Shattering glass invades my dreamless sleep. Incensed growling adds confusion. I reach for my eyeglasses, the night illuminated by unnaturally orange light. Once in focus, reality faints away as fire eats the living room ceiling, slinking forward with the prowess of a predator.
At first I’m stranded in a furnace. The heat binds me; the fury of the carnage leaves me lobotomized. Then I’m dragged outside to cool black air pierced by sirens answering an unnatural mating call.
I whisper, “fire!” embarrassed I’ve caused a ruckus. Trapped inside, my history succumbs, relinquishing its hold on me.