“Asylum – XVII: Bedtime at the Asylum” / A Memorable Fancy #389


[Continuing the journal of Diane McMurphy, a patient in Bad Shepherd mental hospital, “The Asylum”]


“What are your dreams, Diane?” Sugar Odette asks me.

“On most nights, I dream that monsters are chasing me.”

“No, I mean your hopes for the future. When they let you out of here.”

“I hope they don’t catch me.”


“The monsters.”


Sugar gives me a hug and a kiss because she’s annoyed that I’m not taking her question seriously. Then she turns over and pretends to sleep.


Later, another question, mine this time:

“Do you really want to get out of here?” I ask.

“Yes, I suppose. When I’m Ready.”

“That’s what they tell you, isn’t it?” I say.


“That you have to be ‘Ready,’ that you’re not ‘Ready,’ that there’s a Ready-Key and only they have it and you can’t get it.”

“You make it sound so …”




A few moments of silence punctuated by touching.


“Stop that,” she says.

“Not ‘Ready’?”

“Not right now.”


Silence not punctuated by touching.

Then sleep.


If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment in StumbleUpon. Subscriptions to A Memorable Fancy are available on Amazon. (www.bit.ly/Fancies), or just Follow this site.

See www.terencekuch.net for a profile of the author, publications, reviews, etc.

Terence Kuch’s speculative fiction novels * may be purchased directly from the publishers or via his Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch

Review copies are available from the author at terencekuch /a/t/ ymail.com for:

    *The Seventh Effect: a thriller from Melange Publications about a new kind of bioterrorist plot against the USA; praised by Kirkus Reviews.

    *See/Saw: a literary adventure from Ink Smith Publications about implanting memories, and a murder.

00 Seventh Effect front cover small image

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: