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Man Against Himself
Waves crashed over his head. He tried to tread water. Tried to stabilize himself. Tried to breathe, but it was useless. The water level rose quickly. Soon he was completely submerged. He attempted to swim toward the surface, but something was holding him down. Saltwater burned his nose as he convulsively inhaled. He felt a claw fasten around his ankle. His heart raced. His mind went blank with panic. His body began to sink deeper as he felt the claws moving up his leg.
Norton sat up on the edge of the bed, rubbed his eyes and lit a cigarette He ran a hand through his thick, black hair feeling for the scar. He needed to make sure that it was real, needed proof that it wasn’t just another nightmare. Ten minutes had passed this time, before he had been forced awake. Six months ago, this would have meant nothing. Now it was an accomplishment. Taking a moment to brace himself, Norton stood and took a deep breath. Involuntarily, his mind began to replay the nightmares. His muscles tens
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Constant Vigilance
Stay under the radar
and always out of sight.
If you don't get noticed,
then you just might be alright.
Leave nothing unexamined,
don't be taken by surprise
and never let the world see
what hides under your disguise.
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Literature
What Do You Know?
Drunk on good intentions
and desperate to act
on comforting presumptions
taken as fact.
Ignoring all the details
that haven't come to light
because it should be obvious,
because you know you're right.
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Literature
Better Right? Than Happy
I could do the "right" thing
and finally cave
or just continue
to dig my own grave.
An easy decision,
or so it should be,
and maybe it will be
eventually,
but right now there's simply
far too much at stake
and I'm probably making
a fatal mistake,
but better to stick
with the devil you know
than to take any risks
and potentially grow.
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Literature
Can't Let It Go
Too much time spent getting nowhere.
No more patience left to spare.
A wasted effort, best forgotten,
but then why do I still care?
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Literature
Convenient Truth
Stand tall, but not too proud.
Speak up, but not too loud.
Don't be afraid to be yourself,
but only when allowed.
Don't be an inconvenience.
Try to stay out of the way,
but when it's deemed appropriate,
say what you have to say.
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Literature
Recursion
Ben was awoken by a loud crackling noise. He sat up in bed, disoriented, and tried to figure out what could have caused the strange, but oddly familiar sound. Deciding that it must have been thunder, he stood up and walked toward the window. He peered through the blinds, to look for any other signs of a storm, but it was too dark to see anything.
Turning back toward his bed, Ben began to feel the after-effect of the two glasses of water that he drank before going to bed. He walked out of his bedroom, making sure to close the door behind him to keep his cat, Lucy, from wandering in, and navigated the hallway in the dim light provided by a few night-lights that were plugged in just above the baseboard. Approaching the bathroom door, he noticed that it was slightly ajar and stopped short.
"I thought I closed that." Ben said to himself.
Assuming that the door must not have latched properly, he proceeded into the room and did his business. While washing his hands, Ben looked in the mirror a
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Literature
You Should Have Known
Reality's cold intrusion
upon a benign delusion
leaves you struggling to cope
with the absence of hope
and the onset of untold confusion.
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Literature
Desperate Times
I'm out of desperate measures
and it's only just begun.
Off to a running start,
but now there's nowhere left to run.
I need to catch my breath,
but that's a risk I just can't take.
There's so much ground to cover
and still far too much at stake.
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I (Don't) Want to Know
Both rewarded and punished,
for taking the bait,
with aggressive regression
to a simpler state.
In adrenaline's wake,
you're surrounded by fear.
Just a small price to pay
when it all seems so clear.
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Waves crashed over his head. He tried to tread water. Tried to stabilize himself. Tried to breathe, but it was useless. The water level rose quickly. Soon he was completely submerged. He attempted to swim toward the surface, but something was holding him down. Saltwater burned his nose as he convulsively inhaled. He felt a claw fasten around his ankle. His heart raced. His mind went blank with panic. His body began to sink deeper as he felt the claws moving up his leg.
Norton sat up on the edge of the bed, rubbed his eyes and lit a cigarette He ran a hand through his thick, black hair feeling for the scar. He needed to make sure that it was real, needed proof that it wasn’t just another nightmare. Ten minutes had passed this time, before he had been forced awake. Six months ago, this would have meant nothing. Now it was an accomplishment. Taking a moment to brace himself, Norton stood and took a deep breath. Involuntarily, his mind began to replay the nightmares. His muscles tensed, he crushed the lit cigarette in his hand and began to pace the room. As he walked, his breathing quickened. Soon he was hyperventilating. Attempting to calm himself, he leaned against the edge of the window. Norton noticed his reflection in the glass. His eyes were vacant, he had become pale and his ribs were beginning to show through his skin. The sleep deprivation was taking it’s toll. After a few seconds, his eyes lost focus and he stared blankly into the street.
"It’ll all be over soon." he thought to himself, letting out a sigh of relief.
He saw his wife’s car turn the corner. As she turned into the driveway, another car sped out of nowhere. The two cars collided and the other car vanished as quickly as it had appeared.
"Stephanie!!" he cried, pounding on the window.
It was pointless, she was already dead.
"Get this thing out of me!" Screamed Norton as he fell to his knees, clutching his head.
"This is inhuman!" he shrieked, writhing on the floor, his arms wrapped around his chest.
Norton sat up and turned on the television hoping it would keep him awake, desperate for anything that would stave off his subconscious a little longer. Once again he was in the news. He had been the top story for months and he was getting tired of hearing about himself.
"Former real estate entrepreneur Paul Norton, who was convicted last December of the murder of his former business partner Tim Frasier, begins his third month of house arrest today." said the anchor. "As you may remember, Norton was the first person in the country to receive the ST-537 Neurological Implant. Norton chose to be given the implant, as an alternative to the death penalty. Joining us now to explain more about how the ST-537 works is Dr. Richard Owens, Chairman of the Neurological Cybernetics department at Caufield University. Welcome Dr. Owens." she continued.
Norton had heard the explanation many times before. By now, he practically had it memorized.
Immediately after it is implanted the ST-537 catalogs every thought in the subjects subconscious. Then, while the subject is still anesthetized, the chip places each thought into consciousness. The resulting dreams are then analyzed. Those dreams that cause a fear response are transferred to the subjects long term memory, and the thoughts that caused them remain in the chips memory. All other thoughts are deleted. The chip then analyzes the electro-chemical makeup of the remaining thoughts. When the subject is awake, the chip probes their subconscious in search of new thoughts that match the profile and stimulates the subjects long-term memory. When the subject is asleep, it first runs the new thoughts to test them and then cycles through the rest of the thoughts in it’s memory. Norton was the first subject to survive the operating table.
Paul Norton's eyes sprung open. He was lying on his back, his eyes overwhelmed by a bright light that seemed to be hovering above him. He squinted and could just barely make out the silhouettes of people in masks hunching over his body and holding odd-looking tools.
Man Against Himself
An old story that I started years ago. I revised it a bit and added a quick ending to turn it into a creepypasta. 
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My birthday is coming up this Wednesday and, while birthday wishes are always appreciated, for those who might be inclined to do a bit more I have a bit of an unusual idea. I've compiled a list of my favorite media (movies, music, anime, books etc.), most of which are fairly obscure, along with links to find them online (usually for free) and in lieu of a gift or anything of that nature, I'd like for you to find something on the list that looks interesting, that you've never seen/heard/read before and check it out. In recent years, I've realized that as much as I enjoy creating my own art/media, I prefer promoting the work of others' that I really enjoy and so I'm using this occasion to do just that. If you can't find anything on the list that appeals to you or in the off chance that we have the exact same tastes and you're already familiar with all of it, I'd ask that you find some creative work in any medium that you haven't experienced before and that might be a bit outside of you're usual and try it out. Thanks in advance. :)
Here's the list ...
docs.google.com/document/d/17a…
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