“Is everything supposed to go dark?” I asked as I sat down on the too large sofa. Today was my first time seeing a counselor and all the lights had just gone dark. I began to shake my legs when it seemed to take a beat for Dr. Craig to answer.
“Everything is fine.” Dr. Craig’s voice came from behind her desk. “My computer is still on so there must be a short in the lights.”
“Has, um, this ever happened before?” I asked nervously, trying not to get up and run out of the office. I was nervous about coming in to talk in the first place and the darkness was making my nerves skyrocket. I was already beginning to wonder if I should get up and leave as the lights going out as soon as I sat down did not seem like a good omen for the rest of the visit.
“Everything is fine. Please try not to worry. The lights should come back on any second now.”
I nearly screamed as her hand gently rested on my shoulder. Why had she moved behind me and why hadn’t I heard her move? She was standing so close behind me, I could smell her perfume. The longer the lights stayed off, the more my nerves began to jangle. This couldn’t be normal, no way. When the lights flashed briefly, I did scream. Dr. Craig still had one hand on my shoulder and a knife in her other hand.