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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mag 23



The flames! All around me. The heat! Becoming more and more intense. Then the smoke! Choking me. I began to cough and the coughing woke me from this terrible nightmare.

I lay in the bed, drenched with sweat, trying to reason it out. Why, why, had I suffered this agony in a dream? As I lay there, I realized I had not opened the window when I took to my bed. I rose and opened it now and a cooling breeze entered the room.

I sat on the edge of the bed, holding my head in my hands, still thinking about what had caused this terrible inferno in my dreams, nearly taking my life.

I got up, went to the kitchen for a drink of water. I left the lights off and simply felt my way.


Absent-mindedly I walked as if still in a dream into the hallway. Wham! What the hell was that? My toes had slammed into something hard and the pain was now real and intense. I cursed at whatever object I had struck.

I backed a short distance away and reached for the light switch on the wall. The glare was intense at first and then, as my eyes adjusted, I saw what I had walked into.

A fire extinguisher! A huge, old, heavy fire extinguisher. I had purchased the antique the day before at a garage sale. Undecided where to place it, I had left it in the hallway the previous evening. Then I had forgotten it until I walked into it in the dark.

Damnable old life saver.

I thought to myself, "they sure made them heavy in those days."

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The lovely Willow has instigated writers . . and people like myself who think they're writers . . to try their hand at a visual prompt each week. If you'd like to read others go to Magpie Tales and enjoy some more.

27 comments:

JeffScape said...

A dream reminding one not to stub a toe, only to have a stubbed toe remind one of a dream. ;)

signed...bkm said...

Nice twist in this Magpie, dreams funny how they remind us things that we did not finish...like put something in its proper place...bkm

Systematic Weasel said...

Dreams are often funny phenomenas. A great take on the prompt!

-Weasel

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed this, very well written. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Helen said...

Dreams! It's probably a good thing we don't remember most of them. I enjoyed your Magpie ...

Angie Muresan said...

Wonderfully done, but what a horrible dream! Why can't they all be pleasant?

www.angiemuresan.com

Brigid said...

Nice Magpie, good twist, funny how we incorporate our day into our dreams.

Friko said...

Good Magpie, hope your toe is better. Serve you right for leaving it in the hall.

Vicki Lane said...

Good job, Catalyst! A rude but welcome awakening...

christine said...

An excellent take on the prompt, it had me stumped for a while..
Hope your toes recovered!! LOL
Christine

kathew said...

Great story-entwining a dream into reality! I enjoyed this! And thanks for your comments!

RA said...

Great twist at the end! :)

willow said...

Life imitates art...or antiques...or something like that. (another super-duper read, Mr. C)

Lena said...

I f I've stubbed them once, I stubbed toes a hundred times...! Never into anything antique, mind you!

Nice Magpie!

chiccoreal said...

Dear Catalyst: You know I didnt even think you would trip over the extinguisher, I was thinking you were dreaming of fire and then I thought, no I didnt think I guess...I thought you stubbed your toe on a wall or some cement thing. Like in an adobe house. I was thinking cool cave type and an alcove round doorway and then "you got me!". It was the extinguisher all along which probably got on the nightime psyche! Is this a true story? I sense it is, as it is a very well-written story! Vivid! Excellent!

Catalyst said...

I think this man's heart knows no truth!

Suz said...

Boy you got me on this one!
I too thought you were going to wake to fire...
good one

The Bug said...

I enjoyed the story. I often wake after dreaming trying to figure out what the heck (although last night's was easy to interpret - I went to a picnic today wearing cropped pants & I dreamed about needing to shave my legs & I just couldn't ever get it done LOL).

Anonymous said...

Nice magpie, I really enjoyed reading this one, very well written.

Everyday Goddess said...

eek, what a nightmare!
and a good reminder for me to keep the path clear since someone is always up around here in the middle of the night, lol.

Lyn said...

The things that plant themselves in our brain..such stuff as dreams...really enjoyed this!

Brian Miller said...

wonderful magpie...and the dream bringsreality brings the dream....nice write.

steviewren said...

I have disturbing dreams often and always awake wondering what brought that on. You described the sensation well. Nice magpie.

Chrissy said...

nice job...haunted by unfinished business...aren't we all? Great magpie!

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific Magpie. Glad you awakened before you melted...:)

~T~ said...

A vivid description of a vivid night!

Mory said...

fantastic poem with such vivid imagery.