The world swam.
One moment, she was awake, with snippets of voices speaking foreign tongues and lights so bright that they burnt through closed eyelids. The next, she was floating away again, back to a grey place full of tormented dreams.
She knew time was passing, but not how much. The grey times were longer and deeper than those with the bright lights. There was panic and fever in the grey, and heat, so much heat she could barely breathe. Hallucinations too. The same nightmarish visions, over and over again. Naked, bleeding, soiled. On the floor of the showers, unable to defend herself, the guards crowding round. In the hallucinations there were other faces too, some unfamiliar, some she knew. Her family were present. Her mum, her dad, her two brothers, witnessing the vicious attack. They made no attempt to help, despite her desperate cries. They showed no reaction to what was happening, their faces seemingly carved in stone.
Through the fever, she occasionally glimpsed the brightness. When she did, she lunged towards it, desperate to grab hold, desperate to escape the nightmares. This time, when the light burned at her lids, she ignored it, forcing them open. Several blinks later and she was staring at a white ceiling. The shiny arms of medical equipment imposed itself over her shivering body.
She was awake.
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