Advent of the Snakes

“Look at how the little candle both defies and defines the darkness” – Anne Frank

I could hear the rain outside… it’s eerie how all life outside goes silent except the sound of rain itself and the occasional sound of thunder that strikes every now and then.. followed by loud crackling sounds… The evening was pretty cold and I snuggled in my chair feeling a void in my chest, feeling empty inside lately… Reading a book as a distraction from my own feelings, I began to stare at the candle-flame and my thoughts started to waver like its shadows on the wall… not still yet remained centered around and focused on the candle light… I felt a cold chill creep up on me as I was looking at the light. Sounds blurred out… the room got darker and the sound of rain getting louder and painfully sharper until I suddenly heard something… something outside my house!

‌A monstrous blood curdling scream! something moving fast in my direction! I tried to look at what it was through the window but the sound went mute as soon as it came to be. The city outside was eerily cold, cloudy and silent… I couldn’t see anyone around so I grabbed my candle and book, climbed downstairs…descending deeper and deeper… till I was on the ground floor. I went outside to look and see if anyone is around and what the noise was but nothing…

‌I heard more screams and shudders off in the distance and ran towards them into the forest. I ran! as fast as I could but I felt like I was constantly being followed somehow. The ground behind me seemed to be moving and the skies grew to be unsettling, gloomy and restless… and soon I found myself atop an elevated landscape and noticed a deep chasm in the ground a little way off…

‌I felt tremors… and there I saw something that horrified me to near death! A chasm with hundreds of snakes crawling and hissing loudly in there! But no! these weren’t just snakes… they were massive! way larger than any living creature I’d ever seen before!

They looked to be at least a 100 meters each… they looked to be rising up from the bottom… Wrestling one another and some trying to make their way to the top; they made sounds that chilled my bones and sent cold shivers down to my very core. I felt tremors once again underneath my foot! I looked around and there was something moving underneath… Horrified and knowing what that could be, I tried to run again and this time… in front of me appeared a pedestal… it resembled a pyramid but made of three concentric layers of wood stacked one of top of each other with a candle-stick shining bright on top of it!

I climbed it all the way to the top… to safety. Mud being pushed up from the ground slowly leaving a trail behind… The tremors seemed to pause for a moment and then I saw eyes… giant brown eyes from inside the mud…! It sprang up from underneath explosively and it appeared right in front of me with its jaws open wide… staring deep into my soul with those eyes… that massive scaly head… blocking out all light in front of me. Its mouth large enough to eat me and the pedestal I was standing on in one big bite…

My heart pounding loudly, prepared for the worst… but I noticed in between those big creepy eyes there was a void… it was like time itself slowed down and just as it was about to swallow me, instinctively my hands reached out for the candle… I held it firm and stabbed it into that empty void in its head… the creature immediately looked to be in deep pain and it shrieked loudly… I felt a cold gush of air from its breath nearly push me off the pedestal before it let out a blood curdling scream followed by a loud thud as it fell.. light emanating from the void… mouth open with its giant fangs sticking out; the scales from its hide started to glow and then the snake… it disintegrated into nothing…!

Healing the ground as it did and it was gone! With the only thing remaining being the candle… still burning bright in the mud. I climbed down from the pedestal and picked the candle up wondering how the tiny candle was able to completely destroy that monster of a creature… I felt safe… the skies seemed to become calmer and I grinned and held it tight in my palm… It gave me warmth and a feeling of security now in the restlessness of the forest. And then I heard trees falling over! and I saw the giant bodies of more snakes crawling along in the mud… underground… but I had no fear! for I knew how to get rid of them now!! If one of them comes for me again… I knew what to do!

But then I once again heard a scream, I turned around and saw one of them drag a man into a hole it came out of. He was screaming as his legs were inside its mouth… half dead already yet he was tryna crawl out with every ounce of strength he had in him… I ran toward it preserving the candle flame yelling for it to let him go… it looked at me with a grin… an almost cunning look on its face… pulling the helpless man down with it as if to say, “Try as you might… I’m out of your reach… You can’t save him in time…” and it started to swallow the now lifeless man slowly and tastefully… hissing as it did. I felt cold and miserable from what I saw… I felt incredibly sad and started tearing up but then I took a deep breath and let it go… the candle-flame glowed even brighter than before now in my hand… I felt the great warmth from it… I felt much stronger… at peace.

I started to see more of them off in the distance… they were everywhere now… rising up from that chasm… making their way into the forest… I wanted to get out of here! I couldn’t take on all of those monsters at once! There were too many! And so I made my way back home and got into my car, revved it up and tried driving further away from the heart of the city to find anyone else that was still alive… remembering the faces of the people I adore kept me going… Their support kept me going in such times, I don’t feel so lonely when they’re around. I’d moved further away from the snakes now… But still heard constant hissing making it hard for me to drive and concentrate on the road ahead. Not a soul around as it grew darker by the moment until I needed to turn on the headlights…

I moved away from the city to try and find safe place away from there, to find some peace and calm somewhere and soon I drove to a stop at a dead end… a chasm… a cliff end. I couldn’t go any further down that road, I couldn’t see ahead much further either… it was getting darker and darker… something was blocking out the light…! I got out of my car and I looked at the sky and what I saw then made my heart sink to my stomach and my jaws drop in awe of it… off in the distance it was one of those snakes again but this one was so big that it completely dwarfed all the others I’d seen before! I only assumed it was the mother of all the snakes… its hood blocked out the light from the moon leaving an outline of its shape to be seen… It was utterly terrifying how large it was but I could see its eyes, it had piercing crimson eyes… there seemed to be other smaller creatures around it… but couldn’t quite tell what they were…

The skies becoming violent and stormy again; it was then I saw what seemed like a middle aged man standing atop a glowing pedestal… he seemed to be weeping hopelessly and begging for it not to kill more people. I turned off the headlights, thankfully It didn’t notice me! I heard his cries… It replied in a weird thunderous voice… with loud crackling sounds accompanying the voice… In a language that I couldn’t understand! But from what it seemed, the snake made some kind of deal with the man that he couldn’t deliver and it smiled when it knew he couldn’t. That smile was the most evil thing I can remember…

I took out the candle from my pockets and looked at the snake’s head wondering to myself how I’d ever be able to get up that high to kill it.

‌Everything went dark… I was staring into plain darkness now… the candle flame had died out… I must’ve lost track of time! It’s dark now… Still raining outside… I get up from my chair and light another candle. The book still opened to the same page. A book on depression and mental illness…

“A restless and chaotic mind can be made still… learn to control your fears before they control you. You may lose faith, lose people around you but Knowledge… Beaming Knowledge can be your best friend in times of darkness! and of course a burning will to survive, don’t lose faith!”

‌The book gave me hope but I always fear that someday I’ll be faced with a dead end. A problem so insurmountable that I won’t have the strength to deal with it. With an empty feeling in my heart I fear that day would be my last…