October 8: Sleep without Nightmares

The October Diary is a work of fiction being released serially during October 2015. A new installment is posted each day. Find posts you’ve missed here.

October 8th

Sometimes I can’t stop crying during the day, but sleep has been surprisingly peaceful. I’ve been sleeping so soundly. I haven’t dreamt of the the Man with the Shadow Voice since he returned.

For as long as I can remember I’ve never gone multiple days without dreaming about him. I can’t remember going half a week without waking up sweating and writhing. Feeling like I had just run a mile. Feeling like I was still running or should be. Feeling the cold against my ear where he whispered his eerie lullabies. Still seeing the shine of his reflecting eyes when I opened mine.

I guess he doesn’t need to haunt my dreams anymore. He haunts me every day just like he did after Brendan died. I’ll live this nightmare until I die.

What happens next? Read the next part of the story here.

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