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This would end differently – I know it’s a dream in the first place.

I am behind a door. The room is pitch black. I feel nothing behind me but space and hear nothing but the whispers to not look back, so I don’t. Instead I keep my eyes on the bright outline of this door. I see the shadow cast when someone stands on the other side and leaves.

It is quiet on the other side. I turn the knob, push the door, and look out into a familiar room. There is a girl sitting on the floor with her back towards me.

“They won’t get you here,” she says.

I nod but I don’t know what she’s talking about. I walk towards her to face her but find myself walking back into place. I train my eyes on the back of her head and try again until the door I came through is in front of me. All I see the entire time is her back. I feel my hair raise and my skin prickle.

“It’s safe here,” she continues.

Ignoring her, I rush to the door.

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“You can think and think and think yourself to death here,” they chorus.

I wake up and remember why I sleep in a room with no doors.


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Note: Sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS), known in the Philippines as "bangungot" is (drum roll please) sudden unexpected death, usually during sleep. A "bangungot" is also the Tagalog word for nightmare.

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The Bangungot
Mignonne Released Jan 19, 2013
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