My name is Suri and for the last five years all I wanted was a dreamless sleep.
Each night when I fall asleep I am surrounded by an unending vein of doors. Each door holds the dreams of someone I know, and each time I open one, I have no idea what I awaits me. Out here I feel safe, but it is lonely.
When I choose a new door, I’m pulled into Taylor’s dreams. The quiet boy from my algebra class isn’t fantasizing about his latest crush, or scoring the impossible touchdown. This dream isn’t about Taylor. We’re on my street, in front of my house, watching as an unmarked van skids to a halt in my driveway. Three men burst through the front door and drag me out screaming. As I watch my abduction next to him, Taylor does something I never expected. No one has ever been able to see me in one of their dreams, but Taylor is different. He turns to me – the real me – and tells me to run.
Shocked back to consciousness by Taylor’s words, my heart is pounding in my ears. That doesn’t drown out the sound of heavy tires pulling into the driveway. With the slam of a van door, Taylor’s dreamscape has become my reality.
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