Room 101 Creative Writing Coursework Essay

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Room 101As he sat stiff backed and upright in the hard wooden chair, Jotham looked around anxiously. He could only see three of the walls, and the ceiling, if he craned his neck upwards, but that was enough to make him very uneasy indeed. They were grey and bare - not silver grey, but a horrible murky grey, that made it seem like everything was closing in on him. The room was rectangular; not at all wide; there was perhaps a metre between him and the nearer two walls, but it was extremely lengthy; probably about fifteen metres long.On the wall facing him, Jotham could see a shiny black surface, a bit like a switched off television screen. He wasn't sure why, but for some reason it made him feel exceedingly edgy, and he kept shooting darting glances at it, to see if it had changed.There were no windows in the room and only one door, as far as Jotham could see. It, too, was grey, and had no handle. Anyway, he reflected, there was not a lot of point in trying to formulate an escape plan when he was tied to the chair so tightly that all he could move was his head and neck. Jotham couldn't even feel his fingers and toes; evidently the ropes had cut off his circulation.Jotham groaned. He was extremely uncomfortable. The chair had a rough surface and he'd already felt the sharp pricks of several splinters pierce his skin.The young man could hear nothing; he felt like he was in a vacuum or that his ears had popped. He was suddenly struck by the realisation that he could (and probably would) go mad if he never made it out of this deadly silence, and so strained his ears until he was sure that they would fall off. But still he could not hear a thing. He closed his eyes in exhaustion, and attempted to slump in his chair before remembering that he couldn't move.When he next opened his eyes, Jotham could not remember where he was, but it soon came back to him as he felt the ropes and the twinge of pain in his backside from yet another splinter. He hoped in vain that someone would come soon; Jotham felt that he had to see someone, anyone, to convince himself that this was not all just a bad dream.After what seemed like a few hours, but in reality was probably only a few minutes, there was a noise. Jotham stiffened. He willed his ears to hear it. It wasn't very far away. Click, clack, click, clack. It sounded like...oh, but his ears had been inactive for so long; he could not remember what made that noise. He cocked his head to one side and listened again. Click, clack, click, clack. And then he had it. Footsteps! Heading in his direction! Jotham sat and waited. There was a jangle of keys. Then one turned in the lock, and the door swung open.As the figure of a man passed through the doorway, Jotham could just make out two heavily armed guards standing outside the door, but they did not come in. Evidently they considered one tied up and half starving man to be completely defenceless. They were right. Jotham had been searched upon arrest for any weapons, food,...

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