A shrill, maniacal laugh pierced the silence. A face emerged from the dark, with skin so white that it looked transparent. Sheer terror paralyzed me. She stepped closer, tracing her frail finger along the cracked stone walls. My head was spinning, and I collapsed onto the floor. I couldn't breathe, let alone run away. The candle fell out of my hand, spilling hot wax over the marble floor. I held my head tight with my hands, trying to steady myself. My vision blurred as one thought surfaced, running over and over through my mind.