Why?” Amanda was a bit shocked in hearing this.
Amanda didn't know where the voice came from. There seemed
to be a panel of glass in front of her, but there was no one in sight.
“If you are found naked, they are more likely to help you.” The voice
At this point, Amanda looked out the window. All she could
see was fire but she wasn't afraid. It was as if she expected it.
Suddenly a loud “POP!” and she was awake.
She laid in bed for a few minutes. The dream, as odd as it
was, seemed like it was real. Who was she talking to? Why couldn't she see the
person behind the voice? Why does it seem familiar? Was this a real memory?
She got up and walked to the kitchen for breakfast. A
protein shake, grapefruit, coffee, and some fish oils supplements.
After she gathered everything, she sat down by her laptop,
but she didn't really feel like doing anything. Something bothered her about
What was that loud pop sound? It didn't seem part of the
dream, but she couldn't figure out what that sound was. Maybe it was the
"exploding head syndrome" she read about on the internet.
There was a knock at the door.
When Amanda opened the door, Todd stood there with a bag in
“Mind if I
join you?” Todd asked holding up the bag.
Amanda smiled. “Sure, come in.”
They both sat down at the table and Todd motioned at her
cup and grapefruit with a quizzical look.
Amanda chuckled. “Yeah, my breakfast seems basic, but it
seems to work well.”
Todd nodded. “I know,” he reached into his bag and pulled
out a couple of what appeared to be protein bars. “A friend of mine made a
bunch of these for me before I left. I have a freezer stocked full of them. You
very good,” and he waved an opened one
in the air. It already had a bite in it. As if to reinforce what he said, he
takes another bite.
He then sets it on the counter, grabs another one wrapped
in plastic, and studies it.
“Granted," he said after a moment, "they don't
look like much, but they seem to work well.”
Amanda quickly noticed the mocking tone and swiped the bar
from his hand.
The both laugh.
They started to make plans for the day, but Amanda couldn't
help but notice how agitated he was. He seemed to be expecting some
catastrophe. In the middle of their conversation Todd's phone rang causing him
to jump a little
here,” He answered. There was a long silence then Todd looked at Amanda. He
working on it,” Todd said. He sounded pleasant but Amanda couldn't help but
notice that he was not happy. “I'm with her right now. Yeah, I'll get back to
Todd scoffed. “I think I may have oversold your book. Speaking of which, how is