Nathan waited for the elevator to open after finishing the last of the hallway floor. A random cry from the other end of the hall caught him off guard, and he whipped around reflexively, forgetting his own mantra of, “ignore it... ignore it...”
The lights at the far end flickered and fell black. A laugh, then another cry followed by moaning and a growing cacophony of scratching, clawing sounds sent Nathan backing up against the elevator doors, wishing his ride out of this place would hurry. Closer now, more lights went out and the sounds grew nearer. The restlessness of the patients on B-Level grew to a riotous din. Hands tightly pressed over his ears, Nathan slipped to the floor, eyes wide as the lights continued to go out leaving him alone, barely lit by the up and down arrows over the elevator doors and struggling to keep out the sounds that now grew into a full blown roar inside his head.