I woke with a start. My alarm never used to starttle me, but after the experience I just had, could you blame me for being scared of everything? Nothing seemed familiar anymore. I also had shifted my worries. I needed to find the figure, whoever he was before he found wht he was looking for. I needed to find what he was looking for before he did and prevent him from getting a hold of it. A part of me also made giving him the item was a good idea, but he seemed like the type who would turn around and kill us anyway.
After all the commotion, I had a multitude of crazy thoughts going through my head. I decided that I should probably make myself some breakfast. I sat up in bed and looked around. I was in my old room. My room from Albuquerque. The room that I shared with Rhea. Had that all just been a dream? There was no way. My bed was the only piece of furniture in the space. I swung my feet over the side. I was wearing my tennis shoes, and the outfit I had worn the day before. Interesting, I never slept in shoes.
I stood and wandered out into the bare hallway. Down th hallway I went until I passed the living room into the kitchen. There was not a single piece of furniture in the house apart from my bed. This had to be another dream. I looked out the kitchen window. There was nothing out there. I began to panic despite the fact that I was in a dream. There was nothing that gave me any clue what was happening. I came to three conclusions, none of which I was really fond with. Either this was what happend really far in the future, this was what happens as a result of the war with the shadowy guy, or it was just my mind dragging me in irrational directions.
After a minute that seemed like an eternity, I stepped out of the house. There wasn’t really anything else to do, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. I stepped into the unknown. As soon as my foot kit the ground outside, the house disappeared. I was left with nothing but an endless expanse of redish brown haze over a desert of red sand. I couldn’t even see the sun. Just then, I thought I saw a figure in the distance, but I immediately shot that ridiculous idea out of my head. Dream or not, no one would be crazy enough to venture to this place. Besides, the last figure I came across declered war on earth, or at least me.
Now, allow me to give you some insight, if the figure you see doesn’t go away, then you’re most definitely seeing a figure. The figure kept approaching me. There was definitely not the same evil feeling to this one, but there was something familiar about the gait. When she got within a hundred feet, I was able to easily tell that she was a girl about a foot shorter than I was, but the haze kept me from getting a good look at her.
Then the haze between us cleared. It was like being in the eye of a dust hurricane. Clearly it was the girl who made the haze clear. Just in time,too; I was getting worried about how much dust I was breathing in. I’d also get a chance to get a good look at her. When I was able to make out the girl’s face, I did a double take. Standing five feet in front of me was Rhea.