How I Defeated the Devourer

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It starts off dark, and all I hear is a low, subtle pulsing. Not as rhythmic and steady as a heartbeat, but more like, the whooshing and sloshing of a washing machine. Then I can make out the clicking. Click, click, click. Multiplied. Click, click, clickclickclickclickclickclick. I see myself. And I am myself at the same time. My shoulders are drooped. I can hardly keep my eyes open. My skin feels warm, too warm.  I see myself noticing the sound and raising his—my—head. My eyes move to the left and my head turns slightly, but then stops. I need to see. But I don’t want to see.  Continue reading

Subway to Yesterday

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Subway to Yesterday

 

Recognition

I snapped awake at the sound of subdued screaming music spilling from the headphones of the teen who had just settled down on the seat next to me.  I glanced over at her, and she flicked her gaze in my direction, as if daring me to say something.  But I was preoccupied by the feeling that something was wrong.  I shook off the disorientation and saw that I was several stops away from where I needed to be.  As the subway train rolled to a stop, I leapt out of my seat and navigated my way to the doors.  I was late to work, and on a day after I may have burned one bridge too many. Continue reading

The Abacus of Dreams

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Abacus of DreamsNo, not his dream.  His dreams hold no answers that make sense.  It’s possible his dreams don’t hold any answers at all.  Not the ones we need to find her.

It’s her dreams we need.  It’s the link we need.  He had something of hers from the island.  But he lost it on his way to rescue.  He lost it in the delirium of dehydration.  Now he has only his memories, his dreams, his desperate hope.  And to help him, I have only the Abacus.
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