pull away from my touch.” He stepped back and gestured to a small table against the wall. Its surface held an array of grimy tools. “That is, until I break them.”
Still no reaction came from the bound woman.
His arrogant smile faded. With all playfulness gone, he snatched up a paring knife and stepped toward her again, this time leaning close; face to face.
“This is the only place on Earth where Heaven and Hell coexists. Your body and your pain will bring me rapture, while no amount of pleading or bargaining will exclude you from this Hell!”
He pressed the blade against her shoulder until it broke the skin with a subtle pop. Blood beaded on the surface. Still, she gave no reaction.
He brought the knife between them, showing it to her, shaking it in front of her face. “Tonight we will share lots of pain. You will not hold silent for long!”
In a swift motion that he only saw as a blur in his periphery, the woman brought her arms around and shoved his knife wielding hand upward. The blade pierced the underside of his chin and he tumbled back against the wall. Before his body settled to the floor she ripped the knife out of him and cut her ankle bonds.
She stood over him, untangling the remaining rope from her wrists while watching him try to figure out what just took place.
“You know, you had me going at first.” She said in a calm tone. “I thought the cops finally caught up to me.”
“How?” he asked with blood gurgling in his throat.
“Learn your knots better… and use thinner rope.” She said, tossing the scraps at him. “As much as it pains me to say this, we’re a lot alike, you and me. Except, I like to play the victim until all the dark desires come out. It’s so much fun to use their interests against them.”
“W-well,” the fat man gurgled, “maybe we could—”
“No, no,” she said laughing. “No amount of pleading or bargaining will get you out of this. Heaven and Hell will still happen, just not the way you had planned.”
She picked up the tiny packet of smelling salts and inhaled deeply.
“Goddamn, that gets me fired up! I’ll save the rest for you, though; you’re going to need it.”
With a smile, she grabbed the utility saw off of the table and went to work.
~ Tyr Kieran
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