The noise...it consumes my existance. The fire erupting around me, I try to find a safe place in my mind to hide. The muffled cries from a distance tear at my heart, knowing my intervention will add fuel to the raging flames. Fear overwhelms me as the corner becomes closer to my back, and I pray for it to swallow me away before the lightening strikes, so sharp, so strong. Escape elludes me as I breath deeply in preparation. The grip tightens and the noise grows as I pray in my mind to be spared, just for a day. A sudden silence overtakes me...this place, so peaceful, if only I can stay a moment.....then I awake to the sting on my cheek...alone.