I am forced awake by the sound of a blaring alarm. My head ached and my vision took awhile to return, as it cleared up, I am greeted by an unfamiliar surrounding. I then realized that I had no recollection of how I ended up in this room. I looked around and noticed that this wasn’t my room, but instead I’ve been placed into a bright white room. I tried remembering how I ended up here, but all I got was a sharp, intense pain in my head. Looked like there was no point in trying to remember. I slowly stood up, but I began to feel woozy. Maybe I shouldn’t have stood up too quickly.
“Hello! Is anyone there?” I yelled out into the room and received no response. The only thing I heard was my own voice echoing throughout the room. I took one more look around the room, and this time I hear a whoosh noise from behind me. I did a quick 180 and noticed that there is now a way out of the room. I moved forward with caution, with no idea as to what was waiting for me outside of the room. As soon as I exited, I felt my entire body drop. I walked out of the room and into a free fall.
My heartbeat began to race, and I felt myself breathing faster than normal. Other than that, there was nothing I could do.
“Help!!! Someone!!!” I yelled out, but there was no point. I scanned the pit that I was falling and noticed that there was nothing for me to grab. I began regretting the idea of leaving white room. Unfortunately, there was no time for regret, and I needed to think of a way to save myself from this situation. The fall seemed endless and my mind started to go blank.
“Why are you giving up?”
My mind is brought back to reality. A familiar voice rang in my head, but I couldn’t remember who it was. All I knew was that it was enough to knock some sense into me. I pushed my feet down, so that I was right side up. My fall began to slow down and then all of a sudden I was flying. Wait, I need to register that again, I’m flying!
The lights came on and I noticed that the hole I was falling in wasn’t that deep. It was actually an illusion to make it look like that the hole was deeper than it looked. This was getting stranger by the minute. Was I being tested? And more importantly, how am I flying?! I flew upwards and out of the hole. This time I was back in the white room, but it was bigger. I looked around and saw nothing again, and then the hole below me closed and the ceiling up above started closing down on me.
I felt myself begin to panic, and I flied down to where the hole was and couldn’t find any way to open it. I started punching at it, hoping that I’d be able to break it open, but I just felt my fist become sore with every punch. There was no point, so I decided to fly back up towards the ceiling and push against it. The force and weight were immense, and I could feel myself getting lower by the second. Eventually the room was less than half its original size and my feet were now touching the floor. I held on for as long as I could, but soon my legs began to give out and I felt myself sinking into a crouching position. There’s no way that I’d die now, I just survived a fall so I’m sure I could survive this!
“What a weakling..”
This time a different voice came into my head, and then I felt a burst of energy from within. Energy unlike anything I’ve experienced before and I pushed with all my strength. The weight of the ceiling felt like nothing and before I knew it, I was back off the ground and the room was back to its original height. I was in shock, do I have super strength too?!
“Who am I?! What am I?!” I yelled out into the room, hoping for a response this time.
“Isn’t it obvious?” I spun around, looking for the source of the voice.
“Who are you? And what am I doing here?”
“It’s been awhile old friend. It seems that you have forgotten who you are and have lost sight of your true identity.” One of the walls turned into a large screen and revealed an older man, looked like he was in his late 50s. He was dressed in a black suit and had gray hair and a beard.
“Old friend..? I don’t even know who you are?” I yelled in frustration at the old man. Frustrated at the tests and frustrated at not knowing who I was. “Who am I?!”
“You’ve been gone a long time, but nothing’s changed. You are and will forever be a… hero.” All of a sudden, images of me flashed on the screen. Every image showed me either saving someone, or beating up what appeared to be bad guys. “Remember who you are. Remember what you’ve done for the people.”
The images flashed over and over and my head began ache. I felt the everything rushing in at once, it was as if a dam had burst and the water came rushing out. My memories of my previous life, and what happened to me. I walked away from it all and left the hero life behind, and then I began to lose my powers and soon I had forgotten who I was. The pain in my head subsided and my breathing began to slow down.
“So… do you remember?” I stood back up and looked directly into the screen and nodded at him. The man on the screen disappears and then a door opens up revealing the man in person. He walked up to me and extends his hand out. “Welcome back, Ben. Retirements over and the world needs you once more”