“The orderlies said you were talking in your sleep again,” Doctor Michaels said, barely glancing up from his notes. “What were you dreaming about?”
I shifted in my seat. “I don’t wanna talk about it.”
Michaels finally looked up; his face shimmered behind the glass that separated us. “Come now, I think it would be–”
“Good for my therapy,” I finished with a grimace. “I’ve heard it a hundred times, Doc.”
Doctor Michaels laced his hands together. “Sometimes talking helps, Cody.”
I rolled my eyes and coughed. “Fine, you wanna know? I saw a man.”
“Was it your father?”
I screwed my face up in disgust. “No, it wasn’t my father. He had a face.”
Doctor Michaels raised an eyebrow. “His face was stoic? Expressionless?”
“It was missing. There was … nothing. He carried a meat clever …”
“Your father was a butcher, wasn’t he?”
“IT WASN’T MY FUCKIN’ FATHER!” I screamed, leaping to my feet and sending my chair flying. “He was bald … a giant! He wore a torn smock and laughed … God, he laughed!”
Doctor Michaels scribbled on his notepad. “And what did this man want?”
“Me,” I whispered. “It’s the same thing every night”.
“Because of what you did to your father?”
I lowered my head and took a deep breath, then grabbed the leg of my chair and swung it at the glass with all the force I could muster. It cracked but didn’t shatter; Doctor Michaels’ face splintered as a result, seeming to split in two.
I ranted and screamed and gnashed and roared and he just sat there, impassively jotting down notes as I hammered away at the glass again and again. With each hit, his face distorted and twisted; it became blank … empty.
“I can see we still have a lot of work to do”.
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