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A Day in the Life Of...
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF... - A 'ZONERUNNERS' STORY
by Rich Morgan
Jen sat up on his bed, and fumbled around for the light switch. He felt around with his paw for a moment, and then with a click, he flicked the small toggle switch to 'on'. There was a faint humming sound, a flicker of brightness, and then the room was suddenly lit up by glaring fluorescent lighting from above.
The young fox looked at his surroundings; the blue-grey concrete walls of the room were as bleak as ever. The heavy iron door was locked, a key poking out of the keyhole beneath the door handle. A rusty grate in the wall opposite his bed was the only real decoration on the walls - well, that and the light switch. A shelf next to him held a few books, a computer disk, and a corroded green battery that had been there for as long as he could remember. Laying on the floor was a cumbersome pistol, his belt, and a hand-held Zonerunner's Microputer, discarded thoughtlessly in his state of tiredness the night before. Complet
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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