He awoke with all his muscles aching. There was a stone stuck somewhere in the small of his back. With his eyes still closed he fumbled about, searching for the offending item. His fingers clasped around something round and hard. He drew it out and, without a moment's hesitation, threw it away. He heard a satisfying thud as the stone landed on the grass somewhere off to his left. He nodded to himself, content. Blearily he opened his eyes, breaking away the crust of tears that had formed in his sleep, and gazed upwards. The sky above was full of stars.
He turned over and begrudgingly went back to sleep.
The sun shone brightly in the sky as the child idly played in the garden, his mother busying herself indoors. He picked a dandelion and blew it with all his might. The seeds flew into the air, surrounding him in a cloud of tiny, white parachutes. He let his gaze fall back on the flower in his hand and he saw something that made his blood run cold. There, on the now bald stem, sat a bumblebee, its yellow and black coat glaringly thick, venom dripping from its sting. It moved a leg menacingly.
The child threw the dandelion into the air and ran inside, crying out for his mother.
The rain fell hard and fast, hailed by bolts of lightning streaking across the sky, lighting up the world for a few, brief seconds of lucidity. We stood gazing up at the torrent of rain, cloud and light that thundered above and had so suddenly caught us out. I turned to see how she was. The water dripped from her hair, but her eyes were wide and glowing brightly, illuminating her whole face. There was a smile on her lips. I took her hand and we ran out into the night, laughing at the lightning, screaming at the thunder. We were soaking wet, but we didn’t care; we were together.
A pair of headlights glared in my rear-view mirror. I glanced at them nervously. That’s a police car, said a voice in my head. I looked at them again. The lights made everything about them invisible; there was no way I could know what kind of car was behind me. But still...
I can’t possibly know, I thought, shaking off my paranoia, and with that I ploughed my foot into the accelerator. Blue lights flashed in the mirror and the police car revealed itself in all its tyrannous glory. Shit. I pulled over to the side of the road, awaiting my doom, and watched as the police car shot past.