A note

A note was left stuck to my bedroom door. I did not notice it when I woke and left the room. I returned to hang up clean clothes. It was then I noticed its foreign break-in. My heart moved to my throat and mixed with the vial of adrenaline that had burst loudly. The explosion rung madness through my ears. Random thoughts squeezed their hysteria out in mumbles. Had the stranger in my dream left the note?

Ice ivy crept around my ankles freezing me rigid a metre from ripping the note clear. I wanted to scrunch it up before I felt compelled to read its cursive message. Frozen in fear, I surveyed the room, taking in the memories that hung on the walls, a perfume bottle on the mantle, a wooden box filled with keepsakes. My life. The bed was left unmade, warm blankets teased the chill running through my bones.

I had gone to bed the night before willing a sweet dream. A frolicking fantasy, a visit to a colourful place. I dreamt I was alone. I searched for company through many eras. I could feel I was being reincarnated. I was man, woman, child, old. As the light sprinkled morning through the slightly opened curtains, he entered centre stage. I was semiconscious, furious at the idea I was thinking him rather than dreaming him.

So close and yet so far, clichéd boorishly through my mind. ‘You will never know what his visit meant, was he going to say something profound, or keep silent walking by your side?’ I no longer wanted to know for it must have been providence that woke me in that moment. Waking me so I would not know. I should not know.

I do not want to know.

A note

Lisa  Jewell

Joined July 2007

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