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Contra-Bandy ch13I woke up to hear someone I didn't know singing a song I barely recognized as a Russian folk song. None of Shawn's friends had ever struck me as the type to hold onto anyone's roots, so I assumed I'd woken up in the other place. It wasn't Mari, though, and it was definitely not Jimmy. It was a woman's voice, but nothing like Mari's lilting contralto. She sounded young.
Reluctant to face this place again, I pulled the coarse blanket over my head and groaned. I had to call it something, didn't I? Then I could treat it like a summer home. Heh. Maybe if I named it, it would go away. I pushed my face into the pillow and breathed in the smell of army-issue cigarettes and old sweat. Nothing seemed real anymore, but it all felt real regardless.
"I dub thee Reality 2," I muttered darkly into the smelly pillow.
Artificial light attacked me suddenly, making me curse a little too lo
Contra-Bandy ch12"Wanna hear something really strange?"
"No." It was late in the evening and I still hadn't slept. Came close a few times, but thanks to a few full pots of coffee, I was ready to stay up 'til four in the morning. It was probably only eleven o'clock.
Shawn had only been awake for about an hour and a half, and he was looking a lot better than he had that morning. He had squished himself into a corner of the couch with an un-buttered English muffin while I fiddled with the Playstation. "No, come on, I mean it."
When he got like this, it was usually best to let him talk until he stopped. "Fine. Tell me something really strange." I shut the casing and set the console back on the shelf, staring hard at it in case it exploded. While I was good at fixing most electronics, Sony products despised me.
"I think I can talk to you about anything now."
I almost couldn't help laughing. "You wha
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