*When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
Now how shall we sing the lord’s song in a
I woke up with a start. I was sweating like a
racer. It took me a moment to get
accustomed to where I was. The room was
dark and I could barely see my surroundings,
the only light was just a blinking illumination
from a flat surface. Then I realised that my
phone was still ringing. I looked at the
surface of the object and saw the time
1:37am. The same time I saw in my dream.
That heralded the beginning of the weirdness
As I reached for the phone, I discovered that
the number calling was not displayed. I picked
up the phone and spoke into it, “Hello.”
At first, there was a crackling sound at the
other end, then statics. Finally, I heard a
voice speak. “Please who is this?” The
voice asked. It was a female voice.
“Who am I speaking with?” I asked back.
“This is Zion,” said the voice, “I’m
calling because the owner of this line
misplaced his phone. And he has just been
“What!” I screamed. What was the woman
talking about? The owner of this phone had
just been shot dead? How was that possible?
This was me here hale and hearty.
“What are you saying, ma’am. Who was
shot dead? I’m the owner of the phone and
I’m alive here?”
“Is that Sam?”
How the hell did she know my name?
“You came to my kiosk and told me you
were looking for your phone.”
Then I remembered. All what she was saying
were what happened in my dream. As weird
as it might seem, I believed it was the
woman in my dream calling me.
“How is this possible?” I asked. Then
beside my bed, I saw an apple with a
missing bite on its side. This was the same
apple I was holding when I was searching for
my phone in the dream. Where did this
apple come from? Surely, it couldn’t have
followed me from my dream. There must be a
logical explanation for its appearance here.
“Are you still there?” Said Zion.
“What’s happening? What’s going on?”
I thought I heard a sigh at the other end. I
must have imagined it though. “I know
“Yes. You’re in an alternate world. This is
our own world here. The fact that you’re
alive there explains everything. You cannot live
in both worlds at the same time. You’re
dead here; I’m even staring at your corpse
now. Mabel is weeping, crying sadly.”
“Who is Mabel?”
“The love of your life; the person you’re
destined to be with forever. But you cut it
short by your actions. You shouldn’t have left
her side. You shouldn’t have come to me.
Your coming to me destroyed everything. I
tried to correct your first mistake by giving
you the apples to eat. Those apples were
meant to keep you alive. But you had to
come back again to look for a phone you
never lost. That was beyond my control. So,
you had to die to set things aright. Mabel
will miss you for the rest of her life. You
have lost your one true soul mate because of
your actions. She will continue to dream about
you. You are dead here; lost to her forever.
The only place she would always find you is in
her dreams. Damage has been done to
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