Hi, well here it is Chapter 6, I hope you like it.
Dark MissingNo.: thanks for reviewing.
Mysteria Pearl: Thanks for reviewing and correcting me. It's a great help.
Haven’t you ever had a dream that seems so real and you think it’s actually happening? Haven’t it ever happened to you that you can actually feel it? Though, even if it seems so real you can tell it’s just dream if it’s too perfect to be true. Sometimes when that happens, don’t you feel like you don’t want to wake up to reality? Well, we have to wake up from our dreams even if we don’t want to. We can’t live in a dream world forever but we can escape to our dream world whenever we want but we have to remember and learn to differ reality from fantasy…
Chapter 6: Getting ready
Few hours have past since her friend left the gym and she still had to do her chores, now she was feeding the pokemons at the aquarium. Horsea, Luvdisc, Corsola, Politoed, Starmie, Staryou and the Goldeens were enjoying their food. The other Pokemons were with Misty’s sister, they had taken them with them in case they may need them.
Psyduck, who was sitting near Misty and had finished its food looked up at the bucket were she had some of the other pokemons’ food. It stood up and walked up to the bucket, with both of its hand in its head, it looked inside and saw some more food and it tried to ate it but it only gained to get its head stuck on the bucket. Feeling sorry for itself, it started trying to get out but it couldn’t so it began to shriek asking for help. She Misty noticed she ran up to it and helped it out. Psyduck sigh heavily after being release from its prison, when Misty was about to started scolding it for trying to eat some of the other Pokemons’ food the door of the Gym open and someone was requesting a battle with the gym leader. Misty let go of Psyduck and made her way to the lobby of the Gym where the person who had entered the Gym was.
“Coming just wait a second, please!” she said while going upstairs, raising her voice just to be sure the person would hear her.
Misty saw a boy when she approached to the entrance hall. He was looking at some pictures and announcements of the shows that were on the walls of the lobby. Misty stepped into the lobby and saw a boy with his back facing her. He turned around to face her when he heard her entered the hall.
He was wearing blue-jeans, a black T-shirt. He had black, blue eyes and pale skin. He also looked around sixteen years old.
“Hi.” They said at the same time. “My name is Chaud.” Said the young trainer.
“I’m Misty. So, you came to challenge me?” Asked Misty, looking at the boy.
The boy looked at her back. ‘She is not who I’m looking for; she must be the gym leader. Hmm, well I’ll battle her and ask then I’ll ask.’ Thought the boy, while looking at Misty. Then he realized what she had said about the challenge. “Yes, I came to challenge the gym leader, but I thought I’d had to battle your assistance before challenging you.” Said Chaud.
Misty put one of her hand behind her neck and the other one on her waist before talking. “Well, she had to go” she started. “She was helping me, but she had to go to Hoenn. So, now, I will be the one doing all the battling.”
‘Damn it. I wanted to battle both of them and see if her assistance was really her.’ Thought Chaud. “Too bad, I wanted to battle both of you. I heard that the gym’s assistance had not only water pokemon but other types and I wanted to battle her non-water pokemons, too. Guess I’ll have to go look after her to have my battle.” Said Chaud to Misty with a harsh tone.
“Huh? By the way your talking I’d say you’re more interest in battling than in getting the cascade badge.” Said Misty.
“That’s right. I don’t care about the badge. I’m more interest on improving my skills.” He said. ‘I hope she’d tell me where exactly this girl is. I have to see her and verify if it’s really her.’ He thought in a bit of daydreaming. “Let’s just battle, ok?” He said with a cranky attitude when he snapped out of his thoughts.
Misty looked at him oddly. ‘He is kinda weird.’ Misty thought. “Fine. Follow me.” She said coolly.
They walked through a corridor and into the pool area, or what would be their battle arena.
Before they started battling, the front door opened. Misty and Chaud heard it opening. Misty told him to wait for a moment and then she ran to the lobby she was minutes earlier.
“Tracey!” she said surprised.
Tracey had put two big packages of Pokemon food on the floor, when he heard his name he immediately looked up to Misty.
“Hiya, Mist” He replied. “I thought you might need this. Professor Oak, say hi to you, same with Ash’s mother.” Said Tracey, and pointing to the two big bundles.
“Thanks, Tracey. Hey, think you can do me a favor? I’m about to start a battle and-“she was cut off by Tracey, who already knew what she wanted.
“You want me to be the referee of your battle, right?” said Tracey grinning.
She looked a little embarrass. “Yeah.” She answered quietly.
“Sure! Let’s go, it’s gonna be interesting. It’s been ages since I’ve seen you battle.” Commented Tracey. Misty gave a little laugh, while they were walking to the pool area.
Misty entered with Tracey to the pool area, while talking to him. Chaud turned around when he heard people talking behind his back.
“Chaud,” said Misty looking at him “this is Tracey, a friend of mine. He would be the referee for this match. Ok?”
“It’s fine with me.” Said Chaud monotonously, and with his eyes close.
Misty ran to the other side of the pool and took her position facing Chaud while Tracey did the same thing, taking his position as the referee. Once, he was in his position he said the rules.
“This battle will be a two on two-“started Tracey but was cut off by Chaud.
“Wait. I don’t have time to have a two-on-two battle.” He said looking at Tracey, and then at Misty. “Can we just battle a one-on-one battle?” asked Chaud, looking seriously at her.
Misty and Tracey where a little surprise by this besides, the rules were the rules. Misty considered having a one-on-one battle though; she really had a lot of things to do. She had got use to Cynthia’s presence that was always helping her and sharing Misty chores but now that she wasn’t there she was already behind schedule. She hadn’t finished giving they’re food to the pokemons, not all, just Gyarados. Gyarados was the only pokemon who could fight right now, they others needed to eat in other words they needed energy they didn’t have to a battle.
Misty breathed deeply. “Ok, it would be a one-on-one battle.” She decided.
Tracey nodded his head. “This will be a one-on-one battle with no time limit. The winner of the match will be declared the winner when one of the Pokemons is unable to battle. Begin the match!” shouted Tracey putting both of his hands up and a signal of the beginning of the battle.
“Come out, Scizor!” shouted Chaud while throwing his pokeball. A white light appeared from the ball when it hit the floater, and then it changed into a Scissor. “Scizor!” it yelled out.
Misty gulped but tried to control herself, she breathed deeply and tried to relax. ‘Why did he have to choose a bug?! Ok, focus.’ She thought. “Come out, Gyarados!” She shrieked and Gyarados emerged from the pool, where it was resting. Gyarados came into view and growled to its opponent, intimidating it.
“Scissor, use quick attack.” Said Chaud.
Scissor tackled Gyarados with a tremendous speed but it didn’t make a lot of damage. It only made him step back a little and growl because of the hit, but it recovered itself quickly.
“Flamethrower, Gyarados!” shouted Misty.
Gyarados started charging its powerful attack at scissors. Chaud just smirked a little knowing how to repeal that attack. He had heard from other trainers that her Gyarados could use fire attacks, that’s why he had chose Scizor because it could repeal the attack.
“Scizor, use swords dance,” commanded Chaud.
Scizor began spinning in the same spot it was, gaining speed as the seconds past. Gyarados launched its attacked and hit directly to where Scizor was but the attack was repealed. Misty looked shocked.
The swords dance of Scizor had acted as a giant ventilator and Gyarados’ attacked went around Scizor. That technique looked familiar to her but couldn’t recall where she had seen it before.
“Come on, you can do better than that or is that all you can do?” asked Chaud mockingly. “I thought you were tougher, everyone in town says you’re the strongest. I wonder if it’s the strongest girl in town or just the strongest leader of this gym. Everyone knows this is the most pathetic gym of all Kanto. Still, I thought you’d give me a better battle.” Said Chaud smirking a little; he wanted to make her mad.
Misty frowned, she was about to lose her temper but tried her hardest to control herself, and she had to keep her cool if she wanted to finish him off. She breathed deeply trying to relax when she remembered something, the battle between Ash and Bugsy. That’s where she had seen that strategy before the same thing had happened. Unfortunately, for Chaud she knew the flaws of that strategy. She was going to do the same thing Ash did during his match.
“I’m gonna make you eat your words! You’ll see how tough I can be! And show you how this gym has changed!” said Misty trying to keep her cool but failing. “Gyarados prepare another flamethrower,” ordered Misty.
Gyarados did as told and prepared another flamethrower. Chaud smirked, thinking he would be the victor and that his strategy was the perfect one.
“Swords Dance, again, Scizor.” Said Chaud as Scizor started to spin just as it did last time.
“Gyarados now, go closer.” Said Misty.
“Getting close won’t make any difference. Scizor will just repeal the attack again.” Said Chaud.
Gyarados went closer to Scizor who was spinning really fast and all it could be see was something was spinning, it was spinning so fast it seem like Scizor had lose its color and was now white.
“Now, Gyarados, flamethrower but launched over its head!” said Misty smiling to herself.
Gyarados did as that and the flamethrower combined with the sword dance of Scizor looked like a flaming tornado. Scizor kept spinning for few seconds, before it fall onto its back all burned.
Tracey was about to call Misty as the winner of the battle. However, Scizor stood up, shaking a little. It glared at Gyarados, and Gyarados glared back. Tracey and Misty were surprised; they hadn’t expected that a Scizor could actually resist that attack, which was a direct hit and not only that Scizor was part steel and bug Pokemon so that attack should have made four times more than normal damage.
“My pokemon doesn’t give up easily and nor do I. Let’s continue.” Said Chaud, monotonously.
Tracey elevated both of his hands on the air and let them fall as he called to resume the match.
“Scizor, synthesis.” Ordered Chaud.
The pokemon recovered itself for the damage caused by Gyarados. Misty looked surprised once again, and then she frowned. Her opponent wasn’t going to be easy, not if his pokemon new any other grass-type attack, like solar beam.
“Gyarados, use hydro pump attack,” Misty told her pokemon, which obeyed instantly.
Gyarados aimed his powerful attack at Scizor but it failed, Scizor was too fast and dodged the attack without receiving any order.
The battle continued like that for several minutes, Gyarados launching its attacks but most of the time Scizor dodged them. From time to time, Scizor also attacked but Gyarados also dodged some of them. Both of the pokemon were getting tired.
Gyarados was on the pool panting a little and give some bruises and so did Scizor, both of them were as tired as the other. Chaud and Misty notice that and knew they could not keep up like that; soon both of their pokemons will be completely exhausted.
“Hey, Misty both of our pokemon are getting tired. What do you think if we use our most powerful attacks and see which one will be the last one standing?” asked Chaud, looking at their pokemons.
“I was thinking exactly the same thing.” Misty said looking at him. “Think you can do it Gyarados?” she asked her pokemon.
“What about you, Scizor? Think you can use one final attack?” Chaud asked.
Gyarados and Scizor nodded at the same time to their respective trainers. Neither pokemon was ready to give up. They were going to try their best to win this match for their trainers.
“Gyarados/Scizor hyper beam” Misty and Chaud shouted at the same time.
Gyarados started charging the attack, little sparks were appearing in its mouth and a ball of light orange and yellow color was being formed. Scizor was doing the same except it had it claws opened at two yellowish balls were forming on them. When the attacks were ready they launched them, at the same time, both of the attacks hit themselves and an explosion occurred forming a big and thick cloud of smoke. It took a little of time before the smoke disappeared from the battlefield completely. The three of them were anxious to know who the victor of the match was and were surprised to see how the battle had ended.
The two pokemons were fainted; Gyarados was on the water floating with swirls in its eyes and Scizor on the floater with also swirl as eyes.
Tracey put of his hand in the air, “both of the pokemons are unable to battle which means it’s a tie.” Said Tracey and then put down his hands.
Misty held Gyarados’ pokeball up and aim at it, “return, Gyarados” she said before returning it to its pokeball. “You really did a great job. Gyarados I’m proud of you. Now you deserve a nice and long rest.” She said to the pokeball that was holding in her hand in front of her.
Chaud did the same as Misty. “Return.” He said to Scizor. “Good job, now rest.” Said to the pokeball in front of him. He then walked up to Misty.
“I guess I owe you an apology… for what I said before” he started, saying in really quiet tone of voice almost as whisper and at the floor he was too ashamed of himself for what he had said. “…Sorry…” he said, so low that was almost inaudible.
Misty barely heard him, she smile at him and then said “Apology accepted.” He looked up to her, slightly surprise but didn’t show it. “It was an interesting battle. I don’t know what people have told you, but it’s not easy to get the cascade badge in this gym. Now that I’m in charge of it I won’t let anyone win the cascade badge.” Said Misty.
“I sure that many trainers will think twice before saying what I said.” He assured her.
“I hope so. I want to change the reputation of this gym.” replied Misty “Oh! Wait here a moment please.” Said Misty running towards one of the exists in the battlefield.
“Where did she go?” Ask Chaud looking at Tracey.
“I’m not sure.” Answered Tracey looking at the direction where Misty had disappeared.
Seconds later Misty returned with something in her hand. “Take it. The Cascade Badge, you earned it.” Said Misty presenting to him the cascade badge over the palm of her hand.
Chaud looked at it from her hand but didn’t even touch it. “Why are you giving it to me? I didn’t win the match.” Said Chaud to Misty.
“You would have won it if you hadn’t asked me to battle one-on-one. You see, I was feeding my pokemons before you came, they weren’t completely ready to battle, and Gyarados was the only one. If we had had a two-on-two battle you probably would have win it. So take it, it’s yours.” Explained Misty.
Chaud still didn’t touch it he continued staring at it. “No, next time. I’ll train harder and next time we battle I’ll get that badge.” He said determinately.
“Have it your way.” Answered Misty, closing her hand and putting the badge in her pocket.
“By the way, where is your assistant? In what part of Hoenn?” Chaud asked suddenly.
Misty looked at him being slightly surprise by his question. “I don’t know. All I know is that she went to Hoenn.” She simply replied.
“Could you at least tell me when did she parted to Hoenn? And what’s her name?” he asked her urgently. ‘For what the other trainers told me ‘bout the Cerulean Gym assistance it was her. The way they described her…’ he thought but snapped quickly out of it.
Misty looked him being taken aback by his question. “She went to Pallet Town’s Port today, she was going to be taken to Hoenn in a private yacht at five, I think. Her name is Cynthia.” Said Misty looking at him confused. “Why?” she suddenly asked him.
Chaud looked at her, surprise but didn’t show it. “I want to and battle her.” He simply said.
Misty looked at him oddly. Didn’t this boy care about anything besides battling? He reminded her a little of Ash, too. His desire to be the best and how excited he always was each time they were close to a Gym and close to get his next badge. Misty’s mind started to travel back in time, when she was traveling with him and Brock and later on with Tracey on the Orange Islands; until someone speaking snapped her out of her thoughts and memories.
“Well, I must go now. Good-bye, Tracey, Misty.” Said Chaud while nodding when he said their names and then went out through the door he had entered when he entered the gym.
Outside the Cerulean Gym, Chaud took out his Pokegear and called someone. “Hi. Fine. Ok, I’ll do it but, could you send someone to take me to Hoenn? Ok. Yes. Got it. See ya then.” And with that he hung up.
He looked at the sky which had different shades of colors, and at the white-full-moon that will be present that night. He breathed the clean, pure air as a breeze past. 'Soon I’ll be back home. Back to Hoenn.’ He thought as he took out one of the pokeball he had on his vest and released a Charizard.
“Charizard, let’s go to Vermilion city. Soon we’ll be back home, my friend.” He said to his Pokemon as the Pokemon growled in joy. “But before that we have to go to Fortree City.”
Few Days Later…
The night would soon present itself by the Cynthia have finally arrived to a forest close to Fortree City. Her friend, Sam, left her as close as she could but she had to go now to visit her family in an island close by.
“Thanks, Sam.” She said hugging her friend and with a big smile.
“No prob. Take this.” She said handing over a blue and white Pokegear. “I had completely forgotten about it. Mary gave me this for you like a month and a half ago. She thought I would see you, when I went to Kanto, but you know I didn’t and I just remember to give it to you now. Oh, and this is for you it may help you incase you see a Pokemon you don’t know.” She added giving her a Pokedex. “In this forest you may run into one Pokemon you’ve never seen, so this might help you.”
“Oh, thank you so much! For everything… Come in… a week? I think by that time I’ve already beaten Winona, or at least I hope. There are new rules and the leader probably is very strong. So a week, ‘k?” She said taking the Pokegear and Pokedex and hugging her friend.
“Ok. See ya!” said Sam returning the hug. “Now, you better give your all and try your best to win that gym battle. Good luck.” Said again after parting the hug.
Cynthia started walking up a little hill and when she got to the top, turned back and waved her friend for few seconds before she began to walk into the forest.
While Ash and Company, Hoenn…
Ash and company had just arrived to Fortree City, and went to look for the Gym leader who was at the festival of the city. They had found her on ‘the Square’ of the city; she has been helping taking some kids to fly with her on her Skarmory. She had promised Ash they would battle after the festival but Team rocket started stealing pokemons and ruined their plans. Ash and Winona, the gym leader, fought Team Rocket to get the pokemons back, Skarmory used its drill peck attacked and sent flying Team rocket with its famous “Team Rocket's been blasting off again!” phrase. By the time, all that was over it was beginning to grow dark so Winona told Ash they would battle the next day.
Like Ash would have to wait until the next day, they went to the Pokemon Center where Nurse Joy greeted them cheerful and was freaked out by Brock’s behavior, luckily for her Max grabbed his ear and pulled him away from her. Nurse Joy thanked him, and May told her if there was a room for them.
“Yes.” She answered looking to May and her friends, then she looked down and grabbed a key on the key holder she had on her desk. “Here.” She said giving the key to May.
“Thanks, nurse Joy.” Said May.
“You’re welcome.” Replied Nurse Joy with a smile.
“Guys, let’s eat something. I’m starving.” Said Ash with his hand on his stomach while his stomach was growling.
Everyone sweat dropped, including some trainers who where going to the cafeteria of the Pokemon Center, because of the loudness of Ash’s stomach growls.
They guys made their way to the Pokemon Center’s cafeteria, with Max dragging a heart-broken Brock by the ear since he didn’t want to leave his ‘True Love’.
A few minutes later a mysterious girl entered the pokemon center, she was wearing black glasses with a hat, navy pants and a long coat that covered her neck. She walked up to Nurse Joy.
“Welcome, how may I help you?” Nurse Joy asked happily.
The girl took out a letter from one of her pockets and handed to nurse Joy.
“Give this to a girl name Cynthia. She will be here today or tomorrow; it’s really important.” The strange girl said to Nurse Joy.
Nurse Joy nodded in understanding and placed the letter with the other messages she had form other people that were staying at the Pokemon center and haven’t come back from wherever they went.
Nurse Joy was about to ask for the girl’s name in case ‘Cynthia’ wanted to know who sent it to her; but the mysterious girl was gone. No body was around the lobby silence filled the room. Nurse Joy shrugged and went back to her chores at the computer.
Meanwhile outside the Fortree City Gym…
Winona was walking up the stairs to her gym, to let rest her Pokemon for the upcoming battle with Ash that would take place the next day. By the time she reached the last step she saw someone in the shadows. She could see it was the outline of a girl. Winona stood there looking at her for few seconds.
“Could you introduce yourself and tell me what is your propose of being here?” asked Winona, still staring at the shadow of the girl.
The girl came out of the shadow and closer to Winona.
“I’m Cynthia and I came to challenge you for your badge.” Said the mysterious girl, now out of the shadows, walking up to where Winona where and stepping into the light.
“My pleasure, but I’m afraid that today is too late. What do you think if we have our battle tomorrow?” Answer Winona.
“Ok, then. I’ll be here by nine o’ clock. Is that an appropriate time?” asked Cynthia, standing in front of Winona.
“That time is fine with me. Now if you excuse me, I have some things to do.” Said Winona walking to the entrance of the Gym.
Cynthia moved out of her way and let her pass. “Ok, see you tomorrow.” Said Cynthia, walking down the stairs. “Until tomorrow.” Replied Winona, watching the girl goes to the city.
At the Pokemon Center…
After some minutes, the entrance of the Pokemon Center opened again. Another girl entered the Pokemon Center, she looked a little tired and sleepy, too. Nurse Joy greeted her as happily as she always does with everyone.
“Good evening, may I help you?” asked Nurse Joy politely with a smile.
“Good evening, yeah. May I have a room?” answered the tired girl, forcing herself to give Nurse Joy a smile in return.
“Of course.” Said nurse Joy, looking down at her desk for a key to one of the available rooms, but then she saw the envelope that strange girl had gave it to her. Nurse Joy grabbed the key and looked up to the girl.
“Here. Excuse me, is your name Cynthia?” asked Nurse Joy handing over the key.
“Yes, that’s my name. How did you know?” asked the girl oddly.
“A girl just came and told me to give you this.” Said Nurse Joy giving the envelope to Cynthia.
Cynthia looked strangely and a little confuse. “Uh?” the she said the handwriting with her name. ‘Mary’ she thought. She took the envelope and thanked Nurse Joy before going to her room.
She opened the door of her room. It was a small room for one person only, since it had only one bed. It also had a couch, a desk with a lamp, a small bathroom with everything, a window with curtain that at the moment were close. There was also a bedside table with a little night lamp on it and a small clock with the time glowing in green.
She didn’t bother to turn on the lights or see what time it was. All she wanted to do was sleep. She saw in the shadow a bed and a desk and next to the bed a nightstand. She left her backpack next to her bed and put the enveloped over the desk across the room and then she threw herself into the bed, closed her eyes. She was so tired she fall instantly asleep fully dress. She was so tired she forgot to close her door.
Ash, Brock, Max and May had just finished eating their dinner. They were walking to their room, while commenting about the food they just ate.
“Umm, I was really hungry. The food was so good; I hope that tomorrow comes fast so I can eat breakfast.” Commented Ash.
“Ash, can’t you think in somethin’ else than food?” asked May, shocking her head after Ash’s comment.
“Yeah, my next badge! Tomorrow that badge will be ours, right Pikachu?” asked Ash to his yellow partner, which was as always in his shoulder.
“Pikachu.” Answered the Pokemon in agreement putting one of its paws in its chest.
“Hey Ash, what pokemons are ya usin’?” asked Max, with a hint of curiosity.
“Hmm…” said Ash crossing his arms, beginning to think about it. “I dunno. I’ll decide tomorrow.” Said Ash after a while.
“Hey guys, what y’all think of having some sleep for Ash battle tomorrow.” Suggest Brock.
Ash yawned. “I think that’s a great idea.” Said Ash sleepily.
“Yeah, let’s go to sleep.” Agreed May and Max in unison.
They walked down the corridor to their room and the door of the room that was in front of theirs was open. The lights were off, but it was visible that someone was sleeping on the bed, her feet were touching the floor and the rest of her body was over the bed. The guys saw this, but thought she was awake just laying down there. As they got closer to their room they saw that the person was a girl and she had fallen asleep so they decide to close the door for her. Brock closed her door and they entered the room he and his friend will be sharing and that Max had opened.
In Cynthia’s Dream…
She was standing in a place somehow familiar to her and one of her hands was touching something but she wasn’t sure what. All she knew it was something hard and was helping her to keep her balance since she was at the edge of a cliff, and below was the ocean and some rocks. She was staring at a sunset, well not really, but was looking in that direction. She then heard someone calling her from far away, or she thought, because the voice was almost impossible to hear. She was sure she would see someone far away when she’d turned. She turned around and saw someone right in front of her! So close that she was taken aback, she freaked out and that cost her to lose her balance because she let go of whatever was helping her to keep her balance.
Being at the edge of the cliff as she was, she thought she was a goner for a second but then a boy caught her immediately when he saw she was about to fall, he had put his arms around her waist to not letting her fall and pull her towards him.
She was a bit shocked. She practically saw herself falling down the cliff; however, she was now in the arms of a boy she felt she knew but didn’t know who he was. He hugged her tightly as he excuse himself for scaring her almost killing unintentionally. She did not make a single movement for a moment then she started patting his back. It was something weird for her because she knew he was talking and what he was saying, but she couldn’t hear his voice. She tried to see his face but failed because of his tight hug.
After saying how sorry he was, at least ten times, he looses his grip but refused to let her go. She was confused; she tried to see his face now that she could although she just stared at his eyes, at his blue eyes, as she got lost in them. Next thing she knew, she was hugging him tightly. The strange thing was she saw herself hugging him but it was like she was in other place. They were at the edge of a cliff and she was behind them, looking at herself and him from some woods. She saw herself telling him something that apparently made him very happy because he was now holding her up in the air and dancing in circles while both began to laugh.
She woke up; she felt confused and had a lot of questions in her mind. Who was that guy? Why did she feel she knew him? Was he real? Would she someday meet him? Why when she was with him she felt something she had never felt before? Why couldn’t she stop thinking about it? And why, now, she couldn’t remember the color of his eyes when she had been looking at him straight into his eyes? She stopped asking herself questions when acknowledged the way she had been laying on the bed and also that she hadn’t change. She quickly looked up at the clock. It show 3:49 a.m. but then it changed to 3:50 a.m. She groaned, knowing that she would have to set the alarm clock just in case she oversleeps. She set the alarm and went back to sleep trying to stop think about her dream.