15/07/2010

Twilight Zone

What a storm! Violent lightening that turned the whole world white, not just a fraction of the sky, and a nasty, loud, powerful wind, banging and pushing at the window so hard I thought it might take it off the wall.

The noise of it woke me.

Storm by Sister 3
I'd fallen asleep early, having suffered from a migraine during most of the day. My first thought was to find Bill and the children. But as in a dream, I couldn't find them. I called, I looked, it felt like forever.

My very next thought was that they didn't exist, that I had dreamt them. I was not a mother, nor a wife. I was alone in the world, suddenly and since always, strangely and horribly bereaved.

Then it occurred to me that if the end of the world was coming, it was just as well they didn't exist, just as well I was alone. I felt relief.

And then Bill came in from the living room.

He told me it wasn't the end of the world, that the window was quite secure, the children asleep, and why didn't I go back to bed.

So I did.

This is my entry for Sleep is for the Weak's writing workshop. My prompt is 'Tell us a story of something that happened with a bang'.

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5 comments:

Jean said...

Oh I like this...that interface between sleep and wakefulness is really surreal XXX

@jencull (jen) said...

Wow, and yes some of the strangest things happen in that half awake state but that is quite scary! Jen

Sandrine said...

Lol. I'm a very heavy sleeper and don't often wake up at night (not even for crying children!) So when I do the effect is very often surreal. It's happened before, once with a hurricane and the other time a small earthquake. Both times I was convinced it was the end of the world!

@porridgebrain said...

Oh I have a lot of these half-awake, half-asleep dreams and they are always so frightening and disorientating.

Beautiful written. Going to use this for next week's workshop if that's ok :)

Sandrine said...

Course it's ok! (Fame at last)

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