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Jul 20 / KL Pontz

The Darkness that Lived in Abbey’s Mind – part III

Table of Contents

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI

III

Awakened by the familiar sounds of her room, Abbey looked out her window from her bed. She wiped the sleep from her eyes and threw off the covers. Sitting up in her bed, she inspected the walls and the floor. Everything was the same. The path in the forest was gone, and the Redwood and Cyprus stood upright and tall outside her window. She got out of bed and went to the kitchen.

There was no sign of her parents. Her mother was not watching TV in the kitchen and her father was not eating the breakfast her mother had prepared. She walked to their room and it was clean and neat. The bed was made. No one had slept in that bed the night before.

She went back to the kitchen and poured a glass of water. She drank the entire glass and then filled it again. Abbey took her water outside and sat on the steps of her porch.

A shadow obscured the questions racing through Abbey’s mind: Where is my family? What happened yesterday? I walked through the woods on a beautiful day. I was happy and carefree. I had not chosen my path with great care, but no one would say that I had chosen my path carelessly. How did I get back to my house? Did I leave?

Abbey futilely attempted to make sense of the previous day — as if an understanding would change the mysterious position she found herself in. The funny medication of rationalizing — always after the fact and always a justification, yet never a cure. The actions already committed; the reasons plentiful and contradictory.

She thought intensely all morning about the path she had taken the day before. So many questions could not be answered and so many events could not be remembered. No matter how hard she thought, she could not find the crux of this change — this entirely new life. Each step she had taken in many directions was now, in retrospect, just one step in one direction. Realizing that she had arrived somewhere in her life that she had not consciously chosen scared her even more. The muscles in here neck tightened and her legs shook with tension. Quickly, she ran into the house, slammed the door, dashed to her room, and leaped under her covers.

Abbey resolved to do nothing until she could understand how she arrived in her bed from the night before. Decisions are dangerous if not well thought out, and Abbey resolved to make no decision without careful planning.

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9 Comments

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  1. Sean / Jul 20 2010

    resolving not to make decisions w/out careful planning … Sounds like Abbey will make a strong programmer.

  2. JLM / Jul 21 2010

    I like “She went back to the kitchen and poured a glass of water. She drank the entire glass and then filled it again”

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