Doors To Mirrors (Excerpt 168) Water
Not only does Viktor think Nadja will benefit from a drink of water, he also wants to check for entry through the broken window and the backdoor. Moving the curtain that hangs over the kitchen sink, he finds the window untouched. Glancing at the back door, the latch appears to be secure as well. He is positive now that Nadja must have been dreaming while in sleep paralysis. This is the only explanation for such a terrified reaction to a dream. The feeling of being held down while something sinister is walking toward you is horrifying.
As these frightening thoughts run through his head, Viktor fills a glass with water and returns to Nadja’s side. He sits down next to her, gently handing her the glass. As she begins to take a sip, her hands are shaking so much that she has to use both in order to steady the glass. Together they sit quietly for several minutes and then Nadja take another drink. This time her hands are much more controlled and her demeanor calm.
“Are you feeling better?” Viktor questions and Nadja smiles as she nods her head yes. “Do you want to talk about it?”
Nadja replies by shaking her head no and again, they sit in complete silence. Viktor cannot take his eyes off the doorway to Nadja’s room. He is not sure what is causing it but the feeling in the cottage has completely changed.
“I’m going to load up the fireplace and then we will just sit here until sunrise, okay?” He asks as he looks into Nadja’s eyes.
She nods yes to his question but then looks down at the glass of water in her hands. Viktor steps over to the fireplace and strategically places two logs on the flames.
“Do you feel that chill in the air?” Nadja asks in a soft voice. “I’ve never felt like this here, I’m almost scared.”
“Come here, I’ll make sure nothing happens to you.” Viktor says as he pushes the pillows up to the arm of the sofa, sits down next to her, and puts his arm around her. “I would say the snow is the main culprit for the cold feeling.”
He thinks his explanation of this could very well be plausible and if nothing else, his words may ease her worries. Yet, with the drastic change to their surroundings, he feels something more is at play here, but what? Is it just because he heard her crying for help, which startled him out of his sleep, that is causing the fright? She feels it too though, which her dream must have been bad from the way she came out of it. Unfortunately, she will not share the details but in the back of Viktor’s mind, he knows it was about Aaron. He has dreamt of this man’s actions before and if the visions are anything like the real thing, he knows they could be in trouble.
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