Preface: Stage Fright

I am aware of everything around me; the silent murmurs from behind me, and the smell of the newly painted stage. It will soon be stained with blood. My blood. The sound of my heart is pounding in my head, and my chest feels like it's on fire. I can't breathe. I can't think.

A normal person would've passed out, but I'm more awake now than I have ever been in my entire life. I'm going to die, and so is everyone else in this auditorium if I try to run.

There is nothing I can do. He gave me no other option but this. Either my life or theirs.

I know it's going to be painful; it's what he wants. He wants me to suffer until my heart stops. I guess I deserve it since I was the reason he became a monster. If I was meant for more than this, then I wouldn't be standing here at death's door. But here I am, and there's nothing I can do.

I hear the applause erupt from the audience as the room goes dark. I lock away my heart, holding my love for him for all eternity. I close my eyes and hold my last breath as the curtains open.