It was a usual day in the office, but I was so sleepy. With drooping eyes, I decided to take a cab going home.
I walked outside the building. I got into the taxi.
It was then that I noticed everything was dark. No lights anywhere.
But my eyes were used to it. I thought it was weird that the driver knew where to go even if I haven’t spoken a word. He drove along 9th Avenue, but I was starting to feel a sense of danger being inside the car. I looked for writings on the car doors, searching for the license plate in white font. There was none. My heart was starting to pound faster and faster. I tried to look for my phone, but I remember I left it in the office.
What am I gonna do?
Where am I? What’s happening? I looked around the car frantically. Please turn left, please turn left. I kept saying in my head… ’cause left would be the right way to go. He didn’t.
He parked in an abandoned street, and it felt like there was no one to hear me even if I screamed. There was only him and me. I felt an anxiety attack come over me as the car door opened. I fell forward, half of my body on the pavement. My head was tilted to the right, and all I could see was the sidewalk —- the ground on my face.
I couldn’t move. I couldn’t speak. I could only wait for him to come.
I waited, scared to death of what would happen to me. Please wake up, I told myself. There’s no way this could be real. It’s got to be a dream. Please. Please wake up. I closed my eyes and waited for my end.
I jolted awake.
I was on my bed, lying on my purple Hello Kitty bed sheet. It was only a dream. I sighed in relief.
But… I couldn’t move. I couldn’t speak. Someone was walking towards the door, getting nearer and nearer. I couldn’t breathe.
I couldn’t turn my head to see, but on my right side I could barely see a silhouette of a woman walking towards me from the middle of the room. How could this be?
I live alone.
Slowly, she was getting nearer… Please wake up. Please wake up…
Please. Wake up.
I opened my eyes. I was awake… but my eyes are drooping.. falling. I immediately sat up.
Don’t fall asleep. Don’t.
Don’t fall asleep.