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I hear her say, “Hey Cash, help me with these groceries would you?” The last thing I think to myself is, who the hell is Cash? *** When I wake up I’m in bed next to my wife. The room is dark, pervaded by the bluegray of night. It was just a dream. That was fucking weird. Maybe Iris is right. Maybe I should lay off the red meat. I take a deep breath trying to calm myself. But it was so damn real. I’ve never had a dream like that in my life. It’s nothing a little spooning won’t cure. So I role over and throw my arm over Iris, first stroking her arm, then her breast. She’s sleeping in the nude again. I love it when she does that. It makes me feel like more of a man. I cup one of her breasts, and don’t realize for a moment that they’ve gotten smaller. Significantly. She’s lost a lot of weight recently, but not like this. This isn’t even the same shape. She shrugs in her sleep and I move my hand to her waist where I pull at her hip. But, instead of her soft stomach, I find a stiff bulging belly. I open my eyes and let them adjust to the dark. When she rolls over to face me I realize it’s not Iris. The smiling face with the sleepy eyes says, “Hi.” Immediately, I pull away like I’ve been stung, and fall out of bed letting out a yelp. The light goes on from the table on the other side of the bed. “Cash? Cash, baby, what’s the matter?” I scramble to my feet and in the faint light discover I’m as nude as she is. I’ve never slept in the nude. Something too unrestrictive about. Boxers and a tee-shirt, ever since I was ten years old. Not cool. Who took my clothes? I grab a pillow to cover myself and start to look about the apartment from my dream. No. Not a dream. It was all real. “Cash, what’s going on? You’re scaring me.” Her face is still tired, but showing distinct concern. “Who the fuck is Cash?” Page 25 | The Paragon Journal

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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