Temporary Reality

Night terrors

A sleep disorder which causes intense nightmares where a person moves, thrashes, screams, talks, hyperventilates, and/or sweats in their sleep causing the person to awaken in a terrified state. Night terrors occur most frequently when the person is suffering a fever, sleep deprivation, or a period or periods of emotional stress or deep conflict. Most commonly inflicted on children ages three to seven, but are considered genetic if they persist into adulthood. Psychological evaluation and treatment is recommended if night terrors occur often, disrupt sleep, and/or cause, or almost causes, the person to injure their selves and/or others.[1]

The transporters suddenly broke; they were trapped within the large house. Word had escaped that she and her family was Jewish, and the Nazis’, including Hitler himself, were coming for them.

The Nazis’ started attempting to barge down the door. She and her family was barely able to escape. She saw Hitler and twenty-first century technology by his side. She and her loved ones were going to die.

They ran and traveled across the video game like map to avoid being caught by Nazi patrols, or worse, Hitler’s giant death robot. If the patrols caught wind they had limited time to escape, but if they were found on the same map square as the robot they either had to try and destroy the skyscraping machine or run. Their best bet was to travel back to the hub and try to repair it.

They were on the run; hiding in caves traveling with nothing but the now tattered clothes on their backs through the city. They often quickly stopped at clothing and food shops for relief during free giveaways, but had to keep their heads low. They were the only Jews left in the city and Hitler had it out for them particularly. At one point they were caught and forced into hard brutal labor, until they escaped with only a vague brutal memory of the captivation.

Eventually they left the map and were traveling on the outskirts, of the grid, along the ocean side of the city where small sandbars, hillside plains, and forests lay. She began to lose all hope coming to grips with the reality that she was going to die, that there was no escape. She begged for all of it to be a dream, but it felt all too real, she was dealing with the permanence of nothingness that she was going to be murdered and never live again. No matter how long she ran, she and her family would be put to death.

It became night and the five of them traveled and found a friendly restaurant where the owners gave them a free feast. She was so grateful, but as she watched her brothers happily chow down on chicken strips and french fries she couldn’t stop worrying about when the Nazi’s inevitably would catch them.


[1] Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA, Neil K., David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and A.D.A.M. Editorial Team. “Night Terror.” MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 21 Apr. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

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