Open the Trapdoor

You drop into a small dirt room, small enough to touch all the walls from where you stand. There’s a little door in the corner of the room, which you manage to pry open with your fingernails. The hallway it … Continue reading

Enter

By the end of the hallway, you’re crawling. Your knees are bleeding, but you can barely think through the haze of exhaustion and starvation. You reach the doorway and manage to push it open. You’re back in the room. You … Continue reading

Enter the Ivory Door

You open the ivory door. As you walk for hours—days—your vision begins to fade, then the world goes black. You wake up in your bed. It’s only been a few hours since you fell asleep, even though you were in … Continue reading

Enter the Gray Door

The door leads to a hallway. It’s long. You walk for hours—maybe days. There’s no food and no water. No change in the uneven, decaying plaster. You’re delirious from a lack of water. Suddenly there’s a crack of light—a door. … Continue reading

Open the Ivory Door

You turn and go back into the ivory door. By the end of the hallway, you’re crawling. Your knees are bleeding, but you can barely think through the haze of exhaustion and starvation. You reach the doorway and manage to … Continue reading

Get a Glass of Water

Your eyes sink shut, then immediately snap back open. It looks different here every night, but it’s always the same place. Hades. Hell. The Underworld. It’s a place that—legend has it—houses the dead, but you’ve never seen anyone else down … Continue reading

Stop Kicking

You stop moving. It will only speed the inevitable and damn if you’re going to make it easier for the Underworld to kill you. You’ll hang until your arms go slack with exhaustion. You’ll wait until . . . Harpies. … Continue reading

Wash Your Face

Your eyes sink shut, then immediately snap back open. It looks different here every night, but it’s always the same place. Hades. Hell. The Underworld. It’s a place that—legend has it—houses the dead, but you’ve never seen anyone else down … Continue reading