At this point I felt hand after hand crashing down upon my shoulders forcing me to my knees as the water began to soak my skin with a purity of escape.
I heard my name repeated 3 times then a voice I knew spoke to me in clear precise words.
“You must now walk ahead without stopping; even when your heart tells you to stop you mustn't listen! You must only do as I say! Walk ahead and follow my command!"
I was lifted back to my feet as I asked who spoke to me and the voice replied that I already possessed that answer. I took my first steps and the water covered my feet and I continued ahead in the way I was told to.
Inside I knew my fate as my hands were tied but I continued step after step. Above my waist the cold water rose and my feet struggled not to slip as the voice persisted "Straight ahead! Listen to me and not your heart or your fear"
Deeper I went to the base of my neck and the cold water touched my face. I called out to them of my fear as it was getting closer with every small step.
"Straight ahead" the voice rang through it all.
As the water rose above my mouth it slowly washed the cloth covering my face and at this moment I turned to look behind to where the voice came from, but all I could see was myself alone on the shore naked except for a piece of cloth covering my tied hands.
It was too late to turn back as the first waters filled my lungs.
"Straight ahead” my voice called out "Straight ahead".