I panted hard, but all the same clamped a hand over my mouth to try and stop the noises. My lungs immediately screamed for oxygen, so I let go and sucked in a big breath, then rose and started to run again, fast, fast. Crashing through the dense jungle. Running, running. Branches whipped into my face, but still I carried on going. Faster, faster. I could hear it behind me - my heart was rocketing with fear, my mind empty but with one thought, filled with raw terror - get away from it. Running, running. At one point my foot snagged a tree root and I flipped over, crashing to the ground. I winced as I felt my
but still I carried on, running, running, faster, faster. It was getting hard to breathe now - I felt my chest burning, and I knew I needed to stop but I couldn't, I needed to get away, needed to run,
But then I saw it.
The end in sight.
Deep, far away, a glimmer of light sparkling in the distance, through the darkness of the dense jungle, gleaming there, far, further.
It is in sight.
Fast, faster, running, running, my chest burning, my tears falling, my breaths coming in gasps, missing out and feeling that familiar panic as I heave for more oxygen, but it doesn't matter, I am nearly there, and then I will finally be free
Then I am falling, falling, into a cavern, darkness everywhere, falling, falling, the light above me fading, fading into black, and then my screams are echoing all around me, and then all of a sudden there is cold water in my mouth, in my ears, in my eyes, my lungs, and I can't breath, can't breathe,
Then I sit bolt upright in my bed, my scream slowly dying away in the night.
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