SpineOut : February - March 2017
KAT Short Stories It’s like a weight in her chest, her breath coming out short and sharp: the unmistakable feeling of drowning, the loss of oxygen, the feeling of sinking to a bottomless pit. She struggles, she thrashes around but she can’t move. She’s stuck. She tries to scream, to call out for help, but it’s no use. She’s alone and there’s no hope left for her. The sound of her alarm blaring jolts her awake from her nightmare. She practically sprints to the shower in the hope of washing the cold sweat off her body, scrubbing away all that remains of her night terrors. Her back slides down the tiles and she’s left crouching in the corner, the hot water washing over her. Her body trembles as the tears fall down her face, her arms wrapped around her fragile body. The sobs that wrack her body are the worst type of crying. Her lip starts to shake and tears build up and fall fast. She claws at her chest trying to suck it in and not make any noise but she lets out a yelp and cry, followed by the loss of breath which only makes it worse because not only is she crying out loud but she feels pathetic for not breathing too. The panic that comes from the possibility that she was heard, is powerful enough to move her as she rushes to dry herself and get ready to leave. Look down. Stay out of the way. No eye contact. She makes it to her table and gets her books out. She can’t fail. She’ll have nothing if she fails. She hears her name called across the class. Her eyes snap up and she sees her friends. She plasters a weak smile on her face. Her friends can’t see how she feels. No. They can’t. She’s normal, she has to be. Natalie, Age 17 St Monica’s College Epping Vic Natalie says of her short story that she based it on the emotion of fear. In her story she describes what it's like to feel fear in the hope of making it easier for people to understand how others might be trying to cope with this emotion and the effect that panic attacks have in everyday life.
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