I Have A Dream #shortstory #flashfiction

‘I’m having this dream. It starts with me in the dark. Gradually my eyes adjust. At first I don’t hear anything but as the shapes appear the noises start, like a cawing like crows only deeper…’

‘Are they birds?’

‘I don’t know. I…’

‘Are you ok? Do you need a moment?’

‘No. There’s a tremendous cacophony now. Like take off, everything going up. I want to watch but I’m sure they’re about to attack me so I close my ears and that’s when I wake.’

‘This happens every night?’

‘Yes. I’m barely functioning.’

‘And the last consultant suggested what?’

‘Medication. Then drawing what I see. Here.’

‘Goodness. That’s incredible. Like ostriches. Only flying. And their teeth.’

‘What do you think? What should I do?’

‘Well, your fear is what? They will attack you?’

‘Yes. I have this phobia of birds, all that flapping. I’m sure they are going to rip me to shreds.’

‘Odd then that they are all flying away.’


‘You’ve painted them flying away. If they’re going to attack…’

‘Good heavens, I have. That’s amazing. I feel so much better.’


‘Will I be alright?’

‘Of course. ‘

‘Thank you and… what’s this?’

‘My fee. You can pay by any major… Mr Johnson. Are you alright?’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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23 Responses to I Have A Dream #shortstory #flashfiction

  1. Yeah, that last bit always comes as a nasty surprise!

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  2. Ritu says:

    Those bills… never a nice surprise, are they?

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  3. Hahahaha! And he thought the dream was scary. That was quite the critter you came up with, Geoff. Viscous, toothy, flying ostriches.
    When I was in my late teens I had a dream so colorful that I still remember it. I was working as a governess in a rich man’s tower mansion — which was inverted (upside-down) into the water. I took the children for a ride on giant pekingese dogs… No drugs, I promise. Hugs.

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    Ha, ha! The cost for the cure!

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    They got you, they got you in the end!

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  6. See, it pays to pay attention to your dreams, not your fears! 😀

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    The bill was the real nightmare, hey? Hey I have that nightmare!

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  8. I once painted.a mural of our dog on the wall by a doorway – to cover the mark he left. It was observed that he was leaving, not entering, the room 🙂

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  9. …and then, strangely, he begins dreaming of feral psychiatrists.


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