“I need help,” she hoarsely called as she fought to keep tears at bay, the agony inside her head growing. She couldn’t cry because her vision was already blurred by the pain. All she could see was colored blurs. Nothing was in definition. But she needed to get out.
The right side of her face grew numb. Save for the long, quarter-inch drill bit grinding its way through her skull, the pointed tip severing the nerves behind her eye. She rubbed the problem area with the heel of her palm.
There was no blood; she wished there was. It would give a reason to her suffering.
Her hand felt the area beside her. Felt a wall. She tried clawing her way up to her feet, but her equilibrium refused to stabilize. Darkness flickered into her vision. Mind spinning, she slid back to the scratchy floor. “Hello?” her voice was nothing more than a pitiful whine, “I need help.”
She stayed pressed against the wall. Its coolness providing slight comfort. Though her face remained contorted in a grimace. The pain in her head caused her hearing to elevate. She could listen to every creak, groan, and crack of the building. She could hear all the leaves rustling with the wind outside, discern all ambient noise.
But she could not hear another person. Could not locate someone to help her. Her eyes opened. Everything was still blurred, even with the bright white bleeding into her peripherals. Her chest trembled with unspent sobs. Mirroring the slight shudder of her body.
“Please,” she managed. Allowed herself to fall to her hands and knees. “I need help. H-hello?” The outline of what she presumed was a door materialized. Hopefully, it was a door. She needed out. Needed aid. She was alone, scared. The pain had never been so threatening before. “Please.”
The dam holding back her tears finally broke as she miserably crawled to her perspective freedom. “Hello?” Her throat dried, and her little strength waned. She collapsed with a whimper. “I need help.” Curling up into a ball, she hugged herself. “Hello…hello?” She couldn’t get any closer to the door. Couldn’t get any closer to escape, relief.
“I need help. Please?” Her eyes fluttered. “H-hello?” The volume of her voice dropped considerably. “I…I need help. Hello?” She buried her head into the rough floor, everything coming out as raspy whispers. “Hello…hello…I need help. I need help. Please. Hello?” The darkness completely enveloped her. “I need h-help…”