“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.”

“Who?”

“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.

“What?”

“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 …”

“Mechanical.”

“Yes.”

#

A few moments of silence punctuated by touching.

#

“Stop that,” she says.

“Not ‘Ready’?”

“Not right now.”

#

Silence not punctuated by touching.

Then sleep.

<END>

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