[WARNING: Disturbing Content]
As the uber arrived at my apartment my body became partially possessed. My hand slowly tipped forward and poured water into my lap. It seeped into my lower half as I thanked the driver. He gave me his card. I could call if I was in danger. But the energy was here to save me, it cleansed me. I walked away and up my stairs.
Earlier that day, manic or psychotic, I had befriended Carol and decided to help her. My phone was dead so we walked. Tormented by hallucinations, her delusions began to shape my own. I found a market, bought a charger and a Chinese New Year keychain, a horse to protect me. I needed its strength and pressed it against my heart.
Next a tiki bar in North Beach. The moment I stepped inside I could feel it. It slithered out from behind the bar. A demon disguised as a waitress. It narrowed in on Carol. Can I get you two anything to drink, it hummed. Carefully I wrapped my arm around my companion and turned her around. Never mind this place, Carol. Without hesitation she followed me outside. The Devil knows we’re here.
A pizza place shone like beacon in the distance. I walked over to a police officer monitoring a St. Patrick’s Day street closure, gave him a look and asked him to keep an eye on me. As I entered the crosswalk I peaked over my shoulder to find that he watched me.
I bought Carol a slice and sat her at a table while I found an outlet. Frantic, I called friends for help. Finally a guy friend picked up. He instructed me to get an uber and take Carol to her stoop, then meet at my place.
When the driver arrived he wore a dark suit. Thank God, the police sent an agent for me. We dropped Carol off less than two blocks from my apartment. I was heartbroken. How could I have never noticed her?
As the driver shut his door I burst into tears. Just drive, please. He took me to a lookout. The sun had set and tears slid down my cheeks while we looked out over the city. He asked questions. It was too hard to explain.
When I got home my friend and my roommate were waiting, worried.