VI: From Dreams to Nightmares

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Gary whistled, "That's a long way to go."

"Yeah, but its home," I replied, grabbing my water bottle, taking a few sips.

He nodded, yawning loudly. "Do you think your family is there?" He motioned towards the map.

I swallowed. "Yes, I don't doubt it for a second. They'll be there," I answered quickly.

To think otherwise...

You know we're here, waiting for you.

"So...that means you're not planning on staying here?" He asked slowly.

I think he wants you to move in.

I looked at him a moment before replying. "No, I'm not. As soon as this storm ends and I grab some sleep, I'll be on my way."

He nodded, as if that answer satisfied him. He yawned again, shaking his head from side to side. "I think the pills are starting to kick in. I'm going to lay down before I fall over."

He looked as if he was going to say more, but crawled towards his cot instead.

Maybe he was going to ask you to spoon.

I took another sip of water, watching Gary for a few moments before turning my attention back to the map.

I stared at the red line, wanting nothing more than to draw it towards home and hope I would somehow morph there.

Maybe tap your heels together? Check their supplies for ruby slippers!

How long is it going to take me to get there? It's been over a year and I've only made it through three states.

Gary snored loudly, startling me from my thoughts.

I blinked rapidly, my eyelids getting heavier by the second. I didn't realize how tired I was.

I took one last longing look at my destination before folding the map back up and placing it in my pack.

Looking at the two empty cots, I contemplated on laying down on either of them. Not having slept in anything that remotely resembled a bed for quite some time, it was tempting.

Its not like those other two are going to use 'em.

Finally, I shook my head, sliding next to my pack, nestling myself against the cold wall.

My vision began to get foggy as I tried to take one last sip of water. The bottle rolled from my fingertips as I brought it to my lips. My eyes began to shut slowly, sleep finally had me in its sweet embrace, and I gladly gave myself willingly, not wanting to keep it waiting any longer.

****

"Babe, pass me a napkin. Damn cone broke on the bottom."

I opened my eyes slowly, blinking rapidly as a familiar face appeared beside me, resting comfortably in a chair.

"Kip?"

"The one and only," he replied.

Perfectly white teeth showed behind a smile that made me want to melt into a puddle.

"I'm dreaming..." I whispered, still staring at him. I was afraid if I looked away, he would vanish.

An amused expression crept onto his face. "I've told you before, I answered your prayers to the Sandman." He waved a hand over himself. "You're welcome."

He looked exactly how I remembered him. Those captivating sky blue eyes, long brown unkempt hair and five o'clock shadow, that gave him an "I don't care" look. His adorably small nose, with the cut on the left nostril. I realized he was shirtless, showing off his toned-

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