flopping onto the chair next to the window
) Yeah, what do you want, dork?Damn, I knew I was missing my sandals! Alright, talk to you later. (
Digging through her bulging pack,
found her wallet, then went downstairs. The
waved cheerily, which she returned.
) I'll be right back. Turns out I left my sole pair of sandals at home.
Outside it was still as busy as it had been a half-hour ago.
browsed in a local Walmart until it was close to eight o'clock. Quickly buying the sandals she had beenadmiring,
hurried to the antiques store, body clamoring that it was dead tired.Stumbling up the fight of steps, she collapsed on the bed, eyes falling on the Lament Configuration that was on the covers.
quietly calming her pounding heart
) How the hell did you get here? Is thisthat guy's idea of a house warming gift? (
Grabbing the cube without having an electrical shock like before,
turned it over in her hands, studying the intricate patternson its six faces.
) Okay, now how do you complete this damned thing? Abra kadabraalakazam, hocus pocus? Open Sesame? No, nothing? Fine, then how 'bout this? (
Running her finger clockwise on a circle,
yelped as part of the cube lifted and rotated, settling into its new position. Blue energy engulfed the Lament Configuration whichcoalesced the beams into five grotesque figures. One of them had dozens of pins driven inhis skull and face.
) T-this can't be happening! Down there, the man who runs the placesaid that everyting was nonsense!PINHEAD: He was wrong, Ashley. We are very much real. (
He took a step forward sothat
could see that he was garbed in a leather suit with gaping wounds on hischest.
) Since you opened the box and summoned us, your soul belongs to the Cenobiteswho will sacrifice you at the Blood Gate in our Hell. Resist, and I shall personally makeyour suffering a long, painful process.ASHLEY
only managed a croak before her intense fear shut down her mind, sending her into unconsciousness.
Part Two: Torment of the Mind
It had been four months since
had been to the Winter Festival in Buffalo withher friends. They had taken the subway train to get
where droves of peoplemilled about, wanting to get in the ice maze. After five hours wandering the area, the group had returned to the train platform, boarding the next vehicle to the station.
falling heavily into a vacant seat
) Man, I'm beat! All that walking really took my energy away. I could use about ten hours sleep right now. (
The train rumbled underground, the only sight visible beyond the windows being dark concrete
.) Wish thisfucking thing could go faster than 60 miles per hour. Last time I checked, we weren't onthe thruway. (
Suddenly, the lights died and the train ground to a lurching halt, throwing many out of
.) Perfect, just friggin' perfect! Now I can't see my hand in front of my face and two of my nails broke! I am SO suing NFTA when we get home.