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Monday, December 23, 2002

 

Nightmare #2



I woke up with as 14,000 pound pillow over my chest, coughing. Off in the distance, I heard a tap tap tap tap tap.

There was no way I was going to get up, not that day, maybe not ever. I thought I was in the house I grew up in, in Ocean City, NJ, on the second floor, in the my bedroom. Going around the room I remember there was an air conditioner in a window, a fish tank on top of a dresser along the next wall. Then the door. Then my desk, with a CBM-64 on it, and CBM- 1702 monitor - all 320x200 lines of color glory. A box of 5 1/4 disks, then wall, then one of those tall cabinet things, with a speaker on top. Under the window, an old all-in-one stereo with a record changer in it glowed, an ELO record ("Time") on the spindle. My cat, Blackie, lay in a ball on the bed. I counted the knotholes in the ceiling.

The tap tap tap tap tap tap turned into knocking, then pounding, and I heard a voice crying out...

And I got up. And checked out all the windows, and both doors.

There was no-one there.
 
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