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A Nightmare Upon Waking

May 23, 2011

He woke up slowly and groggily, wondering whether the knocking that had woken him was just an accompaniment to his gruesome dream or whether it might be something more than a purely fictional noise.

He lay enveloped in the sheets, imperfectly still despite his efforts, listening. In the darkness and silence, questions quietly crept in, almost undetectable at first but then gradually making their presence felt, seen and heard.

Why had he dreamt such an awful and immoral dream as that? Was it appropriate to feel guilt for something he had done in a dream? It would be, he thought, if you feared something of your truer nature might lie in those actions, those disgusting and violent actions.

That thought scared him far more than the dream itself. The heavy heartbeat and sweat on his back that he had felt upon waking did not appear to be fading. The acid and bile in his stomach had not ceased churning. Nor had the pounding in his ears, the sound of his very own blood rushing with every pump of his heart, begun to quieten.

The knocking he realised, the knocking that was so persistent while inside his dream, had not made any appearance in his waking life. Indeed, the nearest thing to that sound now was that pounding in his ears.

He feared to sleep lest he should dream. Inside of his dream life, he now knew he was capable of monstrous things. What remained to be known, the genuine nightmare of it all, was whether these things had meaning or truth.

The bile churned once more and the acid hastened its journey upward, he twisted his body round and leaned out from his bedside just in time.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Chloe S. Engel permalink
    May 23, 2011 1:48 pm

    This is brilliant. Short, not a single word out of place or indeed wasted. Theres such a feeling from this piece, his realisation at what his having this dream means.

  2. May 23, 2011 6:30 pm

    Very Telltale Heart vibe going here!

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