Through the Looking Glass

His eyes narrowed as he thought once again to the pill bottle.  “It all ties in with that damn pill vial.”

He looked to the bathroom, and then glanced over at the nightstand.  “Do not forget to take your pills.” The note seemed to scream to him.  In his mind he heard a voice in the back of his mind recalling the phone message, “Matthew, take your pills. You need to take your pills.”

He turned and stared at the vial.  “Do I do what the note and phone call says?”

He was still perplexed.  He was convinced that it was his handwriting or at least a good forgery.  The voice in the call he would bet anything was his. He was confused.

Matthew stood motionless for a second.  Should he? He started to reach for the visor….

 Matthew wrapped his hand around the vial.  He paused. Would the pills stop these hallucinations?  Or were the pills the cause? “Should I take one?” He asked himself.  Then looking at the toilet added, “Or just flush them?”

Matthew’s gloved hand touched the visor.  It was smooth and cold. Frank and Dawson walked over to stand next to him.  This was the moment Matthew had dreamed of since he was a kid staying up till the early hours of the morning watching sci-fi movies or reading sci-fi books.  He had hoped one day to be here, now only a visor was between him and seeing the face of something from another planet….

He started to lift the visor slowly.

Matthew stared at the pill vial, then at the toilet.  He thought for a moment. He knew what he had to do.  

He took a deep breath and opened the vial…

Matthew looked confused over at Nick.  He blinked a couple of times and slowly exhaled.

“Didn’t fancy that life?”

Matthew shook his head, “actually I did like it.”

 “Then why are you here?” Nick looked confused, “you should be off doing whatever it is your new life called for.”

Matthew shrugged and looked out the window.  “That was the great thing about that life. A really complicated life.”

Nick’s eyes narrowed, “But?”

 “It also had an escape.” Matthew went on, “I could forget the troubles of that world with just a pill.”

Matthew looked confused, “I liked it.”

 Now it was Nick’s turn to look confused, “Then why are you here?”

Matthew looked over and shrugged, “I don’t have a clue; isn’t that your department?”

Nick looked angry and embarrassed all at once.  He shook his head, “We need help. Come on.”

He hopped out of the passenger seat and walked over to a clearing with Matthew closely following Nick. Eventually, they reached a clearing on the side of the road.  There sat a dark blue Ford Focus.

Matthew stopped and pointed at it.  “You drive a Focus?”

Nick bristled, “It is good on gas.  Get in.”

Matthew chuckled and opened the passenger door, chuckling to himself.  He said under his breath once again, “Ford Focus.”

Nick started the car and pulled out onto the road.

Matthew smirked, “I wouldn’t drive so fast.”

Nick didn’t answer immediately, just flipped on the blinker, “you can walk, you know.”

Matthew just smiled, ‘I am not sure where we are going, anyway.”

Nick, ‘We are going to ask someone that should be able to help us through this mess.”

Matthew just shrugged, “Who? Another Reaper?”

“No.” Nick said, “One of my best friends Jake Mackenzie.” 

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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