The year is 1285 –
Phillip awoke in a cold damp room. The walls were constructed of stone, the floor smelled of moss, and the shadows reached forward from each corner toward the center. There was a growl that seemed to rise from beneath the floor. It sounded like stones grinding against one another…and it was. It was coming from the torture chamber downstairs from his prison cell. He could hear the screams from the man on the rack. The man, named Jean, who was on the rack was usually in the cell next to him. His screams sounded like that of a banshee. They were being tortured for their faith. It was the Inquisition. They tortured them until they admitted something, even if truthfully they had nothing to admit. It did not matter if they were guilty or not. To be accused was to be guilty, and only meant certain death. The only slight hope of escape from this fate was if you turned over a high level of other supposedly guilty parties who could also be accused, robbed and tortured by the church as well. His cell neighbor screamed, and screamed and then their was silence. The masters of torture drug him back upstairs and threw him in his cell. His head flopped back and forth like a doll’s head and he was missing an arm. It had been torn off by the rack. The rack applied pressure to your joints, muscles and body until things inside popped, cracked, broke and finally tore off. It was hard to tell if he was dead or alive, but he knew they wouldn’t bring him back upstairs to his cell if he was dead. It would not be long before they were both dead though, you could only be stretched so much on the rack before your body finally ripped apart, this was all they had to look forward to.

The year is 2008 – Sheila awoke to her alarm clock going off loudly, she hated it. It was a sound that sounded like a trumpet blair. She hurried to get ready to greet her friend Jessica at her arrival. They were going to have a Ouija Board Seance in her room together and she was excited. For some reason she felt like wearing her sanguine colored dress, it was the color of blood. She greeted Jessica and they went up to her room and started the seance. They had never done this before, it was their first experience and they had no idea what to expect or if anything would happen at all. They had darkened the room and lit candles. They said the words from the book that would beckon the visitants, and to their shock and utter amazement the visitants came. It was Phillip and his friend Jean who filled the room with their anguish, torment and pain. They conveyed without words but through almost a dreamlike virtual reality their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual torture. Sheila and Jessica did not feel afraid, instead they felt and lived their pain as well. They sensed they were not evil visitants in any way, in fact they were good, they just were not at rest, they needed release. Others to feel, share and understand their pain and give them release. Then the candles wisped out and the lights came back on, on their own, or so it seemed, and the two male visitants were gone, released. Sheila and Jessica sat in complete astonishment. It had been a tremendously vivid, horrid, experience, yet at the same time it had also been a journey of release for them too, for they knew that somehow what they had called forth and done that night had allowed these two souls to finally move on in the journey into the afterlife, to be RELEASED.


Copyright ©2008 JANE À PARIS



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This is a short story about how we all need release from emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual pain in order to move on in life and grow in one state or another…

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