The next morning Ethan awoke to the realization that the dream had come to him again. He pushed it aside and got up and took a shower, grateful for the way the water hitting him smoothed out the sensation of the raindrops on his skin.
He got dressed and went to the kitchen to make himself some breakfast. He had taken to boiling water in a pan for his tea since the incident with the kettle. He fried some bacon and eggs and made some toast and sat down with the morning paper to enjoy some peace and quiet.
It was a slow news day and the front page offered nothing of consequence but when he got to page three he came across an article that made his stop eating for a moment. It concerned two local residents that had disappeared in the last three months. Their names had been withheld as the police were now investigating but it went on to say that both had been reported by neighbours to be acting strange in the weeks before they disappeared.
There was little else to the article but Ethan began thinking about Andrew again as he finished reading it. He couldn’t put his finger on why he sensed a connection but he did. He looked at his watch and saw it was almost time to get ready for his appointment. He finished up and put his dishes in the sink and started getting ready.
He left the house with trepidation. It was getting harder to go outside now, always fearful as he was of some new sensation introducing itself to his body. He put in his earplugs and drove with caution and was most of the way to the medical center when disaster struck.
He was stopped at a light when a man stepped off the curb to his right against the light and was struck by a turning car. He saw the car’s bumper impact with the man’s left knee at slow speed and felt a searing pain in own knee. He cried out in pain and grabbed his leg, turning his head away from the accident.
When the light changed it was all he could do to keep driving, the horrible pain in his leg making it almost impossible to concentrate. He made it to the parking lot and cut the engine. He sat staring at his leg for several minutes and then opened the car door and got out.
He could walk normally. The pain was bad but when he pulled up his pant leg there was no indication of anything wrong with is knee. No swelling, no bruising, no outward signs at all. He looked at his watch and then made his way inside and up to the reception area.
When he walked into the office Andrew could see things had gotten worse.
“Hello Ethan. What’s happened?”
“Hi Andrew. I’ve had another incident.”
He recounted his trip to the office while Andrew sat in silence taking it all in.
“You say you can walk fine and there’s no outward sign of injury?”
Ethan pulled up his pant leg and showed him. He thought for a moment and then spoke.
“Andrew, I need to know something if we’re going to continue with these sessions. Have you had any other patients with my symptoms?”
Andrew kept his gaze steady and considered his answer.
“Yes I have Ethan. One other person.”
“What happened to them?”
Andrew tapped his pencil on the desk and looked out the window. “I don’t know Ethan. I haven’t seen the patient in over a month. They stopped coming in.”
Ethan stared at him. “And now they’ve disappeared and the police are trying to find them.”
Part 7 Tomorrow