maledicat_dominus: (si pecasse negamus fallimur)
Doctor Johann Faustus ([personal profile] maledicat_dominus) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet 2017-03-21 04:16 am (UTC)

"Nothing," Faust said, head forward once again, pace steady. There were hints of both dread and reverence in his voice. He desperately wanted there to be something behind them. For this to be a place of magic, real magic. Even if it was hostile to him, the cost was worth it. But he did not believe that there would be anything at all. This was, surely, a dream born of fevered hopes and overspiced food.

"There is nothing behind us. The dread that keeps us from looking, the certainty that something pursues us--it's only an illusion. If we turn about, there will be nothing at all, and that--I think--is worse than any monster or obscenity."

He tilted his head up, but there was nothing to see. Treetops disappearing into mist. Pausing, he knelt, skimming his fingertips over the surface of the path. "If we stop, would it matter?"

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