It engulfs me, like a thick wool blanket, and I begin to suffocate. It's always the same. I can feel the sweat on my skin. Beads flow down my cheek, my hair is plastered to my neck, and my nightgown is soaked through. I can feel the pounding of my heart vibrate through my entire body. My breath comes so quickly from the weight of my chest. Every night, it is the same. I fall into The Darkness that threatens to take me. "You belong to me." I hear in the blackness of my dream. The voice is still haunting. I want to run but cannot move. I can't escape, I can't hide, and I'm lost. Hope left me long ago. Abandoning me to the nightmare that has attached itself to my very being. "You are mine." My mind screams for help, but I know there is none. Fear has claimed my heart. I want to go home! I want out of this Hell! But all I can hear is The Darkness laughing at me. It knows it has won. "You will never escape me." It says. "You will never be free." I can feel my knees buckle. There is no stopping my body. I feel it fall. The Darkness welcomes me and it whispers, "I will never leave you."