Nadine’s voice followed the rap at Audrey’s door, “Hey! Audrey! You there?”

“Go away!” Audrey pulled her face out of her pillow to yell at the door.

There was a rumble of thunder from outside.

“Audrey? Come on, we need to figure out those portals back up at my place.”

Audrey noticed the spell-book next to her with disgust, and shoved it off her bed as hard as she could. “I said go away! Leave me alone!”

There was a pause, and then Nadine pushed open the door to Audrey’s room. “What’s wrong, Audrey? Do you want to talk about it?”

“No!” Audrey screamed as she hurled her pillow at Nadine’s head. “I don’t want to talk about it! I don’t even want to be here! I don’t want to dream anymore! I just want to go home!”

Nadine had caught Audrey’s pillow with one hand, and dropped it at her feet. Nadine had a really fancy new outfit, and her other hand was holding a tear-stained Horera’s hand. Horera’s lips were trembling and it looked like she was about to start crying again, but Audrey was too angry to care. Why couldn’t she just sleep for once? She hated Fantasia, and she hated this stupid dream. If things couldn’t go back to normal, why couldn’t she at least get some time when nothing was happening at all?

“We’re trying to help you get home.” Nadine’s voice had an edge to it now, “That’s why we need to figure out the portals.”

“The portals won’t work!” Audrey snapped, the edge in Nadine’s voice had been enough to give her rage a new target. “They won’t work because they’re not real! Nothing in this dream is real! Neither of you are real!”

Nadine dropped Horera’s hand and stepped toward Audrey with her fists clenched, “You’re such an idiot! The portals aren’t working because you don’t believe they will! We create this world together! But you’re too busy feeling sorry for yourself to do anything about it!”

Audrey leapt out of her bed to tower over the younger Nadine, “I’m an idiot? I was the one who explained to you that this even was a dream! I’m the one who told you how this place works, and now suddenly you’re an expert? Your airheaded idealism doesn’t even work here! I hate to think how things go for you in the real world.”

“Obviously a lot better than they’re going for either of you!” Nadine waved a hand angrily past Audrey’s face and then toward the balled Horera in the doorway.

“Friends!” Horera whined with her fists up in her ears, scrunched as tightly as she could go. “No fight!”

“Oh! I’m so sorry, Horera!” Nadine hurried back over to Horera, dropping on her knees to wrap her arms around the trembling dogling.

“I-I’m sorry too, Horera.” Audrey deflated, and as her shoulders slumped she realized tears were rolling down her own cheeks in a continuous stream.

“What happened to you?” Nadine shook her head up at Audrey.

“I-I can’t do this…” Audrey’s glasses were blurry, so she took them off to wipe them with The Mantle of the Silver Moon while she continued to cry. “It’s just impossible! I’ll never get home! Elise is so powerful, I can’t fight her…”

Audrey stood there in the middle of her floor, crying and watching Nadine comfort Horera. And feeling stupid. And wishing her mum was there to tell her everything was going to be okay.








One Response

  1. Elsie says:

    I like Horera- “Friends! No fight!”

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