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    1. The trees shook violently in the wind.
    2. I tried again.
    3. Hundreds of them appeared at once.

    The trees shook violently in the wind.

    tom

    The trees shook violently in the wind.

    Their limbs groaning; straining. Steadfast, he stood between them, unyielding to the storm.

    I watched his silhouette against the fast darkening sky, the rain hammering against the glass. Each day he would wait, a promise fulfilled.

    A man is as good as his word.


    josh

    The trees shook violently in the wind.

    Ominous
    Something on the verge of terrible
    They woke me from my fragile sleep
    Did you hear them too?
    Did they rip you from slumber?

    Calm
    Something focusing on my weakened periphery
    They crystallised and sang softly to me
    Did your voice break through?
    Did it drown out the trees?


    I tried again.

    josh

    I tried again.

    I picked it up by the handle and repositioned my grip. The perspiration that covered my palms made the damn thing so slippery - constant splashes of mud didn’t help.

    I drove the metal end into the ground and finally heard the dull thud I was hoping for.

    My breath stopped.


    tom

    I tried again.

    The sound of the dial tone load and tiny in my ear. 7 rings. Nothing.

    Panic washed up over me like a treacherous sea but I hung to my life raft and breathed, knuckles white around the receiver.

    He smiled across the forecourt, his eyes wary.

    This was a mistake.


    Hundreds of them appeared at once.

    josh

    Hundreds of them appeared at once.

    Tiny, illuminative things that lit up above me in the blink of an eye. Stars. I blinked once more and they were gone, replaced with heavy clouds.

    Blink. Stars.

    Blink. Clouds.

    Years passed every time I closed my eyes.

    I blinked one final time. My eyes opened, everything was dark.