Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wake-up Call

Amanda woke up in her recliner and saw a small creature curled up in the corner of the room. She couldn't make out what it was, except that maybe, it was a little dog with larger eyes, large pointy ears, and way too much fur.

Amanda decided to sit up to get a closer look. However, as soon as she sat up the creature faded into the darkness.

She realized that she had been sleeping a long time, but she wasn't sure for how long. Her laptop was on the coffee table. Trisha must have moved it for her so she wouldn't accidentally knock it off onto the floor.

She got up and stretched. She felt unusually stiff.

She walked over to the kitchen and got a drink of water. The microwave clock glowed "6:15."

She looked around her somewhat dark apartment and wondered if it was a.m. or p.m. It certainly didn't feel like just a couple of hours.

She grabbed her phone off the counter and unplugged it. It said, 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday. A full day and four hours since she fell asleep.

Now Amanda was fully awake. How did she sleep so much?

There was a knock on the door. Amanda answered it, and it was Trisha. Instead of just coming in like she usually did, she handed her a paper bag.

"Hey, how are you doing? Todd told me that he wanted you to have this," Trisha said.

Amanda took the bag and peered inside. It was the bars that Todd had been giving her. She hadn't had any in a few days because she was out.

"Thanks," Amanda said, "and I'm all right, at least I'm not sleepy anymore." She tried to make it sound like she was joking, but Trisha hadn't noticed.

"Oh, good," Trisha said, seemingly relieved. "I would stay, but I have a few things I need to do tonight."

Amanda nodded, still in a fog.

After Trisha had left, Amanda set the bag on the counter. She didn't realize how hungry she was until now and those bars are looking good.
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