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Cartright 14 November 2009 Until The Brink Murderous thoughts filled her mind, she could picture Sarah¶s skull being cracked open and the blood spilling out. Visions of stabbing out Sarah¶s heart and feeding it to her haunted her. Melissa broke down and began to cry as these nightmares pierced her soul. Through Melissa¶s sobbing she tried to think back, back before every heavy breath of her roommate filled her heart with and inexplicable feeling of hatred. Melissa Candy always thought of herself as an astute young lady who looked past people¶s flaws. She was a genial eighteen year old girl who had just graduated high school. In the years before her graduation she never really liked her private school, but dealt with the difficult schoolwork and annoying cliques. She had many friends and acquaintances and usually got along with everyone. She was slightly quirky and loved to play video games and draw Anime, but other than that she was a fairly normal teenage girl. A huge change was about to befall Melissa, she was leaving her loving parents home and moving to a dorm in the University of South Florida. She was a bit weary of moving because the dorm she was assigned to, Seffy Hall, was notorious for being extra shitty. She had also looked up her roommate up on Facebook and noticed that she was not the most attractive of girls, but she seemed like she had a good heart and Melissa was determined to befriend her new living partner. She wanted to make the best of the situation and look past the less than amazing dorm. The big day had arrived.
Caines 2 ³One hour left,´ thought Melissa while she drove along the interstate nearing her destination of the University of South Florida. She pulled up to Seffy Hall, walked in, and immediately had a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach. Seffy hall was run down, the walls were concrete blocks, the pipes were showing and it smelled strongly of mold. Melissa drove in her own car while her father and mother drove behind her in their white Lincon Navigator for the duration of the trip and helped her move all of her belongings into her cramped dorm. All went well until her new roommate, Sarah walked in. Oh wow, thought Melissa. Sarah was an overweight girl with wavy brown hair and brown eyes. Her eyes were extremely close together, her nose was very large and bulbous, and acne riddled her mouth and chin area. Her face and body were completely devoid of any feminine features; she had no hips and absolutely no bottom to speak of. Melissa could notice that Sarah had a mild case of body pimples. A sudden feeling of shame overcame Melissa, she felt terrible for judging poor Sarah on her appearance and her face became flushed with the pink undertones of embarrassment. ³Hey, I¶m Melissa, your roommate nice to meet you´, greeted Melissa. ³Sup, I¶m Sarah´, grunted Sarah. Melissa finished moving in and bid farewell to her parents. Melissa thought it would be a good idea to get to know Sarah so she tried to begin a conversation with her. ³So how long have you been in Tampa? Do you know your way around campus?´ ³Since the summer, I know everything.´ ³Oh, well that¶s good do you want to go to the mail room with me, I am a bit confused with the whole P.O. box ordeal.´ ³Sure, maybe tomorrow, I am busy tonight´
Caines 3 ³Awesome!´ Melissa¶s other suitemates arrived that night. One was a small blonde girl named Tiffany and another was a brunette girl named Abigail. Her suitemates seemed nice, and Melissa would be sharing a bathroom and a common room with them. That night in the uncomfortable twin bed, Melissa could feel her heart beating beneath her clothes. It was her first night away from the nest she called home. Melissa was extremely uneasy and could not seem to fall asleep so she decided to browse Facebook. The time was 2:00am and all of a sudden Melissa began to hear a frightful trembling noise. Melissa was extremely startled and began to look around and check her laptop. She thought that her laptop was malfunctioning or some strange track was playing from a website. Melissa muted her computer but the horrendous noise continued. The noise sounded like a dinosaur attacking a cow. She then looked over to her left to discover that the painful noise was coming from her roommate. She was a snorer. Melissa had never heard that type of snoring before though. It seemed unhealthy for such a young girl to produce such a noise. She became worried for Sarah¶s health and decided that she would inform her tomorrow of her potential medical problem. In the hours to come Melissa did not get a minute of sleep. Her insomnia was caused by a mixture of her homesickness and the loud trumpet like snoring of her roommate. Melissa¶s room was so small that the distance between her bed and Sarah¶s was less than a yard. She knew she had a long year ahead of her but was still optimistic about the future. The next morning Melissa was slightly sluggish because she had gotten absolutely no sleep and she had a pounding headache. She did not let her headache interfere with her day though because she had made a date with Sarah. They headed over to the mail room and Melissa casually began a conversation.
Caines 4 ³Last night was interesting. I didn¶t really sleep much. Did you know that you snore?´ ³Yeah I know I snore, so what?´ ³Um, it is pretty bad, maybe you should try to do something about it. Like I hear those nasal strip things really work.´ ³Um no, you should get over it, get ear plugs or something.´ ³Well I guess I could, I only mentioned it because I was worried for your health. I don¶t think it is normal for a girl of your age to snore in such a way.´ ³Why don¶t you mind your own God-damned business?´ Melissa was shocked by Sarah¶s rudeness and could not wait to part ways after their mail room excursion. After that day a few sleepless nights passed and Melissa began to be more and more fatigued. On this particular night, Melissa was lying down and to her surprise there was no monstrous snoring. Melissa rolled around her twin sized bed and was incredibly close to dozing off to sleep. Before Melissa experienced the sweet, sweet relief of a night¶s rest she heard a faint buzzing coming from Sarah¶s bed. With the buzzing came short, dog-like, pants. Melissa could hear slight moans that grew louder and louder. Her eyes widened with disbelief. She was disgusted, how could Sarah do something like that with Melissa right there? How could she be so loud? Melissa was beginning to feel like this girl had no manners or social skills at all. Tears welled up in her eyes as she put her hands over her ears and tried to fall asleep. Melissa stood in a dark, candle-lit room. The carpet was wet and with every step she could feel the liquid gush between her toes. The room was plain, the walls were red and candles were hung throughout the cramped space. An ominous door creaked open right before her eyes. Trembling, she walked towards the door. Suddenly, the door flung open and a gust of wind knocked Melissa off of her feet. She was miraculously unharmed. She heard a strange noise
Caines 5 coming from the door and got up and went to investigate. Her heart pounded with every step she took until she saw something that made her gag. Beyond the room was a swimming pool. The pool was stained red and Sarah¶s rotting corpse floated face down at the very center. Melissa¶s eyes widened and her jaw dropped, she then looked down to discover that her clothes and hands were drenched in blood. She tried to run away but something began to pull on her foot and it was the body of the dead Sarah who managed to escape her bloody grave. The body kept screeching screeching, You, you, you, you it was you!. Melissa broke free and escaped. The next morning Melissa felt disgusting. Last night¶s dream had deeply disturbed her and she felt compelled to rid herself of her haunting image that had etched itself into her mind. What could have came over me she thought. She felt impure, so she cleaned. Melissa cleaned and cleaned the next day until the little cave her and three other girls called home was pristine. She went to bed exhausted and with a smile across her face. This was the first time she fell asleep before Sarah. She had cleaned the entire bathroom, including the toilet, shower, and bathroom floor itself. Melissa had a strange suspicion that Sarah was the person dirtying up the bathroom so the next morning after Sarah used the bathroom; Melissa went in to inspect it. When she stepped into the bathroom she almost threw up in her mouth. There was blood and bloody footprints all over the floor. Sarah had just started her menstruation cycle and decided to bleed everywhere and not clean it. Melissa slammed the door because the smell began to bring tears to her eyes. She decided to send a text message to Sarah and said, ³um idk if you know this but you left blood all over the floor and I am sure it was an accident but can you please clean it next time?´ Sarah responded with ³clean it yourself´. Melissa was startled by Sarah¶s brazen answer and could not understand why she showed no sympathy or shame for the vile acts she had committed.
Caines 6 Sarah also had another bad habit of breathing extremely heavily all the time. Melissa would often be awakened by Sarah as she changed for class because of how heavily she breathed. Why did she need to breathe so heavy all the time? She did not have a cold, maybe it was because her nose was so massive the amount of air that passed through it was so great that it had to make a noise. She felt really terrible for thinking such hateful thoughts but the heavy breathing really started to bother Melissa because she was awaken with it almost daily. The only thing in her life that kept her going was Andrew. Melissa had been seeing a guy for a few weeks. She really liked him and thought he was groovy. His name was Andrew Marks and she could see herself being with him for a long time. They had met at a park before she went to college and they hit it off. The only problem was he lived back in her home town of Tallahassee and she was now in school four hours away in Tampa. Despite the distance Melissa spoke to him often on the phone and they stayed together. One night she was on the phone with Andrew and Sarah barged in. ³Melissa, I¶m going to sleep,´ barked Sarah. ³Okay?´ questioned Melissa. ³So I¶m going to need you to either get off the phone or leave´ commanded Sarah. Melissa was in disbelief that someone could be so rude. Melissa was in the room first and was being extremely quiet. She was floored by the fact that Sarah believed that her arrival warranted the end of Melissa¶s phone conversation. ³No,´ replied Melissa and she continued on with her conversation. Sarah assaulted Melissa with obscenities, barged out of the room, and slammed the door behind her. ³What was that?´ asked Andrew.
Caines 7 ³My roommate, she has been really bothering me lately. She is truly irritating me, I have been having these strange dreams, but I really don¶t want to talk about it,´ ³Are you sure, baby? You know you can tell me anything.´ ³Please, don¶t.´ ³Alright, but listen: you can¶t let her get to you. Talk it over with her. You do have to live with her. Try to make the best of it.´ ³I wish she was dead.´ ³Excuse me?´ Andrew worriedly asked her. ³Oh my goodness, I don¶t even know where that came from. I am so sorry. Please, I can¶t talk now I feel terrible. Goodbye, I love you.´ ³I love you too, please feel better, and remember what I said.´ Melissa did not understand what was happening to her. She could not stop thinking about her first dream and could barley look Sarah in the eyes anymore because she was so overcome with shame. Melissa had recently bought ear plugs to try to cope with Sarah¶s intense snoring. That night she put the plugs in and attempted to sleep. She could still hear the raucous snoring but somehow drifted off into a deep sleep. Melissa had cornered Sarah and she had a knife in her hand. She took the knife and slit Sarah¶s throat. She made her catch the blood in her hands and drink it. She then took pliers and pulled off her finger nails and teeth one by one. She got a baseball bat and started beating her frantically with it. Her face, head, and body were reduced to a bloody pulp. She was not done though. She took Sarah¶s bleeding and mangled body (still alive) and threw her into a large vat of hot oil. Melissa watched and laughed as Sarah shrieked in pain and her flesh melted away
Caines 8 from her bones. Melissa wrung her hands together with pleasure as she witnessed Sarah¶s gruesome demise. Melissa woke up shaking and drenched in sweat. Why, why, why? Why me? She thought. Despite the disturbing dreams Melissa was still determined to befriend Sarah. She continued to ignore the painful and ominous nightmares which began to haunt her with greater frequency. It was a Friday night and Melissa was getting ready for a party. She had invited Sarah out as a gesture of kindness. She wanted to spend time outside of the dorm with her, but more importantly she wanted to assuage her guilty conscience which had grown more intense because of her recurring murderous dreams. Everything at the party was going well until Sarah got a little too drunk. She began to do lines of cocaine off of the floor and flirted heavily with every man that walked past her. Melissa was worried about her behavior and proposed that they head back to the dorm. As Melissa began to help Sarah out of the party, a large man offered to carry her. Melissa gladly obliged as she was growing weak carrying Sarah. When they reached Seffy Hall, the man tucked Sarah in and began to leave. ³No stop, come back I want it,´ yelled Sarah. Oh God, thought Melissa. The man came back and got on top of Sarah¶s small twin sized bed. They began to make out heavily and soon Sarah grunted, ³Melissa, get the hell out. I am about to get my groove on!´ Melissa was not sure what her crude terminology implied but she did not want to stick around and find out. She reluctantly walked out of the tiny room and sat at her desk in the common area. Many hours passed and Melissa heard a variety of noises, noises that once heard, can never be un-heard. She ended up falling asleep in her cold, stiff, chair in the common room at her desk. That night¶s sleep was surprisingly more peaceful than sleeping in the same room as Sarah.
Caines 9 The next morning Melissa awoke with a smile. She did not have any nightmares and although her back hurt a bit from sleeping upright, she was optimistic about the day. Melissa walked into her room to find Sarah, passed out and naked. She was covered in the rank smell of her own vomit and had appeared to have urinated on herself. There was a used condom hanging precariously off of her big toe as well. The mixture of vomit, pee, and semen was dwarfed by the fact that Sarah was in Melissa¶s bed. Why my bed? Why me? thought the flustered Melissa. She could feel the pit of her stomach turn and knew that if she did not leave now, she would add to the vomit collection in the room. She needed an escape. Right then Melissa realized that for her own sanity, she needed to go back home to Tallahassee and see her family and Andrew. She got in her car and started her four hour journey. She spoke to Andrew, he calmed her down and let her know that everyone makes mistakes. Melissa spent the night in her childhood room and returned to Tampa the next day. As she drove back, she began to think of things to do about her current living situation. She was going to have a civilized talk with Sarah, and work something out with her so that she wasn¶t miserable all the time. She knew Sarah would have cleaned the mess by now and Melissa was ready to start anew. It was time that they made compromises and learned to live peacefully together. Melissa was sure that Sarah was going to apologize for her unbelievably rude behavior and she was ready to accept that apology. When she parked her car outside of Seffy hall, she felt the familiar turn of her stomach and a bad taste began to creep into her mouth. Despite her discomfort, Melissa knew she had to sit down and confront Sarah about her disrespectful behavior. As she walked back in her dorm room Melissa immediately had to choke back the acids that began rising in her throat. She discovered that all of the vomit and urine was still in her bed. The smell was unbearable. Much
Caines 10 to her dismay, she realized that not only was the mess still fermenting on her bed sheets, but Sarah was lounging comfortably in her own clean bed and seemed to not mind the smell at all. The vomit was so pungent it left Melissa¶s mouth with a garlic after taste and the urine carried the overwhelming stench of ammonia. There were flies forming around the puddle and feeding off of the chunks of food left behind. Sarah looked over at Melissa with her beady eyes, and yelped, ³There you are. You need to clean that crap up. It smells terrible, what are you some kind of disgusting pig?´ Melissa stood in shock and horror as her eyes glazed over and the room turned black. Faint sounds of screaming began to grow louder. She could hear flesh tearing and bones breaking. Melissa had blacked out. She awoke to the smell of blood. The smell was not unusual to her as her dreams had often haunted her with the same metallic odor. She looked to her right and gasped. Sarah¶s dead mangled body was lying on Melissa¶s bed in the puddle of vomit and urine. Melissa surveyed the scene and began to pinch herself. Please let this be a dream, please let this be a dream, she thought. No. She looked down and her hands and clothes were covered in blood. A kitchen knife was in her left hand and a baseball bat in her right. Both of the items were stained in blood. No, please God, no, she thought as she bolted upright, drenched in an icy sweat. She dropped the tainted murder weapons and her hands began trembling with the realization that her worst nightmare had come true.
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