Flashes of Sanity #174: Awaken to Nightmares

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Today’s entry: Awaken to Nightmares


Light steps. That’s the way to do it. Dale studied his apprentice walking up the stairs. It was flawless. Not even a squeak from a stair not meant for climbing. Just trying too hard still, but that will come later.
Dale followed him. Upstairs was like downstairs. A mess. Bottles everywhere. Not a furniture matching the other. The work of a man not prone to details.
How could such a man get a son with such ease for it.
Mitch looked over his shoulder and pointed towards a door to the right. The door without snoring sounds breaking through it. Mitch opened the door. No sounds this time either. Still much effort even though the kid most likely had opened it many times before without making a sound.
They walked up to the big bed where all Mitch’s brothers laid sleeping under one sheet. One of them opened their eyes. The round one, Greg. Mitch threw his arms at the child’s mouth. The squeak living Greg’s lips was enough to wake the brother next to him. A brother sleeping with his glasses on. Dan. Dan screamed. He woke the five next to him.
”Dad brought a friend!”
”No,” Mitch said. ”It is just me. Please be quiet.”
It was already too late. Every child screamed. All of them begged for their dad to not take them.
”You spoiled brats!” Arthur screamed from across the hall.
Dale shut the door.
”What is our exit plan?”
Mitch stared at him with eyes wide open. Only fear resided behind the lenses.
”I don’t know.”
Two fists hit the door. They continued slamming hard.
”Give me the exit strategy,” Dale said with calm. ”Or else we could always give your dad the brick treatment.”
”No.” The fear sank back. ”I don’t want to crush him.” The eyes scanned the room, they locked on the window.
”I know what to do.”
”Good,” Dale put a chair in front of the door. ”Let’s continue the mission.”

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