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A woman approaches me and extends her hand in a greeting, but I’m afraid. Then I notice she smells like my mother; lilac and jasmine. I jump into her arms and hold on tight. I say, “Mama,” and she begins to cry. *** When I come to, I’m lying on the couch with my feet up and a wet cloth on my head. It’s dark outside, so I can only imagine how long I’ve been out this time. Once again, my head feels like an explosion. Like someone cut open the top of my head, tossed in a line of firecrackers, lit the fuse, and clamped the top of my skull down tight. I’m freezing and as I sit up I noticed I’m drenched in sweat. I can hear voices at a distance. “He changed? Is that a good thing?” “I don’t know? He started changing and then it just kept going. Like he was changing every couple of seconds. Changing faces. Lots of them I’ve never seen.” “What did Dr. Guise say?” “Nothing. Just that he was on his way over. He should be here soon I imagine.” “I don’t know about this. Are you as scared as I am?” “Honey, it happened right in front of me. I don’t think I’ll be able sleep tonight. Christ, maybe ever.” “But he’s not Robert? Not Cash? That must mean he’s coming to terms with everything. Right?” “I mean, that’s my thought too. But who’s to say?” “I’m gonna go check on him. Make sure he’s okay.” A few seconds later Iris walks into the room carrying a bowl of steaming water. “Oh, you’re up.” I look at her and when she sees me she lets out a little yelp and drops the water.

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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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