For many years now Simon has realised his struggle to fit in with the rest of the world, his darkness, has always set him apart. To the rest of the world he appears to be a ‘normal’ individual with no remarkable features, but this has become what Simon likes to call his ‘mask’. Being a very intelligent individual Simon has realised that the fine line between his alter ego and his true nature are becoming difficult to maintain. Therefore, Simon has planned to do something drastic in an attempt to help subdue his darkness for a while...
Halloween has traditionally become a celebration of those areas of our subconscious that we usually hide away, scared to let them free for fear of the consequences. A night where children dress up and people become monsters. For Simon however this night is the only night of the year where he is free to be himself. Among the other monsters Simon doesn’t feel like the outcast, one night a year he is part of the crowd. This night allows Simon to blend in and quench that thirst which lies within.
By day Simon works in a hospital as a young doctor, seeing the highs and lows of human behaviour but never being able to be part of it. He knows that inside there is something missing, but he does not know whether that is empathy or the ability to feel anything at all. Simon studies human emotion on a daily basis and this has allowed him to create his ‘mask’. Over the years he has become adept at blending in, a handy talent for such a monster. Simon became a healthcare professional in order to study the human body and gain in depth knowledge into how people work, believing that by using his intelligence he could fix himself. Simon truly wants to be one of the ‘ordinary people’ but even with everything he knows about the human body and mind he cannot work out how to be one of them. The darkness within him is expanding and he cannot withhold his nature for much longer. Simon has to take action before his control is lost.
On the eve of Halloween Simon is working in the intensive care unit of the hospital. He has been working for a couple of hours with David, an elderly gentleman who was in a car accident and suffered a serious head injury. Simon pays particular attention to David today, not for professional reasons but for more personal activities. David is the father of Ross, a man who has accomplished nothing in his life but inflicting pain and suffering on all those around him. Ross is a fairly well known face around the hospital, as he has been in before with his wife Susan. Susan was always coming in with bruises and breaks from ‘accidents’ in the house... Everyone knew Ross was the cause but Susan would never say anything and risk her children’s safety. Ross was who Simon was really paying attention to.
Simon noticed that his relationship to his father was dysfunctional at best. Ross had been the one driving the car that had crashed and put David in the hospital. Simon had been watching the visits Ross was having with his father. Ross wore a suit to the visits, which Simon believed was an attempt to show how much better than other people Ross believed he was. Ross would sit quietly watching his father struggle through each moment. He had been coming for an hour a day for the past five days. Simon could tell who Ross was, that he was only visiting the hospital so that he could watch his father suffer. It takes a monster to recognise a monster in any form.
The only thing in this world that can truly destroy a monster is evil of another form. Simon was going to be that form. Simon had decided that the darkness within him could only be silenced by being unleashed upon a worthy and deserving target. The target that he had chosen was Ross, a person who would cause more pain and suffering if something was not done.
Halloween was the night that Simon felt the most comfortable each year and so he felt it appropriate that this be the night that he finally unleashed his darkness. Simon had followed Ross home the previous night. Ross unfortunately lives in a rather small house close to the hospital, which will become the site of Simons’ freedom. Simon knew that Susan would be out on Halloween night with her friends, whereas Ross would be home alone waiting to dish out the usual beating. Simon however had other plans for Ross’s evening.
Ross was sitting in his living room watching the typical Halloween horror films on television. Then the doorbell rang, Ross stormed to the front door annoyed that anyone would be so bold as to disturb his evening. “What do you want!?” Ross shouted as he opened the door. In front of him stood three young children dressed in Halloween costumes... “trick or treat?” they exclaimed. Ross proceeded to silently dish out some chocolate that his wife had left by the door for trick or treaters, then he slammed the door shut and returned to his films. Almost as soon as Ross had sat down in the living room, the door bell rang again. “Ah what now!?” he said to himself while storming to the front door for the second time. He opened the door violently while exclaiming “what is it now?!”
At the door stood Simon, dressed all in black, with no mask and no costume. Simon was already a monster. Ross looked at Simon with fear, recognised him from the hospital. The fear in Ross’s eyes was his recognition of the monster in front of him. Before Ross could utter a word Simon stabbed him in the neck with a syringe filled with a tranquiliser. Ross passed out in the hallway, his eyes went black just as he watched Simon closing the front door and stepping inside the house.
Ross awoke from his sleep to find himself tied to the table in the dining room with Simon standing watching him from the corner of the room. Ross was gagged and tied down with black duct tape to the table. Simon slowly walked over to the table holding a scalpel in his hand. “You are a monster Ross!” Simon said in a calm voice. Ross shook his head as if to say no and began to panic. Simon looked Ross in the eye and said “I am here to show you what a real monster is... You have no idea...” Simon placed the scalpel on Ross’s neck and looked into his eyes one last time. His hand then moved the scalpel across his neck... It was over.