She’d been staring at the blinking cursor now for what seemed like days. When she checked the time, it had really only been a few hours.
And in those hours, she’d made enough coffee to fuel a battalion of soldiers for a week. She’d eaten too many mince pies, bought on offer because they were past their best before dates. The bath was cleaner. There was no fluff in her keyboard. And her phone screen was now fingerprint free.
All in all, she’d done nothing.
And still that bastard cursor blinked on the black screen, rhythmically taunting her with its relentlessness.
Relentlessness was a fun word to say, and a difficult one to type. She knew this because she had typed and deleted it half a dozen times in succession just to feel like she was writing.
There had to be better, more constructive ways to spend this time. A walk maybe. Clear the head. But it was raining. Hard. A stint on the exercise bike then? Except, she couldn’t remember where it was. She knew it was in the house somewhere, piled under some washing probably, but it would take longer to find it that it would to write this.
Deadlines were looming over her, casting shadows across her brain that just made seeing things in there that much harder.
There was nothing else for it.
She had to go down to the basement.
The light fizzled into life with a lethargy that felt far too apt. She should have followed her own advice. Just write one sentence. The next one would present itself, and before she knew it, the work would be done.
She walked down the rickety stairs instead, listening to the creaking noise as she descended. She could feel it already, even though it was still out of sight. There was a cold breeze that didn’t move the air, somehow, one that bought her skin up in goosebumps as big as bubble wrap.
Her toes pressed into the dust covered basement floor, and she turned slowly to face it.
It was black. With black light dancing and swirling around black mist in an atmosphere of blackness that was so bright and vibrant it made the back of her eyes throb.
There was nothing to do but stare into it.
And it stared back.
It offered no solutions.
It answered no questions.
It made no good points.
It just was. And it made her feel like nothing more than a speck of dust on a speck of dust. Hideous. Unloved. Worthless. Insignificant. Nothing.
An hour later, exhausted and drenched in cold sweat, she emerged from the basement and returned to her desk.
The cursor still blinked.
She went back down into the basement.