The Shallow Sea

by Matt Triewly

It is either at the beginning of time or it is at the end of time. Perhaps the end is indeed the beginning.

The sun is low in the sky and blood red. Sunset?

All around me in every direction and as far as I can survey is sea. It is a shallow sea. It is a shallow sea because to my right are the bleached bones of a giant ribcage belonging to an unknown creature long dead resting on the sands just below the surface of the water.

I do not know why I am here in this bleak otherworld nor do I want to be in this place.

I hear a voice. It is my dead mother. I cannot see her though.

"I have just spoken to the Doctor and he tells me that you are going to die soon. There is nothing that can be done. You must take it as easy as you can in the time that you have left to you."

A chill runs through my body.

I awake and I am anxious. I am anxious because in the past dreams such as this have come true.

Time will tell. But in the meantime I must take it easy. Ignore the inner voice at your peril.

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