He couldn't breathe as pain and panic engulfed his entire being. His throat seemed to close in on itself. It was dry, and he began choking. Thoughts swirled in his brain as the terror took hold, and he curled up onto the bed. He lay there alone as he drifted off into sleep.

Closet Ritual

The boy sat inside of his closet alone in total darkness. Had it worked? He quietly went over all of the steps in his head. Yes, he had done all of them correctly, he surmised, but nothing seemed to happen. As he shrugged and exited the closet in disappointment, a pair of eyes watched him…