A Rude Awakening

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A man helps a woman in the woods and has a strange dream.

Submitted: May 23, 2013

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A Rude Awakening

Tom Smith was just a normal guy. He had a wife, three kids, and a dog. Tom spent his week in a factory working long hours to provide for his family. He spent his weekends at home or going out with his family to enjoy the small amount of free time that he actually had. His favorite place to go with his family was the local park.

It was one random day in Tom’s favorite park when something strange happened. Two small children that Tom had never seen ran up to him and began to beg for him to help. They said that their mother hurt her leg while walking along the nature trail. Tom didn’t want these kids to be in too much trouble with their mother being hurt so he told his family that he would be right back and went with them.

When Tom arrived at the nature trail the two boys brought him to the place where their mother fell. He spoke to her and found out that she had slipped on a mossy rock and twisted her ankle. After helping her get up, Tom walked her to her car and told her to be careful and have a nice day but she insisted that he drive her to the doctor’s office that was down the road. Being the nice man that he was, Tom ran to his family and explained the situation then drove the woman to the office.

After the woman’s ankle was checked out they learned that she had actually broken it during her fall and it had become infected. The doctor told Tom that if he had not helped her out then she probably would have lost her foot to gangrene. Tom felt very proud. He went home and had a nice dinner with his family then after relaxing in front of the television for a couple hours, went to bed.

Tom woke up in a room all by himself. He looked around and saw that the room he was in was covered in foam and pads. Then Tom remembered. He was a convict in the state penitentiary. Tom was featured in the news as the man who went crazy and cut off a woman’s foot. As Tom lay on his twin sized bed he suddenly thought aloud, “What a strange dream that was,” and took the drugs that were laying on a plastic tray next to a white painted steel door.


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