Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sleep Treatment 2nd Trial: Story Extract

“Day 30:

Uncontrollably excited as I wait for my second trial dose of sleep treatment. I have spent the last 29 days looking forward to being in complete bliss once again. I wonder if I can be with him again.”

I lay on the crisp clean bedspread. My fingers trail a lazy path against the side of my hip. Just trying to distract myself from the worst part of this test. I hate needles and they need me cannulated just in case. I can feel the sweat on my palms as I wait anxiously alongside the bustling nurses. I just took two purple tablets and I don’t feel a thing. Last time I’m sure my whole body felt vibrant. Maybe it’s because I know what to expect, maybe I just want the doctor to hurry up with the knock out gas.

The nurse is talking to me but I try to block her out as she takes my hand and swipes an anaesthetic wipe over the back of it. I cringe and flinch as the sharp tip of the needle pierces my skin, I’m holding my breath as the bottom of my feet start sweating too. Please let the worst be over. I let my breath out in a rush and drag in a much needed lungful as soon as the tape is secure. I open one eye to watch her test the cannula with the saline water. My arm tremors ever so slightly at the cold liquid going through my vein. My body shivers, then I relax into the pillow.

I’m not sure how long I’ve been waiting, but the monitor beside me looks steady as it reads my respiration and heart rate. I watch my heart rate flicker between 80-85bpm. Suddenly the doctor appears and I think everything is ready for me to take another walk in my perfect dreamland. I can feel the strap of the face mask resting on the top of my ears and I don’t like where the plastic mask sits on the bridge of my nose but it’s well worth it for my scheduled 20 minute voluntary induced sleep session. I count backwards from 10 but everything begins to get hazy when I get to 6. I think I am still counting when everything goes black as my eyelids close. I feel my head lull to the side and wait for the sunlight to come back, for the sand to tickle the undersides of my feet, for the rush of welcoming warmth that I was greeted with at my first trial.

But it’s still dark. My eyes begin to adjust as it seems this time my imagination will be welcoming me with a beautiful evening. I walk along the riverbed and admire the swinging lanterns above my head. I’m still waiting for everything to fall into place when all of a sudden I slip and splash, my bag falls straight into the water. I run along as the current carries it downstream, my eyes scan the surroundings whilst I wonder when someone will jump out to save me. Feeling a bit out of breath but with a stroke of luck, my bag catches on a clump of moss. I look around but there’s still no one here. I sigh and realise there’s no one out to help me tonight so I lie on the grassy verge and stretch.

All of a sudden I feel a pair of hands grab me by the ankles and throw me head first into the water. I scream as the river pulls at me. I taste the earthy water and try to calm down. My heart is racing, my lungs are fighting. I feel anger course through me instead of fear. I should be scared as hell because I know I can’t swim, but I hear laughter and I’m not sure who would find this funny. I keep splashing and gulping both air and water at the same time, recognition hits me as his throaty laugh pierces through me. I scream once again as he grabs me by the hip and spins me around to face him. Before I even look, I know it is him.

I throw my arms around his neck with a grin on my face as I kiss him over and over again. Then I remember what he did and I try to push away as I beat at his broad, topless chest. I feel exhilarated, breathless, alive and grateful. I’m bursting with adrenaline and love. I thought he was gone forever, now in the past 30 days I have been given the chance to spend a few more moments with him. His arms keep a firm hold on me as he looks at me like he’s never letting go again. I give up my fight and lean into the crook of his neck and inhale his honey sweet scent. I’ve missed him so much. I run my hands through his hair and gasp when his lips graze my neck. All thoughts of safety and anger fade as I absorb the goodness from his presence.

Then the soothing voices surround me and I realise my time is up. My second treatment has ended and I feel cheated of my time, but I am peaceful and calm and grinning from ear to ear as my eyes squint at the dimmed light. The nurse strokes my forehead as she tells me to go back to sleep whilst they monitor me for a few more hours.

“Day 31

I’m still floating like a cloud as I relive every second with him. I can’t wait until day 60 when my third trial starts and I get another 10minutes added to my session. 30 whole precious minutes. I feel great. I want to keep living and I feel loved again.”

Written by Ling Lee (27/05/14).

The sleep treatment is designed to help relieve stress, help cure depression and other mental and psychological issues. Trial 2 was supposed to be good things only, but fear was induced. My idea is, the longer my character is induced, the more complicated her thoughts become… A fresh idea. I already know what will happen if I continue with this piece.

I feel proud of this piece of work because I haven’t been able to find the time or mentality to even try for such a long time. I hope I can did more quiet time soon. Please feel free to comment. Every comment is very much valued and necessary for improvement. Thank you for your time and support.

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Book Review #60: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 29/05/14
My 19th book this year)

Katy has just moved into a tiny town where everyone knows everyone. Her new neighbour’s are the Black family. Daemon is the eldest son of the family, green eyed, gorgeous but no one can be perfect. With the most arrogant attitude that destroys what should be a perfect man. His sister Dee is somehow desperately friendly. In a small town with minimal residents, Dee just wants a friend, and Katy happens to have moved in next door.

Daemon and Katy being within the same vicinity of one another equals trouble. Daemon’s split personality drives Katy crazy. When he’s good, he’s amazing, but when he’s bad, Katy wants to personally strangle him.

Spending much of her time with her new best friend, Dee, means she also finds out her secrets. Everyone has secrets but Dee and Daemon’s secret is so important, it is a matter of life and death.

The inevitable happens… Katy gets herself into danger, Daemon comes to the rescue, revealing his powers. But life was never meant to be simple, so now Katy has a trace on her and the only way to protect Daemon’s kind, means he must also protect Katy until the trace wears off.

I wish I could have rated this book higher. Considering this book was so highly rated, I found myself highly disappointed with the majority of the book. It felt like Armentrout had to keep telling the read how the characters feel and what they think. I.e Katy hates Daemon.

I love the idea of this story but I am barely holding on with the open mindedness. Aliens living on Earth. Totally bizarre… My first alien book that is written to fit in with today.

The last 25% of the book makes me glad I try my utmost hardest to finish what I start. I love the sizzle and fights between Katy and Daemon. I love the hot and cold, never knowing what side of Daemon to expect next. I felt the heat and felt myself smile when the should-be couple hide their smiles behind their attitudes. Feisty Katy is both a challenge and a threat for Daemon. But maybe Katy has proven her worth?

Written by Ling Lee (29/05/14).

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Book Review #59: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 19/05/14
My 18th book this year.)

Tris Prior’s life is turned upside down as she is forced to choose between loved ones. She holds too many secrets that inevitably surface at the worst possible moments.

With war breaking out, the factions must choose sides. Tris is unsure of what is right but she follows her instincts, time and time again, taking possible fatal risks.

Jeanine tries to control entire factions through mind control. Can Four, Tris and the rest of the dauntless and abnegation rescue society once more?

I wasn’t entirely drawn into this book. A little disappointed compared to Divergent. I don’t know what I expected but I wanted more from Four and Tris. I hated the ending. As most books I have read, the ending is always the biggest downer. I still want to read book 3 of the series, but I’m not sure if I can read the next book straight away.

The characters didn’t feel real this time round. All the action was in the fighting and the blood. I hate war books so I guess that’s my biggest dislike for this book.

Written by Ling Lee (19/05/14).

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