Amanda was still too
woozy to focus on writing, so she turned on the TV to see what was on.
She had a slight
disdain for television. "Spoon-fed culture," she described it once to
Trisha. However, at the moment, she welcomed any distraction from her
It was mostly the
usual news: House burned down, possibly faulty wiring, a catamount was spotted
too close to civilization for comfort and needed to be relocated, or killed.
Cue animal rights activist. An accident on I91 has the southbound backed up for
miles. The weather was supposed to be unusually mild for the season and some
VIP got hurt again in sports.
Then her face showed
up on the screen.
Oh, no, she thought.
"Up next, The
mysterious woman who was found just a few years ago was attacked in the same
spot yesterday. Stay tuned for more," the news anchor announced just
before the commercial.
Amanda groaned and
turned the TV off. She was not interested in the speculation that they have to
The last time,
because she had no clothes, it was though that she was sexually assaulted, but
there was no evidence of the sort. The only physical damage was the cut above
her right eye. As far as anyone could tell, she wasn't touched, at least not in that way.
speculated that drugs were involved. She peed in so many cups and became a
human pincushion until the healthcare and social workers were satisfied that no
drugs were involved.
This is the very
reason why she moved across the country. Everyone treated her strangely. She
was either a celebrity, a 'victim', or some 'pothead' depending on who she
The problem was that
the violent crime rate was so low, that a naked woman with a gash on her head
in the middle of the road was big news. It's something that everyone will be
talking about for years and probably be hounding her about for years.
Part of her wanted
to turn the TV back on, so she can be prepared for whatever is coming. The
other part realized that the TV didn't distract her from the dizziness at all.
She opted to sleep
and rolled over, only to feel like she was falling a million miles.
All night she dreamed
that she was falling off buildings, falling off cliffs, falling out of
airplanes, and of course, falling from the sky into water.
next day, she woke up and the feeling was gone. She felt as if nothing had