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A bad nightmare

A bad nightmare - Herman Garris

Last night, I had a terrible nightmare that woke me up in the middle of the night and kept me up until the sunrise. Usually, I don't have nightmare and bad dreams. I rarely do. Maybe once a year or when I exaggerate and watch too many vampire or horror movies. But even then, it's not always happening.

Around 2:00 a.m. I woke up screaming, with tears in my eyes, and panting heavily. For two three seconds, I wasn't still sure if it was just a dream or it really happened. I stretched my arm to see if my wife was there next to me. She wasn’t. I felt a cold chill down my spine. Being still under the influence of my nightmare, I forgot she had fallen asleep in our son's room. Before going to bed, I kissed them both on their foreheads and turned off the light in the room. I didn't want to wake her up and ask her to sleep in our bed. They had enough space in there.

Because I was fully awake, I realized that I had screamed really loud and I might have frightened them. I left my bed and went to check on them. They were both sleeping peacefully. I was glad that they didn’t hear me.

I went back to bed and tried to make myself comfortable. My mind wouldn't stop playing parts from my nightmare. I was remembering everything. I was driving with my family somewhere near Lake Louise and I had an accident. We were on the highway and I tried to pass a truck. Before I knew it, the truck turned towards our car and we got caught under the truck. It dragged us for couple of minutes on the Alberta asphalt and then it stopped. The roof of our car came down on us. I was the only one to manage to escape the wreckage. My wife and our son didn't make it. That's when I woke up screaming.

Although I knew it was just a dream, I couldn't help thinking how real it all felt. The thought of losing my family in a few seconds still gave me the shivers. Since I couldn't close my eyes anymore without seeing some parts of my horrible dream, I decided to wake up, leave the bed and focus on something pleasant that would keep my mind busy.  I started to look into vacation destinations south. No driving involved just a short flight and lots of sun.


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