Awakening - [*provisional title*]
Linda’s mouth hung open.
“Jeremy” he said it again, as if tasting the words for the first time. “Oh. Yes. I remember.” His head tilted back as he looked skywards.
“What?” Linda heard herself say. “What does that mean?”
His attentions found her again, but not for long. He glanced around as if in mild panic, slowly rubbing his fingers together. “You were sleeping.”
“I was away.”
“No. You were driving the car. There, look!”
“I was away for a while… saw this, this bridge. There was something I had to get. Something hidden.”
“Jeremy you’re scaring me. Let’s just go to the car. Do you want me to drive?”
Linda took a step back trying to recover. She was blinking profusely, her hands clutched to her chest as she attempted to formulate some kind of response.
“I came here. I came back here… there’s something I need to do. I just need to,” He glanced toward the car again and then back to Linda. “Can you get something for me?”
“Hm? You mean…”
“Here.” He pulled the keys from his pocket. “Go home. I need something from my lock-box.”
“Wh-what? Are you kidding? NO! We’re going home together, stop this, and get in the car.” She grabbed his arm and pulled him closer but he didn’t move. Linda staggered. He was looking at her in a way he’d never before.
“You said my name is Jeremy.”
She opened her mouth to speak, noticing then that she hadn’t seen him blink.
“It isn’t.” His voice was a whisper. “Not remotely.”
Her breathing was quicker now, “… Jay. You’re scaring me.”
“I know. I was too at first… years ago. Course, I was unaccustomed to it then.”