Whispers all around me. I stare at my
book, and try to ignore them, those whispers. I slowly start reading the words
on the page. Soon I start seeing the story happen inside my head like a movie.
I can see when Holly gets smacked by a demon
thatís possessed her. There are many demons, but one in particular likes to
smack her. Sheís sitting on a stool inside her mind, stuck. If she wiggles a
toe in her mind, even the smallest pinky toe, she gets smacked. I can almost
feel the sting of the smacks as she tries to retake her mind. I can put myself
in her shoes. I have my own demons too. She is trying to concentrate on what a
handsome man is saying to her outside of her mind. I can feel the struggle, the
want to please the man outside of her mind and to try to be as still as
possible, so she doesnít get hit.
I get pulled back to the world outside of my
book as a girl pulls the chair out from under me and I crash to the floor with
a thud. Sighing, I pick myself up and go to a corner to make sure no one can go
behind me and sit. I continue to read Hollyís plight against the demons in her
In lunch I sit at a table in the
corner and eat my salad while reading. I act like the guy who just came and sat
down isnít there. He tries to ask me why I sit alone, while looking back at his
friends smirking. I continue to read.
I feel the surprise Holly feels when a demon
suddenly disappears out her mind. Thereís many more but thatís still one gone.
The relief she feels is very real to me. She wiggles her pinky toe as a test.
The other demons are too worried about whatís going on outside her mind to
notice the wiggle. I can see the demons
slowly but surely leaving her mind. Thereís only a few left now. They are
pathetically screaming as they get dragged out. I see them dying as they enter
the real world of the book. There is a person who is calling them out, and then
is slaying them. If only my real life demons could be slayed.
The math teacher calls my name
outside of my book. I look up to his scowling face and know I have missed him
calling my name for the past few minutes. The girls in the front row send me
glares because I have the teacherís attention that they yearn for. I just look
back down at my book, and read once more.
Holly gains the courage to move a foot, since
the demons are too busy with the guy outside of her mind. They donít notice. I
feel a smile creeping across my face from the feeling of accomplishment of her
being able to move a foot without being smacked. I move my own foot not
remembering that Iím in a classroom. A boy turns around and shoves my desk back
because I accidently hit his desk with my foot.
The day ends. I walk down the halls
reading my book. Holly is free. The demons in her mind have all left. She goes
about trying to help others that are trapped by their own demons. I ignore my
own demons. The ones that call out comments, push me into the walls, and try to
trip me on the stairs. Someday my demons will be gone to, and I will help
others with their own demons.