It started off small. An itch in the eye, a short shock of pain in the head. You put it down to being tired. You endured every day stresses like everyone else but could feel something creeping in your subconscious. You dismissed it as just bad dreams, nothing out of the ordinary. You found comfort in watching Jack’s videos, at least during that time you forgot the pressures you had.
But things were getting worse. The itch in the eye lasted longer. The jolt of pain became constant headaches and the bad dreams brought a figure you recognised. “Soon” it whispered. You could see a faint green glow in a mass of darkness. You bolted awake in a panic. It took a while to calm down, your head throbbed. “I’m just tired” you said to yourself “That’s all” you fell into a dreamless sleep.
The itch had subsided but your eye felt sore. Now and again you’d glanced in the mirror and swore you could see a hint of green. The headaches stopped but the nightmares were occurring nearly every night and every time the same figure haunted you. “You’re not real” you said to him as you found yourself in the familiar void the nightmare carried you to He cackled in reply. “You made me real. The moment you saw images of me. The moment you came up with stories about me. I watched you, all of you. You gave me strength.” He stepped forward and grabbed the top of your head. “You all said my name” You wanted to scream but the darkness seemed to swallow any sound. “A human’s imagination is a wonderful thing. Who knew I could manipulate it so easily?” Said the figure gleefully. You shut your eyes tight so you didn’t have to see his wide grin.
“It’s ok” he said. His laugh went through you and you shuddered. “That idiot thought he could keep me away, but he can’t get rid of me, not while I lie in the very souls of the ones he cherishes. Be still now” The darkness crept up your limbs and an unknown force kept you from moving. “Anti” you choked as you stood paralysed “don’t” “Too late to back out now. This is your fault, you and the others will be the ones to blame when I finally take Jack” You struggled against the binds but it was no use, this was Anti’s world and you were no match for him here. The dark figure in front of you emitted a green glow, you saw how much he looked like Jack. His appearance made you want to cry but you were too tired to even do that as Anti kept a grip on you. “Jack” you whispered “I’m sorry” You heard Anti laugh at you as you began to pass out “It’s alright. When you wake up you’ll remember nothing about this but you’ll continue to give me power without even knowing. Enjoy Jack while you can, I’m coming for him and you’ll all be helping me”