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Your True Tales
April 2007
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A Little Taste of Hell
by Akiba

I was approximately 21 or 22 years old. I was living in Ypsilanti, Michigan and the year was 2000 or 2001. Anyway, I was really into fantasy at this time in my life, and with all the experiences I was having, who could blame me? So I had just gotten done watching a movie about a girl who was a princess of the underworld, (not Santanic in any way), and I thought to myself, how cool is that?

I laid down to go to sleep, but instead found myself staring at the ceiling. Within moments I felt like I was about to have an experience with my night time visitor, but something was different. There was no pain in my stomach and I wasn't being spun around. I just felt a presence. Like the other times, I couldn't move, but could see and hear everything. I was asked if I wanted a break from the everday chores of life and I said yes.

In a blink of an eye, I was transported to a beautiful castle. I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. The floors were gold, the walls silver and the furniture elegant. I was sat at a table where every one of my favorite foods were placed in front of me. I ate as much as I wanted and never once felt full. It was great! I was then shown my own personal library with all the fantasy novels I could ever read. I was given a room to write stories in and was told that was all I had to do while I was there. I was given everything I wanted at the snap of a finger and never wanted to leave.

What seemed like weeks passed. I began to realize that I'd never seen the face of the entity that brought me there. I asked one of the servants to send for him, and when he came, I asked him to reveal himself. He did, revealing the most beautiful man I'd seen in my life. His skin was as white as snow, his eyes black as coal and his hair, blue as the nighttime sky flowed down his back. He was dressed in some sort of garment that I could see through and I thought to myself, "Damn, this man is perfect!" He then asked why I sent for him.

"I want to know why you brought me here."

"To take you away from the pain of the real world."

"So this place, it's not real?"

"Of course it is."

"I don't understand."

"It's as real as you make it."

"So I'll wake up soon?"

He smiled. "Not if you don't want to."

"So if I stay, I die?"

"There is no death. Here or in the physical realm."

"I still don't know why you chose me."

"I haven't been completely honest with you. I have chosen you to be my bride."

"And you waited weeks to tell me?"

"I wanted you to see the beauty of this place.... I wanted you to feel like you never wanted to leave."

"I don't, but I have a family at home. I have children."

"They can come, too, if that's what you wish."

"I don't know, this place is so different from home..."

"If you wish it, I can make it so you can't tell the difference."

"Really?"

"All you have to do is say you'll be my bride."

"I still don't know. Can I think about it a little while longer?"

"Take as much time as you like."

We conversed a little while longer and then he asked me to share his bed with him, (he said it just like that!) and I agreed. What proceeded was the greatest and most spiritual experience I'd ever had. I was on the verge of telling him yes right then. That was until... I got up and walked over to the window. The whole time I was there I was so into the castle and all the wonderful things inside it, I'd never looked outside. I parted the curtains and when I did, terror flowed throughout my entire body. Red skies, no sun, no trees, no plants, no animals, no water, no nothing. Just what resembled lava, sharp dark mountains and smoke. I closed the curtains immediately and caught my breath. Where the hell was I? The man walked over and asked what the problem was.

"There's no sun."

"Yes, that's the only thing I can't give you."

"Sadly, it's the only thing I can't live without."

He frowned. "But I can give you everything else! You'll live as a queen here. Your every wish will be granted!"

"I'm sorry. I can't."

Disappointed he shook his head."So be it. But in case you change your mind, I will send you back with proof that you've been here. If you want to come back, all you have to do is say it."

I sat up in my bed, sweating and feeling exhausted. I looked around for what I would think was proof and found nothing. I shook the experience away as a dream and went to work. On my way inside I picked up a piece of paper on the ground. I'm always doing that; I'm a total environmentalist. I was about to throw it in the trash and happened to look at it. What I read sent chills up my spine. On the paper in big, bold black letters were the words: "THERE CAN BE NO LIGHT WITHOUT THE DARKNESS." I almost freaked! It wasn't a big sign, but big enough for me. I immediately through the paper in the trash and vowed to never ask to be taken away again. For all I know, I had gotten a little taste of Hell... Or maybe it was all a coincidence?

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