Stories tagged “MEMORY LOSS”

  • An Ill-fitting Mask

    The mention of a hospital stabbed a spine-shaking spear of coldness through my middle. Gritting my teeth, I powered through the feeling. “No. Wait. I'm better now.”

    Veronica had taken a step back from me, putting a little distance between us. Alfie, her …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Agony of Awakening

    Light.

    It was too hot.

    Uncomfortable.

    If I could just worm my way deeper into unconsciousness I wouldn’t have to face . . . anything.

    Something nuzzled against the top of my head. My skin crawled. Not daring to open an eye too wide lest I see too clea…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Sluggish

    The girl took a step back from me, a hand creeping to her mouth.

    “Umm, is that normal?” she asked, nodding toward the blood streaks running down the spears of grass.

    Normal? I tried to connect anything to that word but nothing came to mind. Trying to th…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Re-evaluating Strangers

    I couldn’t help but groan. Standing up had not been a good idea. Everything hurt.

    “Do you know that guy?” the girl asked.

    An icy spike shot up my spine. Panic swarmed at the edge of my vision like beating wings. I hunched down and grabbed her arm. “What…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Memory is like Water in Cupped Hands

    An uncomfortable tingling ran across my shoulders and up the back of my neck; the sensation of insects crawling across my grave.

    “Where did he go? People don’t just disappear!” I didn’t quite shout.

    The girl looked away and said softly, “People disappea…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Pinned Down

    Everything was wrong. I didn't want to be Thomas Tinsley. He looked like a dope. It took effort not to snatch the driver's license back and toss the whole wallet into the woods.

    Into the woods.

    That thought brought images, feelings, and sounds. Leaves, …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Strangers

    I reread the unfamiliar name slowly. “Thomas Tinsley.” Repeating it three more times, accenting it differently, trying to find a cadence that sounded familiar. It never did. The face next to the name looked even less so if that was possible. Tan-ish skin.…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • To Be Named

    I felt around the sides of my neck. She was right. The skin there was sore, tender to the touch. My suspicion of her seemed justified and came flooding back. I was choked recently and she finds me, leash in hand? I don't know if it was guilt or what that …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • A Corrupted Well

    Suddenly her simply standing there watching me made her suspect. Why was this girl trying to help me? Sure it had been her dog that had woke me up but there had been no reason to stick around after her apology. She had made sure I was okay. By all account…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Just Because You Don't See It--

    “Do you have a wallet?”

    I looked at the girl without comprehension, my mind focused on the fact that I no longer had a name, just this infinite hollow blank where my name used to be. I felt naked. Undefined. Like something vital had been stripped away.

    Posted 2 years ago