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Submitted on 08/13/2020

Categories: Fantasy Creative Nonfiction

Sometimes Normal is strange. Sometimes I dream of hearts stout and brave. Like muffled noises of beating drums. Sometimes I sense falling asleep is wrong. I’ve seen old ships sail like dead swans in a lake, I’ve seen water cry in pain, I see all the pain inside my dreams. At night I disobey my curfew. It’s normal, I suppose. I always end up sleeping, but the lack of sleep haunts me. I’m only twelve, sleeping’s overrated I believe. Or I used to believe- nowadays I try, but at max, if I’m lucky I’ll get two hours per night.

I was scared, fear sliced my brain to pieces. I wasn’t always like this and this is my story. I was only six when this all started, I was the luckiest girl in the world. ‘Dreams like ghosts must hideaway’ my mum would always say. I lived in a giant house, along with my sister, mother and father. Sounds perfect right?

Wrong!

Well, it all started with a dream.

‘Barefooted, ragged, with neglected hair, she was a thin slip of a girl, like a new moon. Underneath a ragged tree sat my cousin still young and blooming. Fire tickled through streams of lines. Time dripped like wounds of blood desperate for dignity. A depressing sound of dears in pain. Death at the only sight. ‘Run!’ I cried tears running down my cheeks ‘go before time dies down’ I cried hysterically bit fat tears ran down flooding the ground. I could feel the mud pulls my legs ‘run’ I cried desperately ‘run’ I was screaming at the top of my lungs. My cousin sat perfectly still ignoring all the words I screamed. ‘Lilly! Go, run!’ I continued screaming my voice stuttering as I cried. Lily stared at me as if my head had gone, ‘stop screaming’ she yelled ‘I’m perfectly fine you-’ I continued crying urging her to leave before it was too late. I felt the tug on my legs, the wind howling like wolves. I looked at Lily for the last time, I could see the flames to melt her away into the shadows. She was gone!

I woke to sweat in fear my body felt weak. I cried believing every word in my dream, I was only 6 and every dream felt like reality. My mum came rushing in, but I kept my words inside my head. Later that week I had another dream-


‘I was sitting in a room next to my grandma. ‘How old are you darling?’ She asked. I stared into her big beautiful eyes and the way her hair was perfectly curled. ‘I’m very old, almost seven’ My words felt confident, as I beamed in pride. ‘Hmm, what a shame; when I was six my parents loved me’ I looked at my grandma shocked. She was never this rude, it didn’t occur to me that I was inside of a dream. Being the 6-year-old girl, I was everything I saw, I believed. ’Stop Granny, I don’t like it’ Her reaction as predicted was laughter then I woke.



That dream wasn’t exactly as bad as Lily dying until I looked down at my hand. It said, ‘when I was six my parents loved me’. I screamed!

I blinked furiously, ‘I’m seeing things, it can’t be’. Luckily, I was right! I looked down once more and it was gone. Relief hit me hard, but the thought scared me like a deep cut. There were nights I tried to fall asleep but every time I shut my eyes, I just pictured the death of Lily, the sounds of her words fighting back at me, and the laughs Granny cried. The sounds inside my head haunted my brain, like living creatures inside of me. After that, my sleep schedule went from eleven hours to three hours. Everything began to become a blur. I struggled to stay up; but the fear of having yet another dream still stay A few years later, once again a dream struck me-


Blood dripped, among the shadows. Skies dark and dull. There I was running, trees flashing faster than the speed of light. My heart pounding like a drum, echoing loud and clear. Voices calling behind me I stop suddenly to my surprise. I waited as I heard the panting behind me only get louder. ‘Who-Who’s there’ I mumbled fear leaked down my lungs. ‘I am but, I’m here because you called me, I’m here because you need my help. I know you’ll deny it but, I only came to your demand.’ Replied the creature. It was dark, I could only see a shadow. ‘I’m a friend; your new best friend. I’ve come to try and help you, your dreams I heard have been haunting you. Am I right?’ ‘Uh, no’ I muttered shivering uncontrollably. ‘Lies I smell LIES!’ The creature screamed! My heart was beating thunderously, my palms began to sweat oceans. I could feel the butterflies in my stomach grow to large ugly rats. 'DO YOU WANT MY HELP OR NOT!' The creature screamed, shaking the trees surrounding us. 'NO' I screamed 'I DON'T NEED NO PITY HELP I'M FINE YOU MONSTER' fire erupted inside; all the fear came bursting all at once. The creature growled in anger 'I'm no monster I'm only here to help' the creature sighed calmly. The creature looked down sadly tears grew in his eyes. Then I woke. 


I could still hear the creature’s words; ‘Me? I’m here because you called me’. I didn’t understand only my third ever nightmare and yet I still can’t sleep. It only made me question, who was the creature? I looked out upon the window starring into the trees and they danced. Startled I hear a soft sound of humming. Nothing as elegant, graceful and profundity as songs can be, but I felt my cheeks blush as if the song were just for me. I noticed a shadow coming from the window. I noticed the shadow only getting larger. A fume of smoke spread through the air as I waved my hand in front of my nose. The smell was deep, yet I felt my nose twitch. Something seemed as if I’d smelt this smell before. ‘I’m here to help a girl in need’ said a small voice. My body felt a ray of coldness, I had heard this voice before. Except not in real life. A soft yet husky voice. A tiny goblin came out of nowhere, ‘your eyes like ink dripping down a pen. That tickles its life light down a stream, your eyes blue from holding back. Secrets I know, secrets I hear. I’ve come only to help you; because nothing normal comes naturally.’ The goblin stared into my eyes; I felt a rush of embarrassment. A goblin had made me blush, but it was a goblin. The goblin seemed to read my mind. The goblin continued to keep walking as I trailed keeping my head down. The goblin took me to a giant forest and sat down on a ragged log. I kept my head down, slightly disgusted that I was following a goblin. ‘Your parents need help’ sighed the goblin. ‘I know its hard to explain but they do, except you need more.’ I looked up at the goblin in confusion. ‘I know, you won’t understand as they do. My life is depending on you, as yours is depending on me. But it all started just a few years back.’


‘I’m no normal goblin I’ve come to help you. I understand it may be hard to explain but so am I. Your sleeping schedule is off, I don’t want to try and help you, I just want to tell you why.’ I smiled speechless, still taking in everything the goblin said. The goblin points up towards the sky. I immediately looked up as I see the stars dance just like the flowers did that very day. The moon felt cold and wholesome. ‘Nothing better than starring at the places I’ll be once I’ve gone’ smiled the goblin. ‘By any chance have you ever lost anything?’ the goblin asked. ‘uh, yes lots’ I replied. The goblin nodded. ‘hard I suppose’. 

I continued to follow this goblin and his words. Every night I would go out of my home and stare up into the stars. The goblin never said much, but I felt like every time I went, I felt protected. More protected then anyone had protected me. The goblin always said that when someone passes, they end up in the stars as angels protecting us every step of the way. Me being the twelve-year-old I was I didn't understand it wouldn't always be like that. 


It was a dark stormy night as I walked outside expecting to see the goblin. As per usual he was there. I followed him to the stars when I sat peacefully. I noticed the goblin looking down at a picture of a little boy. I expected he was up in the stars now. I looked up as I saw the stars sparkle in the night sky. I looked over at the goblin one last time, his eyes sparkled just like the stars. The goblin smiled, but I wasn't prepared for what I saw next. The goblin started to float up into the night sky, as he waved. 'No' I cried tears like oceans flooded around me. 'No!' I sobbed uncontrollably, looking up the goblin just continued waving before long he was so high up, I saw no more. Death is like moonlight in a lofty wood that pours pale magic through the shadowy leaves. My chest felt hollow and lifeless tears still streaming down my cheeks.


That was the night when the goblin had left me. His intention was pure thought, it taught me how to live through loss. I wasn't ready to let him go, but his lesson stayed in my heart. Every night I stare at the stars for a few minutes before lying down and almost sleeping instantly. Without him, I wouldn't have been able to cope with loss. But maybe, just maybe he was that boy before a goblin. I'm almost fourteen now and I always feel like he's watching me, protecting me every step of the way. I realised that the goblin hadn’t come to help me sleep, but to help me be ready for loss inside my dreams. ‘Getting over loss is a skill most can’t take’ as my mum would say. 

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D. Jaymz
05:28 Aug 18, 2020

An excellent story. The sentence, 'Death is like moonlight in a lofty wood that pours pale magic through the shadowy leaves.', is descriptive, poetic, and highly philosophical. Excellent! You did a great job winding the plot to end in a moral. I was subtly entranced by your voice that kept me reading 😊 A great title. makes me think outside the box 👏

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Chrissy Lemon
06:02 Aug 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! I really enjoyed writing this, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Reading this comment just made my day so I really appreciate it. I always love to add poetic sentences to my stories. Once again thank you so much, reading this just made me smile :D

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D. Jaymz
14:02 Aug 18, 2020

There were parts of your tale that were lyrical and made the story a joy to read 😊

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00:36 Sep 02, 2020

A very creative and poetic take on this prompt. Your imagery and metaphors are exemplary. I especially enjoyed how you used a generally horrific creature as a sort of guide and mentor. Great work!

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Chrissy Lemon
00:42 Sep 02, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Doubra Akika
10:10 Aug 22, 2020

I loved the lesson in this story and I thought your title was beautiful!

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Chrissy Lemon
00:51 Aug 23, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Doubra Akika
01:06 Aug 23, 2020

My pleasure! Whenever you’re free, would you mind checking out my recent story? I would love your feedback!

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Chrissy Lemon
01:42 Aug 23, 2020

Sure, I might go check it out right now!

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Doubra Akika
02:18 Aug 23, 2020

Thanks!

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Var .
04:33 Aug 18, 2020

Beautiful story. :)

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Chrissy Lemon
04:37 Aug 18, 2020

Thank you soo much!

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Karin Venables
02:53 Aug 18, 2020

I love the lesson in this story. Coping with loss, or as a wise woman once told me, saying goodbye, is a hard skill to understand. Some never learn it. I really liked your goblin teacher.

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Chrissy Lemon
02:55 Aug 18, 2020

Thank you so much! I was unsure if I should do a goblin or an elf, so I'm glad you liked it.

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Avery G.
02:49 Aug 18, 2020

Cool story! It was so good! I can't wait to see more stories!

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Chrissy Lemon
02:53 Aug 18, 2020

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Avery G.
03:05 Aug 18, 2020

You're welcome!

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02:22 Aug 18, 2020

Nice work!!

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Chrissy Lemon
02:28 Aug 18, 2020

Thanks, I really appreciate it!

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02:30 Aug 18, 2020

:)

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02:31 Aug 18, 2020

Would you mind checking out my latest story? Its called : The Andersons. You can check my bio for more genres.

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Chrissy Lemon
03:02 Aug 18, 2020

Sure! I might go check it out right now.

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03:16 Aug 18, 2020

😁

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Shelley Johnson
22:58 Aug 17, 2020

You writing technique is awesome. This is clearly not your first rodeo cowgirl? I love goblins and the fairy folk so this was right up my alley and using a dream inside a dream is effective. Well done.

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Chrissy Lemon
02:08 Aug 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words. I also really like fantasy mainly because it's a reason to be creative!

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Mei Hurley
07:00 Aug 14, 2020

such a great story, hope to see more!

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Chrissy Lemon
07:06 Aug 14, 2020

Thanks :D

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What an awesome and metaphoric story this was! I loved the opening paragraph, it really helped draw me into the story. It like I was going through what the MC was going through when I read. The lesson you had, in the end, was amazing. Great job with this Sarah, I really enjoyed reading this.

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Chrissy Lemon
05:40 Sep 01, 2020

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it

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Oh, and before I forget, I love how colorful your profile is! It draws me in to read it.

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Chrissy Lemon
22:43 Sep 01, 2020

Haha Thanks

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Sam Kirk
17:05 Aug 28, 2020

I particularly liked the dream parts. So evocative.

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Chrissy Lemon
23:29 Aug 28, 2020

Thank you!

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Laura Clark
08:41 Aug 21, 2020

What a creative idea for a story! It was so beautifully poetic and you put words together so well. Make sure you proof read carefully because there were a few typos (Lilley/ Lily, for example). I can see you as a poet - there was a lot of language that had that ethereal poetical feel.

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Chrissy Lemon
09:19 Aug 21, 2020

Oops sorry, if I made it confusing. I'm pretty new to this, so I can admit I'm definitely the editor sort. Thanks, I really love poetry and love to add poetic elements to my stories. Thanks for the feedback! ~Sarah

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Laura Clark
09:34 Aug 21, 2020

It wasn’t confusing - just some easy fixes in spelling and grammar. Nothing that won’t improve with time 😊

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Chrissy Lemon
09:36 Aug 21, 2020

Thanks, I was wondering if you can edit them?

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Laura Clark
10:22 Aug 21, 2020

I can do! But how much feedback do you want? Because I don’t want to deconstruct what you’ve done and dishearten you if that’s not the depth you’re looking for. Do you want me to do a full feedback where I pick up on plot, character and sentence stuff? Do you want just sentence level edits (like your typos)?

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Niveeidha P
06:58 Aug 21, 2020

Hi Sarah, this was such a beautiful story! I caught a couple of poetic phrases which really matched and made the story more beautiful! You kept me really captivated to read your story! Well done! PS - I really got attached to your goblin teacher! :)

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Chrissy Lemon
07:49 Aug 21, 2020

Thank you, I also was kinda attached to the teacher (kinda weird cause I made him die) but yeah. Thank you so much, I love poetry so it's just an excuse for me to add poetic features to my writing. ALSO, I can't wait for your part 2 (yes I mean it).

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Niveeidha P
22:39 Aug 21, 2020

Hahha, yea that was sad. :( Don't worry, I'll do a sequel for a suitable prompt! ;)

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Sue Marsh
16:11 Aug 18, 2020

Sarah, that this story is very written, the descriptions are lovely. I really enjoyed it, it was a great read. Sue oh ps thank you for reading my stories please leave comments

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Chrissy Lemon
23:01 Aug 18, 2020

Thanks and no problem.

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Shreya S
04:56 Aug 18, 2020

Great story!

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Chrissy Lemon
04:57 Aug 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words!

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Dizzier Lemon
04:46 Nov 10, 2020

This is sooo good! I love this soooo much!!!!!! The detail is amazing and it soo deserved to win I love the dreams and it was soo sad at the end :( But that doesn’t take away of how gooooooooooooood it is just how???

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Chrissy Lemon
04:48 Nov 10, 2020

Thank you sooo much! I don't think it should have won I mean there's other stories that are bomb! But tysmmmmmmm it means so much to meet! <33333

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Dizzier Lemon
05:02 Nov 10, 2020

Haha okay but I honestly think it’s is soo good I stuck at writing lol

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Dizzier Lemon
05:02 Nov 10, 2020

R u sure? I swear u have never read a story in ur life xD

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Dizzier Lemon
05:03 Nov 10, 2020

R u there??

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Chrissy Lemon
05:04 Nov 10, 2020

yesss im here

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Gip Roberts
21:26 Oct 07, 2020

The dreams in this story remind me of some of the bizarre, oftentimes creepy dreams I had growing up. I liked the way you painted a clear picture of precisely why this child hates sleep so much. The part about the goblin was a welcome surprise and I found myself entranced by it.

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Chrissy Lemon
21:31 Oct 07, 2020

Thank you so much! I was thinking to add some dreams I had in the past as a kid but my 'nightmares' back then were things like me putting off my seatbelt. Once again thanks!

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04:42 Sep 12, 2020

I have a new story out. After writer's block. Would you mind checking it out ?

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02:25 Sep 03, 2020

Thattt wasssss AMMAAAZINGG! And I am being so serious. How you worded your words just made it sound so calming yet sad. I could not stop reading, although I have many questions about the story I feel like you wanted it that way, it added a mystery to the whole thing. I also loved the relationship between the Goblin and the girl! I just can't- IT WAS LITERALLY SO GOOD! And those little quotes you had were just whew so gooodd! - Ugochi✨*~

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Chrissy Lemon
02:37 Sep 03, 2020

Thank you so much! It feels like so long since I wrote this so I'm pretty sure the mystery was on propose. Once again thank you so much for reading, your comment motivated me a lot! :)

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04:00 Sep 03, 2020

Of coursee! I'm so happy it motivated you😊 Just tell me anytime you want me to read and comment, kay! you've made a huge impression on me!!

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Chrissy Lemon
04:02 Sep 03, 2020

You're so nice! Thank you so much :)

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06:00 Sep 03, 2020

😊

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Naomie K
03:32 Sep 02, 2020

Brilliant! You write like a poet Sarah. Good job!

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Chrissy Lemon
03:45 Sep 02, 2020

Thank you so much!

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