I’m not happy with this and I’m not sure why.Â I’m going to live with it a bit and revise later if I need to.Â Made a few minor changes. A few of the sentences were driving me crazy.
For now this is for prompts from Sunday Scribbling – soul mate and Carry On Tuesday #3 There are waking dreams and sleeping dreams.
Kell bent to pick up the letter at the same time Cassie reached for it.Â They bumped heads and they both jerked back.Â Cassie rubbed her forehead and laughed nervously.Â Kell reached out and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.Â â€œYou okay?â€ He asked.
â€œIâ€™m fineâ€ she said. â€œRead the letter, Kell!Â The suspense is killing me!!â€
He picked it up and carefully unfolded the letter.Â The paper was thin at the creases, where it had been folded for a long time.
â€œItâ€™s my handwriting!â€ He exclaimed.Â He sank down on the couch by Cassie and they read the letter.
â€œIf you are reading this and youâ€™re me â€“ you arenâ€™t crazy and this IS real.
I donâ€™t have a lot of time.Â Cassie will be back soon and I don’t want to worry her.Â I think we will be moving on soon.
Just a couple of things that might help down the line.Â Trust Cassie, but donâ€™t leave it all on her.Â She is your soul mate. Time to start carrying your part, dude. Cassie is only part of it â€“ you are key.
Trust the dreams â€“ waking and sleeping.Â Be careful because as you now know, things arenâ€™t always what they seem.
The guy with the eyes is real.Â Heâ€™ll come through time to stop you.
P.S. Thereâ€™s cash in our hiding place.â€
Kell dropped the letter on the couch next to Cassie and started pacing, running his fingers through his hair.Â Cassie picked up the letter and reread it hoping for more.
â€œStop us from what?â€ Kell had stopped pacing and stared at Cassie. â€œWhat does it mean â€“ Iâ€™m key?â€ He asked.Â Cassie shook her head, suddenly unable to speak.Â There were tears in her eyes and Kell sat down next to her and hugged her.Â â€œItâ€™s ok.Â At least it will be.Â We will figure this out together.Â From now on itâ€™s both of us.â€Â He told her as he smoothed her hair.
â€œI wish I knew.Â The only thing I know for sure right now is..â€
â€œIs what?â€Â Kell asked.
â€œIâ€™m hungry!â€Â Cassie said.
Kell grinned. â€œLetâ€™s go check the hiding place and see what we have.Â Hopefully this future still has pizza! Come on.â€Â Kell pulled Cassie up from the couch and started towards the bedroom.Â Cassie followed, curious.Â Kell opened the closet and moved some clothes out of the way and knelt down.Â He reached to the side and pulled the molding away from the floor.Â There, in a plastic bag was some folded up money and cards.Â He took the cards and some of the money out and replaced the bag and molding.
â€œYouâ€™ve done this before?â€Â She asked.Â Kell smiled.Â â€œYes.Â Ever since I was a kid.Â I had a stepdad that would take anything we had to buy booze so I learned early to hide anything valuable.Â The letter really must have been from me.Â Letâ€™s go find something to eat.â€
They headed out the door and down the street. Â Â They didnâ€™t see the man in the leather coat across the street.Â He wasÂ standing in the shadow of a doorway across the street.Â The manÂ smiled and threw his cigarette at a cat that ran by him.Â He headed off in the same direction, whistling.
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