„Between Heaven and Earth” officially in the Polish anthology: „Words found”.

 

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

Scream. This was the last sound that I remembered. A horrible, excruciating scream that reverberated in my head. But who was screaming? I had no idea, but I could suppose, that something had happened.

Darkness. Nothing more. It appeared suddenly… without warning… without one word! I was scared!

I’ve hated darkness since childhood. I’ve always had a big problem with blackness in the night, and my mom always left me a small lamp in my room. But now. I wasn’t in my room and my mom died four years ago. I didn’t know where I was! Give me the light immediately!!!

My thoughts were running in panic, bumping into each other. What should I do?! Where was I?! “Calmly, keep calm and breathe.” I tried to tell myself in my mind. “Everything will be ok. Maybe it’s only the end of the world and someone turned off the sun… I hope they have an emergency power supply…”

‘Open your eyes.’ Someone interrupted my thinking. He was laughing. Yes, this voice belonged to a man… and sounded familiar.

When I opened my eyes, I saw brightness. It has been so shiny, that I had to close them. After a while, I opened just one eye and I saw… no, no, no, it couldn’t be a true!! I gaped in surprise, because I saw Jack, my ex-boyfriend! He was standing and still laughing. Rubbing my eyes, I looked again.

‘Oh my God!’ I gasped.

‘Not exactly, but you almost guessed.’ He came to me with a smile and gave me his hand.

Oh, yes of course, I forgot, that I was lying on the floor! I rolled my eyes and stood up with his help.

Now, I could see everything, but I still didn’t understand. I was in a white, shiny room, without lamps, furnitures… nothing, only walls with luminescent, white light. Looking at Jack, I noticed, that he was very hmm… white, but looked as well as when he was my boyfriend. Strange, he had never liked white colour. The skulls, heavy metal, leathers and fast motors was his style, but I didn’t have time to ask him about it.

‘Are you ready?’ he asked, because I stared at him.

‘Ready for what?’ I raised my eyebrows.

‘I have some important information for you.’ His voice was very kindly, like never before. Usually, Jack was a macho in Robert de Niro’s style. So now, I was really scared.

‘Ok, I’m ready.’ I said, loudly swallowing saliva.

‘First of all, you have had a car accident and you are dead…’

‘What?’ I shouted angrily. ‘And you come here to welcome me.’ I added ironically.

He smiled furtively.

‘After death, it always greets us people, who we missed the most.’

‘Yes, sure, don’t flatter yourself. Do you want to tell me, that you are dead?’ I didn’t believe him.

‘As you see,’ he answered seriously.

I felt awkwardly.

‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know. But when?! How?!’ I was shocked.

‘Last year, on my motor. But now, we have to talk about you.’ Jack was very patient.

I became sad. I looked around and felt like a bird in the cage.

‘So, this is my new home?’ I sighed.

‘It is, but we have more rooms.’ Jack smiled. ‘It’s a nice place,’ he added.

Suddenly, we heard an awful scream. It sounded like a flock of hungry dogs. Jack looked at me surprised and started disappearing. I wanted to grab his hand, but I began to disappear as well. My heart was pounding like crazy; my mind was confused. The sound was louder and louder, and finally I had to put my hands on my ears.

‘Waaaaakeeeeee uuuuuuup faaaaaaaast!!!’ I heard very clearly. I opened my eyes and I saw my eight years old brother, who was standing over me, and shouting through the tube.

‘Why are you shouting? What happened?’ I yelled a little frightened, a little angry.

‘Nothing,’ he shrugged. ‘I just checked if you live. You slept like the dead.’ He added. ‘It’s five o’clock, dinner time, get up and go downstairs,’ and left my room.

I looked around with a smile. Everything was ok. I had come back to reality, to my room and my life.. It had been only a dream, and I was still alive. I was almost happy… almost, because I had to check one more thing. I’ve taken my phone and dialled a number. After a while I heard Jack’s surprised voice. I smiled widely… now, I was totally happy…

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

Scream. This was the last sound that I remembered. A horrible, excruciating scream that reverberated in my head. But who was screaming? I had no idea, but I could suppose, that something had happened.

Darkness. Nothing more. It appeared suddenly… without warning… without one word! I was scared!

I’ve hated darkness since childhood. I’ve always had a big problem with blackness in the night, and my mom always left me a small lamp in my room. But now. I wasn’t in my room and my mom died four years ago. I didn’t know where I was! Give me the light immediately!!!

My thoughts were running in panic, bumping into each other. What should I do?! Where was I?! “Calmly, keep calm and breathe.” I tried to tell myself in my mind. “Everything will be ok. Maybe it’s only the end of the world and someone turned off the sun… I hope they have an emergency power supply…”

‘Open your eyes.’ Someone interrupted my thinking. He was laughing. Yes, this voice belonged to a man… and sounded familiar.

When I opened my eyes, I saw brightness. It has been so shiny, that I had to close them. After a while, I opened just one eye and I saw… no, no, no, it couldn’t be a true!! I gaped in surprise, because I saw Jack, my ex-boyfriend! He was standing and still laughing. Rubbing my eyes, I looked again.

‘Oh my God!’ I gasped.

‘Not exactly, but you almost guessed.’ He came to me with a smile and gave me his hand.

Oh, yes of course, I forgot, that I was lying on the floor! I rolled my eyes and stood up with his help.

Now, I could see everything, but I still didn’t understand. I was in a white, shiny room, without lamps, furnitures… nothing, only walls with luminescent, white light. Looking at Jack, I noticed, that he was very hmm… white, but looked as well as when he was my boyfriend. Strange, he had never liked white colour. The skulls, heavy metal, leathers and fast motors was his style, but I didn’t have time to ask him about it.

‘Are you ready?’ he asked, because I stared at him.

‘Ready for what?’ I raised my eyebrows.

‘I have some important information for you.’ His voice was very kindly, like never before. Usually, Jack was a macho in Robert de Niro’s style. So now, I was really scared.

‘Ok, I’m ready.’ I said, loudly swallowing saliva.

‘First of all, you have had a car accident and you are dead…’

‘What?’ I shouted angrily. ‘And you come here to welcome me.’ I added ironically.

He smiled furtively.

‘After death, it always greets us people, who we missed the most.’

‘Yes, sure, don’t flatter yourself. Do you want to tell me, that you are dead?’ I didn’t believe him.

‘As you see,’ he answered seriously.

I felt awkwardly.

‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know. But when?! How?!’ I was shocked.

‘Last year, on my motor. But now, we have to talk about you.’ Jack was very patient.

I became sad. I looked around and felt like a bird in the cage.

‘So, this is my new home?’ I sighed.

‘It is, but we have more rooms.’ Jack smiled. ‘It’s a nice place,’ he added.

Suddenly, we heard an awful scream. It sounded like a flock of hungry dogs. Jack looked at me surprised and started disappearing. I wanted to grab his hand, but I began to disappear as well. My heart was pounding like crazy; my mind was confused. The sound was louder and louder, and finally I had to put my hands on my ears.

‘Waaaaakeeeeee uuuuuuup faaaaaaaast!!!’ I heard very clearly. I opened my eyes and I saw my eight years old brother, who was standing over me, and shouting through the tube.

‘Why are you shouting? What happened?’ I yelled a little frightened, a little angry.

‘Nothing,’ he shrugged. ‘I just checked if you live. You slept like the dead.’ He added. ‘It’s five o’clock, dinner time, get up and go downstairs,’ and left my room.

I looked around with a smile. Everything was ok. I had come back to reality, to my room and my life.. It had been only a dream, and I was still alive. I was almost happy… almost, because I had to check one more thing. I’ve taken my phone and dialled a number. After a while I heard Jack’s surprised voice. I smiled widely… now, I was totally happy…

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