On this night many years ago I felt a cold coming on, I watched a bit of TV while sipping a NeoCitron, then went to bed to try to sleep it off. Little did I know that I’d wake up about 5 hours later, at 1 in the morning, smelling a strong acrid smoke so thick I could barely see across the room. But, that is what happened, my eyes were burning as I jumped from my bed trying to yell but having no voice from breathing in the smoke and fumes. I finally manage a strangled yell of ‘fire’ in order to awaken my parents. As we rushed down the stairs, a bright glow from the living room greets us and the smoke worsens, it’s pitch black in the rest of the house and we begin coughing. I hear things breaking and Mum and Dad trying to get the fire extinguisher and some water to dampen the flames, as I run to the front door, grab a pair of shoes to prop the door open with. I run outside into a raging blizzard, the snow just about up to my knees, but I don’t notice I have no shoes on and I’m wearing only a nightie. I get to the garage and get the car out……Mum and Dad come running out onto the step, and I’m sure my look of panic and fear is much like what I’m seeing on their faces. The house I had lived in for most of my life at that point burned to the ground that night, when the volunteer fire department is 10 miles away and there’s 0 visibility in snow and blowing snow, it’s inevitable that it’s not going to end well. On the morning of December 23 of that year, the list of everything that I owned was 1 nightie and 1 pair of panties, but we were safe, and that was all that mattered. Mum and Dad didn’t fare any better in saving anything of theirs Dad and a neighbour had managed to save a few Christmas gifts that were beside the back door, but they smelled so badly of smoke they couldn’t be used, and really all they did was remind us of what we had lost. I still feel panic deep in me when I think of that night, and every year the anniversary comes around and I find it hard to not think of it. It bothers me, and probably always will. I think about what the outcome would have been if I hadn’t woken up. But, I guess it wasn’t our time…..so here we are, another year behind us, and another December 22 to bring it all back.
I’m having a quiet evening at home alone, it’s snowing a little outside, but I’m going to have a hot shower and make a cup of tea to relax and try to think of happy thoughts. This picture depicts my feelings today, and I guess what I want to say is, no matter what you have going on in your life, remember to tell the people you love how much they mean to you, because things can happen in the blink of an eye and the world as you know it can change beyond belief.
I’m using the ‘Becoming Nothing’ pose from Del May, here. I love the emotions this pose has!
I’m wearing the Tank and Hipster panties from Maitreya here. Along with the ‘Mayu’ hair from Argrace. As always, my skin is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.