The Red Door Dream

Red Door

Red Door

The Red Door Dream

I see the red door in a dream, partially obscured by swaying tree branches. I feel the soft wind on my face, cool air brushing my cheek. I hear the strong, steady beat of my heart as I step forward. I am unafraid. Time slows. My legs start to feel heavy. I bite my lip and it starts bleeding. My face flushes with heat and my vision starts to blur. I wake up drenched with sweat.

The dream is recurrent. Each time, I draw closer to the door but wake before reaching it. The journey seems endless. The anticipation is agonizing.

Even when awake, I re-live the dream. I wonder if I can make myself reach the door in my sleep. I talk to myself. I tell myself I can do it. It is hard to think of anything else. I look for the door everywhere I go.

Now, here I stand, only inches away from touching the door. My heart starts to race. I am afraid. I don’t know what to expect. I no longer know if I am dreaming. I gasp for air and take an unsteady step back.

The red door opens.

*this post seems to meet the requirements for several blogging challenges as follows:

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge,Door, challenges us to post a photo and consider how the elements might add up to a story.

Laura’s Literary Lion challenge asks us to include the word “bleeding” in our post of 400 words or less.

A late addition to Andy’s Dark Side Thursday which challenges us to create a dark story.

And, I think this photo belongs in Lucile’s Photo101Rehab Clinic too.

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Posted on July 3, 2015, in Flash fiction, Photo101 Rehab, Photography, The Red Door Dream (Fiction) and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. That was a very clever combination of all three prompts! Is this based on a real recurring dream you’ve been having? I wonder what Freud would say about it…

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    • Thank you. I haven’t had this exact dream, but now that you mention it, I used to have recurring, unsettling, dreams of being lost in a big house with scary rooms! Maybe that would inspire another part of the story. Ooh, I hope i don’t have that dream tonight. I shudder to think of Freud’s analysis!

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      • Dreams are always such a good source of inspiration, as long as you remember them! I often wake up thinking “well that would make a great story”, but I’m half asleep, so I write nothing down, and then it’s all gone in the morning. Yours does sound like it would make a great partner to this story though!

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  2. And possibly DarkSideThursday as well! Great post Tildy. You really built the suspense throughout the piece with the pace and flow of your words. Excellent!

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  3. Wow what a great story, the tension builds and we live that fear with you, fighting to breathe, and what a skilful way to combine all three challenges! Love it, as for rules on dark side thursday, there are no rules…on the dark side…

    Would love to see this story develop!

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  4. It’s a strong post Tildy, offering high quality imagery and words to serve 4 or many more prompts!
    Well done! I’m happy you took the bite to join Andy’s dark side! Totally matching it.
    And once again thanks for being a loyal patient of the Photo Rehab!

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