” Once I had a nightmare ” my friend Bonnie told me ” about this witch who tried to break into my house “
” Okay, ” I tell Bonnie thinking this sounds like a good story to kill that long bus ride home from Seattle ” so how did it go? “
“Well, in my dream I heard my dog crying and in my dream I woke up and went and looked out my bedroom window. “
” And your dog was…”
” Hanging from a tree. “
” Like Hell you say. “
” It’s true, so I tried to run down my hallway to help get her out of the tree but the floor was gone and all I saw where the floor should have been was this dark pit filled with people with snake’s eyes and they were talking to me in a language I couldn’t understand.”
” I really hate it when that happens…” Bonnie looks at me a little strangely and I say ” you know… in my dreams.”
” Well sure. So anyway I go back to my bedroom and crawl out my window and then I fall into my rose bushes. “
I turned that image over in my mind a few times..
Bonnie isn’t into breaking a sweat for any reason- she wouldn’t run wouldn’t run from Lizzie Borden swinging an ax to save her own life so I couldn’t begin to imagine her crawling out of a window.
I smiled and encouraged she went on.
” When I get outside there’s this woman standing by Tippy and she’s got her back turned towards me. As much as I want to help Tippy I don’t want her, whoever she is, to turn around.”
” No. ” I tell Bonnie. ” You certainly do not want that. It’s a psychology thing…”
” Yeah well, she doesn’t turn around. She just reached up and grabs Tippy by her neck and yanks down. “
” Damn. ” I say ” So what did you do?”
” I run back to my front door and just as I run through it, the door slams shut and I throw myself against it…and I can feel the knob turning in my hand and just before it opens I lock it.”
” Good for you. “
” It didn’t matter, because the door swung open and pushed me back and then the Witch came in with Tippy. She was dragging Tippy by the rope and then Tippy opened her eyes and- she wasn’t Tippy anymore.”
” What was she? “
” Dead.” Bonnie says sadly. ” And I started to cry and scream for Tippy not to leave me and then I woke up.”
” Look, it was only a dream right? I mean Tippy isn’t really dead and the Witch didn’t get you.”
Bonnie looks at me and I look at her and Bonnie asks me if I think she’ll have that awful nightmare again.
” Bonnie” I say as I pull a rope from out of my pocket ” you’re not awake yet.”