The world had come alive with light, the kind of brightness that causes you to squint like the first few moments of dawn after sleep. From the window, it appeared as if the streets she’d once known to be made of grey concrete were now made up of miniature specs of cassiterite gemstones causing the surface to reflect light creating an illuminating glow.
Nothing but Palm trees lined the painted house, and each townhome aligned near a small lake of water. The turquoise -coloured sky, evergreen leaves and scent of new penetrated the air, the fresh scent came in through the window as if to welcome her.
This was the only place where you can find a beach, go to the mountains and see a desert. She had quietly come to accept that the stream of unfortunate incidents that posed as roadblocks to her progress prior to her reaching this very moment but she never lost hope and she was finally here. She went to her closet and found each version of herself hung up neatly on a hanger. Each awaiting their turn to be used and worn. Who would she be today? It hardly seemed to matter, she had finally gotten to the point in her life where she was genuinely happy.
He must have woken up shortly after her, his hair falling in his eyes and his sheepish grin hiding behind his mass of curls. He looked out the window with the wonder of a child as he hurried to reach for his jeans and t-shirt. She decided on more of the same opting for jean shorts before they zipped out the door to go exploring. They walked amongst the houses lined side by side viewing the streets that seem to go on for miles until the smell of the sun, sand and salt water swirled up in the air as if it had come to meet them. Mountains seem to plunge into the sea along many of the sandy coves as waves crashed on shore. The natural beauty of her surroundings came at her senses all at once.
Traveling through her new home, she felt as if she was on touring all of earth’s beauty: deserts, oceans that span for miles, rocky coastlines and forests filled with towering redwoods out of a fairytale. Then suddenly without warning she felt weightless as if she was flying and being vacuumed simultaneously, the light disappeared. She could only see darkness as if her eyes were closed shut. She felt herself falling downwards. Her body involuntarily erupting with a hypnagogic jerk. Her pajamas clung to her as if she sweated out a fever. Feeling disoriented, she struggled to open her eyes and it took her a few minutes to realize where she was. The familiar dark curtains blocking out the only outlet of light in her room.
It must have been a dream, she thought as she wiped the sweat on her forehead. The feeling of the warm wind was still lingering with a scent of sea salt. She looked to her side and he awoke appearing startled for a moment as she looked at him drained of all color with a frown forming between her brows and said “I had the most realistic dream, the kind where you’re disappointed to wake up.” her voice trailing off with a overwhelming sense of strange certainty.