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Waking From a Dream: Shock

04 Oct

She regained consciousness abruptly.

The house was silent, as if in the immediate wake of an explosion a half-moment before. Her heart pounded in her chest and she could hear the blood thumping in her ears. She tried to force herself to move, to simply slide one foot down to the other, but she couldn’t move. Her body stayed locked in place until her brain could sort everything out. She didn’t realize she was holding her breath until she remembered to breathe.

She’d been dreaming, and it hadn’t been pleasant. She wasn’t any more. This was real. She was safe.

 

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