Dreaming Darkness #amwriting

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Dreaming Darkness

Darkness threatened as I navigated twisting streets trying to catch a glimpse of Joe’s taillights. This recurring dream inhibited my daytime, injecting uncertainty where none before existed.

Our life was good; why would he leave?

The house shook with thunder. The shepherd cowered between my knees and the stove where I stirred onions in olive oil.

Mary’s tiny voice filled brief quiet gaps. “What game is this, Daddy? How do I play?”

I peered around the doorway to see him, sweating, prostrate on the carpet.

Through thick rain I trailed the ambulance, its taillights red in the eclipsing darkness.


end 7/21/2017

Sascha Darlington


31 thoughts on “Dreaming Darkness #amwriting

  1. I like the sudden clarity at the end. The story starts as if there was a breakup, but ends with the truth — Joe has had something terrible happen to him. I was puzzled about the shepherd, though. Did you mean German shepherd, as in the dog?


    • Thanks for reading and your comments. Yes, I did mean dog and had dog originally but thought that seemed distant. I think I might have one word left, but this will probably be an English Shepherd. 🙂 I appreciate your time!


  2. This gave me shivers. I often had dreams of horrid things happening; when they did, they were not quite as I had imagined but not far either…


  3. How sad. Not a break-up as I thought after all.
    I was a bit confused about where the “shepherd” fit in until I saw a comment explaining it’s a dog and not an actual shepherd. The name “Mary” as in “Mary had a little lamb” also led me to think of a human shepherd hee 🙂


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