It slipped lazily from Mary’s grasp, as ever. Drowsy but awake now, she lay beneath her quilt, eyes tightly closed, mentally reaching after the dream. But it was gone.
She tried once more to conjure up the image of the house that had figured in this dream – it was always a different house, yet each time the house seemed as familiar to her as her own.
And there was always the same revelation, a previously undiscovered part of this house that represented a door to another world. Mary would be cautious, uneasy… and yet insatiably curious. Part of her mind would urge her to stay within her safe, familiar confines, but another part would be electrified with a sense of joy that this place so dear to her had yet another dimension to reveal. Brushing her fears aside, she would move through rooms illuminated by pale sunlight, aware that other entities spiralled amongst the motes of dust dancing in the slanted rays, and her spirits would lift with every step.
Each room opened onto another; no sooner would she claim one room as her own than another would be revealed, a place even more spacious and attractive than the last. And always, just as she prepared to settle into her final chosen room, the dream would slip away, its silver skeins brushing softly against her reaching fingers.
Mary sighed. Rain rattled against the window frames, and the wind howled through the sliver of space beneath the bedroom door. Thankful that it was Sunday, she snuggled under the duvet, and set off once again in search of the dream, which even now seemed not so very far away.
On Monday morning, as the office buzzed with tales of weekend revels, her desk remained unoccupied. By Tuesday evening, concern was expressed, and by Wednesday the police had been informed.
It mattered little to Mary. Her past was but a dream, and she was now busy acclimatising herself to her new surroundings.
This week’s Trifecta Challenge should incorporate the third definition below in a max 333 word story.
1: a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened; also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
3: a means of access or participation : opportunity<opens new doors> <door to success.