“Open yor i’s chil’. Let me look at’cha, see if yor back in there. Open up.”
My eyes opened and a deep ebony skinned man came into focus, hovering mere inches from my face. He stared deep into my eyes, reading some hidden sign. Slowly his lips stretched into a grin, his yellow teeth shone between them.
“Yor confused ya bet,” Heghheghheghhegh, the man chortled, “but alivin’… sor’ove… but how wassit?” He turned from me, gently patting my forehead as he moved out of my view.
“I tried ta be ginnel wi’ ya,” I felt a tug somewhere at my chest, “bu’cha struggl’d more than I thought ya wud,” another tug, rougher than the first, “Wat fo’?” another tug, then another. A suture? Had I been injured? This man’s a doctor?
"All the others I’ve snatch’d came nice’n easy. Jus’ let me take ‘em. But’cha… had ta be quick in sealin’ ya back in, so’s I hope ya remembering yor’selve well. Ya alreddi caus’d me more trouble than I wan’ned.”
I guess not then.
Suddenly he stopped at his work. “Whose thinking those thoughts? Pas’ tens too? No, not happ’n here.”
I heard his fist slam onto the table I must have been lying on, then his steps upon a stone floor—probably slimy.
“Trace?” I thought, “oh… um…” I shook my head to regain my sense of self and time. What? Where? Oh… yes. The diary, the helicopter crew. They made it out, right? With survivors? And after frantic conversation that didn’t really fit the situation. Right?
No. Don’t do this again.
But that is how it is. I’m re-recording.
No, I just don’t have the diary anymore, but I do have my memory… though… I know, you’ve already mentioned about it.
New Orleans? Is that where I am? Does that mean the world isn’t ravaged by death? Only this city? Should I feel relief? But wait… don’t get ahead of yourself. What of this man? His diary writes of New Orleans as somewhere else. So…? My hope faded. I glanced back up at the undead still meandering and standing and doing nothing in front of me. This is the world now. Death and decay… but what of that other one? What of this man’s? Which one is real?