Dreamers

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A young woman is plagued by prophetic dreams.

Submitted: February 03, 2017

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Everything she was she'd inherited from someone else. Her mother's nose, her grandmother's high cheek bones, and further up the line, someone had passed down lips that curved lopsided when she smiled. 

Her eyes and temper she got from her father. It's possible the dreams came from him too, just another hand-me-down trait like the rest, but maybe not. She couldn't say. All she knew was that he rarely slept and often seemed more like a live grenade than a person. 

It wasn't until after he'd left that she wondered if they'd shared the curse of prophecy, dreaming of how people would die. But was it prophecy? Did she dream of future deaths or did people die because she dreamed? With thoughts like those, she understood why her father didn't sleep, especially after visions of her own death began. 

She often saw herself running toward waves that crashed against a rocky shore and no matter how she willed herself, she couldn't stop. She always let the waves take her, churn her, and pull her out to sea where she would never pass on her traits. And every time, she heard her father's parting words, "It's for the best."

 


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