The light flooded in through the old, battered windows, causing his eyes to flutter open. He was greeted by the same room he'd known for so long; books strewn across the floor and much more importantly not another soul in sight. As he yawned he inhaled some of the dust that seemed to cover everything, sending him into a small coughing fit. He shook himself, recovering, and as he opened his eyes a second time he felt that familiar shift in his head. Intangible voices spoke to him, never making sense but never being quiet either. Colors began to shift, changing from the lonely, filthy shade of the ever-present dust to something that felt... alive. It would be another one of those days, he thought, when his curse became something of a blessing. Instead of waking nightmares, maybe today would bring expansion and beauty, buffering against the crushing lonliness instead of augmenting it.
He looked onto the floor, noticing a tiny patch of green that was welling up from the floorboards. Slowly it crept up into a mess of vines, reaching up, stretching and twisting until it formed something entirely new. As it took shape, the tiny bulb at the very top grew and eventually burst into a bright flower, a miniature sun, which bathed him in warmth. He closed his eyes and sighed for a moment in relief. For just a moment it almost felt like an embrace, as if someone for the first time in so long had come up to him and just held him... For a few minutes he felt loved.
Jacob opened his eyes again and smiled. His hand reached out to the bloom, and delicately he stroked its petals, soft and silky on his fingers. It swayed gently as if teased by a gentle breeze, and he was fixated on its movements. Slowly it became more and more vivid, until it was no longer simply a replica of the sun, but just as bright and, to Jacob's mind, essential. The light surrounded him... no, more than that. It completely consumed him. He was lost in it and he couldn't stop smiling. He laughed as the feeling just kept growing and growing, and in one brilliant flash the flower burst, sending waves of vibrant color in every direction. Through his laughter tears began to streak across his face, the overwhelming beauty sending glowing shocks through his entire being.
The colors lost their edge after a few minutes, dissolving into a mist and falling to the ground, settling with the dust and gaining its shade.
It was gone. Jacob shivered for a moment, the warmth already leaving his body, and curled back onto the bed. His eyes remained open, staring once again into emptiness.