A bright light burst behind his eyelids.
He fell. The sensation of weightlessness overcame him. Changing colors swirled around in slow motion, flashing and dulling erratically. His mind separated from his physical body. He watched, as if from another realm.
Falling downward, down…down…down, into a black expanse of nothingness. All color faded from existence. His mind merged with the dark. Blackness surrounded him, enveloping him, frightening him. He thought to scream, but the sound choked on the lump in his throat.
The speed of his descent increased.
Colors erupted. Lights flashed.
He sped toward a narrow opening, and once there was sucked through into a dull gray sky. Still, he fell.
Water flowed below him—a rushing river.
His body took on weight, becoming heavier as he dropped. He slammed hard against the water and plunged into the cold, murky depths.