The voice echoed in the room magnifying the emptiness of the space. He could hear the metal in his boots dominating the wooden floor. It made him feel so small, lost in that vast space.
He was captivated by a person whose face he could not see. All he saw was two round black circles where his eyes would be. He knew it was a man because his robust figure betrayed his gender and the sound of his voice was deeper and coarser than any he had ever heard.
The footsteps and the slamming of an apparently very heavy door betrayed that his captivator had left.
Silence fell over the room. Together with the darkness that already lay there, the atmosphere was creepy to say the least.
He could feel his feet chained to the ground and his hands were loosely tied, enough to make things difficult for him.
His eyes begun to become accustomed to the darkness and he saw that the knot that had him bound down could be easily untied with a few tugging moves. But not having your feet free to move around made escaping a bit more tricky.
He looked around, trying to remain ahead of the panic that was rapidly overwhelming him.
There was an object right in front of him. It was within an arm’s reach. A black rectangular box.
He got up and stretched as far as he could, grabbing it tight.
There were markings on it. Faded letters. If you stared hard enough and looked back, they together formed the word “key”.
He had to get the box opened immediately before that voice returned. He banged it with the chains on his legs. But it was useless. A code was required to break open the lock. He looked around. On each of the four walls in the room was a number counting down from “5”. He tried “5,4,3,2”, but the lock did not open. It resisted any other such combination too. He then began randomly placing numbers in the lock, hoping something would click.
It did when the code formed “1,1,1,1”.
Was it that easy?
The box had a key inside. Which opened the chains on his legs. And then the door.
It was too easy.
Because when he opened the door the voice returned, louder than ever sprouting from a black mask and holding a chainsaw in front of his black eyeholes.
That’s when everything completely blacked out.
And that is when he finally awoke from the coma he was in for three weeks.
He remembered nothing.
Apart from the box with the key.
Also part of Daily Prompt: Object