They waited, as patiently as they could; but each time someone walked through the door, they tightened their hold on each other’s hand.
He was trying really hard not to grind his teeth, while she was attempting not to somaticize: she was prone to it. Every time she was anxious she’d get headaches or nausea. She needed her medication. She wasn’t overmedicated.
Who could blame them if they failed? It was aberrant, ridiculous. Unbelievable. They’d been here three hours with no information whatsoever. And both were fighting the flash backs…
The moment they’d forced the deadbolt and the door gave way. It wasn’t their fault if the key was rusted. Nor was it their fault that the building was so old. But when the door opened, the frame yielded too: the air seemed electrified. Their hair rose on their head and skin. Unsurprising seeing as most of the electric circuit was naked: and they’d ripped it opening the door. Everything caught fire around them. It was a miracle they weren’t hurt. They might have died. How terrible!
“Are you friends of Ms. Sparrow?”
They looked up… Finally!
“Yes. We are. Is she ok?”
The woman’s face showed nothing, which worried them. Maybe they should call her parents after all. When they entered the room, a shaft of light rested upon her face. She looked peaceful.
“Is she asleep?”
“She’s in a coma. It’s a way to recover from the pain and shock. The electrical shock was massive.”
They should call her parents for sure.
“Do you think she experienced a kudoclasm?” He asked.
“Whatever? What does that mean? Why do you always have to be such a smart ass. I’ve got a migraine. Nurse, do you have something for migraines? Oh God, I’m going to faint: my head’s spinning…”
“Stop it Marcy. You’re somaticizing again. You’re so selfish. Let’s call her parents.”
“You call them. After all it’s your fault.”
“Oh is it now?”
They might have fought for a while if the nurse hadn’t asked for Jenny’s parents’ phone number, reminding them that they were alive and their friend might not pull through. But how would they tell Jenny’s parents the truth?
In response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Wordle prompt #140
1. Shaft 2. Kudoclasm (Sometimes it feels like your life is flashing before your eyes, but it’s actually the opposite: you’re thinking forward, to all the things you haven’t done, the places you intend to visit, the goals you’ll get around to…) 3. Somaticize (Verb- to convert (anxiety) into physical symptoms) 4. Pain 5. Naked 6. Sparrow 7. Tighten 8. Deadbolt 9. Electrify 10. Wait 11. Tooth 12. Aberrant
Use at least 10 of the words to create a story or poem
The words can appear in an alternate form