Inspired by: It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Ein sat in his bedroom, trying to remember as much of his dream as he could. Already the images of Eden faded from his mind. He fumbled for a sheet of paper and scribbled a portrait of Mr. Spaceman.
His hair looked like a mess of dark scribbles, he wore a leather jacket over his thin frame and black sunglasses obscured his eyes. Sadie came into the room as he finished the doodle.
“Who’s that?” She asked.
Ein lost in concentration didn’t hear her come in. He grabbed the translator before BC could punch it and stuffed it into a drawer with the picture.
“No one. Someone I saw in a dream.”
“You illustrate your dreams?”
“No, but something about this guy seemed like I should remember him.”
“Huh. Well, I made breakfast.”
Ein and Sadie left for the kitchen. BC searched for the translator.
“You look a lot better. Maybe you had a bug.” Sadie suggested as she put a plate of food in front of Ein.
“That must have been it.”
Sadie felt his forehead, and he didn’t feel warm.
“Still, it’s not normal to spend 24 hours sleeping, but nothing seems wrong. I don’t think you should go to work today. Just take it easy.”
“I was thinking the same thing. It’s Friday anyway. Make a long weekend of it. We can hang out.”
“You’re not interested?”
“I was thinking about going on another trip.”
“Oh, where are you going?”
Sadie checked her watch.
“Speaking of the west. I have to go to work. I’ll call you later. Feel better!”
“Thanks. Have a good…” but before Ein could say “day,” Sadie already left.
Ein knew things between them had been off recently but didn’t realize they were this bad. Sure she came to check on him, but she left just as soon as she knew he was still alive. He tried to put it out of his mind.
Ein ran into his bedroom. BC darted past him, but nothing seemed amiss. He investigated what happened and found the bedside drawer open. The translator was missing.
“BC, what did you do with that thing! It’s like alien tech or something. A weirdo gave it to me!”
Ein got on his hands and knees, searching for the small white device. He finally found it beneath his bed. He crawled under and grabbed it. He felt what he imagined to be the same sensation BC felt, a jolt of electricity coursed through his body.
No matter how desperately he wanted to, he could not let go of the device. His muscles were engaged, almost being controlled by the energy from the device. Before he knew it, his fingers were thrusting the device into his right ear.
The experience was one of the most painful of his life. He tried to get the thing off of him, but he could not control his body. It didn’t happen like this in his dream at all. The translator slid into his ear and worked its way past his eardrum. Once in place, it finally relinquished control of his body.
The pain knocked him out, blood dripped from his ear.
“Pssst. Wake up.”
Ein opened his eyes, he tried to figure out what happened. Hours must have passed as Ein’s room was dark. He reached for his ear and felt the sticky congealed blood.
“I’ve been trying to wake you, but you were really out. Like when I’m soaking up a sunbeam.”
Ein had no idea what was going on. It sounded like whoever spoke to him was right beside him. He reached out and felt BCs soft fur.
“Can you get out from under the bed? This is kind of my territory.”
Ein removed himself from beneath his bed, and BC came with him. He stood for a second and collapsed onto his mattress. BC sat on his chest.
“You really had me worried. I monitored your situation, but you should probably get Sadie over here.”
“How are you talking to me?”
“I’m always talking to you. You just can’t understand me.”
Ein felt his ear again.
“The translator! It’s responsible. It helped me understand that strange thing, and now I can speak to you! What else can it do?”
BC laid down Ein’s chest and dug their claws into Ein’s neck.
“Ouch, why do you do that?”
“Oh, does it bother you I can stop.”
“You know it does! I’ve told you to stop.”
“I don’t know why you think you were any easier for me to understand. It’s not like you never drive me crazy.”
True to their word BC moved their paws and put their claws away. The two stayed up the rest of the night, really getting to know each other.