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… In a Digital Age – Subetha

… In a Digital Age

time-travel-clock

Tick.

What the hell was that noise? My head is spinning and it so dark, whys it so dark? Don’t panic, don’t panic, it’s probably a dream. I’m numb, can’t feel anything, has to be a dream.

Tick.

I wonder what it is? It’s very loud like… Like… Oh my god, it’s right next to my head! What the hell is it and where am I? Christ I’m scared, if this is a dream I’m not liking it, not at all.

Tick.

Holy crap it’s going to get me! I can’t move, what’s got me, something’s holding me down, oh god help me! Can’t breathe, is something on top of me? HELP! PLEASE HELP! I can’t talk. Wait its sleep paralysis, I read about that. It’s not how I imagined.

Tick.

Maybe it’s not bad, maybe I’m just dreaming, yes I was in bed, I was asleep, I’m having a nightmare or sleep paralysis. Phew, I was really scared for a moment there, ha-ha, what an idiot.

Tick.

Why aren’t I waking up? Am I awake? A hotel! I was in a hotel that’s it, in bed asleep! Maybe if I call out… Why does that hurt so much?! Damn I can’t make a sound and my chest… the pain, my chest, its unbearable. Shit I’m so scared.

Tick.

My legs, oh lord, why do my legs hurt so much, why can’t I move!? Help me please, someone, help me! Voices, I can hear voices, I can hear voices close by but muffled, yes there’s someone else there! HELP, HELP ME!

Tick.

Light, blinding, oh joy there’s light. And hands and voices, real voices, people! They are lifting me… The hotel, its gone, just rubble and dusty faces. I’m alive! What did he say? The clock, they heard my clock. So that’s how they found me. So lucky it wasn’t digital…

A Flash Fiction by Ian J Wilson

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