My dad and I were waiting for my mother. We’re in a large, older Lincoln Town Car in a town that lives right on the beach, or at least near the water. It seems like it’s one of the oceans, but the car is distractingly unusual. Maybe it’s in the Caribbean.
Something caused my dad to leave. My mom was nowhere to be seen. But we took off. We headed for the water. Maybe something was wrong. We were off the road now, on the beach… Then through a patch of sandgrass on a small hill.
We head up the hill and there are several cops around. Not even cops, but military folks. The terrain becomes less sandy and more compound. And the military folks now have machine guns. There’s a fence with mobile trailers and what looks to be a ton of corrugated tin houses. What’s going on around here?
My dad stops the car and we jump out. We head to an opening and hide there. I don’t know what we’re hiding from, but the men with the automatic weapons are no where to be seen and seemed to have ignored the car altogether. I hear music. It’s faint, but it’s definitely dance music of some sort. I start inching toward a doorway, my father encouraging me not to go through. But I don’t listen. I pop through to the other side and realize I’ve crashed a party of some sort.
I’m surrounded by young people. Staring at me. They’re all sweaty, have a drink in their hand, look blown out. The music stops playing. I am then escorted to another place, being dragged through to the other side of this compound. I remember seeing different rooms. The further we go, the more disturbing the sight. Sex. Drugs. It was like the movie Short Bus on an outdoor stage and sprawling.
I black out.
I wake up. I’m dressed completely differently. I’m dressed in a fine suit, with a hat. I am smoking a cigarette and am feeling a little bit loopy. I am walking around and everyone knows me. I feel wonderful and exhausted and relaxed all at the same time. I’m bouncing, dancing with all kinds of people. Everyone knows me.
I reach into my pockets. I pull out the cell phone and realized that two years had gone by.
Then I wake up.