The brightness filled her eyes, filled her mind, filled her entire being, until she felt full of light, full of a happiness that she’d never felt before. And then it was gone, and she fell to her knees, gasping, from its sudden absence.
“This is what you could have, if you came with us,” the voice said, warm and welcoming, cajoling, promising more light, more happiness, more joy.
“No,” she said, and her lip trembled.
“Very well,” the voice said, and the tone had changed, becoming cold and sharp and brittle. “Then enjoy the dark.”
And the darkness flooded in, pitch black and freezing and terrifying, and she screamed.