Amanda opened her eyes to a brilliant sunny day with the birds singing outside her window and a gentle breeze blowing the curtains in a seductive dance. She stretched out her arms and yawned, feeling the sleepiness shrug off her body and a lovely tug of hunger making her tummy rumble. Hmm, some breakfast and maybe a long hot shower and wash her hair. She picked at strands of her long wavy brown curls and sniffed them. Definitely a shower! Her hair smelt like burnt cat. Not that she’d ever smelt a burnt cat but could imagine it wouldn’t smell much worse than her hair.
Suddenly, the curl withered in her hand and turned to ash, as did her other curls. She spotted her reflection in the mirror opposite the bed and watched as her hair disappeared in a puff of ash and smoke. She screamed as the rest of her head caught fire and watched in terror and fascination as the flames licked away at her bald scalp. Panic filled every pore and drowned out her shrieks whilst the fire swallowed her nightdress, engulfing her body. Heat tugged at her, pulling her body as though she was a rag doll.
“Mummy! Wake up! You’re scaring me!” Tug. Tug. “Mummy please wake up. It’s a bad dream Mum. Stop screaming please!”
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