The Truth Is Coming


Roller coaster

-You'll soon see the world as it should be.

That's the most I could get from my visit with Adam today. He's home from the hospital and his mom thought it would do him good to see some familiar faces.

I called Sara and Danger to see if they wanted to come with, but Danger was at the orthodontist, and Sara made some cheap excuse saying she would go see him on the weekend.

She's still been tough to read lately. In fact when she found out that Adam was back she kept trying to change the subject. I mean...that's what everyone is talking about. How can you not be curious? She seemed very uncomfortable talking about it, so I didn't push the issue.

When I got to Adam's house his mom warned me that he wasn't making much sense since he recovered from the paralysis. The Dr. said it could take some time - and more tests - to find out exactly what happened, but that he expected a full recovery.

She warned me not to bring up Cassidy's death. Why does everyone keep avoiding reality? We all need to embrace our fear...use it. That's what gets me through.

I did as she asked, so we talked about nothing really.

When I left, Adam's mom wanted to know what he had said.

-Nothing much.

-Did he mention anything about where he had been?

-No...he did say over and over how much fun you guys had last summer at the amusement park, especially the roller coaster.

The silence was awkward, and her look puzzled.

-We went to the Grand Canyon last summer. 


Turned to stone

Silence is more haunting than any scream.

Adam came back...well, more like he was found.

Mr. Leher was on his way home from school and there he was, standing, stiff as any statue, staring off into nothingness.

He was on the edge of Sutter's woods - an old logging area - outside of town... it's been abandoned for 15 years.

I guess it became too expensive to get the wood out, because of all the rough terrain. There are so many twists, turns, and dangerous cliffs...most of the area has gone unexplored. A few have tried to map it, but never came out.

Kids make up stories about ghosts and strange sightings up there. Me? I don't know...just one more place on my "don't ever want to visit" list.

Mr. Leher had a hard time getting Adam into his car. When I say's like he's made out of stone. Couldn't call for cell service out there, so old stinky had to do it all by himself. I would have loved to have been there. Adam's not a big guy, but most 5th graders tower over Leher.

Adam is in the Hospital "resting" one's allowed near him for now.

He's got some sort of sleep paralysis. I guess his mind is fully awake...he just can't move. They're trying to find out what happened to him, but at this point he can only blink, so it's gonna take some time.

Must have been one heck of a nightmare.


Bleed for me

Darkness hung in the shadows of my dreams and I fought to wake this morning. I hate nights like that.
Nightmares...half awake.

Impossible to settle into the day...

I was almost ready when he barged in.

- We have a knock rule...G-Pops!

- Are you okay?

- Until you came in...

- There's blood on your pillow. Let me look at you.

Grandpa grabs my head, with his thick hands, and examines me. It's like when I was young and we would go camping in the mountains and he would check for ticks.

- I'm not bleeding.

He releases his death grip and leads me back into my room. I must have been dead to the world to miss that this morning.

My pillow is covered with blood. Now I'm looks like I lost about a pint. I'm weak and have to sit down for a minute. Don't know if it's the loss of blood or the sight of it.

No clue what it's from. I feel fine now, but G-Pops let me miss first period.

Back at school my mind drawn to wild possibilities. All I know is tonight I sleep with one eye open.