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Elevator Blues

Updated on June 4, 2014


Now I know I'm going crazy, she thought.
The silly song was stuck in her brain and she was singing it , oh so softly.
"Stuck in an elevator, what'll I do?
Stuck in an elevator, what'll I do?
Stuck in an elevator, what'll I do?
Skip to my lou my darling."

How long had it been? Hours? Days? It was so dark her senses were dulled.
Like a space capsule that keeps you on ice for years, she thought. That made her shiver. I know it hasn't been too long, because I am not starving. She pulled out her water bottle and took a swig. Thank goodness for her water. But it would run out. She must ration it. How long, how long? Her voice began singing again.

"How long in the elevator? What'll I do?."
Stop it ! Her mind screamed at her voice. Be rational. Try the buttons again.
Because of the darkness she could not tell what she was pushing, so she pushed them all.

Try banging, her brain commanded. So she banged on the elevator door. Why stop there? She banged on the walls and stomped on the floor.

Call out, her brain commanded. She screamed for help again. Her voice was actually hoarse from yelling.

She sat down on the floor and pulled her knees to her chest. She heard her voice singing again. It sounded far away and totally unconnected from her brain. She listened to it with a new interest, like it was someone else singing.

"Sitting in a corner, they won't bother with you
Sitting in a corner, they won't bother you
Sitting in a corner, they won't bother you........ She heard her voice trail off and she slowly nodded and then rested her head on her knees. Sleep came as her brain deadened in the dark, lonely space of the elevator.

Time crept on. Suddenly she was awakened by a voice.

"Come on lady, lets get you out of here." Light flowed in through the open door. She stared in sleepy confusion.

" Are you alright lady? "
"I ..I really don't know."

They put her on a paramedics cart and she could be heard singing as they wheeled her down the hall. "Paramedic's wagon painted blue, .....skip to my lou my darling.


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