Greg sat up straight in his bed. Eyes wide open, and drenched in sweat, he could still feel the knife in his stomach.
He moved his trembling hand towards the spot where he'd been stabbed. Nothing. Slowly he sank back into his bed. It was just another dream. This had been going on for almost a week now.
He checked the time, not surprised any more at what it said; 04.52. Not only did his dreams get more violent and detailed per night, he also wakes up 2 minutes later per night. Guessing that that was not the only pattern that seemed to repeat, he assumed that his dream would not continue and he could sleep for the remaining 2 hours.
That assumption was wrong. This night his dream continued...
At 7am, Greg was so exhausted that he did not hear his alarm clock go off, and he slept 2 more hours. As he realized what had happened, he reached to his phone to call his boss, that he would not come in today, he is sick. Next he dialled his sister's number, and told her that he would come over in a hour and he needed someone to talk with.
-It is the same dream every night and started last week, Friday.
-Tell me about the dream
-I try to escape, but my killer is faster. 2 nights ago was the first time I got stabbed. Every night, the dream lasts a bit longer and more happens. Tonight, I was laying on the cold floor, gasping for air. My attacker simply stood above me watching in silence. That's when it ended. But then I fell asleep again, and it continued. He took off his mask and I could see his face.
-Do you recognize him, know him from somewhere?
- No, I don't, but he seems so familiar! Sue, I know every detail of that dream, I even know the name of street; its Westmoore street. And for some reason I also know that I am in Galbally, you know, the town some miles south from here.
- Greg, I am worried about you, you look completely pale! Go sit in front of the TV I'll make you some tea and breakfast.
Greg didn't argue and went to the sofa and turned on the TV. He flipped through some channels and stopped at the local news channel as he couldn't believe what he sees.
The reporter in the screen said: 'And today’s breaking news: there has been a murder in Galbally. A young man has been stabbed at night in an empty street. So far there are no suspects but Policemen are still investigating around the area.'