by Patricia Lynne
This is the fourth chapter in the Daisy Lemmas Riff Blog Chain.
The noise is thunderous as she locks the door, a roar of voices, horns and bells. She takes a moment to steel herself, then turns. People fill the streets, rushing to and from. Not one gives her a glance, in fact, any that look her way are quick to turn away. It tears at her soul, knowing the turn her life took.
What did It want from her?
The question felt selfish, but necessary.
The diner she seeks isn't far, but far enough. Inside is packed, people leaning over their coffees. She pushes her way to the counter.
"Good morning! Your usual?" The young boy was always so cheerful.
She nodded without a word and he didn't press her. By now he knew she wouldn't talk, his earlier attempts in vain. The coffee presented burned her lips as she sipped, but the pain didn't matter. Pain was a sign she was awake, away from the horrible void in her dreams. God, how she wanted to escape but unable to wake!
What did It want?
Desperate to escape back to the dingy motel, she turns, freezing. No! It can't be here! Not in the real world! Blackness swirled in the doorway blocking her. Panic gripped her chest, a scream rising. It ripped from her throat screeching against her ears and she fell.
Check out chapters here.
Chapter One: Welcome to the Void
Chapter Two: Waking up.
Chapter Three: Eternity
Chapter Four: Eternity 2
Chapter Five: Me!
Chapter Six: Fragments
Chapter Seven: Dream or Not, "It Spoke to Me"
Chapter Eight: Bronze Elephants
Chapter Nine: Lot More Riff
Chapter Ten: Elephant Graveyard
Chapter Eleven: Abyss
Chapter Twelve: Time Loop
Chapter Thirteen: Warfront
Chapter Fourteen: Anna's Obsession
Chapter Fifteen: India
Chapter Sixteen: The Revisitation
Chapter Seventeen: The Raven
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