The girl of his dreams

The boy, a sophomore in high school, awoke with a smile on his face. He had met a girl and they had hit it off. He knew right away that she was just right for him. It was like he had been waiting for her and her alone and now he was happy. Really happy.

He got out of bed and couldn’t stop smiling. He had finally met the girl of his dreams and he couldn’t wait to see her again. He was having trouble remembering her name but he knew it would come to him if he just relaxed and let it emerge.

He wandered into the kitchen, where he took down a bowl and a box of corn flakes. He was hungry and happy and the girl — his girl — was so amazing. He couldn’t believe his luck.

His mother poured herself a cup of coffee.

“Someone’s in a good mood,” she said.

The boy smiled even more but didn’t say a word, just went to the fridge and took out the milk. For some reason the girl’s face wouldn’t come into focus and that began to worry him as he poked around to see if there were any …

“Strawberries?” he asked.

“All gone,” his mother said.

The boy began to panic.

He tried to hold on to his happiness a little longer, but it was no use. There was no girl. He had dreamed the whole thing.

BOOKS BY AL RISKE

Precarious | Sabrina’s Window | The Possibility of Snow | Then We’d Be Happy