I feel bad for the guy who had to figure this out the hard way. I’m sure he was standing by the elevator bank much the way we all do, wondering where he was going in life. He probably was frustrated for the elevator car that never comes to when he needs it. He was probably ready to stomp his feet and say “fuck it” and for the first time in his life take the goddamn stairs.
I bet the elevator door opened with a short ding and he was so upset by his decision to take the goddamn stairs for once he didn’t even notice the red arrow on the side of the doorway was pointing in the wrong direction. I bet he got on and didn’t even notice when he slapped the button on the wall there was no light illuminated at the center of the circle. He got on and for the first time in his life he went the wrong way and it was everything he ever needed.
I bet the elevator went down to the basement and he didn’t even notice until he was looking down a dark corridor. I probably recognized right away that he wasn’t in the right place. He wasn’t on his floor, a bright and well lit hallway. The mystery overwhelmed him, he felt the darkness pull him into the basement.
I can see him stepping off into the darkened space and the fear of a new frontier scared him enough to not spin around when the elevator door closed behind him enveloping him in the darkness of the basement. I can see him slowly walking towards a naked light bulb on the far side of the hallway, the only light in the basement casting deep shadows over everything. I can see him walking towards it with cautious trepidation, his breathing becoming loud the more he tries to stifle it.
He walks to the end of the hall and enters a small room. He walks into the center of the room, standing in the midst of shadows with an audience of nothing all around him. He slowly starts to feel the physical world slip away, there is nothing under the surface of the earth. He has become a prisoner of Hades, a pupil of Vucan, the impregnation of Gaia. The depths of the basement swallow him whole.
And with that he disappears into his own mind, forever.