Thursday September 23rd, 2010. Mid Afternoon:
Kolleen was groaning in her sleep as her mind was plagued with one bad image after another. She was standing in her living room and she was a lot shorter than normal. At this moment, her mother was talking on the phone, in a much panicked tone. Kolleen was none the wiser about what was happening. She had been watching Scooby-Doo on the T.V. and the living room was a lot different this time around. Instead of the immaculate paintings and pictures, there was just a small T.V. with a scruffy sofa and one reclining chair.
She tried to walk but she felt unstable and fell to her hands and knees. She looked over to her mom, calling out to her. “Mom, can you help me?” She tried to say. But all that came out was random gibberish. “Why is my speech so garbled?” She asked. Again, random noises escaped her lips. She realized that all her teeth were not there anymore; except one front tooth and a few back ones. Kolleen pushed with all her might to sit on her butt and finally did so, after slamming it hard on the floor. It hurt so much that she wanted to cry. Why would I cry about this? I just fell a few inches onto my butt, that’s not too bad. Still she wanted to ball her eyes out. “What’s wrong with Josh?”
Jasmine Sparks asked, as she walked over to assist Kolleen. Kolleen watched as her mother bent down and patted her head softly. Warmth spread over her as she felt the touch of her mom’s hands. She couldn’t help but giggle innocently; this brought a smile to her mom’s face despite the worry in her voice. The phone rested between her head and shoulder, while Kolleen was in Jasmine‘s free arm. “What do you mean he’s in the hospital?” Jasmine asked. Something felt wrong and Kolleen felt this pouring off of her mom. “Don’t worry baby, your father is going to be okay. He’s just in the hospital right now, do you want to go see him?” Kolleen giggled in agreement. Jasmine smiled brightly and brushed her nose against her daughter’s.
Then the scene started to shake violently and the walls cracked and then crumbled to tiny pieces. Kolleen didn’t understand what really was happening until the entire room, including her mother was gone. She was left in an extremely white abyss all by herself. There was crying going on off in the distance, bouncing off of the invisible walls. She stood up, noticing she was back to her eighteen year old self. The crying continued to echo throughout the enormous room. There was a soft voice following the wailing, it was a voice that belonged to an elderly man. She started to walk towards the voice, feeling compelled to discover who it was. The closer she got, the more distinct the voice became. “We are gathered here today to mourn…” Mourn? Mourn what? Kolleen thought.
A scene started to emerge in front of her, starting with a tall man with a robe on. Most of his body was distorted so she couldn’t directly see him. Then a crowd rose up out of the purgatory like abyss, one bench at a time. A red carpet walkway sprouted between them, running up the stairs and onto the platform where the old man was. Then walls sprouted up, all complete with stained glass windows. She was just about to make her first step down the walkway, when Randy appeared on the first bench to her right.
He was dressed in a black suit with matching black slacks and shoes. His hair was greased back and he was staring up at her. Kolleen tried to scream at the site of him; nothing escaped her. The loudest silent scream a person could ever give, tore out of her throat. Randy’s face was covered with blood, and his skull was now partially cracked open. “What’s wrong Kol?” He asked her. Kolleen began to cry, backing up away from him as she did. “You have to wake up Kolleen; wake up now.” He told her. The blood was dripping out of his wounds all over his suit as he walked towards her. “Wake up Kolleen; come on, wake up.” Randy repeated.
“What do you mean?” She continued to back away from the scenery, watching it all dissolve back into the white abyss. “Wake up… It’s time for work.” Kolleen stopped and stared at him. “W-work?” She replied. Randy nodded, still walking closer to her. “GET AWAY FROM ME!” Just then her eyes bolted open and she sat up, screaming as loud as she could. “Kolleen calm down! It’s just me; it’s Randy.” He said. Randy held onto her arms and shushed her down until she was calm, which took a while. “I h-had the most horrible dream…” She started. “It’s alright, it’s just a dream.” Randy hugged her and rubbed her back while she sobbed into his shoulder.
“We have to get ready for work tonight Kol. We just have to make it through tonight and we have tomorrow night off.” She finally wrapped her arms around him, hugging him tightly. “It w-was just s-so real.” She replied. “Shh, it’s all going to be okay. Let’s get you into the bathroom so you can shower. I’ll wait for you when you’re done.” She nodded, sniffing loudly all the while. Randy got out of bed, and helped her up to her feet. Once they were standing he guided her out of her room and towards the hall entrance.
“I’ll wait for you in your room alright?” Kolleen nodded again, and entered the main hallway. Randy’s mind was buzzing with confusion as to how a dream could startle her that much. He decided that she needed her space so he just went back to her room and sat on the edge of her bed. She needed time to calm down and he wanted nothing more than for her to be relaxed and happy.