Dreams are Coming for Her (flash fiction)

Two nights in a row, a quick-paced scratching followed by a high-pitched scream was folded into her dreams. Morphing its purpose into fantastical scenes. Scratch, scream. Scratch, scream. Barely detectable or ear piercing – each time the same pattern: scratch, scream, scratch, scream. What does it mean? On the third night the dream escaped her mind then hovered above her. For just a moment she felt the purest peace, then the moment vanished. The cruelest fate to offer that sensation then take it from her. She may spend the rest of her life searching for that peace. And quiet.

The dream did not escape to thread itself into her covers or disappear through the cracked window, no. From her mind it flew, with grander goals: to become her puppet master, to control her physical form. Her body, no longer under the rhythm of sleep, did spring toward the heavens like a pop-up doll when the shifting entity pulled its strings. The shock and force of being pulled from one dimension into another was great. Her exhalation of breath it did take. Her eyes now open though unable to see. She knew she was not alone.

It would take a moment for her eyes to focus on the source of the breathing that wasn’t her own.

No longer floating above but standing directly across. A man whose clothes blended with the dark of the night. A contrast to his face, a powdery white. His eyes, reflective pools, enchanted and hypnotized. She could not speak or breathe. Unable to flee, she had fallen under his spell.

He plunged his sharp teeth into her exposed neck, sending bolts of fire through her, before deep sleep overtook her.

When she rose from her deep slumber the shape-shifter had shifted. Oh brother. It is going to be a long eternity…

The song, Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde found me a few days ago. Oh yeah! Thus, the inspiration for this bloody post – a haunting one that took a silly turn when writing last night. The weather has been rainy and windy – ideal vibes for a haunting write. Laughter is good anytime. Writing this post reminded me of my favorite vampire-themed books: Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker and the All Souls Series by Deborah Harkness. 👏🏻

Thank you for visiting. Stay safe and warm out there❣️ Michele

Photos: my image, vampire #1 by ArtofPhotos, vampire #2 by Dean Drobot (color and background modified by me)

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67 thoughts on “Dreams are Coming for Her (flash fiction)

  1. Pankaj Kumar

    You have successfully created a suspenseful and eerie atmosphere by using vivid imagery and sensory details. The dream-like quality of the scratching sound and scream creates a sense of unease and tension, which is heightened when the dream seems to take on a life of its own and control the woman’s physical form. This adds to the suspense and unpredictability of the narrative. The introduction of the mysterious man with reflective eyes adds to the overall sense of dread and fear. The story ends on a chilling note, as the woman realizes that she is now a shape-shifter with an eternal existence, suggesting that the horrors she has experienced will continue indefinitely. Excellent job. 👍👏👌😊

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      1. Pankaj Kumar

        You’re very welcome! Your writing really drew me in, and I found it to be thought-provoking and hauntingly beautiful. I’m glad that my summary was able to do justice to your piece. Keep up the fantastic work, and I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future. 👍👏👌😊

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  2. Whoa girlfriend, this part stunned me like a taser: “He plunged his sharp teeth into her exposed neck, sending bolts of fire through her, before deep sleep overtook her.” 🧛🏻‍♂️😱🧛🏻‍♂️ Michele girlfriend, I love your altered ego! LOL 🤣😜😂 Let your imagination flow!!! 🥳🎉🤗

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    1. Just a typical evening for me. 😂 I have a few altered states, don’t I? 🤣 Laughter – the gift that keeps giving! 😁 Thank you, Kymmy, for your spirited comment that is making me laugh and smile. 🤗 Sidenote: I can’t go outside now, given my current immortal state, but the wind is howling something fierce today!

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      1. Oh my goodness Michele…hip hip hooray for altered egos girlfriend! I LOVE IT! 😜 We’ve had a few strong winds here today too, but pull out an umbrella and call me Mary Poppins!!! ☔☔☔ Enjoy the rest of your evening my Belle! 🌙🌵🌙

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  3. So terrifying horror dream such Dracula Coming up and suck blood 🩸 so scary 😯
    Tha photos also all vampire look , the story lines also incredible and powerful!!
    Only a great Author dear you can write such a wonderful story, marvellous 👌
    Grace wishes and good night to you dear friend 🌹💕🙏

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    1. Can be a scary and suspenseful storyline, yes. 🧛🏻‍♂️ Thank you, Thattamma, for facing your fear and reading my story. I am grateful. 😊 You are a generous and gracious person. 🙏🏻 Have a beautiful weekend. Enjoy your gorgeous views! 🌇🤗

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      1. Thank you so much for liking my comment message and most
        Welcome 🙏 🥰🌹I long ago saw ‘Dracula rises from the grave ‘
        So scary movie 🎥 Great actor Christopher Lee’s face and teeth
        still I can’t forget 😳 Dreams are Coming for Her is awesome 😊
        Best wishes 👏💕✌🏼beautiful dear 🥰

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  4. This is soo haunting and picture perfect dear Doll. You added the exact perfection by modifying the background of those pictures. I must not watch him more 🙄🙄 he may come n disturb my sleep then 😅😅 btw brilliantly done. ❣👌

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      1. I definitely did! I love flash fiction and always love when you share. ☺️ And it’s coming along—I finished a chapter I was working on for some time, and am slowwwly feeling ready to write another character’s chapter. I still have some plot holes to think through, but I feel committed to the direction I’m heading and am excited to see where it goes! Thank you for asking!

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    1. That was a fun write. Wickedly fun – I love that! ✨ I have not seen that trailer – I must check it out. 🧛🏻‍♀️ Thank you for all your time and thoughtful comments today. Greatly appreciated!

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