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  What would she find? Did she really want to know? Did it matter in the end? She didn’t think so because she was going there anyway. She couldn’t help it. She kept on walking through the tunnel, towards the darkness. Step by step, she was leaving the light behind her. As she passed by the arches, the rays of the sun became less and less bright, less and less warm. The darkness in front of her seemed to be alive, to move around her, whispering in her ears in a language she couldn’t understand. But she knew what it wanted. It wanted her body, her mind, her soul. And she wasn’t strong enough to fight against it. She just abandoned herself to the impulse of walking forwards.

  She knew she was nearly there. Closer and closer with every step. She could hardly see the floor under her bare feet. Those flagstones worn down by many other feet that followed the same path. But she didn’t need to see it as she could feel it. So she closed her eyes and keep on walking. Thrilled and scared at the same time, willing to know the truth but frightened of what she could find.

  And then she stopped. She was there. She had reached the end of the tunnel. She knew it because the air around had changed. She took a deep breath, to get some strength. And she opened her eyes, slowly, and looked straight into the darkness. And what she saw took her breath as she saw something she had never expected to see. She saw the face of fear, the face of cowardice and guilt, the face of shame. She saw her own face because at the end of the tunnel there was nothing but a mirror.

Note: this short story is been written as part of the Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge

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  ¿Qué encontraría?¿Realmente quería saberlo?¿De verdad importaba? No lo creía porque se dirigía hacia allí de todas formas. No podía evitarlo. Seguía caminando a través del túnel, hacia la oscuridad. Paso a paso, dejando la luz tras ella. A medida que pasaba por los arcos, los rayos de sol se hacían cada vez menos brillantes, menos cálidos. La oscuridad delante de ella parecía estar viva, moverse a su alrededor, susurrándole al oído en una lengua que no podía entender. Pero sabía lo que quería. Quería su cuerpo, su mente, su alma. Y no tenía fuerza suficiente para luchar contra ella. Así que se abandonó al impulso de seguir caminando hacia delante.

  Sabía que estaba casi allí. Un poco más cerca con cada paso. Apenas podía ver el suelo bajo sus pies desnudos. Esas losas desgastados por otros muchos pies que siguieron el mismo camino. Pero no necesitaba verlo porque podía sentirlo. Así que cerró los ojos y siguió caminando. Emocionada y asustada al mismo tiempo, deseando saber la verdad pero atemorizada de lo que pudiera averiguar.

  Y entonces se detuvo. Allí estaba. Había alcanzado el final del túnel. Lo sabía porque el aire a su alrededor había cambiado. Respiró profundamente para coger fuerzas. Y abrió los ojos, lentamente, y miró directamente a la oscuridad. Lo que vio le cortó la respiración pues vio algo que jamás había esperado ver. Vio la cara del miedo, la cara de la cobardía y la culpa, la cara de la vergüenza. Vio su propio rostro pues al final del túnel no había más que un espejo.

Nota: esta historia se ha escrito como parte del reto semanal del Daily Post

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