Smoke coated his lungs as he tried to find his way out of the room. Flames were climbing up the walls, the smoke making it nearly impossible to see. They were in here somewhere, though. he had to find them. He couldn’t leave the two people he loved the most behind, no matter what it cost him.
He found the door with his shoulder and it started shaking. “Jeremiah!”
He jerked awake, his breathing still labored. But, when he looked around, the room was clear of smoke and flames. He ran a hand over his face then looked up at his roommate. “What are you doing in here, Silas?” He glanced toward the door, but their temporary roommate, Corrin, hadn’t joined the party.
“Well, when I hear you shouting my name like you’re terrified, I’m going to come in and see what’s wrong.”
Shit. He hadn’t realized he’d actually been screaming. Maybe that’s why his throat felt slightly raw even outside the dream. “Sorry,” he said. “Didn’t mean to wake you.”
“You really think that’s what I’m worried about? Come on, Jer. You know me better than that.”
He did, but he didn’t want to think about that right now. “Did Corrin wake up?”
“No. She seems to be dead to the world once she falls asleep.” He settled on the edge of the bed. “I thought you were going to talk to your sister about these dreams.”
“I did,” he said, throwing his arm over his face. “She said she still has them, and she hasn’t walked into an active fire for a couple years now. They aren’t just going to go away.”
Silas set his hand on the arm Jeremiah had covering his face. He didn’t move away from the bed, either. And just his presence helped Jeremiah relax after the nightmare. He wished his subconscious would let go of the fear of losing either Silas or Corrin. It would be nice to get at least one full night of sleep.
This is my combined post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It Day 7 and the prompt of “coat”. I wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go with this before I started writing. Thought maybe it would have to do with Jeremiah’s turnout gear as a firefighter. But, my mind decided on a different way to go.