Her Worst Nightmare

Blue Monday By Annie Lee courtesy of Google
Blue Monday By Annie Lee courtesy of Google

She woke up and looked at the clock. She could not get her bearings straight. What day was it? What time did she need to get up? She tried to get her thoughts together. She figured out it was Monday and that she had a few moments before she actually had to get up. Her husband was lying next to her, she would let him sleep. She went to the bathroom to get ready. Splashed some warm water over her face, tried to fix her hair and brushed her teeth. She went to the kitchen, her kids would need to be fed. On her way to the kitchen she saw that one daughter was still sleeping soundly so the other two must be downstairs already. The light from the kitchen was bright; she was still cloudy trying to figure out what she needed to do to get breakfast ready. She started the process and then realized that she was on automatic pilot. Finally the breakfast was ready and on the table. She woke her sleeping daughter and then went to call the other two upstairs. She decided she could go back to sleep for another hour before taking the kids to school. She would take advantage of the time she had so that she could be more rested. This was a normal morning for her, being way too tired and crawling back into bed while she could. This morning was a bit different however, she felt something was a bit off when she walked back into the bedroom but could not figure it out. Something didn’t feel right. She crawled back into bed and tried to get comfortable but could not. She did not want to move around too much because she did not want to wake up her husband. Her husband she thought, something was not right with him. What was it? She did not hear a sound. He was not making a sound at all. Suddenly she was scared, very very scared. Was she overreacting? She tried to calm herself down. Her kids were just in the other room. She tried to deep breathe while she got up and walked around to the other side of the bed. She was nervous, she felt like she was going to throw up while she leaned over her husband. She put her shaking arm out to try and touch him. She didn’t want to but knew she had to. She prayed that she was wrong but she knew that her prayers were going unanswered it was too late he was gone. She still tried to touch him but couldn’t too many thoughts were going through her head right now. What was she supposed to do? How could she protect her kids? Should she send her kids to school? Should she call her mother? She was confused and scared. She tried to think of the last thing she remembered. She had gone to bed before him. She remembered waking up and he was in bed watching television. But everything was a blur to her. She could hear her children in the hallway getting ready for school. Were they in the bathroom brushing their teeth? Were they in their rooms making their beds or were they getting dressed? She couldn’t tell she could hear them and their voices were getting louder. How would she explain this to them? She was not ready for this at all. Why was this happening now? He was too young they still had their whole lives ahead of them. She had to touch him, she had to know. She needed to know. She was scared to know. She reached out her arm to him tried to touch him; was he going to be warm or cold she was afraid to find out. As her hand came close to his body she heard the door slam in the back of her mind and it startled her, woke her. Her son was by her bed telling her the time. She had overslept, she was late. She turned over towards her husband he was getting up to go to the bathroom. She could barely catch her breath.

Gary Allan - Best I Ever Had

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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

A friend of mine experienced the unthinkable when her littles were mere toddlers. Her husband had a heart attack in the night and she awoke to find him dead. Dreams have happy endings, life... not so much! I like your version better.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Storytellersrus - I cannot even imagine what your friend went through. That is so difficult to think of. Dreams and even nightmares have happen endings. Thank you.


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Nemingha 7 years ago

Many is the time I have had a dream that seemed so real, even momentarily after waking. I'm glad this one had a happy ending.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Nemingha - Yes some dreams are so real it takes awhile after waking to reassure yourself that they are not real.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

OMG... that was a thriller...yikes... glad it was a dream though...and I LOVE Gary Allen..."Just sitting here watching airplanes fly ""wondering which one you might be on?" :O) Hugs (He reminds me of how either Pest would be or Toad....)


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James Ginn 7 years ago from Ohio

Wow, what a story. There is no better feeling than waking from a dream like this to realize it was just a dream. Thanks.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

G-Ma - Thank you. I love Gary Allen too his songs are so emotional.

James - Thank you so much. It feels good to wake up from a nightmare!!


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Very Good story, keep up the good work. Creative one59


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you so much Creativeone!


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Deanna Ragin 7 years ago

I am sure my mom went through this when my father died. She had to deliver the news to us. could only imagine how many times she practiced her words. What made it even harder is we were waiting on our father to come home and take us to six flags. The death of a parent is always hard. The death of anyone close to us is always hard. But I firmly believe in God and trust his decisions. That same trust is what helped me through all these years and now I am proud to say that I am not a victim but a survivor who learned how to have a healthy relationship with a good man despite the fact that my father was not in my life for a long period of time. I could go on but I don't want to fill up your page. You inspired me to talk about this more...Thanx Triplet Mom


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Wow Deanna thank you for sharing. I am glad that you are inspired to talk about this. I am sure it is a great part of healing. It sounds like your beliefs carried you through and helped to make you the person you are today.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

You got me all intense there! Glad everythings ok. Just hope mine doesn't come true....(gulp)


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

mayhmong - I am glad it was only a nightmare. May only your good dreams come true.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks...I hope so too


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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

Wow, that's a moving bedtime story for me! Very well written, dramatic and moving. A nightmare indeed..


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you very much Moon Daisy. Its still fresh in my mind even now.


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sheristeele 7 years ago from Siler City, NC

Great descriptions. Writing was wonderful. Your triplets are beautiful.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Sheristeele - Thank you so much!!


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anglnflt4ua 7 years ago from Bay Area, CA

This was a really good read! I enjoyed it and will read more for sure.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you anglnflt4ua!!


pan1974 7 years ago

I like your story.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you Pan!


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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

You captured that feeling of just gliding through life on autopilot so wonderfully, then jolted your reader into an awareness of just how short and precious the time with our loved ones can be. Thumbs up!


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you so much wannab. Sometimes we can take for granted what we have and being on autopilot means we are letting life simply pass us by.


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carltonsbooks.com 6 years ago

Great story and VERY well written!! You had me on the edge of my chair..


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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

carltonsbooks - Thank you so much....I am glad that you enjoyed!

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