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Dead Man Walking

This story begins with a question. What if I were not here right now? What if I were to die within the next couple of seconds, minutes, or even hours? It is funny how time is always in the way of our lives and current events, but as all events what if you were in a coma for more than 6 months? This thought could potentially change your life forever. These types of situations are hard on family members, friends, and the people trying to help keep you alive. This is a challenge because they are unaware of the challenges you are about to undergo internally, and spiritually. This feeling is an internal battle and the person is trying to get back to the outside world.

There was once a man who lived a very healthy life. He was driving home one night to a family birthday where he was going to greet his family, and let them know how much he loved them, but as he was driving he was rear ended by a man not paying attention to the road. The man driving a white old Buick was too busy playing with his iPod shuffling through songs. Brian was now fighting for every breath he took. His lungs were badly damaged and he was bleeding internally. Brian’s family was not given any news about his condition. The family was told to hurry to the hospital. Though his children were already grown up. The family received the news their father was in a horrible accident upon arriving to the hospital. This caused his wife to fear for the worst, and the family started to panic. Several hours passed as the doctor’s continuously worked to save his life. The doctors defeated could not save Brian. They tried multiple times to ensure his survival, but could not get his heart beating after multiple flat lines. His body had suffered a massive amount of damage.
Brian had actually died on the operating table multiple times, but while he was being operated on. Brian’s soul was looking down at his own body. He could see everything in the hospital. Brian years later told the family about the story. He could remember seeing black hands coming from the walls. Brian was watching as time worked extremely fast. He described being above everyone in the hospital. Brian in great detail described the doctors and nurses working hard to help him survive. Brian mentioned other people around him as he was in the hospital. There were people dying and coming up to his level, but they would zoom past him. Brian also noticed black hands coming out of the walls and operating tables, pulling at bad spirited people’s souls. Their screams were remarkable, but Brian started to wonder why he stayed lingering above his body. Brian walked around looking at his motionless body, but couldn’t do anything to get back into it. He remembered the monitor flat line multiple times. The defibrillator sending a jolt into his body. He watched his body rise then drop as it did nothing to help him. This scared him because he could see his family crying in the waiting room as they were given the news he did not make it.
Brian sighed with grief and watched as the doctors put the covers over his head. He stayed watching in shock as the doctors started to walk with his body down the hall. His family was devastated. Brian looked on putting his hand out to his wife as she fell to the floor crying in tears. He walked around his family trying to comfort them, but got nowhere in his attempts. He tried everything to let them know he was with all of them. Brian sat on an empty hospital bed thinking about his family, but as he did this he could see the black hands coming from the walls. One of the hands touched his back and grabbed him, and he felt all the memories of grief and sorrow throughout the years. When this happened he jumped up because the hands started to try and pull him toward the wall they were trying to take him. Those black hands were already attacking and dragging him somewhere dark. His soul sadly knew where. He asked silently in his mind is this the end? He pulled away from the hands grasp and ran down the hall. He could see many people leaving their bodies. They were being pulled into the darkness down below or were zooming by him toward a greater purpose. Brian at this point wanted to jump back into his body, but didn’t know how. His emotions started to make him angry and frustrated. He cried out for help, but no one acknowledged his request. The dead were all in a hurry. Brian now desperate fell into a state of depression. He could see the embalmers cutting off the rest of his clothes and removing his belongings as they prepped him to be embalmed. Time above he stated many times moves really fast. It’s not like on earth. He sat next to his body shaking his head. The black hands again started to come out of the walls. They were reaching out and trying to grab him. He watched the embalmers start their process. The embalmers shaved his face and cleaned him up. They started the process of putting a type of glue to make sure his mouth remained shut. They started to sew his mouth shut. Brian in shock started to panic. He jumped up and laid above his body. He envisioned himself going back down into his own body. The embalmer was now starting the process of draining blood. Brian looked deep down into his soul and asked for a second chance at life. The black hands grabbed at Brian and as he felt their grip on him pull down, he could see the charred hands. He could hear deathly screams. He could hear whips and chains in the background. Brian scared and confused thought of his family and his friends. He wanted to be with them now more than ever. Come with us they bellowed. Brian started to feel the cool air hit his body. Breathing from his nose, he opened his eyes and grabbed for the embalmers arm. The man nearly died as Brian startled him. The other embalmer laughed and said it was only reflexes, but for some odd reason the man knew Brian was miraculously alive. Brian tried to speak, but no words escaped his mouth. His lips were sewn shut. Brian yelled and thrashed his arms around. He felt massive pain coming from his stomach where he suffered great damage to his insides. Brian looked around the room and suddenly passed out from the shock. Brian awoke to a room full of family and friends. They were all so happy he was alive and doing well. Brian lived to be an old man and always warned the children of the black hands in the walls.

Written by: Anthony Gurule

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