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Comic written and illustrated by Ryan Reid
Panel 1: Outside, daytime. A SMALL COTTAGE is nestled among TREES, on the shore of a CALM LAKE.
I have this recurring dream. I am at the cottage. We are all there. I stand on the veranda and look out at the lake.
Panel 2: ROSE, an OLDER WOMAN with LARGE GLASSES, and a COMFY SWEATER gazes out at the LAKE.
It is so calm.
Panel 3: ROSE turns to hear A MAN speak. The MAN is in shadow, and we can’t see him, but ROSE knows him well.
I turn to you.
I thought you were in school today,
There’s a storm coming.
Panel 4: The EYES of the MAN fill the panel.
You shouldn’t be HERE.
Panel 5: TREES, and WATER and FISH. The STORM has arrived.
The storm hurls itself across the lake with locomotive confidence. It bends trees, and upends fish.
Panel 6: Inside the COTTAGE LIVING ROOM, the STORM rages outside. ROSE stares into a GIGANTIC HOLE in the LIVING ROOM FLOOR.
When I look back, all of you are gone. A huge hole fills the living room. “Who’s in there?” I call into it. “No one,” it replies.
Panel 7: ROSE’S BEDROOM, late at night. ROSE awakes from the dream. She sits in the dark, in her BED, holding a PICTURE OF THE MAN from her dream.
And then I wake up.