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brain feels like mush. What is happening to me? I need answers. This shit is starting to get old. I look around and find myself at the Lakeview Botanical Gardens. A large complex of glass bubbles, housing all varieties of flora, on the edge of the city. Inside, it’s lush and green. But, I’m outside and it’s snowing. When did it get to snowing weather? It was cool and raining just yesterday. That was yesterday wasn’t it? Christ, Rob, get a grip. I trudge up the shoveled path, along the walk, to the entrance. This is where Iris works. I’ve always thought it was funny that a woman named for a flower worked in a garden. But she’s always been good with that kind of stuff. She says she get’s it from her mother. I see her through the glass doors, inside at the help desk. She perks up when she sees me, and I wave at her to come outside. Her smile makes me feel so much better. Seeing her face is like coming home. I feel like I haven’t seen it in weeks—months even. She meets me outside, on a bench that I have to brush the snow off of, and gives me a kiss. “Hey, babe. What you doing here? I thought you were supposed to be with Dr. Guise today.” Her voice makes her sound sincerely surprised and excited to see me. She leans over and I plant another kiss on her like I haven’t seen her in years. Maybe I haven’t. At this point, who knows? “I…don’t know.” I suddenly realize I don’t remember how I got here. I look around for the car, but it’s nowhere to be seen. I shift to face her head on. “I think there’s something I need to tell you about. Last night—or I think it was last night—I don’t even know anymore. I found myself in this weird apartment, with this woman… I thought it was a dream at first, but it was too real. What was her name? Ingrid. I don’t know how I got there, but…” How in the world does someone approach this conversation rationally? It’s not like I expect her to believe me. I’m fully expecting her to flip out. I just need to get this off my chest. But, her eyes don’t Page 27 | 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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