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Insanity. A short story

Updated on August 30, 2015

What is real and what is Not?

She woke up in the middle of the night. Her body drenched with sweat. Her husband slept next to her. She didn't hear a peep. It was dark outside as she saw through the window. The air conditioner was humming away on this hot, dark, summer's night. She felt angry, but why? She began to shiver from the cold air on her sweat filled body. She crawled deeper under the comforter and fell asleep cradled in a ball like a scared child would be.

The next morning......

She woke up with extreme anxiety. She took a pill to calm her nerves. She walked into the kitchen to get her coffee. Her husband was working on the computer as he drank his coffee. Suddenly she felt so angry. He said good morning and she just looked at him, nodded and took her coffee to the living room. She turned on the morning news, fire here, killing there and a bunch of political crap. Her anger just grew for no reason. The anxiety was gone and replaced with rage. She had to go to work, but she didn't want to. Her husband walked into the room and asked her what was wrong. Why was she so distant? Suddenly she was yelling at him, for no reason. She pointed her finger in his face and started screaming at him. She was saying things, but nothing she said made sense to him. He looked at her and said nothing. Than he walked away.

Work and more work

She went to work and sat through her meetings. Meet with her staff. Did her paperwork. Everything was so routine, so programed, so boring and predictable. She put on her happy face and did what she had to do. Her cell phone rang as she sat at her computer inputting information. She didn't answer. She didn't care. Family members, friends, whom ever called. She didn't care. Her head throbbed, her neck hurt and once again she felt horrible. The day went by as quickly as it came and home once again. Just part of the routine her mind kept telling her. It's all just part of life.

Home Again

She got home and ate dinner. She and her husband said little. He just looked at her and all he could see was an angry, bitter woman. He felt helpless and tried to clean up. She pushed him out of the way and told him "You cooked, so I will clean". He walked away. There was no talking to her anymore. It would just turn out to be a screaming match. She finished cleaning and felt that pain again in the back of her head. She went to the bedroom and took some Advil. She sat and they watched television, but all she could think about was how another day has gone by. So routine, so boring and so uneventful. She went to bed and dreamt.

The Dream

She woke up again, as he slept peacefully. She had a dream of being in an institution. She was in a straight jacket in a room with padded walls. She opened her eyes so the dream would go away. Only it wasn't a dream, it was true. She wasn't home. He wasn't lying next to her. She was a prisoner in a place where only the true insane gone. She was a patient.


The Visit

He came to see her that day. She just looked at him with those hateful eyes. "It's for the best my love" he told her. He said she had attacked him with a knife and than started to slice her own arms as he fought to save her and him. The police came and took her away. He looked at her with such loving eyes and cried. He told her the doctors said she had a mental breakdown. They were going to do tests. She had to be restrained because she kept scratching her arms with her nails and banging her head against the walls. She just looked at him with such piercing eyes. The demons inside her had taken over her thoughts. They whispered such horrible things into her ears. She heard her husbands voice, but the demon's voice was louder. The demons told her to not listen to her husband, her children, her friends. The demons said her family was to blame for her unhappiness, her hurt and physical pain. She believed the demons. The doctors told her husband that insanity took over her body, her mind, and her will power. He got up and was ready to leave. He turned once more to look at his beloved wife. She was gone, replaced by a monster who he now feared........................


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    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for revisiting my hubs Audrey. I look forward to more of yours. Right now I have writer's block. Hopefully I will have new stuff to submit.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      What a great story! Keep em coming!

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Frank, when are you going to do a new crime scene hub? Look forward to them.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      just revisiting :)

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Smilealot. Some things I write can be very intense, these type of hubs generate the most comments. Funny how things like that are.

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      2 years ago

      A tense yet enjoyable read...great write:-))

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes annart, the mind can go crazy and make people do insane things. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Scary what can become of people who go into the depths of despair and/or madness. Well portrayed.


    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you truth for reading and commenting. Yes stress can put anyone over the edge.

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      3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Could happen to anyone. Stress of daily life can send you over the edge. Very realistic.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Definitely god work. I heard that these things happen just like this, too.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks shprd74 for your inspirational comments. Funny writing, hmm? I will give it a try. Thanks for stopping by to read. Yes I will read "source of fear". Look forward to it.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      3 years ago from Bangalore

      Hi Lisa,

      You were my first audience. Pl read my poems."source of fear", "society"

      I think the cause of all stress is expectations either from once self or society.

      Though it hurts in end, it was a good read. Sad stories have a great lessons to know what may go wrong if not aware. Thanks for writing it.

      Do write something funny too.

      - Hari

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Larry and DDE for reading. I appreciate your comments and feedback.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lots here to pull one through it all.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      A thrilling journey.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks tranthanhlam. More to come.

    • tranthanhlam profile image

      Tran Thanh Lam 

      3 years ago from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

      Interesting story! Keep on!

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Frank, lately my writing is going down a deep road. The thing is this type of writing gets me the most comments. Guess it appeals to most of us hubbers. Thanks for stopping by to read.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      wow this was actually pretty good,, compelling and it crackled with tension..I loved it

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Wilstar and always, chilling was the expression I was looking for when I wrote this.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Chilling to the bone! I guess this could happen to anyone. Scary as H..

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      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Chilling, and I suspect all too real. I have seen this myself.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you and stay tuned more stories of this content are to come.

    • Wissam Qawasmeh profile image

      Wissam Qawasmeh 

      3 years ago from Amman - Jordan

      That's really good story, you're a good writer, keep writing stories like this it really interesting

      GOOD job


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