After you guys solved the
last riddle, I wondered what they were going to do. I mean, the riddles
all have something to do with my..."punishment," right? The smoke led to
a fire, the cupcakes led to those razor-bladed unicorns. And now that
the answer was "light," I wondered what the heck was going to happen to
It was worse than I anticipated. The next morning I woke up
How the hell they did that, I have no idea. I couldn't see
a thing. I had to call 911 and when a doctor looked at me, he said that
it was a case of "conversion disorder resulting in somatoform
blindness" - what they used to call "hysterical blindness."
wasn't psychosomatic. This was real. I couldn't do anything. I was in
the hospital for about a month and then...then it went away. I could see
I went back to Shady Lawn immediately.
It was worse
than when I left. The building itself looked...diseased. And it was so
quiet. The hallways were dark, since the lights had been broken. The
"P"s and "E"s that had been painted on several doors were smeared. I
checked in on some patients and they all looked asleep. I couldn't see
any other doctors or nurses around.
And then I checked Grace's
room and saw that she was gone.
And in her place was a note:
Patient 1: Grace Smith
History: Ms. Smith came to us after a psychotic
break. In her childhood, she would imagine herself to be another
person, "Karen," with a brother named "Derek." "Karen" would take all
her bad memories away, while "Derek" would provide an escape from
loneliness. As she grew up, "Karen" became "Kevin" and her mind began
working through her problems, eventually "killing off" Derek. This
proved too much for her fragile psyche, however, and "Kevin" took over
completely. We have successfully dealt with the "Kevin" persona and
brought back Grace.
Patient 2: Robert Zanetti
History: Mr. Zanetti came to us for a job and we
have provided him one as an orderly. He suffers from extremely low
self-esteem - despite having a degree in English, he has instead worked a
series of menial jobs. But perhaps we can put him to good use.
supposed to choose between Grace and myself?
How? How am I
supposed to do that?