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Dreamfield (standard:Psychological fiction, 763 words)
Author: Lev821Added: Jun 12 2008Views/Reads: 2276/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Not all fields are pleasant, especially when you hate.

He hated his boss, ‘hated' her. He always felt oppressed in his job,
psychologically bullied because she simply took a dislike to him. He 
seemed to be the type of person whom, to her, was instantly 
dislikeable. It was not her who had hired him, so she had no choice but 
to accept him as an employee. He wondered if she was trying to find a 
way to dismiss him, but then thought that perhaps she enjoyed 
tormenting him because he let her get away with it. He had to he 
supposed, or she probably would sack him. Maybe she was frustrated 
because he never gave her a reason to dismiss him. 

As a health records clerk, his job did not warrant excitement. In fact,
nodding an acknowledgement to the student nurses who he came by was as 
exciting as it got. He hated it, and he hated Miss Barbara Duncan. 
Miss. 57 years old, and married to her job. He knew that she had never 
had a man in her life. Probably just as well he thought. Any poor 
wretch who had been caught in her web was bound to have ended up as her 
slave, or prisoner. Yes love, sorry love, I won't do it again. Yet, 
tempting as it was to simply walk out of the job, he stayed because it 
was a kind of safety net. Knowing how hard it was to find work in the 
current climate, he stayed because it was financially secure, and at 
one point in his life he had spent three years signing on. Never again, 
he had thought, so the job stayed as long as he had it, within his 
comfort zone which included his wife and three year old daughter, and 
as he lay in the darkness, staring up at the ceiling, he still couldn't 
help but think of Miss Duncan, hoping she would simply leave, or leave 
him alone. 

Maybe, he thought, she held a secret desire for him, and that was why
she kept hassling him. Was it her way of finding a partner? annoy those 
you fancy in some convoluted plan to catch them on a hook and reel them 
in. Some people had strange ways of going about it. So by keeping him 
the centre of her attention, he was popular only to her it seemed, and 
he didn't know what to read into that. Yet she epitomised the word 
‘battle-axe', and the thought of her fancying him appalled him, and he 
turned in his bed to look at the closed curtains. A muted shaft of blue 
blended into the darkness on the ceiling, and he closed his eyes, and 
there she was, in his mind's eye, watching him, but eventually she 
faded away to give rise to other thoughts that concerned him, but soon 
they gave way to the warm grip of sleep that enclosed his consciousness 
and took him to oblivion. 

It wasn't long before he began to dream. He was standing in a field that
he did not recognise. A few trees were scattered around, and across to 
his right at around a hundred metres was a forest. The grass was mostly 
of ankle length, and the sky held no clouds on what seemed to be a 
sunny day. He began to drift across the pasture, but not through his 
own will. He wasn't concerned. He didn't know it was a dream. The rules 
of reality and physics in dreamworlds are instantly shattered, but this 
seemed normal enough, considering. 

In the distance, he noticed somebody coming, or drifting towards him. He
saw that it was Miss Deacon. She looked at him curiously as they 
passed. They turned to look at each other as the distance between them 
grew, but eventually both drifted out of sight. The field was huge and 
expansive, and his drifting began to speed up. Soon, everything melded 
into white, and it surrounded him like a fog. The white became muted, 
and grey tinted its shade, until it became black, unconsciousness 
returning him for the rest of  the night into a dreamless void. 

Waking up, throwing the duvet cover back and swivelling to sit upright,
it became immediate that something was wrong. Not only was he in 
unfamiliar surroundings, he was also in an unfamiliar body. Standing up 
and looking in a dressing table mirror, he looked into the face of Miss 
Deacon. Elsewhere, her mind had entered his body, and she was in a 
similar predicament. He realised as he stared at him-herself, that he 
had became that which he hated.


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