A/N: 100 Themes Challenge - Theme 1: Introduction
I know I should be writing The Wizard's Cat's first chapter, but well... I just had to write something more fitting for my foul mood. I'm still hospitalized and it's killing my creativity.
I admit that this was a little sloppily done, but I don't care. I got it done so it's good enough to me.
Your Soul Is Sick
He came back to his senses slowly, as if waking up from a dream that had continued way too long. First he registered the chilly air that lingered, then how stagnant and a little bit moldy it smelled. He opened his eyes and got greeted by white ceiling and walls. Was he in a hospital? He looked around the room, but it was empty, except for the hospital bed he had been resting on. He got up and swung his legs over the bed, placing them on the cold floor.
What on earth had happened to him? He tried and tried, but couldn't really remember anything... apart from a vague memory of a car crash. Had he hit his head really hard on something and lost his memories? But he didn't feel any pain. All of this seemed so strange.
He stood up and walked to the door. He placed his hand on the knob and – to his surprise – the door opened. Cautiously he peeked out to see the corridor, like a little mouse that was afraid of meeting a cat. But the corridor was empty, only rows of doors were lined up on both sides. On the other side was just a dead end, but on the opposite end he could see a reception room. He sneaked out of his room, his destination set on the reception room.
The room fit perfectly hospital's empty theme, having only reception desk and few withered plants in the corners of the room. Strangely, there were no doors that would possibly lead outside of that rotten place. He scratched his head pensively. What would he do now? This didn't feel real at all.
"Can I help you?"
He flinched and turned around to see who had startled him. He faced a woman who definitely wasn't from his world. The woman was really tall, easily over two meters in height. But the strangest part was the fact that she had four arms. She was wearing white, clean long coat as if she was a doctor.
"Can I help you?" the woman asked again with a calm voice.
"I... I..." he stuttered. "What... What is this place? Where am I?"
"Oh dear, this must be really confusing to you! Let me introduce you: this is a hospital for lost souls", she answered and smiled a really unnerving smile. "Don't be afraid, you are welcome here."
"A hospital for lost souls?" he repeated, perplexed by her response. "Am I... dead?"
"Only if you think you are", she said.
That only made him feel even more confused. It seemed he couldn't get direct answers from her.
"So, umm... Who are you?" he asked.
"Doctor Myriad", she replied. "I am the one who takes care of every soul that ends up in here, including you."
Somebody's crying sound started suddenly somewhere from the corridor. It made the situation feel even more unnerving to him.
"So, umm... How can I get out of here?" That question took much more courage to utter out loud than he dared to admit. His heart went wild, pounding his chest like a hammer.
It felt like an eternity before Myriad answered: "Oh no, no, no. You're not going anywhere before your soul is cured." Her disturbing smile only grew wider. "You're not leaving anytime soon. So please, go back to your room and let the healing process begin."