I ran down the silent, empty street. All I could hear were my Converse hitting the asphalt under shallow puddles. I saw nothing but the place where my next step would land. I ran. I ran as fast as I knew how and didn’t dare look back. Racing around a corner and down a dark alley, sweat drained down my face. As I looked ahead of me, I cursed under my breath. For whatever reason, God had decided to put a gate here in this alley. I wasn’t in the mood for climbing, but I had no choice. Jumping up, I grabbed hold of the fence and started climbing. Footsteps, coming quickly in my direction, echoed down the alley as I reached the top of this godforsaken obstacle. My pants caught on the gates edge. Would this really be my end? An old gate to keep out dogs and jeans that should have been thrown out long ago. Ripping at my old, faded jeans I took a leap of faith. Literally. Hands now bleeding, jeans ripped,and legs burning from the impact of the jump, I struggled to pick up speed. It was dark. I couldn’t see more than a few feet ahead of me. Then suddenly, I couldn’t see at all.

This is all I can remember. I woke up in this small, cold room. One door. No handle. No windows. Just three black walls and a single light bulb hanging from the center of the ceiling. Three walls. God has a funny way of showing up. From the pain in my stomach, I assumed that I had been unconscious for a few days.  My head throbbed. He must have knocked me out with something. I could remember every detail of that night. Every detail that I saw. The street, the alley, the gate. The darkness. I could even remember the cold breeze on my face. But why was I running? My clothes were ripped and there was blood smeared everywhere. I looked down at my stained red hands. Had I killed a man? Or was the blood my own? I couldn’t remember. God doesn’t approve of killing. Perhaps that is why I’m here. Something caught my eye. There was a black and silver ring hidden beneath the red of my hands. Rubbing off the blood with my shirt, I brought the ring up to the light. My eyes were tired and struggled to make out the engravings it held.

“She’s awake,” the old man’s voice was quiet.

“I know.”

“What now?” he asked.

“We wait.”

Rain falling to the ground. Tears streaming down her face. She watched as puddles of red formed around her. Glass shattered. Heart pounding. Blood dripping. Mind racing. Everything … gone.

“Help!” the voice screamed. “Help!” Suddenly my eyes opened. My body jerked upward. Sweat dripped from my face. I looked around my dark, empty room. There was nothing. There was never anything. Just me and God around me. Remembering my dream, I realized the voice had been my own. Images from my nightmare raced through my head. I looked toward the door, wondering if anyone had heard my screams. Sometimes I wondered if He ever dreamed. I suppose He’s too busy for things like that.


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