By Simon Funk
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Laura was the first to offer a story. She told him simply that something in the room had fallen and hit her in the head. He seemed placated by this, particularly since it came from her and not me. Laura, on the other hand, did not seem placated, and gave me a look I knew would, for the first time, demand much explaining. Chapter 10 Awakening Last night’s dream felt much like the one before, although this time I could see and hear. Still, it felt somehow removed, more like something I was watching than something I was seeing.
Laura stirred, rolled toward me and sleepily draped her arm 37 38 CHAPTER 7. BREATHLESS around the bend of my waist. I sat there palpating the back of my own head. The dream had been so compelling, so real ; I was captivated. My prodding found nothing unusual, but I wasn’t quite prepared to push hard where I feared in that moment I had an off switch. But I could resolve this another way. Throwing back the covers, I stormed out of bed, nearly dragging Laura out with me. I found the nearest piece of pottery and smashed it against the stone floor, sorting through the rubble for large, sharp fragments.
Nice fish kiss,” she said, and suddenly I noticed I was feeling very tired. She noticed this too, and I felt her fingers sliding up the back of my neck, pressing firmly inward. I bolted upright in bed, my own hand palming the nape of my neck as if to protect it from more unwanted prodding. Laura stirred, rolled toward me and sleepily draped her arm 37 38 CHAPTER 7. BREATHLESS around the bend of my waist. I sat there palpating the back of my own head. The dream had been so compelling, so real ; I was captivated.
After Life - Novella by Simon Funk