ADRIFT

Weird bloody dreams!……. Now…hang on…? what the…???? I can’t move! Christ! …….not the bloody sleep paralysis again……
But no……why’s it so dark?……my eyes feel like they’re open … but not even a chink of light…
No…. I….I can definitely feel my hands, move my fingers, …but not much else…..
My wrists! – are they…..manacled?! ….heavy chains holding them to my side! My God! – What the hell is this?
Something hard against my shoulders…wood maybe…confining me…pressing in on me…can’t move…..
It feels like I’m vertical Am I standing? Yes…. Or am I being held up? Wedged in tight – feels like wooden walls all around me …I can’t move !
What about my legs? My feet?
God! – my ankles feel like they’re manacled too! What the bloody hell’s going on?
Try to move my body…. no use – the walls are too close – on all sides….a box?!..I’m in a box?…..am I in a wooden box? Surely not in a ….. Christ no! Calm yourself down! That isn’t helping1 Deep breath! Focus!

Knees feel like less confined. Can I move them? Maybe from side to side? Maybe alter my centre of gravity? Hang on – that seems to be working a bit. Everything seems to be moving…..gently does it. ….Maybe I can upend this bloody thing! Or even break out of it!
Here goes, try a bit harder. Yep..it’s starting to rock…..there goes the point of balance…Here we go! What the…? It’s not falling….it started to move but now it seems to be righting itself…bouncing back upright. Something pushing against it – holding it…..
Hang on…is it…..? ….is it…. swaying?
What’s that sound? Splashing, like waves, like water…… water?!
Oh my god! I’m surrounded by water! Am I under water? No, no, that doesn’t make sense – I can breathe okay – there’s still air coming in. Maybe I’m just drifting, afloat somewhere and there are air holes above me………

But what’s that other sound…..like a ticking… above my head…on the other side of the panel…….a clock maybe?…… But what for? It’s almost like a….
a countdown…..a timer…..for a…..Oh my god! No!…God no!…No!!

“Tim! We’ve got a screamer. Tank 6 – Mister Kimberly. Better get him out before he disturbs the other customers…….”

‘Ok, calm down sir…you’re fine now…nothing to worry about….here, sip this. This doesn’t happen very often but then floatation’s not for everyone, unfortunately. Just take a few minutes and I’ll go and speak to Rebecca at the front desk – see if we can’t get you some spa tokens to make up for it. Maybe a nice complimentary massage?”

© 2017 Craig Thomas Duncan