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Falling Inside - Chapter 77.1
His truck kicked up a plume of dirt as it trudged along the road into the heart of Deluge, the dark shade of its rusted paint standing out against the red earth like an ink stain. The drive to the Museum wasnt too long, but it gave Jace enough time to compose his thoughts before parking and walking through the tall double doors of the old building.
The smell of old books filled his nose as he peered through the rows and rows of books looking for Val, but he saw no one. He wandered through the hallways of books for who knows how long, but he never found another human. He could have spent hours searching but there were no clocks to mark the passing of time. The sense of timelessness within the walls of books was maddening, but Jace kept his nerve.
He found a wide leather chair nestled against the intersection of two walls, right beneath a window.
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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