“Anna.” a voice called, “Anna.” Anna reached for a tree branch. “What are you doing?!” the voice yelled. “I’m trying to trim the tree!” Anna yells back. “What have I told you about that tree!?” the mysterious woman said. “You are not mom! You are my sister, but not mom!” Do you understand that, Caroline!?” Anna snaps back.”Caroline’s face turns red as a beat from embarrassment and anger.
“You are all I have. Everyone died in a car accident.” Caroline said, “Now leave that tree alone.” “Fine.” Anna said, going back home. She looks at the tree. (Ever since I can remember, I have been gifted with abilities. I can see ghosts and I have an uncanny feeling when someone is going to die.) Caroline thinks, (Today is Anna’s turn.) Caroline goes inside to cook. She cooks Anna’s favorite dinner. She sets dinner on the table. Suddenly, Caroline feels a sudden chill. She notices a ghost at the corner of her eye, glaring at her. Caroline closes her eyes.
*Please don’t take Anna!*
“Caroline.” Anna said. “Yeah?” Caroline answers. ” Are you okay?” “Yeah.” “Hey, you know that tomorrow is my 18th birthday.” Anna said. “Yeah, we should celebrate.” Caroline said. “It’s not the same without Mom, Dad, and Robert.” Anna said. “Yeah.” Caroline agrees. (How can I tell my sister that she could die at any minute?) Caroline thinks quietly. Then a feeling hit her. The same feeling before the accident that killed her parents and her brother. “You shouldn’t eat that.” Caroline said. “You’re crazy, Caroline.” Anna said. She takes a bite and Caroline tenses up. After Anna ate her food, Anna realized that Caroline hasn’t eaten anything.
“Jeez Caroline, eat first, and then watch a movie with me.” “Okay.” Caroline said. She slowly eats her food and slowly cleans the dishes. The night carried the lunar eclipse. Caroline didn’t sense anything. She gets ready for bed. (I’m getting sleepy. I promised Anna that I would watch a movie with her, but there is no way to shake the sleep.) Caroline thinks. Caroline ends up falling asleep after she got ready for bed.
Anna waited for Caroline to come. She goes to see what Caroline was doing. She found Caroline fast asleep in her room. (“She won’t even watch a movie with me.”) Anna thinks to herself in irritation. She runs her bath water. She props her phone above the bathtub and watches the movie. She was so into the movie that she stands up. “Yeah!” she said to herself, “Don’t you just love romance?” Suddenly, her soap fa;;s onto the water. She looks for it. She accidentally steps on it. She slips and falls in the bath water. Her phone comes tumbling down. It falls into the bath water along with her. Anna screams as she was being electrocuted, but her sounds were muffled by the rushing waters. Anna died after 15 minutes of struggling.
Early in the morning…
Caroline wakes up with tears streaming down her face.
*I couldn’t sense when my sister would die but I just knew that she would. That was the second incident where a close family member has died because I was sleeping. Sometimes I wonder if death comes every time I fall asleep.*
SLEEP FALLS, DEATH RISES/END